Austerity is Required - Part 2

Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,

Dandavat pranams. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva.

This is in continuation of the transcription of the nectarean classes given by our beloved spiritual master HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj on Srimad Bhagavatam verse 11.7.45

tejasvi tapasaa dipto / durdharshodara-bhaajanah
sarva-bhakshyo 'pi yuktaatmaa / naadatte malam agni-vat

"Saintly persons become powerful by execution of austerities. Their consciousness is unshakable because they do not try to enjoy anything within the material world. Such naturally liberated sages accept foodstuffs that are offered to them by destiny, and if by chance they happen to eat contaminated food, they are not affected, just like fire, which burns up contaminated substances that are offered to it."

In the previous offering we heard from Maharaj 

1) Krishna is all powerful

2) For our own good health, we should follow the austerity of not looking at others defects. Instead we introspect and correct our defects.

Now we shall see further.

Maharaj: The thing is somehow or the other very carefully we have to save the time. That’s why here durdhar udara bhaajanah. durdhar means unshakable, udara bhaajanah means 'eating only that which is needed by his stomach'. And sarva bhakshyo api, everything He eats - may be contaminated food also, but because of the powerful hunger everything is digested. And this is the best rule in ayurvedic shastra. The medicine, the ayurvedic medicine is that unless you are hungry, you should not eat. And now that exactly opposite we follow. Doctors advise, "you can eat anything and everything, I’ll clear you. My car will be running, eat." Can you see the size of the stomach? Just like he is carrying a jar of water in his stomach. There is no need of that. As I told you yesterday, fasting is the best medicine. Langhanam, langhanam means not even drinking water. Langhanam is known in Sanskrit; langhanam sreshta aushadam, its best best medicine. You are not habituated in that. So you don't believe in that because it depends upon your belief. What is your belief? "We can't bow down to Krishna everytime. how many times I have bowed (laughs)." (Maharaj looks at a devotee and says) Now henceforth, you should bow down.

Devotee 1: What's the word langhanam?

Maharaj: langhanam

Devotee 2: that means without water

Maharaj: Fast without water. That is langhanam. The thing is excess water, which is not thrown out by your body naturally, it creates swelling. So the less water you drink, the best it is for you. Otherwise your feet are swollen, this is swollen, that is swollen and we are habituated to take medicines to reduce the swelling. Then again it aggravates. So instead of that, walking is the best exercise. If any swelling is there any where, you please start walking. Padhayatra is the best thing. Then you don't get food, you don't have cooked food. You don’t eat. Whatever you get by Krishna’s mercy, you have to eat and that is the best medicine. Everybody should start walking with their feet.

Krishna willing we shall continue to hear more nectar from Maharaj in the subsequent offering.

Hare Krishna. 
Thank you very much, 
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Maharaja, 
Srilakshmi devi dasi,