Austerity is Required - Part 4

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. 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.

3) langhanam parama aushadam

4) Instead of pampering sickness, chant Krishna's names.

Now we shall see further.

Maharaj: (Referring to one devotee Maharaj said) "And we have experience with this devotee's father - he was lying in the hospital for one and half month. When I came, I chanted three rounds with him and he started chanting you know. And since then he was chanting. So within fifteen days, he was out of the hospital. And now he is already in Singapore. Otherwise for him it was impossible to survive. But within fifteen days, he was ready with chanting. Otherwise he was just lying in the hospital. And two daughters were there, son was there and grandson was there. So he was getting more sick. I told him don't pamper him too much. This is how you know.

Udhara bhaajanah is the part of the austerity. Here the whole verse revolves around the austerity. Then 'sarva bhakshyopi' - if you are really hungry, then anything you can eat, and it will be digested. The pigeons are always hungry, fire is burning in their body - digestive fire. So they eat the small pebbles, they digest the pebbles also. That’s our experience. They don’t give always the grains. So when the grains are not available, they pick up the small pebbles, they also digest. No pigeon goes to doctor. He doesn't have any appendicitis, doesn't have any operation, stomach operation, because their life is austere. Nothing is available. Fine, eat the stone. I don't mean that you should eat stones. But to that extent if the digestive power is powerful, you can digest anything. If the digestive power is not there, then anything you eat, becomes the source of sickness. Undigested food always is the source of sickness. And we are careful about so many things. But about digestion, we are not careful at all. 

And our nasty habit we have. It is till 12 o' clock. So we must eat. The servant comes at 12 'o clock to wash the utensils. So if you don't eat, who is going to clean? In India servants have time you know? Like doctor they come and go. And in Bombay they have their own setups. If the thing is not ready, they will go away. Then, who is going to clean? So for her cleaning, you have to eat. This is bad. Whenever I feel like, I will eat. I'll clean my utensils. Austerity is not there. Cleaning, for cleaning also we require some worker. The rooms are so small in Bombay. Nothing to be cleaned daily. But for that there are so many servants. It's a fashion. "You don't have Rama? Where is your Rama? Where is your Govinda?"  (In Mumbai servants are addressed by Rama and Govinda. So Maharaj says) Atleast they are chanting the names of Krishna like this. "My Rama didn't come today, My Govinda is sick." "Your Govinda is sick. ohh serve him till the time he didn't come to clean." So they spend so much for that Govinda like anything. But for real Govinda, they don't want to spend anything. This is the austerity."

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,