Austerity is Required - Part 5

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 that undigested food is source of sickness. Should eat only when we are hungry, wash the utensils ourselves, chanting Krishna's names. Now we shall see further.

Maharaj: Read the translation, son.

Devotee: "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."

Maharaj: (Appreciating the first sentence of translation Maharaj said) This sentence is very good they do not try to enjoy anything in the material world. That is austerity. Otherwise the general trend is that we want only more enjoyment. And that's why the more foam we have in our house, the more sickness is there. Foam in the sense this sofa sets, so many pillows and this and that. Aah we are silly people you know, in some bedroom there was man size teddy bear. So I asked them, "You don’t have child, then why this teddy bear is standing here?" That man said, "I can't sleep alone, I'll hug it and sleep here." Never imagined in India that we have to sleep with teddy bear. Please some thing nasty - for our senses we do. As it the teddy bear is fur or something. It's very dirty, whole house is dirty, the bedroom is dirty, everything is dirty and they snore. (laughter) They snore very nice you know, goes up and comes down - that music. (Maharaj imitates that sound - laughter). Man, they should be starved for twelve months. But again in the morning, they will eat. As soon as he gets up, eating is there. 

Please you can judge your body, how it is working. And that is the secret of our health. We know what is happening in our body. How can a doctor or anybody else know what is happening in our body?

When once I had some swelling on the leg, there was something I think. So this Bapuji was there. We were new in Rajkot. So this bapuji was very kind to us. He said, "Come on. I will take you to doctor." So we went to the doctor. That doctor, after seeing the doctor, I thought how this man will cure us because he doesn’t look alright. Because bapuji is having habit of catching any sannyasi and takig them to him. So that doctor was habituated. So he saw me -"Another sannyasi is there, Hey", he says. I told, "what crime I have commited to come to you?"(laughter) He says, "Hey, what is your name? Come on. Tell me what is happening?" I told, "I don't know. That's why we have come to you (laughter). "If you don't know, how will I know? Sugar sugar do you have sugar?", the doctor asked. I told him, "During my recent test in London, they found no sugar." As soon as he heard London, he was surprised. He said, "this sadhu is not road side sadhu." (laughter) Then he pacified a bit. Then he took out all the tablets from his drawer. These doctors get these specimen tablets. So many tablets were with him and 27 tablets he just gave and they were in the wrapper you know. "This you take in the morning, then in the afternoon." He thought that more tablets we give the more cure will be. I took them and I saw its all the specimen things. I told, "you please keep this. It will be useful to somebody else (laughs)." He had an experience of this sadhu denying the medicine. Otherwise the other sadhu will put all the medicines whatever he gives. I told, "I don’t want these medicines you please keep it, it will be useful to else", and we left. The doctor they don't see patient, they have their own ways to do the things. Every time we are just cheated in this business. 

So the best austerity is to tolerate the sickness and judge yourself what is wrong. And then slowly if it is to be cured, naturally it will be cured. Otherwise if it not to be cured by medicines it will not be cured. This is the reason of the austerity and that’s why the thing is we have to reduce the material enjoyment in order to get better. But that we don’t do.

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,