Austerity is Required - Part 7

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 material enjoyment is the reason for our sickness. Now we shall see further.

(Maharaj requested the devotee to read the translation and purport and then began to speak.)

Maharaj: Hare Krishna Jai. That's why come what may we should not leave Prabhupada. Otherwise that is our tendency. If we don't like someone and stop doing devotional service, then we destroy ourselves. Wherever you go, at least take Prabhupada with you and you will be safe. This is the thing. Pure devotee should never be rejected. By rejecting pure devotees, we are destroying ourselves. So please whenever you find time, you stick to Prabhupada books - Pure Bhagavad Gita and pure Bhagavatam. Try to understand whatever you can. Don't understand? Without understanding also go on chanting and even then you will be benefitted. Vyasa Bhagavan is pure incarnation. Don't depend upon anybody and don't get stuck that I don't have pure devotee. This is how please we find out different excuses not to do anything. No no, this should be done. I always say that in three things we should be satisfied, what is it? 

santoṣa triṣu kartavyaḥ sva-dhāre bhojane dhane
santoṣa triṣu na kartavyaḥ svādhyāya japa dānayoḥ

"One should be always satisfied with these three things - their spouse, the food, and the amount of wealth they obtained. One should never be satisfied with these three things - the amount of scriptural study, the amount of chanting and the amount of charity they performed."

sva-dhāre means spouse; bhojane dhane, bhojan means whatever you get to eat, you should be completely satisfied; dhan, whatever you get money, you should be completely satisfied; And wife or husband whatever we get, we should be completely satisfied. But santoṣa triṣu na kartavyaḥ - in these three things, you should not get satisfied. And that is svādhyāya japa dhānayoḥ; svādhyāya means study of the scriptures - never get satisfied. Always do something and write it out. Something you should write out. If you read it again, your writing, it will be really useful to you. And suppose you are not able to read your writing, it will be helpful to somebody else. You should write very nicely. Anywhere you find good, you please write in diary, in your diary. You carry diary anywhere. You can't carry the books all the time.

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,