Austerity is Required - Part 8

Austerity is Required - Part 8

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Srilakshmi devi dasi

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 by rejecting pure devotees, we get destroyed.  Maharaj also informed on the things which we have to be satisfied (spouse,wealth,food) and which we should not be satisfied (scriptural study, chanting, charity). Now we shall see further.

Maharaj: "svaadhyaaya must never be ended. It's not that, "I have read Bhagavatam, now I don’t require." No its again and again and again and again. And every time you read or you try to think about it, new things will come out, new things will come out. Yesterday we saw about the rasa. It's all new, I never spoke like (that before). Please - this thing about the example of the mouth - one of the best example of how wonderful creation is there from Krishna. How can you forget Krishna? It's not only that. But see, we always sit like this. (Maharaj showing sitting posture) we are always sitting like this.  And every moment of our existence, the blood is supplied to the brain - how it is posssible. You always sit like this. We don't sit on the brain. Only for exercise they do - shirshaasan, the head is down and the legs are up. Otherwise always your head is up and even then the blood is supplied every moment. Who does it you know? This is how.

 And for blood circulation also, there must be some cavity in your body. Otherwise the circulation will not be there. And cavity means austerity. The more austere you are, the body will have cavity. The more you are prone to enjoy, or more eating or more sleeping or whatever - it is obstruction. Cavity reduces. Excess eating, they call it cholesterol now. Formally we didn’t hear about heart disease at all. Cholesterol was completely out of our conceptional power. We never conceived that there is something like cholesterol and now everywhere, "your cholesterol is increased, your cholesterol is high." -Why?  Because the austerity is gone. 

We were 25 people staying in the joint family house. Not a single chair was there. No bed. We didn't know what bed was. Means we have to be austere. You have to sleep on the ground. During day time, all the beds were kept aside. There was thin beds, cotton beds - pathaadi - we call it as just mattress you know. Then we roll the mattress and keep it at one side. During the day there was no mattress in the house. And now the bed is ready - Any time boom, "I am not well." Arey man you are on the bed. That's why you are not well. Get out and you will do well. Austerity - we don't know austerity at all. But we haven't seen the austere situations in our own houses, the moment we get beds under the name of the advancement. As it is the houses are small and in that again the beds are there. How austere those people were there and they were all healthy. The arthritis was not heard. There was no arthritis. They have to sit down. How many times? And all our kitchens are sitting kitchens. Never my mother stood, they are making so many chapathis and dough you can see so much dough was there for the whole family chapathis."

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,
Kurnool.