Austerity is Required - Part 9

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 about how wonderfully Krishna has arranged blood flow and other systems in the human body. Maharaj also happily recollecting how his parents, grand-parents all led an austere life. Now we shall see further.

Maharaj:  Our grandmother was always hungry you know. Morning she will get up at 5 'o clock. Since then she will work very hard. So naturally she was very hungry. And our grandfather, he starts the pooja at 10'o clock in the morning and it goes upto 2 'o clock. There used to be fight between dada and dadi. Because dadi wanted to eat and till he finishes she can't eat. So there was always shouting. And we people were enjoying, we children were. She was shouting, "when are you finishing your pooja?" He says, "You go on." She says, "I can't eat till you finish." (laughter) And then at the end what she will do, she tries making chapathis. She will be always there making chapathis from the on the wooden stove you know. So she will make chapathis, take one chapathi and sabji was there and just eat it (laughter).

 Please these things are still in front of our eyes and they were very austere. Never they sat on the chair. Never and she was very old, nearly 90 years old. She was making chapathis. Because unless she makes the chapathis, she cannot get anything to eat - so two morsels atleast. Please this is how, they were very simple very simple. No hot water at all. Cold water - as soon as they got up cold water shower was there and health was very nice.

 And her name was Mathura bai, my grandmother's name, father's mother. So she wanted to die in Mathura. So she was sick. Then my uncle took her to Mathura and she didn't die there (laughter). She now wanted to go back. So they were packing back and next day morning she died. She died there and she told, "Now I am going." That’s it. They knew that they are going to die. This is the effect of the austerity and pure, pure mind. No attraction, no enjoyment, no excessive material enjoyment. That was the our root culture and that time also we are under the rule of Muslim or Britishers or whatever. But the society was very pure and now the society is completely contaminated and so many unnecessary stresses created to the mind. Even now, if you follow Prabhupada we will be stress proof, not any stress. Please remember human existence is very rare this is not meant for stress. Come what may the things will be taken care of by Krishna and we catch His lotus feet. This is the best austerity now. There is no other way we can survive in these circumstances

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,