Austerity is Required - Part 10

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 grand-parents  led simple, pure, stress free and austere life. Maharaj added that even now we can have that life if we follow Prabhupada and hold on to lotus feet of Krishna. Now we shall see further.

Maharaj: The continuous demoniac things are hammered on our brain, even if we don't want. The advertisements are demoniac, television is demoniac, electronic things are demoniac. Everything is demoniac around us. How can we get a good association? Its only if we decide very seriously that, "I want to be austere", then only you will be saved. Otherwise you will never be saved. With all these demoniac things around, you are going to be victimized by these things. So please saving ourselves is in our own hands. Don’t give in to these things. If you don't belong to this area, then you are austere. Then we go on with our chanting or whatever. 

We don't care for others at all. hata trapah pathan; hata trapah is the best word in the first canto of Bhagavatam (SB verse 1.6.26). hata trapah means ignore the material standards. What other people will say, that we will see. Don't worry about other people. You please run after Krishna and you will be completely safe in these circumstances also. Krishna is the very safe shelter. All other shelters are going to crumble and therefore our own destruction (will be there). But we should try to come to this firm shelter and be at ease in any circumstances and then you will be happy. Otherwise the circumstances are going to test us all the time. Those who are not married they want to marry, those who are married they want to be separated. Those who are married and not happy they want children. Those who have children they don't want children. Man, what do you want? Decide one’s for all. (laughter)

Srimad Bhagavatam verse 11.7.45 is the best one for austerity. Now we go to the next verse 11.7.46

kvacic channah kvacit spashta /upaasyah shreya icchataam 
bhunkte sarvatra daatrnaam /dahan praag uttaraashubham

(Maharaj recites the verse and helps devotees in pronouncing and asks them to read the equivalents and translation and purport) 

"A saintly person, just like fire, sometimes appears in a concealed form and at other times reveals himself. For the welfare of the conditioned souls who desire real happiness, a saintly person may accept the worshipable position of spiritual master, and thus like fire he burns to ashes all the past and future sinful reactions of his worshipers by mercifully accepting their offerings."

Jai Srila Prabhupada ki Jai. The thing is that we should never be puffed up you know by the praise. Otherwise, there is natural tendency. If somebody praises us, we become puffed up, this should be avoided. Otherwise the saintly nature will not be there. Once we understand this point, then we can follow the saintly nature very nicely. And regarding the spiritual master's position, you all have to be spiritual master of somebody because you are directing. Always we are directing, we are taking the help of Prabhupada's books and we are advising anybody and everybody. So wherever we advice, he (that person) sees you as spiritual guide and he is going to be indebted to you. May be he gives offerings - this or that. But we should not be attracted to those things. (If we are attracted) then our spiritual standard goes down. This is the thing. Everybody has to become spiritual master. And the preaching is absent, sincere preaching is absent. That’s why the society is going bankrupt spiritually. Everybody has to preach. Prabhupada was always telling that.

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,