Recite Lovingly - Part 7

3rd Dec 2019
Ananta Vijaya Krishna das

Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances! All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev!

This is in continuation of the transcription of class given by our beloved Gurudev HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj on Srimad Bhagavatam verse 1.17.45.

In the previous offering  we heard from Maharaj that by chanting the verses lovingly,

i) we develop a devotional attitude
ii) we would also be able to experience Krishna and how Harinam in London could build a temple in Mauritius.
iii) we develop detachment from the material things.
Now we shall hear further.

Maharaj:  And as soon as you drop the unnecessary things, your life becomes completely purified, and that's why these, these verses, potent verses have got to be discussed. And then side by side these four things which are discussed by Srila Prabhupada - that austerity has to be developed. Austerity in the sense that we should always be alert and alert to the fact that we are losing our time and over the time, there is no control. No control at all. All everything else we may try to control.

Frankly speaking, nothing is under our control, but we may become puny lord of something, but eventually it is under the control of the Lord. Nothing, as I told you before, nothing accompanies us at all. Now we have bank balances, I know the devotees are rich, but, I was in Perth, we were in Perth in Australia. So I requested as a congregation, you know, the president was telling, "Maharaja, we want money, lakshmi for building, please tell something." So I told the congregation that, "Please, the temple is in difficulty, please help." In the congregation there was a bank manager.  So I was very happy so I said, "You are here, why should we worry about, so you please just leave some lakshmi." Then after the lecture he came to my room and he said, "Maharaja, shall I tell you the truth?"  I said, "What's the truth?" He said, "The temple cannot build a temple, but the devotees can build the temple." [laughs]

So we know that we are very rich, but the point is that the bundle of notes are not [imperceptible]. There is nothing with you. Nothing with you, because it doesn't belong to you. Whatever possessions we have, I may have a suitcase full of my clothes, but it is not here because it doesn't belong to me. If it really belongs to me, then it will accompany me always. Nothing belongs to me. Nothing.

dhanāni bhūmau paśavo hi goṣṭe
nāri gṛhadvāri sakhā śmaśāne
dehaścitāyām paraloka mārge
dharmānugo gacchati jīva ekaḥ 

Beautiful verse from vedas (Garuda Purana), you know. dhanāni bhumau, dhan, whatever wealth we collect it's going to remain in the bank or safe or wherever it is kept.  It will not come with you at the time of death. Then paśavo hi goṣṭhe, paśu means animals. Before in the ancient times there we no motorized vehicles, they were using animals as their transport means. So… camels, or horses or this or that.  Wherever they are tied, they will remain there. At the moment we have cars, but cars are going to remain in the garage. When Yamaraja comes you cannot tell him that, "I have a Mercedes car, you also sit with me…"  No. He will not agree at all.  It has to be left, wherever it is. Then nārī, our wife, very dear in the beginning at least, afterwards, what happens, I don't know.  [laughs]  But in the beginning we love each other very much. But she also, if you are dead, according to the Vedic culture, she will accompany the dead body up to the door. That's all. "Tata, don't want to see you…"  [laughs]  So this is how nārī for whom you are dying for the whole of your lifetime, after the death she just waves her hand, if she's in the mood. Otherwise that waving is also not there. So this is the case.

Krishna willing we will 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 Gurudeva,
Ananta Vijaya Krishna das.