Fire of Bhakti - Part 6

Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva.
This is in continuation of the transcription of Maharaj's nectarean class in London on the topic "Fire of Bhakti". In the previous offering we heard from Maharaj:
1. With Krishna we are heroes; without Krishna we are zeroes.
2. Fortune and bliss follows when we are with Krishna.
3. Taking care of children is devotional service and never neglect it.
4. Spiritualise your work.
5. Stick to Bhagavad Gita and Bhagavatam.
6. Potency of Mahamantra.
7. Be fiery in bhakti.
8. Eternal devotional service is real liberation.

 Now let us continue to hear more nectar from Maharaj.

 9.Parents are Krishna's gifts:

 bhaarat khand bhutal ma janmi / jene govindna gun gaaya re,
dhanya dhanya re tena mat peeta ne / safal kari ene kaya re,

 "All glories (gratitude) to the parents of one who has taken the birth in India and sung the glories of Lord Govinda thus he has made the correct use of this human form of existence."

 Those who have taken birth in this Bharat Bhumi and who has glorified the Lord their life is successful. Mata-pita, parents - we must give relief to our parents. Our behaviour and our acts should be such that they feel comfortable. Younger generation must keep in mind that parents are not our selection. I have not selected my parents. You cannot select your parents. You cannot say Krishna, "I don't want this father or mother." Mother and father is not our selection. They are selected by Krishna for us. So you want to do Krishna bhakti, isn't it? So will you not honour His selection? Why to trouble them? Whatever they have done or not done, doesn't matter. It is our duty to respectfully bow before them daily. This is the main thing to be understood. If you don't neglect your parents, they will give you blessings from their heart and that blessing will carry out throughout your life. Otherwise, they are going to go away before you go. They are advanced in age and not going to be with you all the time. And once they will go (leave this body) then you will realize their value.  And you will realize what you had and that you have lost. Please..This is Bhagavatam.

 10. One verse in Bhagavatam is as good as whole Bhagavatam: (One devotee asked Maharaj how to start studying Bhagavatam verses. There are so many volumes and verses. So it looks like a difficult task and am not getting taste.)

 First you study the second chapter of 1st Canto. There are 34 shlokas in that chapter titled "Divinity and Divine services." By-heart those 34 shlokas. Study the translation and purport. Then you will get the taste and intelligence. Then there are 4 seed verses in Bhagavatam. They are called chaturshloki Bhagavatam and are from Second Canto, 9th Chapter, verses 33 through 36. By-heart those 4 shlokas and this is how you will develop the taste gradually. Do it bit by bit. If you keep thinking that it is voluminous, too big etc, then you will never start. If you are not able to study in the beginning, then you can study Srila Prabhupada's Krishna book first. Somehow or the other start studying. Don't worry that, "Ten volumes are there. How can I study?" Just start studying one volume. Take one volume at a time and just concentrate on that and then you will have full knowledge. In Bhagavatam there are 18000 shlokas, but each verse is full Bhagavatam. You take any verse. It is as good as full Bhagavatam. Because Bhagavatam is Krishna and Krishna is always complete whole. There is a nice shloka in Isopanishad

 om purnam adah purnam idam / purnaat purnam udacyate
purnasya purnam aadaaya / purnam evaavashishyate

 "The Personality of Godhead is perfect and complete, and because He is completely perfect, all emanations from Him, such as this phenomenal world, are perfectly equipped as complete wholes. Whatever is produced of the Complete Whole is also complete in itself. Because He is the Complete Whole, even though so many complete units emanate from Him, He remains the complete balance."

 Even if you touch one verse in Bhagavatam, sincerely attempt to study and understand one verse in Bhagavatam, it will give you the bliss of understanding the whole Bhagavatam.

 Krishna willing we shall continue with more nectar from Maharaj in the subsequent offerings. Our heartfelt thanks to H G Govindanga Prabhuji and H G Tungabhadra Mataji for translating Maharaj's Gujarati statements in English.

 Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Sudarshana devi dasi.