Simplify Life - Part 3

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 class given by our beloved spiritual master H H Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj in Singapore on how important it is to lead a simple life. We heard the below points

1. Relation between our karmas and next birth.
2. Do not unnecessarily increase the necessities.

Now we shall hear further.

3. Simple Living: One householder example I can give you. We should follow this example if possible. We are using toothbrush you know for cleaning the teeth in the morning. Kur kur kur. And that too we are so very lazy that we cannot move the brush with our own hand, so you have the electric brush. You just put it. Grrrr.. running (laughter). So how much dependent we are. If the electricity is not there, that fellow is without cleaning the teeth. God.. we are so very dependent upon these things, unnecessarily. Instead you can brush. That is atleast, bit better than electticity. Then the brushed teeth, the enamel on the teeth is completely destroyed. So the teeth don't survive long. Then cavity is created. Then paste we have to buy. Again it is a medicated thing. Sweet and sugar and everything is there. So again it is harmful.

After spending so much money, for the paste and for the brush and for keeping (it) and the brush gets contaminated. You cannot wash it, you cannot do it anything. Instead of that there is a simple thing. You take salt and mix with turmeric powder and at the most you add some mustard oil or some oil, may be coconut oil something and make it a nice paste and with your finger you can  just scrub. And gargle with salt and nothing remains in between the teeth also. And there is no cavity created. That we are so very accustomed to brush it. So, in the beginning, you may feel that you have to brush, so may be once in a month or once in a fortnight you can just brush for your satisfaction. But daily our finger is completely a sterilized thing. It never gets dirty. The brush gets dirty. And if there are so many people in the house, all the brushes, I saw many times, we live in so many houses, in the bathroom, there is a glass you know, full of brushes. And anybody comes and picks up anything (laughter). This is too much.. too much too much. This is increasing the necessities. And if we increase the necessity, the decaying process of the body is accelerated. And we think that we are advanced. And whatever, 'Mc clean' or whatever it is you know and the paste we have highly medicated paste we use. Then brushes also there are so many, soft and hard and medium and this and that short and long and this and that. So many things and to manufacture all these things, we have to have the factories. And then again factories create the pollution. How much we are complicating our lives, how much we are complicating our lives. These things have got to be understood. There is a one very nice passage for your information, I will read it, how we complicate our life. It is the example of India you know. But it gives us the idea that how we complicate the life. Just hear. I will give it in the original language, so that, you understand how we are behaving. See this is village example you know.

(Maharaj reads) "There is one villager you know. And he has a field opposite to his cottage. So the field opposite grows cotton. Cotton is grown in his field. The owner of the field, sells it to a man who collects it in the field you know in the village.  This man sells it to a dealer who sells it to another who transports it to Bombay. It is India’s example. So from the village they collect the cotton and send it to Bombay. Then the cotton is taken to Bombay by railway train, where it is sold to  a shipper who ships it to a port, English port in England. He sends it to Manchester may be. Then in Manchester, it is sold to a factory which manufactures the thread out of the cotton. Then again that thread, is sent to the another factory which weaves the cloth out of that thread. Then that woven cloth is sold back to the business man in England, who again ships it back to Bombay. The same woven cloth is sent back to Bombay. In Bombay, it is sold to a dealer who again sells to the village dealer who sells it to the owner of the field.  Just to get the cloth from the cotton,  they are playing the game, ball game of cotton. Cotton is sent to Bombay, then to England, then again back to Bombay and again back to villager. By playing game, this ball game with tons of cotton, we are creating so much complexities in our social life. 

And he is giving the example you know, there can be fire, there can be theft, there can be ship wreck, strikes, then the rise and fall of the market. The whole bazaar - it depends upon this. The rise and fall of markets, crisis and war. For the ball game, thousands of miles of railway lanes are required. Ports, docks, warehouses, customs, custom officers, inspectors, policemen, courts, prisons, offices, banks and stock exchanges, armies and colonies and enslaved  people, factories, machines and millions of workers always on the verge of rebellions is all created because of this complexity of cotton. The proper economy is this. Let the owner of the field get hold of a spinning wheel, and turn it until he clothes himself, his family and his whole village. And he can avoid all these things."

This is the best example. We may not go to the root of it. But this is the simplicity we have to create. And unless you make your life to the most possible simple way, you will not have time to go through the scriptures or understand the scriptures. This is the main instruction of the scriptures.

Krishna willing we shall try to hear more nectar from Maharaj in the subsequent offering.

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