Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva.
The following is a humble effort to transcribe one of the nectarean Bhagavatam class given by our beloved spiritual master HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj in 1998, in Singapore.
(Maharaj starts to sing Jaya Radha Madhava)
Maharaj: jaya rādhā mādhava jaya kunja bihāri - This jaya word you know, should be supported by 10th canto from Gopi-gita, first verse you know (SB 10.31.1)
jayati te 'dhikaṁ janmanā vrajaḥ
śrayata indirā śaśvad atra hi
dayita dṛśyatāṁ dikṣu tāvakās
tvayi dhṛtāsavas tvāṁ vicinvate
There are three words you know. jayati, te, adhikam. It's a beautiful verse. Gopis are unflinchingly attached to Krishna, and so whatever comes out of their mouth is really transcendental. They say that adhik you know? adhik means 'more' in Sanskrit. jayati te adhikam, this Vrajabhumi is extremely important because it is glorified. And why? janmanā vraja - "because You appeared in this land." That's why this land is glorified. Otherwise this land has no value really. Without Krishna who will come here? And after coming here what they will do? Look at the walls without the Krishna’s pictures? You know many times we go and they want to be modern you know. There is some modern picture hanging. You don't understand anything, and that is modern art. Some child might have drawn something and it is modern art you know? This is it. Without any form we are really, (impersonalist). Our basic nature has become that we are impersonalist. So we don't want to have the picture also clear. Something which we don't understand is modern, you know. That is impersonalism. Everywhere we are really drowned in the ocean of impersonalism.
Without Prabhupada I don't know really, whether we would have got this direction or not. Because the whole world is gliding down more and more to the extreme Kali Yuga. And slowly all these things are completely vanishing. But Krishna somehow or the other comes Himself or sends His representatives to renew these things again and again. And fortunately we are very near to Prabhupada's time you know. It's only 30 years, not even 30. 1977? When did he leave? 21 years. Nothing really. We are very near to Prabhupada's time. That is our great fortune you know. If you really love to proceed ahead and progress ahead in spiritual life, we should go through Bhagavatam very sincerely. And that too Prabhupada's Bhagavatam you know. All other Bhagavatam are really misdirecting. And instead of increasing our God consciousness, they drive us mad you know. translations themselves.
Prabhupada told that Rupa Goswami and Sad Goswamis, they wrote so much you know, so much about Krishna - it's great volume they have left. But even then he said, 'I am writing.' So it is not that Prabhupada has written so much. So we can't write. No. He said you also write. That is how we should continue. And how can you write? Then you try very peacefully to understand what you are reading, you know. Take one verse. Very nice (that) you have done verses about the Rshabhadev. You should meditate on those verses. And as soon as you start meditating, then (Bhagavad Gita verse 10.10)
teṣāṁ satata-yuktānāṁ bhajatāṁ prīti-pūrvakam
dadāmi buddhi-yogaṁ taṁ yena mām upayānti te
He promises you know those who are satata yukta..You know in the material world also, unless you are satata yukta in your work, you will not get the salary. Unless the boss sees that you are really engaged in his service, he will not part with money. This is in material world. How it is true? So this is transcendental, which is much more difficult than the material. At least material we can say I go to work and I get whatever I am entitled to. But here it's more than that. And because it is more than that how much more care we should be? How much careful we should be more you know? Because unless you are careful, you will not understand. And unless you understand, people will not understand you. The hearers want to understand you. And if you speak whatever the hearers don't understand, then I don't know what I am speaking. You don't know what you are hearing.
Krishna willing we shall continue to hear more nectar from Maharaj in the subsequent offering.
Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev,
Divya Rupa devi dasi
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