Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept our humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev.
The following is humble effort to transcribe a nectarean class by our beloved spiritual master HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj on Srimad Bhagavatam verse 2.8.4, in Hawaii in 1997.
Maharaj: We many times go to so many literatures which has no meaning at all. This religious literature is the supreme; that is why it is known as 'The king of the scriptures'. And among puranas also, there are 18 puranas; but this is known as 'Mahapurana'. You know prasad and mahaprasad, there is a difference. Prasad is Krishna and Mahaprasad is actually from the plate of Krishna. That is how, this is from the plate of Krishna. Mahapuran is exactly non different from Krishna. As soon as we have desire to associate with Krishna, then this is the representation of Krishna Himself, non different from Him.
In front of us...and because of the hard labour of Prabhupada, each word is completely clearly translated, given equivalents, nice and purported very nicely. The only thing required is that you please take at least half an hour, 15 minutes, 1 hour whatever time you can afford and get into this very submissively. You may read one paragraph or you may read one shloka, it does not matter. Whatever you read, you just chew over it again and again for the whole day, and you will have definitely light. Krishna is not far away; He is just in these shlokas. So, please sing after me. And nū, nūnaṁ, nū is long, first. So, if you pronounce bit long it will fit in. (Maharaj recites the verse, ŚB 2.4.8 and devotee repeat after him)
nūnaṁ bhagavato brahman harer adbhuta-karmaṇaḥ
durvibhāvyam ivābhāti kavibhiś cāpi ceṣṭitam
O learned brāhmaṇa, the transcendental activities of the Lord are all wonderful, and they appear inconceivable because even great endeavors by many learned scholars have still proved insufficient for understanding them.
(Maharaj then read the purport of the above verse.)
It’s a beautiful verse from 2nd canto.There are different cantos in Srimad Bhagavatam, they have different purposes and Bhagavatam has a whole, has a different, nice purpose.It covers all the 12 cantos; it is very nicely described in 12th canto that - what is the purpose of Bhagavatam. We must have clear idea of the scripture which we are going to. Because we have a hazy idea about this great scripture, we are not interested through our heart. Unless you know, what it is, it’s very difficult to relate with the scripture also.
Krishna willing we shall try to hear further nectar from Maharaj in the subsequent offerings.
Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Sriveda and Vaishnavi
Moderator's Note: Sriveda and Vaishnavi Matajis are children of HG Raghavendu Rama Prabhuji and HG Sita Mataji. Both of them are sincerely practising Krishna bhakti right from their childhood under the good care and guidance of their parents. They have nice expertise in academics, music and use their talents nicely in Krishna's service.
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