Prabhupada is our Ultimate Shelter - Part 9

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

This is in continuation of the previous offering titled, "Prabhupada is our Ultimate Shelter", which is transcription of the nectarean class by our beloved spiritual master HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj on Srimad Bhagavatam verse 2.8.4, in Hawaii in 1997. 

In the previous offering we heard from Maharaj about how important it is to come to the scriptures like Bhagavad-Gita and Srimad Bhagavatam. Now we shall hear further.

8. Hear, Study and Contemplate:
Maharaj: evaṁ vyavasito buddhyā. In Bhagavatam, it is very nicely described: (SB 8.3.1) evaṁ vyavasito buddhyā samādhāya mano hṛdi - This is the way to approach the scriptures. evaṁ means like this; vyavasito means completely nicely situated in our material life. Now you are brahmacharis or grhastas, or whatever it is, you are very nicely situated in your life. Now, one thing you have to do, that you have to be very careful regarding the material possessions which we have. And we've to be very careful regarding the innumerable desires you have.There are so many desires in our mind.They come and go. But few desires, we meditate on, and we completely forgo this jñāna, virāga and bhakti and karma, we completely forget. And that's why we don't come to this scripture.

We should be tac chṛṇvan su-paṭhan vicāraṇa-paro bhaktyā vimucyen naraḥ. tat means therein; śṛṇvan- you should hear always, śṛṇvan su-paṭhan - then you should study. After hearing, just don't hear from this ear and take out by the other ear. Now you've to retain it, and you start to study. Now this verse we are discussing, you please, today you study this verse. It is very easy, if you repeat again and again, if you go through the purport, everything is very clear. As soon as you study then the third stage is vicāraṇa-paro - you just think over it again and again. And as soon as you think over it again and again, you will learn how to read in between the lines. The lines are very clear but we have to get accustomed to read in between the lines. We don't want to read only the verse. No, verse is very clear. The equivalents are given, purport is there, translation is there, but we have to have our own realisations. And the more you try, the more you think over these verses, you will have definitely realisations.

What is said in Bhagavad Gita, Krishna says very nicely, teṣāṁ satata-yuktānāṁteṣāṁ - means all these people, all of us; satata-yuktānāṁ - those who are always engaged in doing these activities, in studying, repeating, trying to understand these activities and then (silence), teṣāṁ satata-yuktānāṁ bhajatāṁ prīti-pūrvakam. bhajatāṁ - worshipping this, prīti-pūrvakam - with so much of love. Then Krishna promises something in the second line: teṣāṁ satata-yuktānāṁ - those who are always engaged in understanding Me, bhajatāṁ prīti-pūrvakam - lovingly worship Me, dadāmi buddhi-yogaṁ taṁ. This dadāmi is a very nice word in sanskrit. This is verb, and each verb in sanskrit has nine different forms- first person, second person and third person. These are three persons. First person, I am speaking; I am first person. You are hearing, you are second person, and we are talking about somebody, he is the third person. So, these are three persons. And each person, in a normal ordinary language, there are only two numbers - singular and plural. But sanskrit, being very highly sophisticated language, there are three numbers again. First person - singular; dual - two persons, another form; and plural, another form. So, each person has three forms. So, three persons have nine forms.

And out of these nine forms, dadāmi, dadā is verb - to give, and dadāmi is first person singular, means I give. This is how if you know the preliminary rules of the language it will help you to understand. That's why we have crash courses in Vrindavan, and we have one even in Mayapur also. Very successfully, these preliminary rules could be learnt within a month. And within a month we are bit of inside in the language. And we don't want to be pandits.We are not interested to become pandits, but our devotional service must be increased and that's why we require to understand these things. Krishna says dadāmi - and what I am giving you, buddhi-yogaṁ - My devotional service will increase, the intellect by which yena mām upayānti te - by which you can come to Me. This is how Krishna gives the intelligence, but we have to use the intelligence.

Krishna willing we shall try to hear further nectar from Maharaj in the subsequent offerings. 

Hare Krishna.
Thank you very much. 
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva, 
Sriveda and Vaishnavi