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 2.4.8, in Hawaii in 1997.
In the previous offering we heard from Maharaj about the ABC of our spiritual life. Then Maharaj began to explain Srimad Bhagavatam verse 2.8.6
dhautātmā puruṣaḥ kṛṣṇa-pāda-mūlaṁ na muñcati
mukta-sarva-parikleśaḥ pānthaḥ sva-śaraṇaṁ yathā
A pure devotee of the Lord whose heart has once been cleansed by the process of devotional service never relinquishes the lotus feet of Lord Kṛṣṇa, for they fully satisfy him, as a traveler is satisfied at home after a troubled journey.
Now we shall hear further.
11. Just be in touch with Bhagavatam daily
Maharaj: And as soon as we come to Krishna, sarva-kleśaḥ pari muktāḥ. And then He gives very nice example - sarva-kleśaḥ pari muktāḥ pānthaḥ sva-śaraṇaṁ yathā. These three words gives you the example - pānthaḥ means the traveller, sva-śaraṇaṁ means his own house, yathā means as. As after troubled journey, we come to our destination and we take some rest. If we are lucky, the wife will be smiling (laughter). And if we are extremely lucky, then wife may prepare some food for us (laughter). In India, these things we take it for granted (laughs); but therein also we are degrading very fast now because we are copying you people (laughter). So don't visit India, please. You keep to Hawaii (laughter). Okay? Don't come to India. Promise me, you will not come to India (laughter). We don't want Hawaii in India (laughs). Anyway, these things are spreading very fast. It is contagious disease.
The first thing, as soon as you earn money, the first thing is that Krishna steals your clothes. You know rich person in India. (Guru Maharaj asks one of the Maharajas seated in the audience) I don't know Maharaj, you know him? In Bombay, there is one Patel doctor, comes early in the morning. He's a millionaire, billionaire man, and he was moving with Prabhupada. He had so much association of Prabhupada. But he is always in shorts. Actually, "Mr. Patel, you have so much money, where is your dhoti?", "Oh no, no, I like this" I told "Because you are rich, Krishna has stolen your dhoti" (laughter). And then funny clothes come in blue and red and what not, you know, so many things come as soon as we forget Krishna. Instead of that we are all travellers and we are completely troubled and fortunately we have come to our destination, Krishna bhakti. This is our final destination. You please don't leave your final destination. And be very peaceful in your destination. As soon as you leave this platform, there is all trouble. And Prahlad Maharaj says to Narasimha Bhagavan, that trasto ’smy ahaṁ - "I'm completely fed up with these things", he says. Prahlad Maharaj, that time he said "I'm fed up." How much more fed up we should be in our lives? That time he was fed up with material existence.
trasto ’smy ahaṁ kṛpaṇa-vatsala duḥsahogra-
saṁsāra-cakra-kadanād grasatāṁ praṇītaḥ
This is a very nice verse from Prahlad Maharaj’s prayers to Narasimha Bhagavan. I think we are coming to the end of the timing. This verse is beautiful. It is from 7th canto, 9th chapter and verse number 16. Please try to study this verse. We'll try to discuss that next. But these verses are very powerful. Just you touch Srimad Bhagavatam daily and you are liberated. Very extremely fortunate souls will definitely open Bhagavatam like us. We are extremely fortunate because of the mercy of Srila Prabhupada and hard labour he has done. So please don't ignore this.
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
Copyright © 2023. All rights reserved.