We are Puppets of Krishna - Part 1

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 classes given by our beloved spiritual master HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj on Srimad Bhagavatam verse 1.6.7 in Rajkot on February 1st 2009.  

(Maharaj recites the verse, synonyms and translation and devotees repeat after him.)

sāsvatantrā na kalpāsīd yoga-kṣemaṁ mamecchatī
īśasya hi vaśe loko yoṣā dārumayī yathā

sā — she; asvatantrā — was dependent; na — not; kalpā — able; āsīt — was; yoga-kṣemam — maintenance; mama — my; icchatī — although desirous; īśasya — of providence; hi — for; vaśe — under the control of; lokaḥ — everyone; yoṣā — doll; dāru-mayī — made of wood; yathā — as much as.

She wanted to look after my maintenance properly, but because she was not independent, she was not able to do anything for me. The world is under the full control of the Supreme Lord; therefore everyone is like a wooden doll in the hands of a puppet master.

1. Everything is alright:
Maharaj: - she; Yes, in sanskrit sah is 'he' and if it is dhirga, it is long then it is feminine.  means she. 'She' means 'mother of', here mother of Narada ji you know. This verse does not have any purport because the message is clear. When the message is clear, Prabhupada doesn’t write the purport. It’s beautiful! Then the second line is very important. īśasya hi vaśe loko, yoṣā dārumayī yathā. vaśe, vaśe is very important here, vaśe means under the full control of. There is no other way. Everything in this animate or inanimate, everything helplessly follows the order of Krishna. That is the meaning of this. And this buddhi, this intelligence is vishudha. Those who understand this transcendental fact, they are not stuck anywhere in the material world. Because in any situation they think that it’s under the control of Krishna. If He wants what can we do? That’s how we are completely out of anxiety, out of petty differences you know? Then the purpose of the Bhagavatam is to clear our intelligence. And that is in Bhagavad-Gita it is very nicely said that buddhyā viśuddhayā yukto, dhṛtyātmānaṁ niyamya ca

So nice verses those, those 3 verses you know. Take out Bhagavad Gita 18.51-53, from 18th chapter from 51 to 53. viśuddhayā buddhyā yukto, Krishna says in the last chapter that viśuddh buddhi. And the main symptoms of viśuddh buddhi is īśasya hi vaśe loko, yoṣā dārumayī yathā.  (Devotee reads verses, everyone repeats after him including Maharaj)

buddhyā viśuddhayā yukto, dhṛtyātmānaṁ niyamya ca
śabdādīn viṣayāṁs tyaktvā, rāga-dveṣau vyudasya ca
vivikta-sevī laghv-āśī, yata-vāk-kāya-mānasaḥ
dhyāna-yoga-paro nityaṁ, vairāgyaṁ samupāśritaḥ
ahaṅkāraṁ balaṁ darpaṁ, kāmaṁ krodhaṁ parigraham
vimucya nirmamaḥ śānto, brahma-bhūyāya kalpate

Maharaj: The thing is, this one principle that is īśasya hi vaśe loko, yoṣā dārumayī yathā. The one principle you can remember from the pages of Bhagavatam, your intelligence is completely cleared. As I told you that these material matters should not be impediment to our devotional service. And they are, you know? Because always the differentiation, differentiation attitude is there. We differ each other. Whereas the common sense is always the common sense. That is why it is known as common sense, samānya buddhi. And common sense is depending on this īśasya hi vaśe loko, yoṣā dārumayī yathā. Then somebody creates a loss to us, it’s alright, somebody (creates) gain, alright. No gain - alright, happens - alright, doesn’t happen - alright. Everything is alright. 

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 Gurudeva,
Vaikunthanath Krishna das