Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva.
This is in continuation of the transcription of 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. In the previous offering we heard the below point from Maharaj.
1. Everything is alright.
2. Contaminated intelligence leads to anxiety
Now we shall hear further.
3. Disobedience leads to destruction:
Maharaj: So, service must be there. Father and mother should never be looked at like that. "Jee" - in Gujarati we call it. Whatever he (father) says, "jee". He says that it is night at the moment - "jee," To that extent we should be very, very faithful to those living entities. That is the Bhagavatam, the Bhagavatam principle. And if you don’t follow this, then buddhi is contaminated and father and mother comes first. Then elders, all the elders. They are as good as father and mother. In Vedic culture, even somebody is two years older than us, we pay, pay obeisance to him. That is how we regard. Age is respected and it starts from parents. And you can see the difference at the moment, that no family is really of that type. But in the past we had seen that difference, that those who obeyed their parents, the family was prosperous. Those who didn’t obey, they were destroyed. This was completely clear in front of our eyes. And now everybody is disrespecting them. So, the destruction is at large. You don’t follow the Vedic principle and you’ve destroyed culture.
Contamination is increasing. Now, this cloth, because it is clean, it is surviving. As soon as it becomes dirty, if it is not washed, then it will again tear itself, because of contamination. And that is what happening regarding the present society. That contamination is so much increasing that it’s going to be torn here and there and there. How many patches you can put? So cleaning process must be there. For viśuddha buddhi, that process is given by Prabhupada in a very simple way. That without much, much endeavor, we can clean this society. And before we try to clean the society, we clean ourselves first. Yes.
4. Significance of Diacritic Marks: And only one thing you have to remember, in whole of Bhagavatam, if you want to remember one sentence, remember this sentence please īśasya hi vaśe loko, yoṣā dārumayī yathā. That’s it. Nothing more and nothing less and that translation only. Read the translation, for that part only.
(Devotee reads translation and everyone else including Maharaj, repeats after him)
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
Maharaj: That’s it. Come on, read, read. īśasya hi vaśe loko, yoṣā dārumayī yathā - Yeah, repeat. (Referring to one devotee who is unable to repeat Maharaj said) Still his mind is not there. No, no, īśasya hi…(Maharaj helping devotee to recite the verse) The fine, fine pronunciation, why can’t you do, I don’t know? At this age, my pronunciation is clear. My pronunciation should go haywire here and there because of the age. (Maharaj making devotee pronounce word īśasya) Why can’t you pronounce I don’t know? Is it very difficult? īśasya and we Indians can pronounce very properly. īśasya - You’re a young man. īśasya, īśasya hi vaśe loko (Gujarati) These difference, these fellows cannot take, because it is not their language but it is our language. What are you doing man? You don’t know barakhadi (hindi alphabets)? You don’t know ka, kha, ga, gha, why aren’t you clear? Īśasya, īśhwar. Is it very difficult for us?
(The devotee recites the lines again and everyone repeats after him)
Maharaj: This is very clear. (Disappointed with some devotee not pronouncing properly Maharaj says) Where are we going? Where are we Indians heading for I don’t know. īśasya hi vaśe loko, yoṣā dārumayī yathā, only one sentence I want you to remember from Bhagavatam. Come on repeat. (Devotees repeat the verse and everyone repeats after them) īśasya hi vaśe loko, yoṣā . ṣā (ष), shatkon ṣā ( षट्कोण ), shatkon bolto ja, shatkon ṣā yoṣā (योषा ), īśa (ईश). See the difference yoṣā (योषा) īśa (ईश). There is a difference. And that difference is karna madhur (कर्ण मधुर ). It should be properly pronounced. Otherwise nobody would like to hear Sanskrit. Sanskrit is a very sophisticated language. Same, same sh they call it. but there is a difference. And that’s why diacritic marks are different. Sometimes it’s up, sometimes it’s down. The ‘ṣā’ is down ‘s’ under dot and ‘s’ above line is śa īśasya. These they have differentiated very nicely. There is not a single mistake in the whole of Bhagavatam in the diacritic marks also. Please somebody has done very, very big job for this Bhagavatam. Transliteration particularly. In transliteration, the western world also can understand how to pronounciate different thing. But unfortunately nobody sits and nobody has time to meditate on the pronunciations. This is the greatest drawback in our society. See, this society is meant for Bhagavatam. Except Bhagavatam nothing should be done.
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
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