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 from Maharaj about the importance of distributing Prabhupada's books to dispel the ignorance of the masses.
Now we shall hear further.
10. Always be with Bhagavad-Gita and Bhagavatam:
Maharaj: This place is only meant for Bhagavatam. And then for Bhagavatam, we have got 10, 50 or 30 acres or whatever. If you don’t know Bhagavatam, we would have only 2 acres. If you do Bhagavatam, you will have everything. For our survival, we have to have Bhagavatam. So, please….and our school is running at seven o clock. So after four o’clock we must have half an hour for Bhagavatam at least. Bhagavatam must be there. Daily, in the evening everybody, those who are here, must come here for Bhagavad Gita. Whether I’m here or not please Bhagavad Gita must go on. Bhagavatam must go on. Otherwise we lose. Whatever we have gained, within no time we lose. Bhagavatam is the main source. jayam udīrayet the means of conquest. If you don’t do this, your place is not here. You do these activities first.
School or hospital or cow protection or distribution or whatever it is, is the byproduct of devotional service. So, devotional service must be first. Other things are useless without devotional service. One thing, one rule we should make, that after 9 pm, we’re not out anywhere. There is maya. 9 pm is our limit, we should be inside. And after 3:30 – 4’o clock, we are not in bed. That is it. This will save us in whatever condition we are in. We have so much big projects on our thāli (plate) and it would also be completed, provided we follow this. If you don’t follow this, please vacate and the let the other people come who do this. No other means will work. That is definite. This means, already well tested and well proved. It has worked. And at least it has worked regarding us. (Maharaj with amazing humility says) Since last twelve months, twelve years you are with me and we are doing this only. I’m invalid, even then the things are going on. Why? Because Bhagavatam is there. I was moving every year around the globe you know. And they were inviting me because I was with Prabhupada. They said, "when you come, Prabhupada is there." So, even now Prabhupada saves us. And our, for our devotional service, we require him. So, follow yourself and the same thing will be useful for anybody who sees you.
Don’t waste your breathe or waste your time. As it time is running out. Everybody is getting older and older. Do these things first. And this is only one sentence I want you to remember this. Any one sentence you pick up from Bhagavatam and just repeat that one and organize your life on that sentence and it will be alright. Otherwise all the things you do, is completely zero. ṛte ’rthaṁ yat pratīyeta, na pratīyeta cātmani, tad vidyād ātmano māyāṁ (SB 2.9.34) tad vidyād - "you must know it that this is My illusory energy if it is not connected to Me." And even now, the times may change. Kaliyuga is there and again Satyuga will be there. It doesn’t matter but the values of life does not change. Never change. You have to do this, you have to do this. And wherever you are, on this planet you are. You are not going out of the planet any way. And this planet is meant for Bhagavatam. Our Prabhupada with his hard labor, he has established these eternal values. Man! If you want to brush away the values, values will not be brushed away, but we will be brushed away. Please don't do that. And this viśuddhaya bhakti or budhi.
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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