Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis
Please accept my humble obeisances! All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev!
The following is a humble effort to transcribe one of the nectarean class of our beloved spiritual master HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj on Srimad Bhagavatam verse 1.14.10 in Rajkot. This verse is spoken by Yudhishtir Maharaj to Bhimasena when he began to see some inauspicious omens in his kingdom.
paśyotpātān nara-vyāghra divyān bhaumān sadaihikān
dāruṇān śaṁsato ’dūrād bhayaṁ no buddhi-mohanam
Just see, O man with a tiger’s strength, how many miseries due to celestial influences, earthly reactions and bodily pains — all very dangerous in themselves — are foreboding danger in the near future by deluding our intelligence.
(Maharaj asked the devotees to read the purport of the above verse).
Devotee: (reading from Purport) Material advancement of civilization means advancement of the reactions of the threefold miseries due to celestial influence, earthly reactions and bodily or mental pains. By the celestial influence of the stars there are many calamities like excessive heat, cold, rains or no rains,
Maharaj: This we are experiencing now.
Devotee: (continuing the purport) and the after effects are famine, disease and epidemic. The aggregate result is agony of the body and the mind. Man-made material science cannot do anything to counteract these threefold miseries. They are all punishments from the superior energy of māyā under the direction of the Supreme Lord. Therefore our constant touch with the Lord by devotional service can give us relief without our being disturbed in the discharge of our human duties. (Devotee repeats this statement)
Maharaj: Suppose there is excessive heat, we stop the work, excessive cold we stop the work, so duties will be disturbed but constant touch with the Lord gives us the capacity to follow our regular schedule, otherwise the work is affected, we may be forced to attend the office. We may be forced, that there is excessive heat or cold, but we are forced to attend the office, but the work will not be done. We will be there in the office but we don’t do that work. As soon as, the natural duties, they suffer, means there is chaos in the society. You’re extracting the salary and you are not working. So the offices spend more. Again the tax payers money is gone. People have to pay tax more. Income tax is horrible. (indistinct) If the people they are straight forward in performing their duties, the expenses of the government will be less.Less is expenses means less tax.
Everywhere by remembrance of Krishna, the good prevails. Without Krishna everything bad prevails - that we are experiencing. In our life also, if you want everything to be good, then we have to be in constantly in touch with Krishna. Everything auspicious means Krishna. Everything inauspicious, means no Krishna. And as this is very well described in the pages of Bhagavatam, that to accept Krishna consciousness, is our constitutional position. So it is easy. But if you want to go against the constitutional position, it is difficult. Then you don’t have to believe, you go atheistic. To show that you are atheistic, you have to start drinking, you eat meat. You have to do everything, which scripture says, exactly opposite to it. And it’s really endeavour. You go to whisky pub or whereever, you alone cannot enjoy. So you have to have friends with you. Again there is more expenses involved. More expenses means more earning. Earning way - may be with illegal or foul means. Somehow or other, we want money. This is how. All the thefts there (inidistinct)
The root is our own sinful activities, this way we want to earn more money. The good people, they don’t require that much money. The same money they get, it takes them long because you are good. We experience it. Isn’t it? You don’t smoke, so you don’t have to spend for smoking. You don’t look to the television (indistinct). No television means, there may be market full of television, there may be roads of electronic shops, but we are not interested. So those shops are of no value at all for us. We have completely minimized our things and why we have minimized? Because we have connection with Krishna. Because Krishna doesn’t require any television, Krishna doesn’t require any air conditioned room. See Krishna either, He is in forest or in the palace. No in between. And His palace rooms never have seen air conditions. They are without air conditioning. His palace is all spiritual. So conditions can’t work. Because we are conditioned, so we want air also to be conditioned. (laughter)
Krishna willing we shall continue to hear more nectar from Maharaj in the subsequent offerings.
Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Swarnangi devi dasi
Moderator's Note: HG Swarnangi Mataji, (daughter of HG Shyamcaran Prabhuji and HG Krpasiddhi Mataji) is disciple of HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj. She met Maharaj when she was 3 or 4 years old. Maharaj encouraged her to recite shlokas and sing nice kirtans for Krishna. Mataji is talented both in singing and dancing. Currently she has completed her Masters in Psychology.
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