Fire of Bhakti - Part 1

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 a nectarean class given by our beloved spiritual master H H Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj in London.

1. With Krishna we are heroes, without Him we are zeroes: We must always do our prescribed duties. karma should be in the devotional way. If you do that then you are completely safe in the society. If you don't do that, then you are a failure. paraabhava dhaavat adhabha jaato  yaavad na jijnaasa aatma tattva - Self realisation is very much required. If you don't take efforts for self-realisation, till that time, you are completely defeated - paraabhava. Why do you want to be defeated? Why? Why? why to be deafeated? Instead we should always be glorious. No defeat. And to be glorious, we should follow the foot-steps of how the gopis glorified Krishna, SB 10.31.1,

gopya ūcuḥ
jayati te ’dhikaṁ janmanā vrajaḥ
śrayata indirā śaśvad atra hi
dayita dṛśyatāṁ dikṣu tāvakās
tvayi dhṛtāsavas tvāṁ vicinvate

The gopis said: O beloved, Your birth in the land of Vraja has made it exceedingly glorious, and thus Indirā, the goddess of fortune, always resides here. It is only for Your sake that we, Your devoted servants, maintain our lives. We have been searching everywhere for You, so please show Yourself to us.

Parābhavas tāvad abodha-jāto. We don't want defeat. Till you are ignorant you will be defeated. If you don't want defeat, then you don't have to be ignorant. Ignorance has got to be dissipated and how to do it? The gopis are showing the way. They are saying the reason why the Vraja bhumi is glorious. - jayati te ’dhikaṁ - "This tract of Vraja land is becoming glorious more and more always." janmanā vrajaḥ - "Because of Your appearance in this land." Otherwise Vrindavan is also piece of land like any other place with trees and water. But it is glorious because of Krishna's appearance. Similarly if you also want your life to be glorious, then you should have appearance of Krishna in your life. As soon as you have appearance of Krishna in your life, your life will be completely glorious. jayati te ’dhikaṁ janmanā vrajaḥ - As soon as Krishna appears in your life, vraja - then you will do vraja - start walking. Throw all your motorized vehicles. This is the main thing. You go to Vrindavan. Even now people walk. The more you are Krishna conscious, the more you will walk and you won't mind the weather or anything. This is the main thing to be understood.

And as soon as the appearance of Krishna in your life, then somebody will recognise that this is a godly person and they will not touch or harm you at all. You will not be affected by tiraskṛtā vipralabdhāḥ śaptāḥ kṣiptā hatā api, SB 1.18.48. Srila Prabhupada has given very nice example and we should remember these examples. There are electric wires available in the electric shop. There are big bundles of wire. We buy it and take it and twist it and cut it. Why? Because the wire is not connected to the power-house. As soon as the same wire is connected to the power-house, nobody will touch it. Why? Because the wire is connected to powerhouse. Similarly the reason why people dare to criticise you, defame you, hurt you, is because you are not connected to your power-house (Krishna). You are still simple wires. As soon as you are connected to Krishna, nobody will touch you or harm you. This is really the way. In Dwarka we had so many difficulties. But we don't do anything except devotional service. Nothing else. Now we have started reading Bhagavatam most of the time during the day. We are doing this for more than one and half years there. So everyone in Dwarka know that, "These people are straight-forward. They are not politicians and they don't go to this president or collector." We don't go to anyone. But everybody come to our place. We don't require to go anywhere and our work is done. They know that these people don't do anything else except glorifying Krishna. This is great fame - jayjaykaar - 'jayati te ’dhikaṁ janmanā vrajaḥ'. This is how Bhagavatam has to be put into practice. As long as you don't apply Bhagavatam in life then you are defeated. As soon as you apply Bhagavatam then there is no parābhavaḥ - no defeat.

Krishna willing, we shall continue with more nectar from Maharaj in the subsequent offerings.

Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev,
Sudarshana devi dasi.