Fire of Bhakti - Part 2

Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev.

This is in continuation of the transcription of Maharaj's nectarean class in London on the topic, "Fire of Bhakti". In the previous offering we heard from Maharaj that,

1. With Krishna we are heroes; without Krishna we are zeroes.

Now let us continue to hear more nectar from Maharaj as he continues to explain the other lines in Srimad Bhagavatam verse 10.31.1,

2. Fortune and Bliss follows when you are with Krishna: As soon as you have Krishna in your life, 'śrayata indirā śaśvad atra hi', then Lakshmi is always near you. Don't worry about Lakshmi. We want to catch Lakshmi. But we don't want Narayan. Lakshmi cannot stay without Narayan. This is the main thing. So please don't worry about Lakshmi. If you don't worry, then She will definitely be there. Once there was Lakshmi's Svayamvar. Her father wanted to get her married. In olden days there was selection of grooms. It was a big occasion. Swayam-var means She wanted to select the husband on her own (svayam). So all over the planet, it was a big occasion that, "Lakshmi is going to marry". So all the candidates were invited. Everybody wanted Lakshmi. So they all came with nice dress and ornaments and crowns and turbans. There was a big crowd sitting on the chairs. Everybody wanted to marry Lakshmi. So Lakshmi thought, "I will marry that person who doesn't want me." She came out with the garland and everybody were bowing their heads so that she will put the garland around their neck. Lakshmi walked straight. Krishna came. He had a flute, turban, wearing a cow-herd dress, no ornaments, nothing. He was not sitting in the chair also. He was just sitting under a tree and playing the flute. Lakshmi said, "That person is good for me, because He doesn't want me. So she walked all the way and garlanded Krishna. This is how śrayata indirā śaśvad atra hi. Then the gopis sing, 'dayita dṛśyatāṁ dikṣu tāvakās', - "We are so very devoted to You, so please dayita, give us Your audience - dikṣu tāvakās. We are just beggars, begging for your audience. We are chanting your names, singing your glories, we are devoted to Bhagavatam, our life is organised as per instructions of Bhagavatam and am just waiting for your audience. So please Krishna come." Why? tvayi dhṛtāsavas tvāṁ vicinvate - "Our āsava, our life is meant for you. Don't you have mercy. Our life is dedicated for you. why are You keeping Yourself away?" - the gopis, pray to Krishna. gaubhiḥ bhakti rasaṁ pibati iti gopiḥ. - Every sense was dedicated to Krishna. Their eyes were dedicated to Krishna. Their hands, ears and everything were dedicated to Krishna. This is the way to get near to Krishna. And as soon as you get near to Krishna, you are very happily situated. Please make the best use of your life to come to this point. Hare Krishna. Jai Srila Prabhupada ki Jai!

If you people want to ask any questions you may ask now. (Following is transcription of questions which devotees asked and the practical answers given by Maharaj for the same.)

Devotee: How to protect ourselves from Maya?
Maharaj: Please ignore maya. Do your duties carefully. Then maya will not affect you.
Devotee: What about taking care of children?
Maharaj: Children - you have to take care. That is not maya. Please don't consider it as maya. It is not maya. It is your devotional service. You should feed them nicely, take care of them, keep them clean. See Krishna in your children. Till that time you should not worry about worship also. Children have to be looked after. You cannot leave your children. Maya will not affect you, when you do every activity with devotion. You should take care of children also with devotion. Whatever you do, dedicate it for Krishna. Then Maya will never touch you.

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 Gurudev,
Sudarshana devi dasi.