Allow Krishna to Appear in your Heart - Part 7

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

We will continue to meditate on the beautiful class given by our beloved spiritual master HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj on Srimad Bhagavatam verse 10.3.1-5 in Alachua on 8th June 2003. In the previous offerings, Maharaj said that we need to follow Vedic culture always.

 Now we shall hear further.

7. Importance of Deity Worship
Maharaj: I told you yesterday that in Bombay particularly these ordinary boys, they are staying in the slum and slum means the drainage is flowing and he is sitting on a cot, he is sleeping on a cot, underneath drainage is flowing. And because he is watching TV, maybe American scene is there, he thinks that he is in New York. (Gurudev and devotees laugh) The fellow is sleeping on a drain. But if that man, that boy becomes favourable to chant and have darshan and kirtan in the temple or do some service, they go to the temple for eating because there is no place to eat. On drain he can't cook. (Gurudev laughs) So there is no arrangement for cooking. There is no bathroom, nothing at all. And even then, people are staying there. And few boys may be attracted to temple, they are forced to be attracted maybe, but they go there and serve there, immediately as soon as they join the temple, they are on the 5th floor in Juhu. Where one foot of land is not available, but just he agrees to chant and to serve, these two things, immediately he is taken out from the drain to the 5th floor. And again suppose he goes berserk, then again from 5th floor back to drain. This is our position. So please don't go to the drain. (Gurudev laughs)  And he is actually on the drain. But if you forget Kṛṣṇa, you may not be on the drain, but this house will become like a drain. This house is clean and auspicious because there is some corner is there you know. And if we can, if we have some marble big sized deities, "Mata, you are going now, just go to Jaipur and have a lovely deity." 

Devotee:  We are not yet regulated.

Maharaj: Don't worry, you are, we are grhasthas you know. Minimum service you can do. Dressing is also daily not required. Once a week you should change on Saturday. Whatever you cook, you just offer. There is nothing to be specially done for, but one thing we should always be careful that whenever we touch the deities, we should have taken bath and nice tilak and may be dhoti you know. And maybe you buy some silken, real silk sarees are available, dhotis are available, silken dhotis and they are not contaminated. In our place, always people used to wear whatever dress outside, but for puja always silk was worn.

(Referring to one devotee Maharaj says) So please you buy something. Bring them dhoti, otherwise he gets up and puts trouser and goes to wake up the lord like that, it shouldn't be like that. You have to be very careful, we are going to Kṛṣṇa you know. So you respect Him and He will respect you. That is the reciprocation.  

Krishna willing we will continue to hear the nectarean realizations from Maharaj on Krishna's appearance in the subsequent offering.

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