Never Leave the Bhagavatam Shelter - Part 4

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 one of the instructive nectarean initiation class given by our beloved spiritual master HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj, in Sri Sri RadhaNeel Madhav dham Rajkot on 8th January 2005. In the previous offering we heard from Maharaj that

1. even in difficult situations, if we take shelter of brahminical culture, religion and Krishna, then we will be saved
2. If we direct people to Krishna, then that is great help because everyone is suffering
3. Every verse in Bhagavatam, gives the full message of Bhagavatam

Now let us hear from Maharaj.

Maharaj: (Continuing to explain verse 1.6.26) And there is one adjective there hata-trapaḥ paṭhan, you have to hata-trapaḥ paṭhan, we ignore the material standards. To get rid of the trousers for a while and put on dhoti is also essential for our health. You know better that the whole body requires the oxygen. No doubt for our work and according to the countries we are staying, we have to dress something up. We have done so much without Krishna. Now with Krishna, we have to go and that is the only our objective. That is real initiation, hata-trapaḥ. And I have never seen him in any trousers. Two Muhammadans were there, they are wearing the dhotis, from Yugoslavia. One is doctor, Vishabhavana, he is a doctor. He was just moving about and shaved off completely. No hair. I think Krishna has shaved him off, half is already gone (laughter). Krishna has done half the job. I mean to say hata-trapaḥ paṭhan they have realised. Whichever verse you take from Bhagavatam, it is regarding common sense. Common sense prove it. So, this is the first line. Come on recite:  

SB 1.6.26
nāmāny anantasya hata-trapaḥ paṭhan
guhyāni bhadrāṇi kṛtāni ca smaran
gāṁ paryaṭaṁs tuṣṭa-manā gata-spṛhaḥ
kālaṁ pratīkṣan vimado vimatsaraḥ

hata-trapaḥ, see our one director of medical store comes. He is the only son, and plenty of money is there. So, he could behave very proudly or whatever. But here he comes, puts on dhoti and worships our Radha Neela Madhav on Sundays. This is hata-trapaḥ. Otherwise, his standards should be very high – silken clothes and this and that, plenty of money is there. But no, as soon as Prabhupada touches us, he gives us the reality. 

Murali, he was translating SB as Simple, Basic. Simple Basic, the basic and the simplicity. Please, this is the first line. This is our way. We are not ashamed of anything. We do anything. His duty is to clean – this doctor. And he got high status also. And here in India, I don’t know whether you have seen the doctors, they just straight away come from Vaikuntha (laughter). Very worshipable, to that extent. Even then, that doctor is very humble. His duty is to clean this floor.

In Chowpatty, there is Mafat Lal, Krishna candra, now he is a business tycoon. But his service is to stand at the shoe stall and take the shoes and give the token. This is hata-trapaḥ. We have completely taken the message from the Parampara. And that’s why we are very humble, we don’t mind to do any service, all the services are the same. So this we have completely understood. This comes from hata-trapaḥ. Only one word from Bhagavatam, puts us on the straight line, this is Bhagavatam. Please study these, so you will get more intelligence. Don’t leave Bhagavatam.

Krishna willing we shall hear more nectar from Maharaj in the subsequent offering.

Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev,
Dinavatsal Krishna das
Singapore