Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble pranams! All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva!
Continuing on the topic elevation to perfection based on the nectarean class given by our beloved Gurudev in Singapore based on the verse 3.23.56 Maharaj was super excellently explaining the verse 3.23.56,
neha yat karma dharmāya na virāgāya kalpate
na tīrtha-pada-sevāyai jīvann api mṛto hi saḥ
Anyone whose work is not meant to elevate him to religious life, anyone whose religious ritualistic performances do not raise him to renunciation, and anyone situated in renunciation that does not lead him to devotional service to the Supreme Personality of Godhead, must be considered dead, although he is breathing.
Maharaj bisected the verse very nicely as follows:
1. How our Karma (work) should elevate to religious perfection.
2. How religious perfection should lead to renunciation.
3. How renunciation should lead to loving devotional service to the lotus feet of the Lord.
1. How our Karma (work) should elevate to religious perfection:
We are all behaving exactly opposite to Srimad Bhagavatam and therefore we can't foresee. If you don’t foresee, how your karmas are going to be purified? In the olden days people's karmas were very nice. Everybody was sure that he will get his share of income for sustenance. There was no competition what to speak of cut-throat competition. This competitive attitude was not there, and everybody had full faith in Krishna. Electricity was not there. So, there was no additional magnetic field and people were peaceful. Now in the house we are not peaceful due to the presence of magnetic field. What to talk of house, anything we eat is electricity. The chutney we eat is full of electricity. In this situation it is very difficult to put Srimad Bhagavatam and Srimad Bhagavad Gita into practice. But there is no other way. That’s why diseases are increasing. In our times there was only TB/Typhoid. There was no heart disease. Only one or two rich people may have the heart disease. So, there must be fundamentally something wrong or otherwise why we get diseased with so many new diseases with unknown names. One Dr.Coleman has written a book on ‘How to save yourselves from doctors killing you’. In US they found out some drug and did not find any disease. They carried the research on how this drug can be applied. They found out that children are restless, and they administered that drug to decrease inattentiveness. Instead of Srimad Bhagavatam (which gives definite result) everyone goes after various medicines. May be in emergency, we may have to take help of these medicines, but so far as possible we should avoid and take the medicine of Srimad Bhagavatam.
The more you follow Srila Prabhupada you will not need anybody else. Please daily go to him and he will lovingly guide you. He has the monopoly. He has done so much that nothing is left to be done by anybody else. If anybody tries to do something, at the best he has to copy him. To that extent, we are very lucky to be with his literature. He could not take out his heart and put it in the books. He was not having any tinge of dishonesty. The more you try to grab another's possession, the more you will be diseased. We have the innate tendency, if I will get something for free, I will take as much as possible. Please try to avoid these things. If you don’t have anything to eat, don’t eat. But don’t grab. To that extent we must be completely renounced. This attitude is not there, because our activities are sinful. ‘neha yat karma dharmāya' is completely absent. Only one-fourth of the sloka, we are not able to follow. For good we have to come to our senses. Ask this question "When are you going to come to the senses?". It is getting late. Life is as it is, very flickering. We are alive today, after 1 hour what will happen, we don’t know. So why to plan this and that. We should be completely satisfied with our situation, then our karmas will not have the dishonest tinge.
Honesty is the finest element ‘iha’ – ‘in this planet’. If your honesty is more than 100% in your karma, you can see the result. The best result is that you are completely satisfied. That satisfaction will give you nice feeling in your body by which you will be able to inquire about the transcendence. Then we will know about the goal of our life and what is to be done. The art of foreseeing will be there. You will be relieved from your karma because of your honesty. By stopping the work, you will never be relieved. Encourage people to perform karmas in this direction. This is the way for religious perfection.
Maharaj discussed further on the subject matter of how the religious perfection should lead to renunciation. I shall try to post them in the subsequent mails. Please forgive for my inadequacies in not being able to transcribe it perfectly.
Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Sajjana Priya Krishna das
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