Essential is Free - Part 3

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 the wonderful class given by our beloved spiritual master H H Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj on Bhagavad Gita verse 5.22 in Minneapolis on 30th May 2003. In the previous offering, we heard the below points from Maharaj.

1. Don't Complicate Devotional Service
2. Essential is Free
3. Bhakti is natural inclination to God
4. Bhakti should go on always at all places
5. Keep it Simple
6. Regulated Freedom for Food

Let us continue to hear more nectar from Maharaj.

7. Thou shall not kill: We were in Ethiopia and there was a king who was 102 years old. They follow orthodox Christianity and according to that he lived a vegetarian life. After 102 years of age also he would have survived, but someone killed him. So survival or no survival, he was satisfied that he followed the laws of God. We had read in England there is a nice presentation wherein they had translated the Bible from the Arabic language in Tibet and that old copy was preserved in Tibetan monastery and from there they have translated and vegetarianism was the main instruction in that. So only when we start tampering the original scriptures, then the misguidance is there. Otherwise, the essence of all faiths is the same. The animal which is also having life, (which does eating, sleeping, mating, and defending), how can we deny the soul in that animal? Who gives us the right to kill that poor dumb animal. And if you do that then the reaction is there. So many people died in famine, air-crash, drought, wars, and so many other mishaps. Why it is so? Krishna has His own ways to wipe out the sinful activities. Please follow the regulated freedom. It is a must. And if sanity prevails there will be happiness in the society. Insane society cannot be happy. You are in such a rich country. You have so many things in plenty. Everything is in extravagance by Krishna's mercy. Why don't you come to senses and follow regulated life? Then miseries will be less. At the moment there is so much sickness around. You people know better than me. The mental condition is completely gone because we are not following the regulated principles. We are thinking that eating means we can put anything inside the stomach. Is it a godown? And more than godown, is it a cemetery for animals? If the animal is dead, it should be buried in the cemetery. Isn't it? Is your stomach a cemetery? Please ask these questions and try to find the root of it and organise your eating. Else it is duḥkha-yonaya eva te.

8. Minimise the Aging: By regulated eating you will be able to avoid a bit of misery. Even then you are in misery. Because aging is there. Nobody can avoid it. You are aging. I am aging. Everybody is aging without exception. There is no exception to this. But here Bhagavatam again gives a clue how to minimise the aging. Aging can never be stopped. But we can minimise by following peaceful activities, God-conscious activities. It is very nicely said in Srimad Bhagavatam verse 2.3.17:

āyur harati vai puṁsām udyann astaṁ ca yann asau
tasyarte yat-kṣaṇo nīta uttama-śloka-vārtayā

Both by rising and by setting, the sun decreases the duration of life of everyone, except one who utilizes the time by discussing topics of the all-good Personality of Godhead.

America is a very nice country. Does not the duration of life decrease with the rising and setting of the sun? Does it increase for any living entity here? No. For everyone it decreases. As soon as sunsets, one day is gone, and how many times the sun has set already in our lives? How many days are gone? They are gone and never to come back. Please remember this and here the sanatan religion, eternal religion - Bhagavatam shows that if you want to slow the process of aging, the sages at Naimisharanya who are listening Bhagavatam from Suta Goswami give the formula. They say, 'tasyarte yat kshanam neeta uttama shloka vaartayaa' - There is one exception. If every moment is utilized in the description of the Lord, then you will not decrease. (Maharaj looks at a devotee and says) I have seen you so many times. But you look younger and younger. (laughter) What medicine are you taking? (Devotee replies - Hari katha). That is right. If we engage in this, definitely our mind will be pacified and our health depends on the condition of the mind. The first mind goes wrong and then the health follows.

9. Regulate your sleep: Mind will definitely go wrong if you break the instructions of God. Instructions are not just for regulated eating. Sleeping also has to be regulated. Again there is a nice touch - cushy bed and cushy quilt, rainy and cold climate - very nice place to sleep. The condemned living entities are sent to Minneapolis (laughter). Always cold. Everything that is available in the hell is available in Minneapolis. Dark, rainy, damp, cold, no-sun - this is hellish condition and we are dying to come to Minneapolis (laughter). Again after coming here, we don't know the laws of God. We say, "Forget about God. I am sleeping."  Medical science has proved that if you keep yourselves awake after 9 pm your blood burns. And if you sleep after 4 am in the morning, cough increases. We are doing both of these things, burning our blood at night and increasing the cough in the morning. No remedy and we have all the respiratory problems - SAARS, no cure. We are unnecessarily victimized by these things. Please, please. By our own foolishness, we are victimising ourselves. This is duḥkha-yonaya eva te.

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

Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Kalacakra Krsna das.