Lessons from Bhishmadev - Part 3

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

This is in continuation of the transcription of the nectarean and inspiring class given by our beloved spiritual master HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj in London on Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 1, Chapter 9. In previous offering we heard from Maharaj about the birth of Bhishmadev and how by influence of fate his father King Santanu had to be separated from his wife Ganga and how fate cannot be changed. We also saw how lone time needs to be utilised. Now we shall hear further from Maharaj on this topic.

2. Use Lone time in Krishna's service: In your country, there are big inventors born. You know the railway man John Stephenson, he was lonely man. And what to do in loneliness? It was cold and he was experimenting. He was making tea and the tea leaves were jumping and he got the idea from that and he invented the train and engine. This is a product of loneliness. Because he was alone, he had to make the tea. It should have been very cold at that time. So he wanted to have the tea and as soon as he made the tea, his mind was attracted to the leaf jumping due to the steam. And on that principle he constructed a nice engine and at that time, some small line was constructed from York or somewhere to London. And this is how steam trains started and all these inventions are products of loneliness. 

In lone moments, you can do some creative things and the best creative thing, is to know the Absolute Truth. That is the best creative thing and we will not feel lonely. You just try. Those who are married, those who are with children, I guarantee you that you cannot stay alone for even one week. You will be completely mad, unless we are attracted to these things. So what to speak of 16 years! For 16 years Santanu had to be alone and could not do anything really. But he saw that his public, his population should not suffer, his kingdom was very nice. After 16 years again he went for hunting on the bank of Ganges. He saw a nice young boy. And in his heart he thought, "Oh if my son had been with me now, I would have been very happy." And eventually Ganga came and told him that, "This is your son and he is ready now. And he should stay with you and you see that he becomes the king." And telling this she again vanished. This is how Devavrat then started living with Santanu. And not only that he was declared as the apparent-heir of the kingdom. 

And after that again the fate came. Fate started playing around. In our life so many times, things are going on well and suddenly something happens, something goes wrong and that is how fate plays. And as I told you, fate will not give you anything and everything. From every point of view, you will not be joyful at all in this life and that is material life. In same way fate was playing very cruel way in the life of Bhishma and Santanu also.

Krishna willing we shall continue to hear more about Bhishmadev from Maharaj in the subsequent offering.

Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Sudarshana devi dasi.