Lessons from Bhishmadev - Part 7

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  

1. Fate cannot be changed.
2. Use lone time in Krishna's service.
3. Fate is inevitable.
4. Sacrifice of Bhishmadev.
5. Sense-gratification drags us down.

 Now let us hear further.

6: Way to Overcome Sense-gratificationThe only way you can save yourself from falling prey to sense-gratification is by coming to the Lord. But at that time Santanu did not have time to think about the Lord. Such a great person, king of the whole planet and he was just carried away by one idea - "Satyavati". Such a horrible thing. It is very difficult. It is very nicely said that,

viśvāmitra pārāśayo prabhṛtayo vātāmbu parṇāśanaḥ
te'pi strī mukha paṅkaja sulalita māyā mohaṁ gataḥ
śālyānnaṁ sahitaṁ payodadhighṛtam ye bhuṅjate mānavāḥ
teṣām indriya nigraho yadi bhavet vindhyā calet sāgare

The great sages starting from Vishwamitra to Parashara were subsisting only by eating air, water and leaves. Even they become bewildered just by seeing the gentle and beautiful lotus like face of women. Then what to speak to human beings who consume well cooked rice with rich milk, thick yogurt and pure ghee? If these human beings can control their senses, then the Vindhya mountains will float on the ocean.

Vishwamitra, Parashraya are such highly elevated persons that they were not eating food. Vātāmbu parṇāśanaḥ - They were just eating only air and water. vaata means air. Such elevated living entities - strimukha pankaja - just seeing the face of the stri, woman, māyā mohaṁ gataḥ - fell down. But you people are nicely eating rice cooked with milk, yogurt and ghee and then say indriya nigraho yadi bhavet - "I have have succeeded in controlling the senses". This is like vindhyaa calet saagare - In the ocean if you throw Vindyacal mountain, will it float? It cannot float. Such a difficult thing. So if somebody says that indriya nigraho yadi bhavet, it is completely false. It is such a difficult thing to do it, to control the senses. Only Haridas Thakur could do it, because he was fully engrossed in chanting, fully engrossed in chanting. If you take the help of sincerely chanting the Mahamantra, then you will be able to control. And the culture behind you, that is very important. The whole culture, Vedic culture, if you can cultivate - that is what Srila Prabhupada wanted us to do. He had started the ball rolling. And now if we are stopping the ball, we will glide down. If we continue to roll it in his way, then we are safe. This is how even the great king like Santanu could not control.

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.