Lessons from Bhishmadev - Part 11

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 offerings we have heard 8 points. Now we shall hear further.

Then next two daughters were again married to Vicitravirya. Ambika and Ambalika were married to Vicitravirya. In the end Vicitravirya suffered from serious disease like cancer and because of that he died young. So again fate was playing a cruel game. He died without any children. Now how to continue the Kuru dynasty? It has come to a halt again. So again Satyavati requested Bhishmadev that he should help in this condition. Bhishmadev did not agree. Somehow or the other Vyasadev was invited. He was the son of Parasara through Satyavati, (before she was married to Maharaj Santanu) came to her help. This is how Kuru dynasty continued. And then Bhishmadev looked after and in the end there was Kurukshetra war and when he was in the death-bed, that time we have this chapter wherein we have his instructions and last wishes. In Srimad Bhagavatam verse 1.9.24, he very nicely describes the appearance of Krishna in front of Him and he begs Him that I should remember you always till I die. This is perfection. Bhagavad Gita also says,

yaṁ yaṁ vāpi smaran bhāvaṁ tyajaty ante kalevaram
taṁ tam evaiti kaunteya sadā tad-bhāva-bhāvitaḥ

Whatever state of being one remembers when he quits his body, O son of Kunti, that state he will attain without fail.

That verse is connected to the whole chapter and I request you to study this whole chapter. These are few things we should remember and try to purify the life always. Ignore all other dirty things and become pure like gold. 24 carat gold, nothing can touch. Nothing can touch. We should not be contaminated in any way. Try to elevate yourself and please start as soon as possible. Other activities will go on. All activities will go on. Nothing will stop. Somehow or the other we will get some prasadam to eat, clothing to put. But the spiritual things you will not get unless you cultivate it. Endeavors in material things could be attained by the mercy of the Lord and this is true for spiritual things 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.