Lessons from Bhishmadev - Part 17

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 had heard about how fate played in the life of Bhishmadev and some of the lessons we need to learn from the same. Now we shall continue to hear the translations of the Gujarati conversation between Maharaj and the devotees

Maharaj: So if one becomes a devotee then, he becomes liberated and liberates 21 generations more. And if the next generation also takes to devotional service, then he/she liberates 21 more generations. It does not stop with that. So like this the chain goes on. It is Lord's inconceivable mercy. Just imagine how much is His causeless mercy?

Devotee 1: So if one becomes devotee he becomes liberated. What does that mean. Does it mean he goes to Goloka Vrindavan ? 

Maharaj: Yes. Vrindavan.

Devotee 1: So Maharaj,  I'll tell my brother to become a devotee and I'll carry on with my sins.

Maharaj:  Yes you can do that. (laughter) But you will have to suffer for it. Because you are deliberately doing wrong. You are a crook. (loud laughter)

Devotee 1: Please forgive me Maharaj.

Devotee 2: Maharaj, when you say that even if there is one pure devotee, then all 21 generation gets liberated, what kind of liberation is that? Is it going back to Krishna? How can the whole generation go back to Krishna?

Maharaj:  Because you are going back to Krishna. It is like how when you are going on some diplomatic field somewhere, then you get the ticket, your wife gets the ticket. Children get the ticket. They don't work. You only work. But because they are related to you, they are given the passage. They don't have to do anything. They don't have to pass the examination or interview. You have passed the examination. You have passed the interview. You have taken the job. Wife has done nothing. But because she is your wife, she gets the ticket.

Devotee 2: So if an individual goes to Goloka Vrindavan, then does his family also get the same liberation?

Maharaj: Same liberation. You go to another country to work in an Embassy somewhere, your wife also goes there. If you go to South Africa, your wife also goes to South Africa. It is not that your wife goes to America and you go to South Africa. 

Devotee 2: Does this apply for liberation also Maharaj?

Maharaj: It is. It is. If in this lifetime, you do sincere devotional service and go to Goloka Vrindavan, then all seven generations will go to Goloka Vrindava. If you go to hell, then all seven generations, will go to hell. This is how wherever you go, without performing anything, the rest of generation can go. Do you understand? If you are selected as an ambassador of South Africa, then whole family gets the passage. They are not ambassadors. But they travel with you. 

Devotee 2: But this is material example. How to relate this to spiritual world?

Maharaj: This material example is at gross level. Spiritual things are much more finer than this. This material example is just to give you an idea that your wife goes not as an ambassador, but as your wife. She travels in the same plane with you as she is related to you. Similarly, those who are related to you, because of your devotional service, they also accompany you in the service of Krishna and they will be trained accordingly without any hesitation, because they are related to you. And it is not just your seven generations, previous species 7 generations and previous to previous species seven generations all are liberated. And again those who are liberated, again their chain of liberation will go on. It is unlimited. And that is why to become a devotee is really a very great thing. Just imagine how much dayālu Krishna is! He is very very merciful.

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

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