Lessons from Bhishmadev - Part 20

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 conversation between Maharaj and the devotees.

Devotee: Maharaj, from Putana's story should we understand that those people who are connected with me, even though if they have not performed any great devotional activities, they getting liberation is because they must have done something in the past life, to be related to me in the first place. Like Putana, she has done lot of pious activity in the past life, to be able to offer that service to Krishna in this birth. What I mean is that there is a cause for being liberated. It is not happening suddenly just like that.

Maharaj: First we have to understand that we are not talking about liberation. There is a difference between liberation and devotion. Liberation is a passive state. Liberation means you are just stopping the material attractions. And as soon as you are stopping the attractions, it is known as liberation or moksha. But we are not interested in moksha. We are interested in devotional service - bhakti and the concomitant results of bhakti will be liberation etc. We are not worried about those.

hari na jan to mukti na mānge
mānge janamo janam avatār re
nitsevā, nitkirtan ochchhav
nirakhava nandkumar re

Narsi Mehta is singing this. He says that Vaishnavas don't ask for mukti. They only pray for always doing seva, kirtan and glorifying Krishna in every birth. This is our purpose. This is our purpose. We don't want liberation. No. And we don't want our relatives also to be liberated. They should become devotees. And devotion is so very powerful. Srila Prabhupada was only one devotee and now there are three million devotees all over the planet. One devotee could show this. He was only one devotee. And one devotee, how could he purify the whole three million people. It is unlimited purification and this shows that if three million are purified in this planet, then how many more should have been purified unknowingly? Each one's generations and his generations and his generations...it is a very big purifying agent. You look at the sun. The sun rises and does it has a limit to one or two miles? The whole planet is engulfed.  And sun is nothing when compared to Krishna. 

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.