Lessons from Bhishmadev - Part 23

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 1990s. 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. In the last offering we were hearing from Maharaj about how important it is to have faith and how chanting clears all our doubts. Now we shall continue to hear further.

Devotee 1: Maharaj, one devotee was asking so many questions to HH Tamal Krishna Maharaj. So many analytical questions. So Tamal Krishna Maharaj after hearing for half an hour, he spoke only one sentence - "Where are your chanting beads?" 

Maharaj: That is it.

Devotee 1: That devotee replied that he had left it at home and then Tamal Krishna Maharaj said, "Go and take your beads, chant 16 rounds daily for one year" and after one year, you can come and ask these questions.

Maharaj: (laughter) That is what I am telling too.

Devotee 1: So there are many things we cannot analyze.

Maharaj: Yes. They are inconceivable. What is the meaning of inconceivable? acintya - We cannot think about it. (And when devotee in class who had been asking so many questions, begins to ask one more question even after narrating the above incident, everyone laugh and Maharaj says) There was a devotee in Singapore who used to quote Srila Prabhupada for every statement. So when I said him, "Please don't quote Srila Prabhupada for everything" and he replied, "Yes, yes. You are correct. Prabhupada has written this in one of his letters". (laughter) Again he quoted Prabhupada.

Devotee 1: Maharaj, why could not have Bhishmadev just married Amba without begetting children? That way, he could have kept his vow by not begetting children, yet he could have satisfied Amba by marrying her. 

Maharaj: (in a sober tone) First thing is that we cannot speculate anything about Bhishmadev. We cannot speculate. Other thing is that marrying and not begetting children is modern theory. (laughter) It is impossible. It is like keeping fire and butter together and butter has to melt. (Devotees appreciatively responded to Maharaj's reply with an enthusiastic 'Haribol!') It is not that you marry and decide, "No, no. we will not have children". And Bhishmadev did not want to do this. If we are in a responsible position like president, then it is not that we find loop-holes and use it for our advantage. That we should understand. Those who don't want to have sons and daughters, they should not marry. Why to marry? And marriage without sons and daughters is just sense-gratification. It is altogether a different thing if Lord wishes, He may not give you the children. But it is not that we should aim to do like that. Then why to marry?

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.