Lessons from Bhishmadev - Part 25

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 heard from Maharaj about when we chant sincerely we will be able to understand everything and all our doubts will get cleared. Now we shall continue to hear further.

Devotee 1: Maharaj, but chanting is not happening.

MaharajIf chanting is sincere, then everything is ok.

Devotee 2: Two or three years ago, when I was in Kenya, I couldn't understand Bhagavad Gita. But after listening to your lectures and other Maharajas lecture it is now clearer.

Maharaj: (humbly says) Yes. It is difficult even for me.

Devotee 1: Maharaj, What do we do when we can't chant properly?

MaharajChanting you must do. You must do chanting. Continue chanting. Chanting should be done always. Even if you can't, you shouldn't leave it. Otherwise we will get bored. We shouldn't do some rounds and leave the rest for later as you would forget. If all the sixteen rounds are done at once, then it has nice effect. 16 rounds is nothing. You need 2 hours at the most. But to take out 2 hours is very hard, when you are working.

Devotee 1: Maharaj, it is easier to take it time in London than in India, as we get all the facilities in London on time. For example milk, water etc.  In India we have to struggles for everything.

Maharaj: But even in that no milk, water situation people still chant.

Devotee 1: Over here people have lots of time as we get all facilities so there is lots of time.

MaharajDoesn't matter where you are. You still have to chant. In Bhagavad Gita Krishna says in verse 6.26,

yato yato niścalati manaś cañcalam asthiram
tatas tato niyamyaitad ātmany eva vaśaṁ nayet

From wherever the mind wanders due to its flickering and unsteady nature, one must certainly withdraw it and bring it back under the control of the self.

We should be in control of the mind and not be controlled by the mind. The mind will tell us to get married and that doesn't mean that we run and do it immediately. In Gujarati we call that person lampad. (loud laughter)

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.