The Way to Transcendence - Part 5

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 a lecture delivered by our beloved spiritual master, His Holiness Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj on Srimad Bhagavad Gita 5.20. In the first four parts we heard Maharaj speak about,

1) how to clear the contaminations from our lives; 
2) what is the real process of atonement and 
3) understanding the transcendental nature of the Lord.  

Let us continue to hear further from Maharaj on the transcendental nature of the Lord and His activities, particularly cow grazing.  "You will be surprised to hear, we were in Uganda for four to five months. The President of Uganda whenever he goes on holiday, his enjoyment is to graze the cows. This is Vedic culture. That is the best enjoyment. If we try, we will also find out how blissful it is. Take some prasadam with you and go after the cows. Cows are grazing and you are in fresh air. We don't like to stay in the palace. Once it so happened that there was a grazing ground around the palace and it was a big palace. One cowherd boy was always visiting that grazing ground and there was a princess, daughter of the king always looking at the cowherd boy. Somehow or the other they developed the love. Princess loved cowherd boy like anything. She proposed to the father that she wants to marry the cowherd boy. Father said that he is cowherd boy and you are princess and the marriage will not continue. We will find out a nice prince for you, but she was very much adamant that she wants to marry the cowherd boy. Eventually they were married and it so happened that the cowherd boy was brought into the palace, big bedroom, this and that. Cowherd boy tried to sleep, he couldn't sleep. In the middle of the night he got up and took the blanket and his stick and went to the garden and was sleeping under the tree.   This is how once we try this life, we will not enjoy the palaces. Palace is not enjoyment. It is our creation. The natural atmosphere is real enjoyment. We stay in a nice hut, it is much more pleasing than to be locked up in one apartment in a skyscraper. In the villages you can get out and see nice grass and cows and everything. This is impossible in the cities." Krishna willing, we will continue to hear more nectar from Maharaj in the next offering.

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