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 wonderful class, given by our beloved spiritual master H H Mahavishnu Goswami on the occasion of the Vyasa Puja celebration of Srila Prabhupada in Houston, many years ago. In the previous offering, we heard from Maharaj about,
1) Vedic life suggested by Srila Prabhupada.
2) The miracle of Krishna's creation.
3) Disadvantage of separate bedrooms.
Now we shall hear further from Maharaj.
3) Disadvantage of separate bedrooms: Children need affection from mother and in no way they want to be separated from the mother. And in modern civilization, we have six bedrooms and all six children are sleeping in six different rooms and the father is preparing for another child again. So this is the most degraded condition we have come to under the name of advancement. We were in Canada, Vancouver and there is a place called Calgary. It is bit of a drive from Vancouver. It is very cold and during winter the temperatures go very down - may be -40 or something like that. So what happened there were three-four children sleeping in all the bedrooms in a house and there was one small child, three-year-old girl. Mother did not have any idea as to what the children are doing, whether they are sleeping or not. She was busy with her own things. And father had to leave the house early in the morning for work. And this girl got up and she began to follow the father. The mother did not have any idea. And nobody in the house had any idea about this. And the father was very busy. He didn't notice her. This child unknowingly followed the father.
She didn't know that father is busy and going to work. Father was not in his senses, because he was already dreaming about his work/business. So he just went straight to the car and nobody saw her. It was -4 degrees and she was in her nightdress. And the father sat in the car and drove off, without knowing that the girl is out. Mother did not have any idea. She might have been snoring. And this girl was left outside in such a freezing temperature, much much below freezing temperature for 6 hours. She got frostbites, but somehow she survived. Somehow or the other after 6 hours mother realized that the child is not in the bedroom and is missing. So she called the police and they could find the body under the snow at the door-step. This is the effect of separate bedrooms. We have to come to our senses regarding the children. Children must come first in our lives. They are very young. They want mother, they want father also. They want tender loving relationships. We should not create difficulty for young children, under the name of modern advancement. On one hand, we claim that we love the children and on the other hand, this is the effect of separate bedrooms. If we can do, all the walls of the bedrooms should be knocked. Make a big hall and parents and children should all take rest together. Unless the children have grown big and they want a separate room for themselves. That is another thing. But this is how Srila Prabhupada has given us the intellect for understanding these things.
Krishna willing, we shall hear further nectar from Maharaj in the subsequent offering.
Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Sudarshana devi dasi.
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