Vedic Way of Life - Part 11

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 how much recitation is important and how temples are meant for that purpose. Appreciating the gorgeous temple in Houston, Maharaj said that such expansions are possible by the mercy of Prabhupada and Krishna, provided we are sincere. Now we shall hear further.

9. Effects of recitation: "Why are we expanding the temple, building big temples? It is all fresh air.  And the more you visit these places, the more healthier you become. Because the vibrations are nice and dirty things you don't hear and always you are with Krishna. By sending your children to Vrindavan, you are doing immense good to yourself, because always you are remembering your child.  As soon as you remember your child, you are in Vrindavan.  Otherwise, you might not remember Vrindavan. But child is there and so parents remember Vrindavan. This is how any activity for Krishna will benefit much more than our expectation. This is the thing to be understood. Just we were reciting the verses and came to English and it is completely dry compared to Sanskrit verses. Always, we should try to understand the meaning. So we have to learn the translations also. (Maharaj recited the translation for the verses 10.8 through 14) Do you have any questions?"

Devotee: Maharaj, in the class when you were mentioning about the role of parents, I was remembering how Srila Prabhupada was mentioning that the line "cakṣu-dān dilo jei, janme janme prabhu sei" is also true for "cakṣu-dān dilo jei, janme janme pitā sei".

Maharaj: Oh, That is very nice. We require pitā - father. Particularly ladies, they always search for father, because they miss the father. And for ladies it is a high austerity that they have to leave the family and go to completely new family and get mixed with that. It is very difficult. We cannot stay even one night in any other place. And she has to sacrifice the whole life. So they always search for father figure in the in-law's house also. And if somebody is affectionate to her, she is happy. The same way, we people love our mother very much. Sex is opposite. Male people are attracted to their mother and female children are attracted to the father. So we always search out the mother. It is not that we like to talk to the ladies. But when we talk, we search out - "Is she like my mother? is she like my sister?" This is how the living entities search out. 

This is how when we don't know these pure relationships, as soon as we come in contact with somebody we have dirty feeling. But these are the eternal search because our mother has passed away. In some cases, the mother may be alive. But when mother passes away, you don't like it at all and you can't help.  After parents pass away, you try to find out somewhere. "Is she like my mother, is she like my sister?" And women try to find out, "Is he like my father, is he like my brother?" These are the eternal search and once your parents pass away, then we have to wait up to next life, janme janme pitā se - don't know really, whether we are going to get the same mother and father, but we wish that we get the same living entities and this is how it is eternal search. And everything is coming from Srila Prabhupada. How nice by just changing this one word, he has just conveyed the meaning? This lack of parent's affection is the root cause of mental disturbance in the Western world. And now in India also it is going on, because we are very expert in copying. Whatever you throw away, we pick up. 

Krishna willing, we shall hear further nectar from Maharaj in the subsequent offering.

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