Transcendental Pills - 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 topic, "Transcendental Pills" which is transcription of Bhagavatam class given by our beloved spiritual master HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj. In the previous offering we heard from Maharaj about the various kinds of fears as mentioned in the below shloka from Vairāgya shatakam. Now we shall hear further.

bhoge roga-bhayaṁ kule cyuti-bhayaṁ vitte nṛpālād-bhayaṁ
māne dainya-bhayaṁ bale ripu-bhayaṁ rūpe jarāyā bhayam
śāstre vādi-bhayaṁ guṇe khala-bhayaṁ kāye kṛtāntād-bhayaṁ
sarvaṁ vastu bhayānvitaṁ bhuvi nṛṇāṁ vairāgyam-evābhayam

There is fear of disease in the enjoyment of sensual pleasures; fear of decline in lineage; fear of kings in riches; fear of humiliation in honour; fear of enemies when in power; fear of oldage in beauty; fear of disputants in learning; fear of the wicked in virtue and fear of death in embodied souls. All facets of man's life on earth engender fear. Renunciation alone gives fearlessness.

Bhoge roga-bhayaṁ then kule cyuti-bhayaṁkul means family. We are very proud of the family. Particularly these royal families - they are very much afraid that their name should not be spoiled. If anything happens to them, then they are in the headlines. The more they fear, more is the divorce rate in those families. This is how they are always in trouble. This is kule cyuti-bhayaṁ. Then vitte nṛpālād-bhayaṁ - vitta means wealth - As soon as the money increases the king is there to take the share. There are no kings now. But the tax man is there and you have to pay him. He will say, "Oh you are earning 300 pounds, give me 50 pounds." And you can't hesitate then. You can deny to your wife, - "I will not give you money now. Why are you asking for money?" (laughter) But you cannot deny the tax man. You have to say, "Take, take."  

Then māne dainya-bhayaṁ - If you expect respect, you will always be disrespected. This is the greatest bhaya. That is why Caitanya Mahaprabhu forces us - 'amāninā māna-dena' - You should not expect any respect from others. But you should always offer all respect to others. That is the safe way. If you respect someone, the person to whom you give respect will gain in health and you also will gain health. By respecting others you become happy and he also becomes happy. On the contrary if you disrespect anybody, he loses health and you also lose the health. So do you want to lose the health or increase the health? Choice is yours. And if you want to increase, you have to give respect to everybody and don't expect respect from others. 

Krishna willing we shall hear more 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.