Simple Devotion - Part 1

Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva.

The following is humble effort to transcribe a Bhagavatam class given by our beloved spiritual master HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj in London.

"The end result of studying Bhagavatam and doing devotional service is that our life, this human existence must be completely purified. If purification is not there, then there is no meaning for our devotional service. Prabhupada has said that devotional service means purification of our existence. We have to minimise our material requirements. We are just trustees here. For example when we are trustees for some cow-protection program, the lakhs of rupees collected are for the cows. People trust and donate. Trust means they have faith. Likewise we also have faith on Supreme Lord that whatever He does is for our good. Time is bound to come when our material possessions has to be reduced. We have to daily prepare for that moment. So contamination in life must be removed. What is the contamination in our life? First we should know what is the contamination, then only we can remove it. If you don't even know what it is, how will you remove it ?(laughter) So please tell me what is the contamination in our life. 

(One devotee replied - kāma, krodha, lobha, moha, mātsarya) Tell me from your experience. (Another devotee replied - perplexities and then Maharaj continued) Srila Prabhupada says that the complete system of material activities is the source of perplexities. What is the reason? We cannot stop the material activities. We have to do it. We cannot escape. So how we can stop those activities from becoming source of perplexities? That is an art. According to our age and aptitude, we have to do some activities. Cannot avoid it. Without doubt we have to do it. Bhagavad Gita says that the complete system of material activities is the source of perplexities for everyone. 

For removing the perplexity, we should know what is the reason of the perplexity. - Three modes of material nature is the main thing - Mode of goodness, passion and ignorance - sattva, rajo and tamo. In rajo guṇ, one exhibits greed and attachment. In tamo guṇ there is badmāśi - dishonesty and barbādhi - destruction  These are the main reasons for the perplexity. If we can remove these things some how or the other then we can purify ourselves. Whole of life is contaminated. With modes, we are not at ease. We go according to the quality of the modes. Most of the time we are in either in passion or majority of the time we are in ignorance. So one devotee has coined a nice acronym for three modes P-I-G PIG. (laughter) P for Passion, I for Ignorance and G for Goodness. If this PIG is not there in our life, and if we take shelter of BBC - Bhagavad-Gita, Bhagavatam and Chanting - then our life is purified. If we get entangled in this PIG, then we will end up becoming a pig. (laughter)"

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.