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 Bhagavatam class given by our beloved spiritual master HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj in London. In previous offering Maharaj was explaining how the perplexities in our life are because of the fact that we are caught up with the three modes PIG - Passion, Ignorance and Goodness. And to come out of the modes we have to take shelter of BBC - Bhagavad-Gita, Bhagavatam and Chanting. Now we shall hear further.
"To get of the PIG, we have to engage in devotional service. There must be something to start our devotional service. We must start with seva. We have to do our prescribed duties. But along with it daily we must chant the holy names of Lord, study Bhagavad-Gita and Bhagavatam. We are fortunate to know about devotional service and get time and opportunity to execute it. So after getting this fortune, we should not leave it. At least one verse you should ready daily. Please, please - somehow or the other study. When the elders follow devotional service sincerely, then naturally the younger generation will also take it up. (Referring to a devotee family Maharaj said) Because, the grand-parents, parents are all doing nice devotional service, by Krishna's mercy these children are performing such nice kirtans even in this young age. This is the secret of it. We must not get caught up with this PIG. Why we should study Bhagavatam? There is a beautiful verse in Srimad Bhagavatam 12.13.18,
śrīmad-bhāgavataṁ purāṇam amalaṁ yad vaiṣṇavānāṁ priyaṁ
yasmin pāramahaṁsyam ekam amalaṁ jñānaṁ paraṁ gīyate
tatra jñāna-virāga-bhakti-sahitaṁ naiṣkarmyam āviskṛtaṁ
tac chṛṇvan su-paṭhan vicāraṇa-paro bhaktyā vimucyen naraḥ
Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam is the spotless Purāṇa. It is most dear to the Vaiṣṇavas because it describes the pure and supreme knowledge of the paramahaṁsas. This Bhāgavatam reveals the means for becoming free from all material work, together with the processes of transcendental knowledge, renunciation and devotion. Anyone who seriously tries to understand Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam, who properly hears and chants it with devotion, becomes completely liberated..
The verse shows the importance of Bhagavatam. Srimad Bhagavatam is purāṇ - transcendental history. All our material histories are misdirected. They are written and re-written again and again. They don't really expose the truth. The truth is hidden in it. The British and Moghuls who invaded India, destroyed our Vedic culture. Since last 1250 years we had been slaves. And because of that contamination has already started and the history has been twisted so many times."
Krishna willing we shall hear more 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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