Simple Devotion - Part 3

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,

1. The perplexities in our life are because of the fact that we are caught up with the three modes PIG - Passion, Ignorance and Goodness.
2. Way out of modes is BBC.

Now we shall hear further:

Christianity came 2000 years ago. So don't you think there should have been some culture before that also? The creation of this material world occurred millions of years ago. So for millions of years, there should have been some culture. So what is 2000 years? Before 2000 million years this cosmic manifestation was created. So do you think, since then there was nothing? And just within 2000 years you got everything? This is not a correct argument. Christianity has a terminus. Christ is the terminus. Do you understand what is terminus? Terminus means an end point. So Christianity and Muslim religion have terminus. But Vedic religion does not have a terminus. It does not have an end. This is coming from Supreme Lord. And Krishna says in Bhagavad Gita Chapter 4 verse 1

imaṁ vivasvate yogaṁ proktavān aham avyayam
vivasvān manave prāha manur ikṣvākave ’bravīt

The Personality of Godhead, Lord Śrī Kṛṣṇa, said: I instructed this imperishable science of yoga to the sun-god, Vivasvān, and Vivasvān instructed it to Manu, the father of mankind, and Manu in turn instructed it to Ikṣvāku.

imaṁ vivasvate yogaṁ /proktavān aham avyayam - In this verse avyayam means that this yoga never decreases in potency. Vivasvān is the sun God and he told this to his son Manu. And we are all descendants of Manu. Thats why we are known as "man". "Man" word comes from Manu. So vivasvān manave prāha - Vivasvān told to Manu and manur ikṣvākave ’bravīt - Manu told to Ikṣvāku. And this is how this yoga is descending from the higher source. The point of my telling this is that there is no terminus for Vedic heritage. And fortunately we belong to Vedic heritage and we should be very transcendentally proud about this. 

By touching Bhagavad Gita - automatically devotion develops - svayam eva sphuraty adaḥ. Everything is given in the pages of Bhagavad Gita. Much more is given in the pages of Bhagavatam. Why we are not doing this, I don't know. Even now, we are suffering without it. But if we take shelter of these scriptures, our sufferings also will be tolerable. Do you understand?

Then Krishna goes on to say in the next verse 4.2 - evaṁ paramparā-prāptam /imaṁ rājarṣayo viduḥ - So this knowledge has come down in paramparā - bonafide disciplic succession. So as soon as you come to this yoga, bhakti yoga - then it is very easy in a way. Just chant,

Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare

Don't complicate. Bhakti is very easy. And it doesn't require any effort really, because it is natural.

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.