Simple Devotion - Part 4

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.
3. Follow Bhaktiyoga in disciplic succession.

Now we shall hear further.

Don't complicate. Bhakti is very easy. And it doesn't require any effort really, because it is natural. But why are we delaying it, I don't know. It is only our laziness and carelessness. We are lazy and we are careless. LLazIness, Careless - "LIC".  (Life Insurance Corporation - laughter) If we get out of this careless attitude and laziness, then nothing is impossible. Everything is possible. This is śrīmad-bhāgavataṁ purāṇam amalaṁ yad vaiṣṇavānāṁ priyaṁ. (Maharaj then taught the devotees to sing the shloka 12.13.18 of Srimad Bhagavatam with feeling). We have understood the first line. Now let us understand the second line. 

Yasmin pāramahaṁsyam ekam amalaṁ jñānaṁ paraṁ gīyateYasmin means "in which". Pāramahaṁsyam - The hamsa bird has the nice quality that when milk is mixed with water, it takes only the milk. Paramahamsa people are transcendental swans sips only spiritual matters even when both material and spiritual matters are presented. They leave the material things. But at the same time, they don't neglect the material duties. The saints and sages, they are very much in the material life. And even then, they execute the spiritual activities in the best manner. The best example is Srila Prabhupada. He was right in the family, had business etc - but same time he didn't ignore the spiritual life. That is paramahams. Bhagavatam pages are meant for these transcendental swans - paramahamsasekam means only  and amalam jñānaṁ means uncontaminated knowledgeparaṁ gīyate - In the pages of Bhagavatam, only one pointed attention is given to Krishna, because He is uncontaminated Supreme. He is shuddha - paraṁ shuddhaparaṁ gīyate - always it is sung. Again and again it is sung about the Supreme Lord Krishna and that is why Bhagavatam is very important. 

While singing the verses, you have to vibrate. This vibration is Krishna. If there is no vibration, how will you get the bhakti bhāv? Every verse directs us to unflinching devotional service. So "service" word is important. It doesn't matter if that is service in our house or temple or work or whatever. Wherever you are, do the devotional service sincerely. But the attraction to devotional service depends upon, how much you are taking out of Srimad Bhagavatam. Otherwise you will lose the interest in service. If you read one verse atleast, before you go to serve, your service will be unflinching. You will know the importance of devotional service and then you will be able to serve nicely. As soon as you come to this point, then seva is automatically done very sincerely. Please remember this. 

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.