Simple Devotion - Part 5

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 Bhakti-yoga in disciplic succession.
4. Study of Srimad Bhagavatam will help us to be unflinching in our service.

Now we shall hear further.

"Now let us go to the third line - tatra jñāna-virāga-bhakti-sahitaṁ naiṣkarmyam āviskṛtaṁ. This is a beautiful verse. Please whatever verse you study, please go to the word to word equivalents sincerely. Try to understand the arguments. Try to give the time for the verse to sink in your mind. Don't hurry. If you are in a hurry, don't touch Bhagavatam. Whenever you want to read, read little. But let it sink in your mind. And then you are habituated that whatever you read will definitely sink in the mind. That is the effect of reading sincerely. It must be digested. Otherwise there is no meaning at all. You may repeat like a parrot and you may be falsely satisfied that, "I have done Bhagavatam". No. You haven't done anything. So far we have completely neglected the important side of our existence. Don't neglect it hence forth at least

You must daily get into the pages of Bhagavatam and the effect of that is jñāna and vairāgya - knowledge and detachment. Knowledge is inter-woven in Bhagavad-Gita and Bhagavatam. Transcendental knowledge - and what is that knowledge - That this place is a dharmaśālā. What is dharmaśālā? Formerly when we go to pilgrim centers, there used to be dharmaśālā. It is a place where we go and stay, use things/facilities there and then leave after some time.  We use everything, but we are not attached to it. That is the knowledge. So always we should be awake to the fact that "I am not going to stay here permanently." So the corollary is that we have to have our last day. This place is temporary. Temporary means, "I have to go." (Maharaj made everyone chant the mantra - 'I have to go!') This is knowledge. And as soon as you remember this then there will be no attachment, there will be no greed. Root cause of all the problem is that you have forgotten that you have to face the last day. We keep thinking, "I must stay in London. I want this certainly." And as soon as we think like this everything becomes blank. But when this "dharmaśālā" knowledge is there, then there is detachment. We may stay in dharmaśālā for a month or two. But eventually we have to go. Once this knowledge is there, then detachment is there and attachment is completely absent. It is very difficult to cultivate. It is very difficult to digest this idea. Very difficult. But there is no other way! The fact is fact and that is knowledge."

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.