Simple Devotion - Part 9

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 the importance of studying Srimad Bhagavatam by explaining 12.13.18 verse. Maharaj then began to speak on verse 1.6.26 from Srimad Bhagavatam and started explaining about the wonderful senses - the eyes and ears which are helping us to recite the verses. Hearing is done not just by the ears, but by whole body. So we should hear more of transcendental vibration for material vibrations kill us. Now we shall hear further. 

"For our sight, we may have limitations. If there is a wall in between, I cannot see beyond that. But for sound that limitation is not there. If there is some loud sound, then may be we can hear up to half a kilo meter. So sight is in that way limited. I can see only that paper is in front of me. Beyond that I cannot see. But nād is more accommodative. And not only that, the whole body is affected by these sounds. That's why in these countries, they have the laws for the sound pollution. In India there is no such laws. (laughter) There are so many loud speakers and the whole village is hearing sounds which are not to be heard. That's why the diseases are increasing and mental problems are increasing. They go mad because of this sound pollution. Instead of this, we must remember that Srimad Bhagavatam gives us the capacity to hear the things which are not possible to be heard by the material ear. This sound is the inner sound. If we have that sound, we can hear the sound. If we want to supplement the spiritual sound from outside, it is only invested in the names of God. This is the beauty of it. It is already tested and well-proved. That's why, the musical language, particularly the classical music in which these shlokas are sung or Mahamantra is sung, it relates to your heart. There is complete satisfaction in this. We are not mad. Our forefathers are not mad, saints and sages are not mad to find out some spiritual sound system by which we can improve.

Myself, I am not proud of this, but I would like to give my example. I lost the speech capacity completely few years ago. And the doctors were telling that I need to have throat operation and clear something and then may be I could speak. But I completely stopped them. I thought that if nothing is coming, then nothing is coming. It doesn't matter. If speech has to come, it will automatically come and only by chanting, it came back. (Referring to a devotee in the room Maharaj said) You had seen me what I was undergoing in that condition. This is practical example. I have never seen a person who has lost the voice and got it back like this. Now nobody can even know that I had lost the voice. If I tell someone that I was not able to speak, then they will say that I am joking. Many times, they ask my age also and when I tell it is around 80, they say, "No. You speech is completely clear and consciousness is completely clear. It is impossible without the inner voice."

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.