Take Shelter of the Worthy Shelter - Part 3

Dear Prabhujis and Matajis,
Hare Krishna. Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva.
This is in continuation of the offering, "Take Shelter of the Worthy Shelter", a transcription of discourse given by H H Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj in Rajkot on the verse SB 3.25.11 in 2008. 

taṁ tvā gatāhaṁ śaraṇaṁ śaraṇyaṁ
sva-bhṛtya-saṁsāra-taroḥ kuṭhāram
jijñāsayāhaṁ prakṛteḥ pūruṣasya
namāmi sad-dharma-vidāṁ variṣṭham

Devahuti continued: I have taken shelter of Your lotus feet because You are the only person of whom to take shelter. You are the axe which can cut the tree of material existence. I therefore offer my obeisances unto You, who are the greatest of all transcendentalists, and I inquire from You as to the relationship between man and woman and between spirit and matter.

In the previous offerings we heard from Maharaj that

a) We are not taking shelter of the worthiest shelter Krishna as we don't appreciate His transcendental Supreme Nature
b) Srila Prabhupada has mercifully helped us to know the transcendental glories of the Lord by translating Bhagavad Gita, Srimad Bhagavatam in English
c) We need to give up our lazy nature and immediately take up to study of Srila Prabhupada's books.
d) Krishna and His words, Bhagavad Gita and Srimad Bhagavatam are non-different from Him and by getting in touch with Them our contaminated behaviour will be purified and once purity is there, Krishna will arrange everything else.

Now let us continue to hear more from Gurudev.

We have our responsibility because we are already in the material world. We have our work, we have our children and so on. All these are our responsibility. But there is a way to have shortcut to complete the responsibility. And that is through this purity. And that's why the behavior pattern must be crystal clear. Crystal clear. Nobody should doubt us. And once you shut your eyes from that contamination then everything becomes very transcendental. And your responsibilities are taken care of. Once in Granthraj paper somebody had very nicely written - "You please surrender to Him and the rest will carry on". And He is carrying on anyway. What are we doing? Our children are there, grandchildren are there. They are studying, working and doing so many things. What am I doing? Now I catch my head, "Oh what happened to him? How is he doing?" No end to it. We can't do anything but unnecessarily we catch our head. This should shop. And contamination in the behavior should never be there. At least those who are already married, who are already finished something, they should be completely clean. I told you yesterday, these ladies who are forsaken or who are widows, they were addressed as ganga-svarup, like Ganges. That doesn't mean that the ladies only are supposed to be Ganges. The purush also should be very very careful about it. Because we don't understand Krishna, that's why purity is completely away from us.

Anything we come across, we have our material law to apply to. And there we commit our mistake. Our material rods don't work, that we knew already. And it has worked so far by Krishna's mercy but it is not supposed to work. So one day vanaprastha situation is there or retirement is there or kicking out by the children. If you don't follow renunciation according to vedic culture, Krishna will take you away. caatur varnyam mayaa srshtam. Everybody will have this situation to face. That they don't follow. In the Western world varnashrama system is completely absent but we see so many divorces, so many marriages and again remarriages why? Because they are not following the behaviour pattern of Bhagavatam. So many difficulties are there. And they ask why, why this is happening? Because anti-bhagavatam situation is there. Srila Prabhupada wanted to correct this situation. So those who are following Prabhupada in the Western civilization also they are a bit better than the ordinary crowd, at least for some time. This is how this process is well-tested and purity has its own way. Why Grandfather was respected so much? Because he is the head of the family. And he didn't run like a dog here and there. Our grandmother, I hardly saw them together. My grandfather and grand mother, they were really happy. They may fight some time but no mention about divorce. He was completely engaging himself in worship and she was cooking or whatever, never bothered about each other.

Please, material relationships should be seen through this eye of Kapila. Particularly this verse. śaraṇaṁ śaraṇyaṁ must be there. śaraṇyaṁ means worth taking shelter of. Find out first the living entity who is worth taking shelter of, and then śaraṇaṁ. These two things you should remember. But we don't find sharanyam. Till that time we are kicked out. Because we don't go to the sharanyam, we don't go to the transcendence which is worth taking shelter of. So you go anywhere which is not worth taking shelter of, we are going to have the same kick. This we don't understand. That's why these material relationships, there is so many problems because they are not going to sharanyam. Sharanyam means worth taking shelter of. This is our mistake. From the beginning, if you do śaraṇyaṁ, then your sharanam is quite fruitful. But from the beginning you don't go to sharanyam. Here Devahuti gives only 2 words in this verse. And these 2 words are very important in our life. We don't find sharanyam at all. We don't find sharanyam and we are surrendered. The wrong śaraṇyaṁ is there, then again the material kick is bound to be there. We are thinking, "Oh, I am completely surrendered and even then I am kicked". People who serve in the bank, may be they are very surrendered to the manager. And the manager himself kicks out because the bank is not making profit. So no mistake from our side but still the kicking out is there because śaraṇyaṁ is wrong. I don't mean that we should not be surrendered to the office boss. We have to to some extent. But to that 8 hours only. It is not that 12 hours we are meditating on him. 12 hours meditation is sharanyam. And those who choose this correctly, then their position is secured.

So many examples are there. Prabhupada did not have anything at all. It is very clear, when he got down from the ship, he did not know whether to go East or West. No money at all. Except dhoti, kurta, no trousers also. nothing at all. His dress also not worth looking at. And he could achieve so much. Why because sharanyam was there. The surrender was complete surrender. And complete surrender to what? He was surrendered to Bhagavatam. And that's why he had taken a vow that he will translate the whole thing before he dies. And if we kick that Bhagavatam out, then our śaraṇyaṁ is gone. If we surrender to anti-bhagavatam people and situations, then our sharanyam is gone. We do our seva, whatever it is. But the rest of the time everybody should know that we are with Bhagavatam. They should see us, so we should not worry about our own praise or whatever but somebody should see that he is always with Bhagavatam. That will protect you. That will really really protect you. I was traveling to Ahmedabad, Bombay and other places. But whenever I am not doing anything, I am always writing something from Bhagavad-gita, Bhagavatam in my notebooks. So one devotee, whenever he saw me, he saw me with Bhagavatam. "You are sane", he said. And he gave us some donation that time for our Dwaraka project. It was so difficult for us. We didn't have a single penny there. But because of Bhagavatam Lakshmi came. And I boast that he liked me, that's why he paid. No! Not because he liked me but he saw me with Bhagavatam. And I didn't know that Bhagavatam is bringing money to me. I didn't have any idea. The thing is, that unless śaraṇaṁ śaraṇyaṁ is there, the kutaaram is not there. Axe is not there. And this Axe we have to understand very clearly you know. Samsaara taroh kutaaram. To cut the samsaara tree the axe is required. But in transcendence, actual material things are absent. That we have to understand. We have to get rid of samsaara. This axe is śaraṇaṁ śaraṇyaṁ. Correct surrender must be there, so automatically axe will be there. So we are situated in samsaara, and even then we are not attached. So this kutaaram in the proper material meaning, you must have the kutaaram to cut. But here we don't cut actually, automatically it is cut. Bhakti pareshaanubhavo viraktir. As soon as the devotion is there, correct surrender is there, axe is already there. This is the sequence of this verse. Because śaraṇaṁ śaraṇyaṁ is there, the kuṭhāram is there.

Once the kuṭhāram is there, then jijñāsayāhaṁ word is there. jijñāsa means desire to know. Inquisitive to know that is jijñāsa. Yesterday I quoted that verse - parābhavas tāvad abodha jāto yāvan na jignāsata ātma tattvam. jijñāsa word is there. yāvan na jijñāsa ātma tattvam. Till you are not inquisitive sincerely of the atma tattva, till that time you are defeated. And that's why in the material relationships we are defeated because jignaasa atma tattvam is completely absent. So that's why we are failures. But those who are attracted to this aatma tattva, they take it very easy. And they don't worry too much about these things. And they go on that's it. Somehow or the other we have to adjust. Prabhupada was always giving the example of waiting room. In waiting room so many people come together. Our mela is like a waiting room. You were here for 10 days and you are gone now today. We are here for a few years may be, coming and going. Who knows when anybody will just go away. So this is just a mela, very temporary mela we have. And in temporary mela we don't get attached to temporary shelters.

Those who guide us correctly, we are surrendered to them. Please try to understand these things, so that it will never pass over our heads. It should go through the heads. Sharanam sharanyam is very important. We have to have the serious attraction to sharanyam - worth taking shelter of. And He is worth taking shelter of because He says Himself, "Brahma, it is I the Supreme Personality of Godhead....(2.9.33 translation)." Three times Prabhupada repeats the word Supreme Personality of Godhead in this translation. "Which you see now is also I, and whatever remains after also is I the Supreme Personality of Godhead". This is śaraṇyaṁ. Om purnamadah is śaraṇyaṁ. Then tvam aadidevah, only one quality we discussed. aadidevah, again purushah puraanah. purusha is enjoyer. Purānam means oldest. All these qualities are included in aadidevah. This is the point to be understood. Please try to your best and get attached to Srimad Bhagavatam. Hare Krishna !

Granthraj Srimad Bhagavatam ki Jai! HH Srila Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj ki Jai! HDG Srila Prabhupada ki Jai!

Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Kalacakra Krsna das