Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva.
With your permission we would like to share the contents of a short lecture given by our Spiritual Master HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj. We were having darshan of Maharaj in the office room just outside the Radha Neelamadhav Temple hall. Maharaj was conversing with someone on the phone and once he had put the phone down Maharaj spoke the following jewel-like words.
"We do not know the purpose of our lives. Millions of lives, so much suffering and by the mercy of Lord we have been put into this species. Once we get here what we do? We fight. We don't know how fragile our lives are. At any moment now, time is going to break it. We are so proud that we are going to live forever that we waste our time fighting and quarreling. We have to facilitate these things, because unless we facilitate no one is going to go to Bhagavatam. How unfortunate ? People need to be told to go to Bhagavatam.
We are not getting into our chanting and studying, it is all very superficial. If we seriously study (Bhagavatam, Bhagavad Gita) and pick up the reality from there then nothing can affect us. When you equip yourself with the realities of life through the pages of Bhagavatam then we are never affected. We should free ourselves of these things. Let them fight, why we must also do? If someone hits us, we don't have to hit them back. These things are formalities of this age. Please come out of these nonsensical formalities by repeatedly chanting and going through these verses (Bhagavatam). We can be loving to everyone. It is not wrong.
We should focus only on serving the Lord very seriously. Like this we will have no time to offend or be offended by others. We will exist, and at the same time not exist. Our existence is not in this world even though we are here. This is power of Krishna. So when we don't even exist here how to get caught in these things? We should not be lazy in our dealings with others. See Krishna and automatically we become pleased and pleasing. You are young. Don't become a grandfather too soon by shouting and quarrelling. Save yourself from these things by becoming serious in the study. "
I could not make out who Maharaj was speaking to on the phone and what the problem was at the other end, but I could see one thing - By the mercy of the Lord I was at the right place, at the right time to hear my Spiritual Master shatter my egoistic existence.
All glories to Srila Gurudev who exists eternally in his transcendental instructions.
Thank you very much.
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