Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva.
This is in conclusion of the transcription of the nectarean class of our beloved spiritual master HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj on Caitanya Caritamrta Adi-lila verse 2.117 on the occasion of the disappearance of Krishnadas Kaviraja Goswami, author of the great literature Caitanya Caritamrta. In the previous offering we heard 13 points from Maharaj and now we shall continue to hear from Maharaj on how to control the mind.
14. Be genuine in devotional service: There is one more important point in this purport. And I cannot leave without saying this to you. (laughter) "Srila Vishvanatha Cakravarti Thakura has commented on their stone-hearted condition as follows: bahir aśru-pulakayoḥ sator api yad dhṛdayaṁ na vikriyeta tad aśma sāram iti kaniṣṭhādhikāriṇām eva aśru-pulakādi-mattve ’pi aśma-sāra-hṛdayatayā nindaiṣā.-Those who shed tears by practice, but whose hearts have not changed are to be known as stone-hearted devotees of the lowest grade." Somebody may come and cry. I am sorry to give you one example. But I must tell you. (laughter) There was one Bhagavatam class going on and I was there in the Bhagavatam class. I always had a point that whether I hear or speak it doesn't matter. Whether we are preaching or not, hearing is much much important than preaching. So I was in that class. And the devotee was crying and we all thought how much love he has for Krishna. And afterwards, we came to know that his wife was divorcing him and that is why he was crying. So please, try to see what is what. These tears are very good in the remembrance Krishna, they are needed. It is very good, very nice. But provided they are genuine. Harsha - when we are very happy to remember the Lord and to discuss His topics, tears may flow. They are known as harṣāśru. Those tears are coming because we are very joyful. It is not the pain. And the painful tears are cold. Harṣāśru are warm. So we have to feel whether they are harṣāśru or whether they are cold. So these things we cannot tell by seeing the eyes of a crying man. We have to be very careful about these things. Otherwise Vishvanath Cakravarti Thakura will not write these things.
Srila Prabhupada always avoided these outward symptoms. That is the main thing. If he would have done, then we all would have cried daily. "Prabhupada did. Prabhupada did. We must copy Prabhupada". As we are copying for 'Seven up', same way we would have cried. He completely avoided these things. (Maharaj continued with the purport) "Those who shed tears by practice, but whose hearts have not changed are to be known as stone-hearted devotees of the lowest grade. Their imitation crying, induced by artificial practice, is always condemned. The desired change of heart referred to above is visible in the reluctance to do anything not congenial to the devotional way." Change of heart means that our life style must change. That is change of heart. And it must fit into the instructions of Krishna - four regulative principles - the minimum instruction Srila Prabhupada has given. There are so many other things. It must fit into this. "Their imitation crying, induced by artificial practice, is always condemned. The desired change of heart referred to above is visible in the reluctance to do anything not congenial to the devotional way. To create such a change of heart, conclusive discussion about Sri Krishna and His potencies is absolutely necessary. False devotees may think that simply shedding tears will lead one to the transcendental plane, even if one has not had a factual change in heart, but such a practice is useless if there is no transcendental realization. False devotees, lacking the conclusion of transcendental knowledge, think that artificially shedding tears will deliver them. Similarly, other false devotees think that studying books of the previous acharyas is unadvisable, like studying dry empiric philosophies. But Srila Jiva Goswami, following the previous acharyas, has inculcated the conclusions of the scriptures in the six theses called the Sat-sandarbhas. False devotees who have very little knowledge of such conclusions fail to achieve pure devotion for want of zeal in accepting the favorable directions for devotional service given by self-realized devotees. Such false devotees are like impersonalists, who also consider devotional service no better than ordinary fruitive actions."
These things have got to be borne in mind and you should try to be very careful to perform the simple devotional activities as Srila Prabhupada has instructed. Hare Krishna.
Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Sudarshana devi dasi.
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