Everyday we see that so many things are wasted knowingly or unknowingly. Our spiritual master H H Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj always insists us not to waste the energy of Krishna. Energy comes from the energetic.
After hearing the reply from the bull, Parikshit Maharaj understood the greatness of the bull. He said, "I know who you are now. You are the personality of religion personified. Because only someone who can actually understand the real value of spiritual principles can really accept this terrible injustice and still be Krishna conscious."
Once we come to Krishna consciousness, initially we are very humble to accept that Guru and Krishna are the main instruments of our progress in bhakti and we pass on the credit to them at least on the gross stage, even though subtly we would like to take credit. But after some years, we think ourselves as empowered and we are the source of everything.
The cow and the bull could have pointed that Kali is the person causing them suffering. What would have they achieved by doing that? They would have forgotten Krishna. But, what did they say? They said, 'He is not the person, because behind him there is the Supreme Personality of Godhead.'
This is in continuation of the wonderful class given by HG Devakinandan Prabhuji in Abu Dhabi on 15th October 2011 on Srimad Bhagavatam verse 1.17.18.Do not deviate from the path of devotional service.
What we sow, So we reap. Suffering is God given in small doses.
This is in continuation of the wonderful class given by HG Devakinandan Prabhuji in Abu Dhabi on 15th October 2011 on Srimad Bhagavatam verse 1.17.18. Krishna always protects His devotees.
Appearances could be deceptive and as devotees, we must be careful not to be caught up by appearances.
This is in continuation of the wonderful class given by HG Devakinandan Prabhuji in Abu Dhabi on 15th October 2011 on Srimad Bhagavatam verse 1.17.18. In the previous offering we saw the background to appreciate this verse. Few of the main points we discussed are as follows. When Parikshit Maharaj inquired the bull as to who had done injustice to him, the bull gave a wonderful answer.
We always feel it easy to advise others at the time of miseries, but when we face such incidents in our own lives, it becomes extremely difficult for us to accept. Life is very smooth and sounds happy to us whenever things happen in the way we want it.
The following is a humble attempt to transcribe the wonderful class of HG Devakinandan Prabhuji on Srimad Bhagavatam verse 1.17.18 taken in Abu Dhabi on 15th October 2011. This chapter itself is entitled Punishment and Reward of Kali. This is the part of Bhagavatam which is very practical for all of us to understand.
The five sense objects trap us and these moth or bee or elephant or deer or fish they have only one attraction. They are only attracted to smell or sound or they are only attracted to taste or they are only attracted to form or to touch.
The eight elements earth, water, fire, air, ether, mind, intelligence and false ego are given going by the order of finer, finer and finer and in the verse above the example is given of wood, smoke and flame and flame being the finest is very useful and always the finest thing is useful. In the same way the living entities in the mode of ignorance is useless.
We have been meditating on glorifying the Lord in the offerings titled, "108 Ways of Glorifying the Lord". In the last few offerings, we were seeing few of the glories of Lord mentioned in verse 8 of Isopanishad.
The eagle can live for up to seventy years, for that it has to make a hard decision. After 40 years, its talons become weak and cannot grab prey. Its long and sharp beak also becomes bent. Its thick feather sticks to chest making it difficult to fly freely.
Maharaj always says that these children of ours are like time bomb and can explode into devotional service at any time. He says that these children are taking snaps of the devotional programs and impressions they make will carry on for lifetimes to come and will never go in vain.
From the pastime of Daksha yajna, which is discussed in the Fourth Canto of Srimad Bhagavatam, we can understand the exalted characteristics exhibited by Lord Siva. This is a very instructive pastime and a sadhaka can learn many lessons from it.
Recently one of our godbrother HG Dasarathanandan prabhuji who is working here in Abudhabi had a very traumatic experience of losing his 3 year old grandson due to some virus fever in India. He could not even go and see the child because of his work conditions.
Whenever we see or face something in life which is unfavourable to devotional service or in other words, which is taking us away from Krishna, then we should advise our mind, "neti neti" and divert it towards those things which enable us to always remember the Supreme Lord.
Lord Siva is known as "Ashutosh" for he is easily pleased and gives benedictions to everyone who worships him. Sometimes he also gives benedictions to demons, but ultimately it is for the spiritual benefit of those demons.
Before acting, the wise person takes a counsel of superiors and friends who have a common interest. Then, according to their advice, he exerts himself to the fullest capacity, while ultimately depending upon the providence.
Once a lady in a house saw her new neighbour hang the clothes for drying through her window. She thought for herself that her neighbour is very dirty and is not washing the clothes properly, as the hung clothes had stain and dirt even after washing.
I am uncivilized and sinful due to my neglect of brahminical culture, God consciousness and cow protection. Therefore I wish that my kingdom, strength and riches burn up immediately by the fire of the brahmana's wrath so that in the future I may not be guided by such inauspicious attitudes.
When we are in pain and if someone comes to meet us, we don't even care to inquire about their well-being. Either we avoid them or complain to them about the pains we are suffering or we even chastise them for not coming and meeting us earlier.