It is said that, 'Pride cometh before fall'. The moment pride creeps in our heart, we can definitely be guaranteed that our fall-down is certain. In the pages of Srimad Bhagavatam we find that when the brahmin boy Shrngi, the son of Shamika rshi heard that Maharaj Parikshit had thrown a dead snake around the neck of his father, Shrngi became very angry.
We are all entrusted with the greatest responsibility of devotional service by the causeless mercy of spiritual master and Srila Prabhupada. How to render this service properly? When Lord Brahma was perplexed about the process of creation, Lord Krishna very nicely instructs and encourages him in Srimad Bhagavatam verses 3.9.29 through 33.
This is in continuation of the transcription based on the wonderful class given by HG Vaijayantimala mataji. In the previous mail we saw that a simple person do not agitate others. Let us continue with other qualities of a simple person. A person who is over-intelligent cannot be simple.
Time and again we see through the incidents that if we are fully surrendered to the Supreme Lord, He will do things that is inconceivable to us. Bhishmadev was one such rare character of a pure devotee who was ready to even fight against the Lord at His order.
This transcription is based on the wonderful class given by HG Vaijayantimala mataji. Devotional service is actually very simple. 3rd Canto 31st Chapter of Srimad Bhagavatam says that when we were in the womb of our mother, we were praying to Krishna. So Bhakti is so simple that without any paraphernalia we were praying to the Lord.
Recently we came across an inspiring article about an incident which happened in sports stadium in Hyderabad, India. Eight Children were standing on the track to participate in a running race. The teacher said, "Ready! Steady! Go!!!". With the sound of toy pistol, all eight girls started running.
This is in continuation of the previous offerings on the exalted glories and teachings of Srila Narada Muni. The instructions of Narada Muni to Yudhisthira Maharaj at the end of 7th canto of Srimad Bhagavatam are very important lessons for everyone of us. After hearing about the activities and character of Prahalad Maharaj, Yudhisthira Maharaj inquired from Srila Narada Muni about the principles of religion by which one can attain the ultimate goal of life.
In the first canto 13th chapter we see that Mahatma Vidura comes back from his pilgrimage particularly to enlighten his brother Dhrtarashtra and to give him a lift to the higher status of spiritual cognition. Vidura advised his brother very strongly to get out of the palace immediately, if he wanted to be saved from the fearful situation which was approaching him fast.
This is in continuation of the transcription of Srimad Bhagavatam class given by HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj's on verses 1.9.14 and 1.9.15. Maharaj explained in the previous parts about the futility of probing into the past and wasting our time.
Today is the auspicious day of Maha Shivaratri. Recently HG Vishaka lila mataji had beautifully summarized the glories of Lord Shiva in the offering titled, "Following the Mahajans". Lord Shiva, being the greatest Vaishnava has innumerable spiritual qualities and the topmost of all the qualities is his compassion towards all living enities.
This is in continuation of the transcription of Gurudev HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj's lecture on verses 1.9.14 and 1.9.15 of Srimad Bhagavatam. Maharaj tells us that probing into what happened in the past is a sheer waste of time and Krishna has His own plan behind everything. Now let us continue to see what more lessons we can get from this lecture.
When some unfavourable events happen in life, our tendency is to ponder over that incident again and again. We try to find out the cause of problem and waste our time and energy by meditating on it. We also go and discuss it with whomever we meet and waste their time also. We fail to see the hand of Krishna in such incidents.
In this offering, we will meditate on the some of the most wonderful and important instructions of Narada Muni to Yudhishtira Maharaj as explained in the 7th canto of Srimad Bhagavatam. These instructions are very essential for us to perfect our lives in Krishna consciousness. Let us humbly pray at the lotus feet of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva and seek their blessings to be able to follow these instructions in our own lives.
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 ofthe glories of Lord mentioned in verse 8 of Isopanishad.
This is in continuation of the previous offering transcribing the points shared by HG Devakinandan prabhuji from what he has heard from our beloved spiritual master, H H Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj on the Srimad Bhagavatam verse 3.5.42. In the last offering we saw that the whole process of becoming a dheera or a pacified person starts with hearing.
This is in continuation of the previous offerings on the wonderful qualities and teachings of Srila Narada Muni. As we learnt in the last offering, Srila Narada muni is the root cause for the birth of Srimad Bhagavatam and majority of this great scripture is filled with his teachings and instructions which is the roadmap for us to attain love for God and go back to Goloka Vrindavan.
In the third canto, fifth chapter of Srimad Bhagavatam we see that the controlling deities of all the physical elements who are empowered expansions of Lord Vishnu, were entrusted with different functions of universal duties and when they were unable to perform them, they offered fascinating prayers to the Lord
When the asuras Hiranyaksha and Hiranyakashipu took birth in the material world, there was disturbing situation of darkness everywhere and seeing that the demigods became very fearful and approached Lord Brahma for help.
This is in continuation of the previous offerings on the glorious qualities and teachings of Srila Narada Muni. In the previous offering, we meditated on the past life of Srila Narada Muni and lessons that we must learn from it. "Narada" means the giver of wisdom.
On Feb 2nd 2012, we observed the Tirobhava of our beloved spiritual master H H Srila Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj. We pray to Supreme Lord that we be attracted all the time, only to one thing, that is the divine instructions of our spiritual master so that we can become completely obedient to him.
We meditated on some of the wonderful qualities of Lord Brahma and Lord Siva in the previous offerings. Let us humbly pray to them to follow in their footsteps and attain pure devotional service. In the next few offerings, we will meditate on the teachings and qualities of Srila Narada Muni, the next Mahajan.
Prayer is the media through which we can communicate with Supreme Lord. It is the best method by which soul can talk to Super-soul and depending on intensity and purity of mood with which the prayers are offered, the soul gets the reciprocation from the Supreme Lord.
The Supreme Lord always feels that He is very much indebted to His devotees for whatever service they do to Him. Although pure devotees do not expect anything in return from the Lord, the way He reciprocates to their loving dealings is far beyond what they could imagine.
We have been meditating on the wonderful qualities and teachings of Lord Siva in the previous offerings. Let us continue to meditate on some wonderful characteristics of Lord Siva in this offering. Since Lord Siva is always meditating on the lotus feet of the Supreme Lord Krishna, he is the symbol of all good fortune.
Sincerity in endeavors assures perfection and success. The very word, "Sincere" includes so many things and if we remember and try to follow them, the sincere attempt to do so is very much appreciated by the Lord.
Today we are observing the second disappearance anniversary (Tirobhava Mahotsava) of our most beloved spiritual master His Holiness Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj. On this occasion it is important that we remember and glorify our beloved spiritual master.