To mitigate one misery, we create another big misery. We did not want to walk and so we invented the cars. And car is so much misery. Once we were just parking the car and to our surprise, the wheel just came out. (laughter) I think the axle might have been damaged or whatever.
It is going to come, but when, we don't know. We are really, every second of our existence, we are at the mercy of Krishna. Now, we are sitting here and we think that, "there is nothing wrong. I am quite safe." Sometime the beam might give in. We think that the beams are holding the building.
This verse gives the eternal direction to mitigate the three fold miseries. Otherwise no other literature in this world has given the solution for these miseries. That is the specialty because the root culture comes from the higher souls. So higher souls know what are the miseries and what are the solutions for these miseries also.
Krishna's mercy, we are here now. So we should do His service. Krishna's mercy, when we have to leave, just go. That's it. Nothing to worry about. Don't fall victimised to these hospitals, medicines etc. We are not to touch those things. Now again they are writing in newspapers about something called Angioplasty.
Purpose of Bhagavad-Gita, Bhagavatam and all spiritual activities is to reduce the miseries and help you to go on the spiritual path. We are here from 4'o clock. But even then we are not tired. Day in and day out from 4 'o clock to 10 'o clock, we are here. But even then we are fresh.
Now you are all sitting in the class and this posture is Padmasan and this will relieve you from bodily miseries. Walking is the best yogic exercise. Swimming is best. Cleaning our own room - best exercise. Cleaning our clothes - best exercise.
So Bhagavatam gives the remedy for the three miseries and this verse is a cross reference for verse 1.5.40 The cross references from Bhagavad-Gita or Bhagavatam is required. The more you study Bhagavad-Gita, your mind will be working as a computer for cross-reference. Thats why the study of Bhagavad-Gita is a must.
This verse is very important because unmistakably everyone is suffering. As you know, the first suffering is arising out of the body - adhyaatmic duhk. The second suffering is from the other people - adhibhautik duhk and third thing is natural disaster earthquake etc - you cannot avoid these things.
This verse is full of knowledge. We want to mitigate the miseries. But we don't know the panacea for that. This is the panacea for mitigating the miseries. So please mitigate your miseries and try to help others to mitigate their miseries.
For our health, we must carry Krishna with us. Don't waste your time. As it is you have to maintain wife and children and again on top of that how can you waste time? I only want to speak about seva, Krishna, Bhagavad Gita and Bhagavatam. I don't want to talk about anything else.
Prabhupada's translation is just like a poetry. Please remember these things. Prabhupada is very kind to us to do all these translations. Daily he was waking up at 1 am and doing these things. In the old-age, how much his body would have been troubling him? I don't know. Just be merciful to him for doing these activities.
If you put your head into these scriptures to understand each word and try to learn the Sanskrit, that is known as "digging into our own heels". It's a nice phrase in English. It means that we don't depend on anyone else. We depend on our own selves. That is required for shastras.
This is one of the most favourite verses of our beloved spiritual master H H Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj. As a pure Mahabhagavata, Maharaj practised this verse and even during his final days in this material world, Maharaj insisted on the importance of this verse and requested all to memorise the verse, word to word equivalents and translation.
This is in conclusion of the transcription one of the previous offering titled, "Bhagavatam Gives Bliss" wherein we were hearing the nectarean class given by our beloved spiritual master H H Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj on Srimad Bhagavatam verse 11.7.10 in Sri Sri RadhaNeelMadhav dham Rajkot in December 2006.
Unless we follow, how will the younger generation take? These small boys should be taught these things - chanting, wearing dhotis, prayers. As soon as we do these things, we become completely satisfied in our self. Because we are not self-realised persons.
Our whole society was controlled by Bhagavad Gita. Our ancestor's lives were based on Bhagavatam principle. They didn't know any illicit things. Their way was very pure. Nice relationships were there. Everybody was married. There was no question of illicit relationships.
We wind up all our senses to the minimum requirement of our existence. Our senses we only use to the minimum. For example - I want to eat. Eating is required. Tonque is the sense used for it. But I only eat to survive. I don't survive for eating. Minimum requirement is satisfied.
Every living being, because he is obtained the body, he inherits 4 defects. His senses are completely imperfect. Our eyes are imperfect. Behind the walls, what is there, I don't know. All our senses are imperfect. And because of these imperfections, we are easily illusioned.
Earlier there was no disturbance at all. We have to experience the natural disturbance - I mean to say that we cannot avoid disturbance like birth. Birth is great disturbance. We cannot avoid it. We cannot avoid death. Death is a great disturbance.
Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva.
This is in continuation of the transcription one of the previous offering titled, "Bhagavatam Gives Bliss" wherein we were hearing the nectarean class given by our beloved spiritual master HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj on Srimad Bhagavatam verse 11.7.10
And to understand all these glories of Parabrahman, one needs to be favoured by His mercy and it is confirmed in the Bhagavata Purana verse 8.24.38 wherein the Supreme Lord in the form of Matsya avatar speaks to Maharaj Satyavrata as follows. This mercy can be received by surrendering to Parabrahman - the Supreme Personality of Godhead through His pure devotee.
Before we approach any knowledge, we must first pay our obeisances. Humility is the first requirement of getting knowledge. Unless we are humble, every effort will be useless. That also showy humility will not do.
Omkara is an important name used to denote the Supreme Brahman and non-different from Him. And the holy name Hare Krishna mantra is the most merciful manifestation of Supreme Brahman denoted by Omkara.
Since the Supreme Brahman is absolute, His name (Omkara or holy name) is identical with Him and hence His name is also called Brahman/Parambrahman. So, though we cannot see the Lord in our present condition, one can associate with Him by chanting the Omkara or the Lord's holy name.
Thus om is the complete combination of Krishna, His potency and His eternal servitors. In other words, omkara represents Krishna, His name, fame, pastimes, entourage, expansions, devotees, potencies and everything else pertaining to Him
By His powers He manifests many forms and also He supports the universe. One important manifestation of His power is that He empowers His pure devotees with His spiritual potency (Krishna shakti) by which they can revive the love of God in the hearts of many fallen living entities.
There is nice pastime in the Bhagavatam illustrating the inconceivable powers of the Lord in taking many spiritual forms. After killing Aghasura, Krishna, along with His associates the cowherd boys, went for a picnic within the forest. The calves, being allured by green grasses, gradually went far away
Once a king named Trishanku wanted to attain heaven with the same human body and he approached Sage Vasishta for advice. The sage told him that it is not possible to attain heaven with the same body and he has to perform many sacrifices and with the merits earned from sacrifices he can go to heaven but he has to leave the body here and go to heaven and get a heavenly body there.
Not only in His incarnations, the Absolute Truth does lot of pastimes in His deity form as well to bring joy to His devotees and reciprocate with their love. For instance, Lord Jagannath in Puri kshetra is called 'Dharu Brahman'