When we say that we surrender to Krishna, it does not mean that we do only spiritual activities and all our material activities are considered separate from Krishna. If we think our material duties as separate from Krishna, then half a day we will be devotees and another half we would be materialists.
Maharaj Priyavrata is the son of Svayambhuva Manu and disciple of Narada Muni. Although initially Priyavrata wanted to lead a life of brahamchari as per instruction of his spiritual master, by the intervention of his father Manu and Lord Brahmaji, he accepted to rule over the kingdom and lead the life of a householder.
Service to mankind is never service to God, because man is not God. Maharaj also clarifies that, "it is not that we should not serve mankind. Whatever we can do within our capacity, we can serve. But we must always remember that we are limited and Krishna is unlimited and He alone is capable of helping everyone.
Our beloved spiritual master H H Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj while explaining these words jagat pavitram says the potency of words used to glorify Lord are inconceivable. We may wonder that what impact can Harinam chanted by an individual or small group of people can sanctify the whole world.
We require austerity and if austerity is there nothing is impossible. You know for murtis to come, we have to be austere, very austere, very austere, because Krishna is coming to our place. Prajapati Sutapa was ordered by Lord Brahma to marry Prshni and then to increase the praja
There are two ways in looking at these things you know. One, we have firm faith in the Lord. He is the controller. Who are we to bring the murtis and establish? Do you follow me? Everything is sanctioned by Him. If He comes to the temple, He will bring the people.
Now suppose Prabhupada, instead of worshiping the Lord, he might have got the idea that I have to serve the rickshaw persons, rickshaw people in Mayapur. Take this one example that, if he would have thought, "Oh, Mayapur is my native place and I must serve this rickshaw owners."
Srila Prabhupad was very transcendentally proud that he said, "I am the richest person. So many houses and all the houses are clean and wherever I go my servants are ready and I don't pay anything to them."
When the material problems come in our life, what do we do? Then we make best use of our existence. We get up, we brush our teeth, we get ready and go to work, see friends and just continue with normal routine of life and then we are happy.
Half the time, more than half the time, we are afraid in this material world. Just take out this fear and you will be brave completely. There is no need for lamenting about any situation, whatever situation you are in - Krishna knows and Krishna has sanctioned for you that situation
If it is impossible for you to come to temple, then open the book and that's the temple. You take the association of Srila Prabhupada and then you will not be illusioned. If you are not illusioned, and if you are not lamenting, you will not be afraid. Your fear will completely disappear. You know completely disappear. No fearing.
we have to hear about Krishna parama-purusha - the Supreme Person and if you can hear about Krishna yasyaam vai shruyamaanaayaam, then what is the result, bhaktir utpadyate bhaktir utpadyate, that is bhakti, devotional service sprouts out. You know utpadyate very nice word.
Maharaj very nicely gave us the example of weeds growing instead of rice plant when we we fail to ensure that they get sufficient water in the fields. The creeper of our bhakti dies off and the weeds of our material desires take over if we do not fill our minds with Krishna katha. Very practical example that we will never forget.
The mind should be engaged and if it is not engaged it is very troublesome. It is a very practical example. In India, in Mayapur, if you go to our temple complex we have so many fields, rice fields around our own temple. And the peculiarity of the rice field is that the field should be always full of water.
No doubt we have to perform our prescribed activities. Many times those activities become the impediment for our continuous association with Krishna. But somehow or other the living entities cannot be dragged away from the prescribed duties.
Is it not a fact that your good self is the direct representative of Kapiladeva, the incarnation of the Supreme Personality of Godhead? To examine people and see who is actually a human being and who is not, you have presented yourself to be a deaf and dumb person.
We all want to get out of the miseries. But we don't want to follow the recipe. We concoct our things. Thats why we are more miserable than what we are. Everybody is suffering from material pangs. The description of Krishna's activities can only mitigate the sufferings. This is the conclusion of Srimad Bhagavatam.
We are eternally indebted to Maharaj for all the nectarean wonderful points which Maharaj has showered upon us through this verse. Without Maharaj we would not be able to even understand what a great treasure Srila Prabhupada and Srila Vyasadev have left us in the form of this great literature - Srimad Bhagavatam which is indeed the King of all Scriptures.
We are all neglecting the service. Yesterday we saw a man here, who is single, earning money - but didn't even take snaan (bath). He neglects himself. He looked like as if he has not taken bath for one year atleast, if not more. This is the common mass. We should not waste our time.
Here in this veres the word prajnaa has deep meaning. jnaa means knowledge and prajnaa means knowledge of Krishna. Our knowledge of Krishna, every second of our existence is carried away by wind of sense gratification. And even if one sense is out of control, you lose everything.
We are all supposed to be learned man. We are all supposed to be educated. What education are you taking? Education is to see that we are doing some service always. Service has got to be done. Our own service or any body else's service. We have to be always service minded.
We all want to get out of the miseries. But we don't want to follow the recipe. We concoct our things. Thats why we are more miserable than what we are. Everybody is suffering from material pangs. The description of Krishna's activities can only mitigate the sufferings.
The transcendental instructions are coming through disciplic succession. So if the same message is transmitted, there is no issues. Suppose Rajkot radio station is there. They are getting news from Delhi. They relay the news. So Rajkot radio station is the medium. The news is coming from Delhi.
Eventually the spiritual guide is required to force ourselves to leave the material goodness and come to the transcendental goodness. And here the guru in the disciplic succession is required. So if you really surrender to the guru, then everything gets adjusted.
One point is there that we have to pick ourselves up from rajo,tama and sattva gun also. In order to come out of rajo and tama, sattva must be developed. At the moment, the laziness takes over on us and because of laziness and sleep we are always in the mode of ignorance.
Today is most auspicious occasion of the appearance day our beloved spiritual master H H Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj. Its almost 7 years now since Maharaj left our physical vision. But Maharaj continues to live through his vaani, his instructions and lovingly guides us in every step of our life.
When the doctors perform operations, they cut all the tissues. All the tissues are cut. Our skin has innumerable tissues in the small veins and because of that the blood is flowing to every part. As soon as the operation is there, they disturb the veins. But when healing is there, Krishna's arrangement is there and so the veins exactly join together.
One thing we should understand from the purport of Srimad Bhagavatam verse 7.15.24 - "We should eat and for that reason others should not suffer." What is the meaning for this ? (Devotee responded by saying that we should not kill animals for our food.) That is the thing. Very good point.