He said, "Why have you come?" (mimmicks) "Oh, I have a severe headache", and he looks to the pulse, "Alright. Two days, you take this in sweet." But I was not satisfied in two days. "No, no, headache is very severe" (laughs). "Alright, you take it for seven days." I was very happy. Because seven days sweet will be there.
Any ailment and ginger will work. So anything, so any disturbance, any inauspicious that you see around, and we should inspect ourselves, whether we are in touch with Krishna or not. Touch of Krishna will remove all the difficulties, like ginger. Krishna has given one medicine only and that is vishva-bheshaja.
Suppose there is excessive heat, we stop the work, excessive cold we stop the work, so duties will be disturbed but constant touch with the Lord gives us the capacity to follow our regular schedule, otherwise the work is affected, we may be forced to attend the office. We may be forced, that there is excessive heat or cold, but we are forced to attend the office, but the work will not be done. We will be there in the office but we don’t do that work.
When we become insensitive in our dealings, many times we indulge in funny talks and sarcastic speech and teasing, which ultimately ends up being unpalatable. When there is a tendency to over talk, unknowingly we cross our boundaries and before we realize anything, we have already hurt and insulted the other person.
Krishna told Bali Maharaj - "O Bali, consider the consequences of ridiculing a Vaishnava. If perfect personalities like these received so much misery, what will be the fate of ordinary men? A sinner who criticizes a Vaishnava suffers misery birth after birth. Take this lesson to your heart. Never blaspheme or laugh at a Vaishnava. If one worships Me and chants My holy names, but blasphemes devotees, he’ll be vanquished.
One should not tolerate blasphemy against a Vaishnava but should immediately take one of three actions. If someone blasphemes a Vaishnava one should stop him with arguments and higher reason. If one is not expert enough to do this he should give up his life on the spot, and if he cannot do this, he must go away
Once upon a time, Garuda, the carrier of the Lord, snatched away a nectar pot from the hands of the demigods in heaven in order to liberate his mother, Vinata, from the clutches of his stepmother, Kadru, the mother of the serpents.
Lord Vamana came up to Bali Maharaj as a "harmless dwarf" in an attempt to "clandestinely" take away all the possessions of Bali Maharaj. It started out as a sneaky attempt, but ended in a "gracious overtake" upon Bali Maharaj's decision to take the path of "graceful degradation".
Just like a tortoise withdraws its limbs into the shell when it senses danger, we should withdraw our energies from material solutions and try to go into the shell of spiritual protection which the Lord, His instructions, and guidance from Guru and Vaishnavas can offer us.
In the material world, when a person senses that there is some trouble brewing around them which might affect their ability to maintain their dignity or comfort, they perform what we would consider as a "graceful exit". If for example we are working in an organization, where we sense that the organization is not doing well, we might look for opportunities elsewhere and "bow out gracefully".
Our beloved Gurudev, HDG Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj often quoted this verse and liked it very much. He often referred it in his discourses because it describes the mad rush we seem to be in, as we participate in the unending "rat race" of our lives, completely oblivious to the "sneaky snake of time" that can overcome and overtake us and finally gobble us up at any moment, irrespective of our standing in the race.