Drink the Nectar of Bhakti - Part 3

30th Dec 2014
Sudarshana devi dasi

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 of the nectarean class given by our beloved spiritual master HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj in Belgium on Srimad Bhagavatam verse 10.8.21. In the previous offering we heard the below point.

1. Drink the nectar of bhakti.
2. Serve Krishna whole-heartedly.

Now let us continue further.

3. Get in touch with Krishna: There are nine stages of devotional service as mentioned in Bhakti-rasamrta-sindhu (1.4.15-16),

ādau śraddhā tataḥ sādhu-saṅgo ’tha bhajana-kriyā
tato ’nartha-nivṛttiḥ syāt tato niṣṭhā rucis tataḥ

We are just hovering around anartha nivrtti part. We have not yet crossed anartha nivṛttiḥ part. But somehow or other please forget about these things and just chant Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare. If you understand this then you will relish singing jaya gopījana vallabha jaya girivaradhāri.

It is very difficult to talk about Krishna lila, particularly the 10th Canto. So let us pray to Radha Gopinathji and Srila Prabhupada to give us the intellect to do justice to these verses. It is just like how we visit Vrindavan dham, Mathuraji, Haridwar, Hrishikesh, so many other pilgrims centers. We are just moving about the plains of Vraj and then suddenly when we get a chance to cross Hrishikesh and enter the Himalayan region and we have four dhams there. Badri Narayan, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri. As soon as we cross Hrishikesh, the the real pilgrim starts. This is the direct darshan of Krishna. Such a big inconceivable mass of stone, how can it be sustained, we don't know really. We cannot even catch or pick up even one stone there. Such a big mass of stone is standing there. And we are completely wonder-struck, to see those  places. Now there are bus services upto Badri-Narayan. But for Kedarnath, we have to walk few miles. When we had visited, we had to cover 18 kilometers, climb steep. Then to reach Gangotri also, we have to walk so much. Yamunotri also we have to walk. That pilgrim is real pilgrim. Till you are young, you should visit those places. As soon as you go away from the modern cities like Delhi etc, and you enter that region, you know the worth of getting in touch with Krishna. 

It is very nicely said in Srimad Bhagavatam (11.9.10) that, vāso bahunām kalaho. vāso means to stay. bahunām means many people. If we have to stay with many people then definitely the result is kalaho - we fight with each other. So many people come together and we fight with each other. This is a special group here, they don't fight. They sing kirtans. But in scriptures it is very nicely said that many people come together and we fight with each other. vārtā dvayor api - If two people are together, they talk with each other. That is why scriptures insist that eka eva vaset tasmāt - you should be alone always. Frankly speaking we are all alone. We falsely think that we are together. In a family or group, wherever we are, we are all alone, all the time. Every bodily activity we have to do alone. Even one day child is alone in that respect. There is a mother to help, but mother can't help all the time. All the bodily activities has to be done alone by its own strength. Krishna somehow or the other gives the strength. In medical books it is mentioned that in one minute, nearly five litres of blood, move out of our heart. I don't know how it happens. We don't have any idea at all. We take it for granted and we think that our hearts will work perfectly alright. In this life, there is nothing to be taken for granted. This second we are here. And next second we don't know really. So as we are here, when we are granted time, by the arrangement of the Lord, in this existence, it is our soul duty - prime duty to get in touch with Him as soon as possible.

Krishna willing we shall continue to hear more nectar from Maharaj in the subsequent offering.

Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Sudarshana devi dasi.