Drink the Nectar of Bhakti - Part 4

Drink the Nectar of Bhakti - Part 4

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 H H Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj in Belgium on Srimad Bhagavatam verse 10.8.21. In the previous offering we heard three points. Now let us continue to hear more from Maharaj. 

3. Get in touch with Krishna: labdhvaa su-durlabham idam bahu sambhavaante - After many many births we have got this chance and we have got to utilise it. So somehow or the other, it is our duty to enter into the discussion of Krishna lila, pure in 10th Canto. But before that we have to cross so many stages. Since last 30 years we have been discussing first nine cantos, because Srila Prabhupada has insisted that we have to go step by step, cover to cover. We should not jump to this. Many times for cheap popularity, the professional reciters, they come to this, but that is not recommended by Srila Prabhupada. We hope that those of us who are here, they are up to the standards to understand these pastimes and as such we are in the beginning of 10th Canto. The beginning chapters in 10th Canto are very relishing because it refers to the childhood pastimes of Krishna. So let us see. In the end we have to just pray to Krishna that He enters into our vaaca and He describes these things. It is beyond our capacity to talk about the pastimes of Krishna, in this sense.                                                                           

4. Steer Clear: Dhruva Maharaj was a child, 5 year old child and you know how we was refused to go on the lap of his father, King Uttanapaad. Suruchi the step-mother was very upset to see Dhruva Maharaj also crawling towards the lap of his father, because Suruchi's son Uttam was already sitting on the lap of the king. So Suruchi rebuked Dhruva Maharaj that, "You must go to the forest, please the Lord and then again be born through my womb. Then only you will be able to sit on the lap of father." Now Dhruva being five years old, he could not understand anything. He could only understand that the mata is rebuking him. So the child felt it. What can the child do ? So he started crying.        

Young children always run to the mother, if there is any difficulty. So this child also went crying to the mother and mother was Suniti. She knew that there is no end to these difficulties. Because she knew that she was not liked by the king. Suruchi is very dear to the king and so there is no end to this difficulty. So she advised him very nicely. This is Vedic mother. She told him, 'vrjinasya paaram apashyati baalakam aaha baala'. She said that, she definitely knew that there is no end to these difficulties. These difficulties will occur again and again in Dhruva's life. She advised him very nicely, maamangalam taata pareshu mamsthaa. maa means  "no"; amangalam means "inauspicious"; pareshu means "other living entities"; mamsthaa means "desire"; -"Please do not desire any amangal any inauspicious thing for the living entity rebuking you, for Suruchi". See the vedic culture. It is crystal clear. Their life is always clear. We don't get stuck anywhere. If we get stuck, then it is a material thing. As soon as you steer clear, it is a spiritual way. Our life should also be steer clear. Completely clear. This is the way. If you follow Srimad Bhagavatam, it will teach you how to steer clear. 

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.

Errata: In previous offering due to my poor hearing, I had wrongly typed the below verse. Sincere apologies for the same. Please find below the correct verse and translation. Maharaj is referring to Srimad Bhagavatam verse 11.9.10

vaase bahunaam kalaho / bhaved vaartaa dvayor api
eka eva vaset tasmaat / kumaaryaa iva kankanah

"When many people live together in one place there will undoubtedly be quarreling. And even if only two people live together there will be frivolous conversation and disagreement. Therefore, to avoid conflict, one should live alone, as we learn from the example of the bracelet of the young girl."