Bhagavatam Gives Bliss

Srimad Bhagavatam


The following is humble effort to transcribe one of the nectarean class given by our beloved spiritual master H H Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj on Srimad Bhagavatam verse 11.7.10 wherein Lord Krishna instructs Uddhava about what he should do when Lord returns back to Goloka.

 jñāna-vijñāna-saṁyukta / ātma-bhūtaḥ śarīriṇām
ātmānubhava-tuṣṭātmā / nāntarāyair vihanyase

 "Being fully endowed with conclusive knowledge of the Vedas and having realized the ultimate purpose of such knowledge in practice, you will be able to perceive the pure self, and thus your mind will be satisfied. At that time you will become dear to all living beings, headed by the demigods, and you will never be hampered by any disturbance in life."

 1. Requirement for getting Jnaana: "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. Showy humility means it is hypocrisy. Hypocrisy should be completely avoided. You mean what you desire. You mean what you show.There should be genuine attitude, innocent like a child. In that way we should offer obeisances. That is why we recite verse 1.2.4 of Srimad Bhagavatam

nārāyaṇaṁ namaskṛtya / naraṁ caiva narottamam
devīṁ sarasvatīṁ vyāsaṁ / tato jayam udīrayet

 In this verse 'tato jayam udirayet' is very important. 

"Before reciting this Srimad-Bhagavatam, which is the very means of conquest, one should offer respectful obeisances unto the Personality of Godhead, Narayana, unto Nara-narayana Rshi, the supermost human being, unto mother Sarasvati, the goddess of learning, and unto  Vyasadeva, the author.

This is Bhagavatam - tato jayam udirayet. Srimad Bhagavatam is the very means of conquest. We want to conquer so many things. But we avoid Srimad Bhagavatam. Srimad Bhagavatam is the source of conquering everything. Suppose we go on conquering so many things. What is the use of it? Everything is temporary here and destructive. In this material world all things are very temporary nashvaram and destructive. Destruction is definitely there. In this world, you can never win really. So the best course is that somehow or the other we have to maintain our status quo, maintain our families, bills etc and if something is going on, then rest of the time should be utilised in understanding Srimad Bhagavatam. Otherwise we are wasting our time. This is jnaana vijnaana samyuktam. Continuous knowledge must be there.

Knowledge we are obtaining here and there. But vijnaan is more important. Because vijnaanmeans practice is involved. Only knowledge will not help. As we many times see - getting up early in the morning is very healthy attitude. But unless we get up, we will not receive the health. So knowledge is one thing and putting it into practice is another thing. But unless we put the knowledge into practice, it doesn't have any value. As soon as the knowledge is put into day to day practice, then we could go ahead in the spiritual path. Otherwise it is impossible."

2. Lead a simple life: And then you become aatma-bhuta - self satisfied. You are satisfied with your own soul. So you will not hanker after artificial necessities. Because we have left the simple life style and complicating our life with artificial necessities, that is why there are disturbances in life. The  reason of disturbance is that we have left the natural course of life. That is why disturbances are there. Our forefathers were never disturbed. Their life style was very simple. No complications and because of this, their lives were completely God-centered. Except God there was nothing. And the result was that everything was produced in plenty. Simple life style was there. So everything was in plenty really. So much grains, so much wood was there. Now wood has become completely scarce and plastic is available. As soon as you leave the God-centric life, the scarcity starts. Sinful life will always lead you to scarcity and we are following a sinful life.

Becaue we are not aatmabhut, our attention is to our body - sharira. We have pampered our body. But we don't have the idea that the body itself is asat - temporary. How long are you going to pamper that body? And by pampering our body, it becomes only unhealthy. By performing the austerities only, the body can be kept healthy.  You get up early in the morning and take cold showers. Formally they used to go to the rivers and take nice cold shower. The beauty of river water is that before 5'o clock, the river water is warm. But after 6'o clock it becomes cold. So early in the morning we used to get up and go to the river and the water in the river used to be warm. It was very easy to pour water on the body and it was not cold at all. It was healthy because in open air we are taking bath. 

And now our bathrooms are completely closed and in closed bathrooms, we are doing a silly thing. Daily we apply the soap which is a chemical. Chemical and the bad stink - no air in our bathrooms. Due to this dirty air goes in our lungs and the effect is after bath also we don't feel fresh. We feel sick because of the dirty air in the lungs. Whereas if we go to the river, dirty air is not there at all. Even if you apply soap, it flows away with water. But soap was not used really. Chickpeas flour was used. So chickpeas flour had no chemicals in it. At the moment also, use chickpeas flour. Don't use soap too much and burn the skin. Soap has caustic soda and that has burning sensation.  So please try to avoid the soaps. Instead use chickpeas flour. That is enough. There is no need of anything else. May be once in a fortnight or once in a week, you may apply some soap. Or use some natural ingredients in the form of chickpeas flour. Formerly we were using black earth. Black earth was very antiseptic and cleansing. And there was no after effects at all. This is the point. Now everything is complicated and because everything is complicated, the result is disturbance.

iii) Decrease Artificial Necessities: 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. Then sickness we cannot avoid. Old age we cannot avoid. These are all forced disturbances. But apart from these forced disturbances, there was no disturbance. And because the life was going very naturally, they were all aatma-bhut, they were satisfied with the self. Everybody were looking to the self. They knew that everyone was part and parcel of Krishna. So there was not much differentiation. Anybody was welcome everywhere. So we used to go the fields - say if it is orange garden, the person would have so many oranges and he would say, "Eat son." Plenty of oranges were there and we were eating plenty. Now you go to the orange garden. You will not get even one orange. This is the point. The scarcity starts only when disturbance is there. And disturbance is there because our lives not God-centric. We don't know the highest authority at all. 

The Supreme Personality of Godhead is completely absent in our sight and that is why the disturbance is there. There is no other reason for the disturbance. Only if we add Krishna to our life style, then our life is simpler. Artificial necessities we have to decrease. The lesser the artificial necessities, less money is required. We don't have to run after money hither and thither. Otherwise as the necessities increase, then by foul means also we would try to earn money. Not legally really. Our money is also contaminated. The way we earn money is also contaminated. Foul means you have to apply if you have to pay the bills for the artificial needs like AC etc. In this age also things are worst. We cannot do much really. But one thing we can do is that our life must be very simple. That we can manage. The more simple you are, the less disturbance you have in your life. Depend upon natural things. Don't depend upon man-made things. Man-made things are always defective.

iv) Stick to Values of Human Life: "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. This is the fact. So illusion is another defect. Then we are cheating each other. Cheating propensity is there. And apart from these three things, imperfect senses, illusion and again cheating is there, we commit mistakes. So these are the defects. And unknowlingly these defects flow in our lives. Cheating is rampant. Without cheating there is nothing now. Formerly, cheating was regarded as a crime. But now without cheating, there is nothing. If people don't cheat, if some one doesn't cheat, then they say, "Hey, what are you doing? You are not cheating!" This is how the time is deteriorating. The values of human life are vanishing very fast. The values don't change. The values of life don't chnage. But time is changing very fast.

As soon as the values are reduced or absent, then our lives become like animal's life or less than that. Even animals don't behave like that. We are less than animals. We are so very nasty people that we take tobacco or hudkaa - even donkeys don't take it. Donkeys know that tobacco are not meant for him. We are less than the donkeys. No doubt, Donkey does not eat meat. Offer a glass of beer to the donkey. It never touches. But we can drink. So our life goes less than animals. Animals are far better. Cow knows that, "I am vegetarian." Cow will never touch meat. Natural restriction is there. But we can eat anything. Without any consideration for our health or well-being, we are mad after these things.

And day by day, deterioration is very fast because of Kaliyuga. But it is in our hands to determine whether we have to be in Kali yuga or outside Kali yuga. No doubt Kali yuga is there. But we are free to follow the pure life. The more the life is pure, the less disturbance is there in life. Purity in eating, purity in relationships, avoidance of intoxication and avoidance of gambling, these are the pure things. These things were not at all there in the past. The whole society was vegetarian. So there was no need of telling anyone, "You should not eat meat." Society was completely pure. So these things have to be considered and we must become aatma-bhut - completely satisfied in our own selves."

"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. In Bhagavad Gita (verse 2.60) the example of tortoise is given and that is the best. kurmo 'ngaaniva sarvasah . In Bhagavad Gita verse 2.57, Lord Krishna says

yaḥ sarvatrānabhisnehas / tat tat prāpya śubhāśubham
nābhinandati na dveṣṭi / tasya prajñā pratiṣṭhitā

"In the material world, one who is unaffected by whatever good or evil he may obtain, neither praising it nor despising it, is firmly fixed in perfect knowledge."

For pure devotee, intelligence is so very steady, because good and bad does not have any effect on him. In the material world always things go bad. Here there is nothing good. The word "WORLD"- has nice expansion. Walk Or Run Lose Definitely. In this material world, we walk or run, we lose definitely. Everything will be lost here and day by day, the policy of government is forcing us to run. So much tax has to be paid. Everywhere the tax is there. Formerly there were kings and so taxes were nil really. In the village we had a big house and every year we had to pay 1 Re as tax. And that too we didn't have to go anywhere to pay. The clerk will come every year to the house and collect the money. So my father used to see from the window and when he sees the clerk coming, he will say, "Yamaraj is coming and now he will take out the Rupee from us." (laughter) He could not tolerate that also. Now, everywhere we have to pay tax. The thing you buy, you have to pay tax, Anwhere you go, you have to pay tax.  This is deterioration and this is how disturbance is increased. In this age, God-centric life or Krishna-centered life is very much essential.

These small boys are very dear to us. But the times are becoming very bad. As soon as you are consumed by so called modern things, you are going to be destroyed. I had stayed in London for 60 years and I have seen in and out. 11 times I have went around the world. I have not seen anything else in the world, except non-sense. And that non-sense we are following. This is our greatest foolishness. We should try to stick to the old values of life. And because of the touch of Prabhupada's books we were saved. Otherwise we would have already settled in the foreign countries and by this time we would have been chewing meat and drinking and what not. And we would be thinking that we are advanced! The values of human life must be passed on to the younger generation, otherwise younger generation will essentially be mad. Without Krishna, they will lose their senses. In Western world, there is plenty of money available, but there are no directions. With all the money, they are mad. They don't know what to do. So mental hospitals are full. This is the reason Prabhupada wanted to introduce Bhagavad-Gita and Bhagavatam into our lives - reintroduce really."

v) Pass on culture to younger generation: 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. Gambling was completely absent. Fish and meat was never seen in the markets. Eggs were not sold in the open market at all. Now eggs and fruits are sold together. This is deterioration. And people claim that eggs are vegetarian food! It is nonsense. It is liquid meat. How can liquid meat be vegetarian? Please try to understand these things. And even now the families who follow Krishna consciousness in the western world, they see the ingredients when they buy any item. And if there is egg in them, they don't buy. The devotees there, are very serious. Why they have adapted our clothes ? They knew that the nonsensical attitude will have nonsensical results. And we are blindly following the west. That is our greatest foolishness. We have to stick to our own culture. We should not reject our own jewel like culture.

Everywhere the spiritual knowledge must be dissipated. Real knowledge is not dissipated and that is why we are following the wrong things. Whatever we see, whatever we come across, we are following. That is also suicidal thing. Ours is the best. The people in foreign countries were born in liquor, meat and everything. But completely they had stopped and now  they are getting up at 3:30 am and are ready for pooja at 4:30 am. Why they are doing this austere life? (Referring to another devotee Maharaj says) He was sick for the past two three days. But he did not take any medicines. But we are running after medicines. These medicines are really reactive. The allopathy medicines - the western world is tired of these medicines now and in our country it has become rampant. Because we have left the God-centered life and carry on some other life, thats why we are sick. We have left our good habits and following the bad habits.

So to teach the good habits to the younger generation, we have this school - "Sri Prahlad International School" in Rajkot. We started it two years ago. Now primary school is going on. Slowly we hope to start high school also and may be college, Krishna willing. Vedic school is absent these days. There are so many schools who are misleading the younger generation. Younger generation should not be misled. (Appreciating the school children who recited the prayers Maharaj said) This is how the culture has to be passed. Unless we follow, how are they going to take? Some of the children are wearing dhoti even though they are just 3 years old. This is how the culture should be given.

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. That is why we are going out. Prahlad Maharaj says in Srimad Bhagavatam verse 7.5.31

na te viduḥ svārtha-gatiṁ hi viṣṇuṁ
durāśayā ye bahir-artha-māninaḥ
andhā yathāndhair upanīyamānās
te ’pīśa-tantryām uru-dāmni baddhāḥ

"Persons who are strongly entrapped by the consciousness of enjoying material life, and who have therefore accepted as their leader or guru a similar blind man attached to external sense objects, cannot understand that the goal of life is to return home, back to Godhead, and engage in the service of Lord Vishnu. As blind men guided by another blind man miss the right path and fall into a ditch, materially attached men led by another materially attached man are bound by the ropes of fruitive labor, which are made of very strong cords, and they continue again and again in materialistic life, suffering the threefold miseries."

na te viduh means - these people don't know. svaartha gatim hi vishnum - Our own self interest is in satisfying Vishnu. duraashayaa ye bahir-artha-maaninah - They are completely frustrated and running outside here and there for satisfaction. They are not able to find satisfaction in their selves. andhaa yathaandhair upaniyamaanaas - The leaders are blind; the people who are leading are blind; the followers are blind. If blind leads the blind, what is the result ? They both fall into the ditch. The thing is as soon as you are satisfied in your self, then there is no trouble. Krishna says in Bhagavad-Gita verse 2.55 - "prajahaati yadaa kaamaan sarvaan paartha mano gataan" - "All mentally concocted things should be avoided." Solid progress must be there. (Referring to students of Sri Prahlad International School, Rajkot Maharaj said)  These children don't know anything. But they take darshan daily. Simply by sitting in front of Krishna, their intelligence blooms. Within a year or two they become intelligent. The thing is, intelligence flows from Krishna. In English the word realisation is very good. It has the word "real"in it. So you have to go after reality. But now the conditions are deteriorating.

vi) Glories of cow: In Lonawala there is a doctor, who makes cow-ghee and treats the heart patient using cow ghee. That is the way. But now we are slaughtering the cows! The speciality of cow is that it inhales Carbon-di-oxide and exhales Oxygen. That is why every house had a cow first. So house was full of oxygen and cow-dung is anti-septic. Nothing like cow-dung. Even now medicines are made from the cow-dung and those medicine help in digestion. Cow-urine is the best cure for liver. They don't have cure for liver in allopathy. They will do liver transplantaion. But cow-urine is the best thing. Everything from cow is useful and we are killing in millions everywhere. This is really unfortunate situation. Something has to be done for this. Thats why we are trying to teach the younger generation, so that somebody from this will be very powerful to make the influence in society to save the cows."

vii) Self-realization gives satisfaction: The students here are all brilliant. This is Krishna's mercy. They come here and have darshan and they are happy. So these places must be organised in this way so that we can give the self-realisation to the younger generation. At the moment, they don't understand anything. But when they sit here in the temple, unknowingly they have the self-realisation. When you have self-realisation, then you are satisfied. And not only you are satisfied, but everybody who comes in touch with you will be satisfied. This is the way. At the moment, satisfaction is impossible. Material things will never satisfy you. They are not meant for satisfaction. They create disturbance. So far we had nice houses. Windows are open. Fresh air is coming. This is healthy environment. Our houses were very nicely ventilated. And now we have invented AC - Air conditioning.   And AC is the most sinful way.  You have to close all the fresh-air and then put the box. And through that electricity burnt air will come inside and you pay heavy bills. This is called advancement ! Actually this is not advancement. It is a killing thing. So formerly whatever peace we had, we are losing that peace by creating the artificial bills. This is so called advancement. We don't want this advancement. We want natural things. Reduce the artifical necessities. Then you will have self-realisation.

Otherwise without self-realisation, then our mind will run after material things and then misdirection is there. Our words should be regarding Krishna and they are meant to create a revolution in the impious lives of the world's misdirected civilisation. Please give the masses Krishna's names atleast. Name being all pervasive like Krishna, they are non-different from Him. Unless you understand these things and propagate God consciousness or Krishna consciousness, the disturbance is going to continue and it will increase. The way the cities are developing, we can see here in Kalawad road also - for so many miles from here, lands on both sides of the road are sold. Formerly there was farming land. And now faming has stopped completely. Not only in Rajkot, everywhere farming is stopping. We will have buildings, but we will not have rice. Soon the time will come, when we will have to stand in line for rice. What development are we after? This thing has got to be propagated. Formerly our towns were small and so shops were all in walking distance, everything in walking distance. But now walking is impossible. So bicycles were used in the beginning. Then they were replaced by motor cycles. And now motor cycle was actually "mout" cycle. (In Hindi mout means death) The company that manufactures those "mout" cycle was known as"Yamaha". That is correct name. You sit on it and you will be able to meet Yamaraj (laughter). Please we have created so nasty situation. Now trains are there, cars are there. Again we created these vicious situations. We may not be able to stop these situations. But we can have our own simple life. By simplicity we can stop our necessities. As soon as necessities are under our control, then self will manifest. At the moment we don't have time because of all these artificial neccessities. So please remember these things and may Krishna help us to cultivate these habits in us and pass it on to the younger generation - somehow or the other. Jai Srila Prabhupada ki Jai !"