Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev.
This is in continuation of the transcription of one of the Bhagavatam class given by our beloved spiritual master, H H Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj in Alachua. In the previous offerings we heard from Maharaj that,
1. Bhakti is unconditional.
2. If we associate with Krishna, then we are misery-proof.
3. With Krishna our life becomes easy: For karmis it is so very difficult to move around the world. But for us it is so easy. We travel all around. Everywhere it is our house. When we go, they come with car and garland to receive us. Just tell me who karmi can get this. Suppose if some rich man organises the world travel, who will come with garland to receive? And what we have? We have nothing except Krishna's names. What Srila Prabhupada had? He was very proud that he was richest person. He said, "My mortgage installments are being paid. I don't need to worry about it. The houses are clean. Nice prasadam is going on. Nice pooja is going on. And when I visit them, they come with a limousine car and they garland me and ask me, "What I can do for you Prabhupada?". Now tell me who is the rich man? And the beauty is I don't pay them anything" (laughter). The rich man as soon as he buys the house for example in Alachua, he buys the farm or the house, then he has to appoint so many persons, manager and cleaner. And Prabhupada doesn't need to do anything. The houses are bought. They are cleaned and managed, constructed and demolished. He doesn't need to worry and when he comes his quarters are completely clean. And again they come and bow down before him and ask, "What I can do for you?" He doesn't need to pay them anything. This is Krishna. And we don't have anything special. Just we are chanting half-heartedly. This is just half-hearted. We are not even sincere in chanting. If we are sincere then how much more will we get? As soon as you come to this point, then there is no misery. No misery at all and the glorification of the Lord should go on in any circumstance.
4. We are all alone: Many times what happens, unbearable loss is there. This is our experience you know. We cannot bear. But one thing we have to understand is that, we have to go. Certain living entity is gone and we have to go. We have to serve him or her till he or she is alive or we are alive. That is the best thing we can do. That's why till we are alive, we have to be friendly to everybody, very tolerant and merciful to each other. We should try to serve each other to the best of our ability. But once he or she is gone, then nothing is in our hands. We falsely think that we are in association. But if you really think very seriously, we were born alone. There was no association. Not with our wife together. No. Wife comes afterwards and that too not with together really. We were born, we survived on our own. The body was maintained because of Krishna krpa, because of mercy of Lord, our body was maintained. Then we grew up and we might have gone to some kinder-garden school. We went there all alone. We studied all alone. We were punished all alone. Then we went to school, we have to study all alone. Nobody can help us. Falsely we are under the impression that, "I am with parents, brothers are there, uncles are there." But nobody could help. When you were sick, you had to tolerate all alone. When you went outside after completing education, to find out work, you were all alone. You were doing the work all alone.
And all the way, you were maintaining your body all alone. Nobody ate for you or take bath for you. Everything was done by you 'alone' and we falsely think, we are in nice association. We may love our wife, if we are fortunate. But we cannot have any association. She has to maintain her body on her own and the husband has to maintain his on his own. If something goes wrong, however dear the living entity may be, we may be bit miserable - other than that we cannot do anything. As soon as their breaths are over, we have to forget about them. These things are our daily experience. We are always alone. You please don't forget this and this loneliness, has to be utilized very nicely. Everytime you are all alone and in this loneliness, those who come to the lotus feet of Prabhupada and take his instructions, we are very fortunate to be in touch with him and as soon as you utilize your loneliness very constructively, then you are useful to yourself, family, society, country, wherever you are and to the whole planet. Otherwise, you come like a dog and go like a cat. That is the position.
Krishna willing, we shall continue to hear more nectar from Maharaj in the subsequent offerings.
Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev,
Sudarshana devi dasi.
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