Nondeceptive Penance - Part 4

Nondeceptive Penance - Part 4

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Vaijayanti mala devi dasi

Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances! All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev! 

This is in continuation of the previous offering transcribing the class by our beloved God brother HG Devakinandan Prabhuji in Chennai on Srimad Bhagavatam 2.9.4. Here we continue with the other points. 

8. Connecting to Krishna is the way to be happy: All we have to do is to become connected to Krishna. Once connected to Krishna, then we become happy. In Srimad Bhagavad Gita 2.66 we see, 

naasti buddhir ayuktasya / na caayuktasya bhaavanaa 
na caabhaavayatah shaantir / ashaantasya kutah sukham

"One who is not connected with the Supreme [in Krishna consciousness] can have neither transcendental intelligence nor a steady mind, without which there is no possibility of peace. And how can there be any happiness without peace?"

We can only come to the point of atma tattva, we can only become happy, if we are connected to Krishna. How can we be connected to Krishna if we are not conscious of Krishna? Two Cs. If you are conscious of Krishna, you will be connected to Krishna. Maharaj said the way to become conscious of Krishna is to become dependent on Krishna. Only when we become dependent on someone, we will become conscious of that person. When we are young, we are always dependent on mother. In the consciousness of the child, mother is always there because mother is the source of dependence. Child knows mother gives protection and runs after her. We must have the faith that Krishna is giving us the protection. Then we will be dependent on Krishna. The reason we are not happy is because we are not connected to Krishna. Reason why we are not connected to Krishna is we are not conscious of Krishna. Reason why we are not conscious of Krishna is because we are not dependent on Krishna. We depend on our mind and our material senses more than we depend and have faith in Krishna. 

9. Be clear about the reality: Whatever we see and hear from our mind, that we take as Krishna. But that is the reason for misconception of atma tattva. We do not realize that by material mind and senses, we cannot understand what is real and what is not real. The word in this Bhagavatam verse is 'rtam' which means 'in reality'. We must be clear what is real and what is unreal. In Srimad Bhagavatam Daksha Prajapati chants very nicely in 6.4.29 

yad yan niruktam vacasaa nirupitam 
dhiyaakshabhir vaa manasota yasya 
maa bhut svarupam guna-rupam hi tat tat 
sa vai gunaapaaya-visarga-lakshanah

Anything expressed by material vibrations, anything ascertained by material intelligence and anything experienced by the material senses or concocted within the material mind is but an effect of the modes of material nature and therefore has nothing to do with the real nature of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. The Supreme Lord is beyond the creation of this material world, for He is the source of the material qualities and creation. As the cause of all causes, He exists before the creation and after the creation. I wish to offer my respectful obeisances unto Him." 

This verse we should always remember when we speak of the science of the soul. Very often we judge the people and see the world through our mind. We do not see the world through the shastras. When we do not see the world through the eyes of the shastras, the eyes have only material vision and there is no spiritualized vision. Because of this, we do not see the hand of Krishna in the challenges of life and because we do not see the hand of Krishna in the challenges of life, we are not conscious of Him. Because of this we are not dependent of Him. Because we are not dependent on Him, how can we be connected to Krishna? Because we are not connected to Krishna what happens? Bhagavad Gita 2.66 tells us that we cannot have a steady mind and transcendental intelligence. That is why, when we are not connected to Krishna and we open the pages of Srimad Bhagvatam, then it is a ritual. When we close the pages of Srimad Bhagavatam, still we are disturbed. After so many years, we have to force ourselves to come to Bhagavatam. We are very happy to talk about temporary things which are asatacit and nirananda. But one who is connected to Krishna will have a steady mind and transcendental intelligence automatically. 

Srila Prabhupada writes very wonderfully in the purport to SB 2.9.4, "The wrong conception of the jivatma is to identify the material body with the pure soul, and the wrong conception of Paramatma is to think Him on an equal level with the living entity. But both misconceptions can be removed by one stroke of bhakti-yoga, just as in the sunlight both the sun and the world and everything within the sunlight are properly seen. In the darkness one cannot see the sun, nor himself, nor the world. But in the sunlight one can see the sun, himself and the world around him." That is why Lord Krishna declares in Srimad Bhagavad Gita 8.28 the glories of devotional service. A person who accepts the path of devotional service is not bereft of the results derived from studying the Vedas, performing sacrifices, undergoing austerities, giving charity or pursuing philosophical and fruitive activities. Simply by performing devotional service, he attains all these, and at the end he reaches the supreme eternal abode

Prabhuji went on to explain how Brahmaji performed devotional service without expecting, but accepting Krishna’s directions and the same shall be transcribed and offered in the ensuing mail, Krishna willing. 

Thank you very much 
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev 
Vaijayanti mala devi dasi 
Chennai.