Nondeceptive Penance - Part 5

Nondeceptive Penance - Part 5

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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 offerings transcribing the class by our beloved God brother HG Devakinandan Prabhuji in Chennai on Srimad Bhagavatam 2.9.4 

10. Accept what Krishna gives and do not expect: One who follows the instructions of the Lord and the pure devotee, he is safe. Brahmaji performed penance not according to his whims and fancies. But he performed them on hearing the transcendental occult voice of the lord, without any deception. Our austerities have a deception. There is a motive and there is deception. Brahmaji did austerity only to please Krishna. He was not concerned about the result of the austerity. He performed it because Lord told him to do. At the end of his long penance, 1000 devata years, Brahmaji saw the eternal transcendental form of the lord. Maharaj said, "If Brahmaji did not complain for 1000 devata years, what are you expecting in your lifetime? Immediately you want the effects of devotional service? Immediately people should fall at your feet and say you are Mahabhagavata? Immediately you expect to be happy? All these are expectations. Instead of accepting what Krishna is giving, we expect what Krishna should give and those who expect, they are demons. Those who accept, they are devotees. Brahmaji accepted what Krishna gave and therefore he could see the eternal transcendental form of the Lord. Those who expect, they are performing devotional service in deception. Do not deceive. Do not cheat. Be honest. Krishna is known as Satyavratam. Krishna will never lie to us. He will never cheat us. The only deception Krishna does is to deceive us to come to Krishna consciousness. When we want everything else, still Krishna gives us His lotus feet. This cheating by Krishna is good. But the cheating we do to Krishna is not good. We pretend to be devotees, but in the heart and in the four walls of our house, we are not devotees. Brahmaji was straight forward and because of that, Krishna revealed His eternal transcendental form. This is atma-tattva."

11. Be prepared to sacrifice for the pleasure of Krishna: Those who do not perform devotional service, they are krpanas. Those who perform devotional service, they are krpana vatsalas. They are the shelter of those who are miserly. So simply by one stroke of bhakti yoga, everything is attained. But we must follow Brahmaji's great penance. Without austerity, it is very hard to attract Krishna. One who performs austerity that means he is sacrificing. When you are ready to sacrifice that which is pleasurable to you, for a higher pleasure, Krishna becomes very pleased. The standard of your love is always shown by how much you sacrifice. A father and mother love their children so much that they are prepared to sacrifice everything for their children. To the extent of their sacrifice, is the extent of their love. But if we sacrifice for name, fame and position, then we are not pleasing Krishna. But if we sacrifice name, fame and position to please Krishna, then that will please Krishna and attract Him.

12. Our association should have Bhagavatam in the center: In Bhagavad Gita 2.64, Lord Krishna says,

                                          raaga-dvesha-vimuktais tu / vishayaan indriyais caran 
                                         aatma-vashyair vidheyaatmaa / prasaadam adhigacchati

"But a person free from all attachment and aversion and able to control his senses through regulative principles of freedom can obtain the complete mercy of the Lord."

This is a very important verse. Maharaj said that in the material world, our problem is that either we like somebody too much or hate him too much. We are never in between. Prahlada Maharaj describes in Srimad Bhagavatam 7.9.17, 

yasmaat priyaapriya-viyoga-samyoga-janma-
shokaagninaa sakala-yonishu dahyamanah

"O great one, O Supreme Lord, because of combination with pleasing and displeasing circumstances and because of separation from them, one is placed in a most regrettable position, within heavenly or hellish planets, as if burning in a fire of lamentation."

This is how we are living. One day a person is so much a source of our affection. The next day, the same person who has been so dear to us, we cannot stand his face any more. How many times in our relationship, even with devotees, we are experiencing this. We started our relationship without Krishna. That is why the relationship became troublesome. Maharaj said that Sukadev Goswami and Parikshit Maharaj associated with each other with Srimad Bhagavatam in the centre. Parikshit Maharaj sat on the right, Sukhadev Goswami sat on the left, and Srimad Bhagavatam was in between them and so they did not fight. Maharaj said that if they had no Bhagavatam in between them, they will also fight. Where there is no association of Srimad Bhagavatam, no regular reading and hearing of Srimad Bhagavatam, atma tattva is absent. Where atma tattva is absent, deception is present. Where deception is present, consciousness of Krishna is absent. Where consciousness of Krishna is absent, there is no dependence on Krishna. Where there is no dependence on Krishna, there is no connection to Krishna. Where there is no connection to Krishna, there is only disturbance of the mind and no transcendental intelligence. Therefore how can there be happiness and peace? This is the science of atma tattva. 

Prabhuji went on to explain the way to become peaceful and the same shall be transcribed and offered in the ensuing mail, Krishna willing. 

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