Bhagavatam Way - The Key to Ramrajya - Part 2

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

This is in continuation of partial transcription of the nectarean Bhagavatam class given by our beloved spiritual master H H Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj in Dwaraka on Srimad Bhagavatam verse 9.10.53 in January 2003, wherein Maharaj explains how the Bhagavatam way is the key to Ramrajya. Maharaj began explaining the first word "nādhi" in that verse. In the previous offering we heard from Maharaj that we must,

1. Regulate our sleep.
2. Let Krishna manage our worries.
3. Say No to Envy.

Now let us continue to hear more nectar from Maharaj:

4. Remedial verse from Bhagavatam for ādhi: There are some 3-4 verses in 15th chapter of 7th Canto in Srimad Bhagavatam which deal about these three-fold miseries and in one verse, it is very nicely given as to how to get rid of these miseries,

SB 7.15.24
kṛpayā bhūtajaṁ duḥkhaṁ daivaṁ jahyāt samādhinā
ātmajaṁ yoga-vīryeṇa nidrāṁ sattva-niṣevayā

By good behavior and freedom from envy one should counteract sufferings due to other living entities, by meditation in trance one should counteract sufferings due to providence, and by practicing hatha-yoga, praanayaama and so forth one should counteract sufferings due to the body and mind. Similarly, by developing the mode of goodness, especially in regard to eating, one should conquer sleep.

a. No Retaliation: In this verse first Narada muni talks about ādhibhautik miseries. How to get rid of this? Does anyone of you know? If somebody criticise you, what is to be done? Scold them back? I am going to find out the remedy from Bhagavatam and that is how the importance of Bhagavatam comes in our life. Anything could be very easily solved, by regularly going through Srimad Bhagavatam. Thats why we must never avoid it. So please remember this verse - kṛpayā bhūtajaṁ duḥkhaṁbhūtajaṁ duḥkhaṁ means miseries by other living entities, ādhibhautik. So kṛpayā, always we have to be merciful to them. Generally what we do? If somebody troubles, we always retaliate. 'No retaliation' is the main quality of sincere devotional service. So this is remedy for ādhibhautik. Do good to them always and then someday that person will change. Even if he doesn't change, still we will be completely satisfied. Bhagavatam being non-different from Krishna is the most important source of our own satisfaction. With Krishna, you are at peace, same with Bhagavatam. So please never leave Bhagavatam. You please be a worm of this Prabhupada's Bhagavatam particularly. It is beautiful explanation. Why are you wasting your time? We are all doing it, including me. I am also wasting time. Please don't waste time and be very serious about these things. We are only discussing one word at the moment, ādhi. See the potency of these scriptures, only one word. If you have to discuss the whole shloka, we may require atleast a week minimum. One word is so potent. Why are you not going there? And this only one duḥk remedy we saw, that is the remedy for ādhibhautik duḥk. That is we should behave in a nice way to the person who disturbs us. Always be nice. Nice - again there is a meaning for nice. How to be nice? Bhakti is one thing which will make you nice. If you are nice to others, all the time, then you will never be in trouble. Other living entities may give you trouble, but you will not be in trouble.

b. Don't think inauspicious things for others: The mother of Dhruva Maharaj, Suniti she was not liked by the king Uttanapaad, the father of Dhruva. Dhruva wanted to sit on his lap as his step-brother Uttam was sitting there. But mother of Uttam, Suruchi, was very sarcastically angry with Dhruva Maharaj. Again ādhibhautik duḥk. And in the end what happened? Dhruva was 5 years boy. He didn't understand much. Suruchi told him that he should die and then again take birth in her womb and then only he can sit on his father's lap. So what can young boy Dhruva do? He went crying to his mother. So mother knew that she is not being liked by the king, so this is not just one difficulty. There is always going to be difficulty. But even in that condition also, just apt to her name, "Suniti" means morality - and that's why nothing comes out of her mouth, which is not "Suniti". Niti means morality. Suniti means very good morality. So how can "Suniti" speak something against her name. And here one thing we should remember, our names are not accidental. They are exactly befitting our qualities. So Suniti tried to explain her son, SB 4.8.17,

dīrghaṁ śvasantī vṛjinasya pāram
apaśyatī bālakam āha bālā
māmaṅgalaṁ tāta pareṣu maṁsthā
bhuṅkte jano yat para-duḥkhadas tat

She also was breathing very heavily, and she did not know the factual remedy for the painful situation. Not finding any remedy, she said to her son: My dear son, don't wish for anything inauspicious for others. Anyone who inflicts pains upon others suffers himself from that pain.

māmaṅgalaṁ tāta pareṣu maṁsthā - Don't worry about what your step-mother has said, but don't think anything inauspicious about her. The secret of this is, that no living entity is independent. I am not independent. He is not independent. So whatever we behave, we are completely under the control of Supreme Absolute Truth and as He wishes, we behave. So nobody is independent. 

c. Seeing Krishna's Hand in Everything: We may see that this person has behaved in an awkward way. But he is helpless. He is just forced to act by Krishna. If you see Krishna everyhwere, in each one's behaviour, and that is the actual fact. Factually it is truth. Isn't it? Krishna says in Gita 7.19,

bahūnāṁ janmanām ante jñānavān māṁ prapadyate
vāsudevaḥ sarvam iti sa mahātmā su-durlabhaḥ

After many births and deaths, he who is actually in knowledge surrenders unto Me, knowing Me to be the cause of all causes and all that is. Such a great soul is very rare.

We give lecture on vāsudevaḥ sarvam iti and then if someone scold us, we hit them back. This is not vāsudevaḥ sarvam iti, realisation. Realisation means "real". Real means truth. We have to see the truth in everything. Why can't you realise? You see the reality. Real eyes. That is realise. To see Krishna in everything is reality. Suniti realised and that's why she advised Dhruva not to think inauspicious for his step-mother. That's why she is Suniti. Otherwise she would have been Kuniti. Bhagavatam never allows that. Her realisation is best. In the last line of the verse she gives the eternal truth which is applicable to anybody and everybody in any situation of life, all space and time. There is no exception for it. Last line is beautiful line. "bhuṅkte jano yat para-duḥkhadas tat" - Those who inflict miseries on others, they suffer. As soon as we start retaliating, then we start suffering and they stop suffering. If you don't want to suffer then keep quite. This is Bhagavatam. Unless Bhagavatam is understood in this life and it is "real"ised, till that time, your life is wasted. This is the meaning. Till you come to Krishna, your life is completely wasted. This is Krishna.

Krishna willing we shall continue to hear more nectar from Maharaj on the other practical remedies for the miseries in the subsequent offerings.

Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev,
Sudarshana devi dasi.