Be Misery-proof - Part 1

31st Oct 2012
Sudarshana devi dasi

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

The following is a humble effort to transcribe one of the Bhagavatam class given by our beloved spiritual master, H H Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj in Alachua.

1. Bhakti is unconditional: Devotional service does not require any pre-requisite that you should be intelligent or wealthy. Bhakti does not depend upon any conditions. Only one condition is needed and that is the living entity must be completely clear in his or her mind that, "One day we have to go". That we don't know and knowingly we forget. Any situation is not the permanent situation and because it is not permanent, it creates suffering in our life and destruction is definite. There are three phases of existences for all the material things including our body. First one is utpathi - creation, second one is sthithi - maintenance; and pralay - that is destruction. These three things are definite for anything. These kartals were created, now they are maintained and a point will come when they are destroyed. This radio - same thing; you also same thing; for me also same thing. Anything you take in this material world, for example this house, it was created, constructed, now it is maintained and the time will come, when it is beyond maintenance and we will have to demolish it.

2. Be Misery-proof: Nothing is outside the material law, except the Supreme Absolute Truth - Krishna. And those who are unflinchingly attached  to Krishna, these three things have less effect on them. In India there are road side magicians who play magical tricks and they have snakes also. They play with the snakes. We cannot touch the snakes. But they play, they garland themselves with the snakes. Why? Because those snakes are without the poison tooth. The poisoned tooth is removed from the snake's mouth. That's why they are harmless. They look like snakes. But they don't have any effect. The same way the unpleasant things which we have to face in this existence, is because of the destructive element. Everything has got to be destroyed, including us. That's why it creates a misery. But devotees also face the miseries. But there is no poison tooth in the misery. And that's why it doesn't sting you.

The ordinary people become mad because of these miseries and that's why they run to the psychiatrists. And the ordinary psychiatrists, consult the higher psychiatrist and the higher one consults still higher one, supreme one and the supreme one commits suicide. This madness is going on, because we don't know this law - this utpathi, sthithi and pralay - nothing is free from this and if you want to free yourselves from this, then you have to develop Krishna consciousness seriously and we have experience. We move all around the world and see devotees again and again, atleast once a year or twice a year or may be after two years and devotees come in front of us. And funny enough, they don't age. The body is ageing, but they look younger, because it depends upon the sadhana. If your sadhana is serious, then you cannot be old at all. No doubt the old-age is bound to come. But for years together we go on in the same position, and if you see the pub going crowd, every week they are old. This is the effect of association with Krishna. As soon as you associate with Krishna, you are free from creation, maintenance and destruction. Nothing affects you. You are completely proof - misery proof.

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.