Do Your Duty - Part 2

23rd Aug 2016
Sudarshana devi dasi

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

This is in continuation of the previous offering titled, "Do Your Duty", wherein we have been hearing one of the nectarean Bhagavatam class given by our beloved spiritual master H H Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj on Srimad Bhagavatam verse 3.32.6 in Brisbane. In previous offering we heard from Maharaj about how we should do our occupation duties carefully, without pride or feeling of proprietorship. Now we shall hear further.

(Maharaj then soulfully sang the below bhajan)

bhajahū re mana śrī-nanda-nandana abhaya-caraṇāravinda re
durlabha mānava-janama sat-sańge taroho e bhava-sindhu re

So first the poet Govinda dasa Kaviraja instructs this is durlabha janma - this janma is not very easily obtainable. One round aleast we have completed of the 8 million 400 thousand types of birth and by gradual evaluation, we have come upto the human existence. This should be very clear in our mind. And after coming to this birth, what we are doing is described in the next verse.

śīta ātapa bāta bariṣaṇa e dina jāminī jāgi re
biphale sevinu kṛpaṇa durajana capala sukha-laba lāgi' re

sheeta - Now excessive cold is there and we are tolerating it. And then in summer, excessive heat is there and we will have to tolerate that. baata means wind. In Dwaraka particularly we had the experience of how storm destroyed so many things, especially in Porbandar - there was some Norwegian steamer that was in the sea, 20 km away from the coast in the middle of ocean. But the wind was so very strong, that it damaged the steamer and moved it to the coast. We are suffering from all these difficulties and regarding suffering we remember a nice verse from Shrimad Bhagavatam - verse 3.9.8:

kṣut-tṛṭ-tridhātubhir imā muhur ardyamānāḥ
śītoṣṇa-vāta-varaṣair itaretarāc ca
kāmāgninācyuta-ruṣā ca sudurbhareṇa
sampaśyato mana urukrama sīdate me

O great actor, my Lord, all these poor creatures are constantly perplexed by hunger, thirst, severe cold, secretion and bile, attacked by coughing winter, blasting summer, rains and many other disturbing elements, and overwhelmed by strong sex urges and indefatigable anger. I take pity on them, and I am very much aggrieved for them.

Krishna willing we shall continue to hear more nectar from Maharaj in the subsequent offering.

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