Do Your Duty - Part 5

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

1) we should do our occupation duties carefully, without pride or feeling of proprietorship.
2) Human birth is very rare.
3) With advancement in age, we should have a regulated and controlled diet as fire of digestion decreases.
4) Make best use of this bad bargain.

If we don't use the body to realise the Absolute Truth, then there is no use - moham paartha sa jivati. Uselessly the living entities continue their existence, if they are not serious regarding these things. We have seen it is not just inqusitiveness, but we must be seriously inquisitive. We should remember the statement of Srila Prabhupada in the purport to Srimad Bhagavatam verse 1.2.12 - "Devotional service, which is based on the foreground of full knowledge combined with detachment from material association and which is fixed by the aural reception of the Vedanta shruti, is the only perfect method by which the seriously inquisitive student can realize the Absolute Truth." This is the main thing to be understood. Now we can go to the next line (Maharaj continued with the bhajan bhajahu re mana)

sheeta aatapa baata barishana / e dina jaamini jaagi re
biphale sevinu krpana durajana / capala sukha-laba laagi' re

"Day and night I remain sleepless, suffering heat and cold, wind and rain. For a bit of flickering happiness I have vainly served wicked and miserly men."

This sentence we have to quote here. biphale sevinu - This human existence is not easily available. But even after getting this rare existence, we don't have anything to do with it. we just serve the people who are not to be served. It is said in Srimad Bhagavatam (verse 2.2.5) - dhanam durmadaandhaan Those who are puffed up by their own possessions, we try to serve them and that is again a useless activity we perform. Instead of glorifying other living entities like the newspapers, we should glorify the Supreme Lord - Newspapers glorify one man today and next day they drag him down. So that glorification is not permanent at all and it doesn't help the public. These newspapers, I remember before 50 years - hardly 3 newspapers were coming and people were not reading them at all because they thought there is nothing useful in it. And now every shop has 2 or 3. How much time is wasted by this non-sense literature. This is the main thing to be understood.

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.