Preaching is Reaching

Date
2nd Dec 2006
Author
Nayana Priya Krishna das

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

After a long trip, I am so delighted to announce our loving Gurudev is back here with us to bestow his blessings and shower us with nectarean words. Maharaj is fine by Krishna's mercy.

Today morning Maharaj gave wonderful explanation from the translation from SB 3.32.34-36

kriyayā kratubhir dānais tapaḥ-svādhyāya-marśanaiḥ
ātmendriya-jayenāpi sannyāsena ca karmaṇām

yogena vividhāṅgenabhakti-yogena caiva hi
 dharmeṇobhaya-cihnena yaḥ pravṛtti-nivṛttimān

ātma-tattvāvabodhena vairāgyeṇa dṛḍhena ca
īyate bhagavān ebhiḥ saguṇo nirguṇaḥ sva-dṛk

By performing fruitive activities and sacrifices, by distributing charity, by performing austerities, by studying various literatures, by conducting philosophical research, by controlling the mind, by subduing the senses, by accepting the renounced order of life and by performing the prescribed duties of one's social order; by performing the different divisions of yoga practice, by performing devotional service and by exhibiting the process of devotional service containing the symptoms of both attachment and detachment; by understanding the science of self-realization and by developing a strong sense of detachment, one who is expert in understanding the different processes of self-realization realizes the Supreme Personality of Godhead as He is represented in the material world as well as in transcendence.

Maharaj pointed out that reading and going through Srimad Bhagavatam should not be done mechanically, but what we truly should do is research while reading. Because unless you do not understand what actually it contains, there is no use of it. Only internalizing the knowledge can give you the taste of Krishna. Reading the same purports 3 or 4 times will result such that the meaning will reveal itself. And understanding only can lead to preaching. What is Preaching ? Everything that's true is preaching, and the most essential point that has to be explained to every person is that every moment life is decreasing. So start by not wasting your valuable time in trying to posses unnecessary material things which keep you away from Krishna Kirtan. Maharaj explained that anything regarding or connected to Krishna is Krishna Kirtan. Remaining always Krishna conscious is all that we have to do. But this also does not mean to stop working. As for this age money is inevitable for living moreover for reading and preaching too. How ? Maharaj explains this that only hard work with full honesty can get you peaceful money. Once you have acquired money (satisfaction is a must) you don't have to worry about anything else and this gives you peace. When there is peace, our reading becomes more efficient (reading and researching should be parallel). With this understanding preaching can be done successfully. This way we have to make ourselves capable for preaching. How ? Preaching practically (āchār) and not just philosophically (prachār) is the secret of preaching. This Preaching about Krishna ultimately reaches to Krishna.

Further Maharaj explained that material energy is miserable, spiritual energy is powerful, therefore go towards vedic culture that teaches us about our eternal relation with our creator which we have forgotten. Nowadays people are engaged every moment in non-sensical activities and hankering for unnecessary things for the sake of showing off their status, which provide joy for only few hours or days - very temporary. Only sensible person can understand this, putting end to this misconception and thereby utilizes his gifted birth in providing food to the soul by reading Bhagavad-gita and Srimad Bhagavatam seriously. Again and again not only reading but understanding and researching the scriptures is the only way.

I beg for the mercy of Guru Maharaj only by which I can visualise Krishna while going through this matchless scriptures which are just like Krishna avatars themselves.

Thank you very much. Please Chant Hare Krishna and Be Happy.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev,
Nayana Priya Krishna das
Rajkot.