Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva.
This is in continuation of the transcription of the nectarean class given by our beloved spiritual master H H Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj in Belgium on Srimad Bhagavatam verse 10.8.21, on 26th July 1997. In the previous offering we heard below points.
1. Drink the nectar of bhakti.
2. Serve Krishna whole-heartedly.
3. Get in touch with Krishna.
4. Steer Clear.
Now let us continue to hear more from Maharaj on why we should steer clear.
4. Steer Clear: Suniti instructs Dhruva that, "please do not think anything inauspicious for the people who are rebuking you." And this is our experience in life also. Everyday there is something which we don't like. Then immediately we try to think ill about the person, "Let him die!" (laughter) This is the way we react. What can we do? Cannot kill. But even then we think, "Let him suffer". This is how people are bound to trouble you. But our Vedic culture teaches that no amangalam - no inauspicious things. Dhruva Maharaj was instructed eternally, very nicely by his mother. And in the last line of the verse (Srimad Bhagavatam 4.8.17) she gives the greatest philosophy in our life as to why we should not think any inauspicious thing for the others. It is beautiful line. bhunkte jano yat para-duhkhadas tat. Beautiful line. Please, please, please, don't leave Bhagavatam. This is one in million chance. Human life, is as it is difficult to get. You have got the human life. Then in human life also, to get in chance with Prabhupada is one in a billion chance. It is not one in million. And in that also, to come to Srimad Bhagavatam is one in trillion chance. You have got it. You please make best of it.
bhunkte jano yat para-duhkhadas tat. People suffer. bhunkte means suffer and jano means people. People do suffer. By what? para duhkhadas tat - they want to inflict misery upon others. But by the same misery, they suffer. As soon as you try to retaliate, or think inauspicious of them, then they stop suffering and you start suffering. So why to suffer unnecessarily ? Instead just steer clear. And don't think anything ill of anybody. Everybody is part and parcel of Krishna and we fail to see Krishna. Frankly speaking nobody is doing anything. He is instigated by Krishna to behave like that. So as soon as you realise these things, there is nothing to be worried about. Good or bad, it still comes from Krishna. The living entity cannot do anything. That is why Christ gives a very nice example. "Hate the sins and not the sinners". We hate the sinners. That is our greatest mistake. Hate the sins. No doubt. But don't hate the sinner. So everybody is our friend. This is how, if you try to steer clear in the material life, then you can enter into the 10th Canto. Otherwise you are stuck.
Krishna willing we shall continue to hear more nectar from Maharaj in the subsequent offering.
Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Sudarshana devi dasi.
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