Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept our humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev.
Let us continue to hear more nectar from Maharaj's class on verse 1 of Upadeshaamrta delivered in Minneapolis on 29th May 2003. In previous offering, we heard Maharaj speak about the art of doing the work.
2. Do not be pretentious: Every work in this material world produces reactions but by stopping the work we cannot get rid of the reactions. In Srimad Bhagavad Gita verse 3.6, Krishna says - karmendriyaani samyamya, ya aaste manasaa smaran, indriyaarthaan vimoodhaatmaa, mithyaacaarah sa ucyate. We may ask our hands to stop working, but in the mind we are deliberating on it. This is called pretending (mithyaacaarah). There are many people who go to Himalayas to sit silently and meditate but because their minds are still not controlled, they create the same things there which they left at the first place. This pretending process must stop. And unless we revive our dormant Krishna consciousness, it is impossible to improve the quality of our life. In order not to pretend, we should have a genuine and sincere search in our life. Sincerity is very important. And as soon as we realize that we are not sincere, we should increase our sincerity because all the forces in this world are anti-sincere.
3. Sincerely endeavour by acknowledging the supremacy of Krishna: Sincere endeavour is a must. There is a nice analogy given by Srila Prabhupada in his purport to Srimad Bhagavatam verse 1.15.50 about air planes. When the air planes are on the ground, the pilot has access to all help he needs but the moment the plane is air-borne, the pilot has to rely on his own endeavour. In the same way, as long as we are in this world, we have access to our spiritual master, devotees and the scriptures to help us in our spiritual progress but once we are air-borne (dead), we have to rely on whatever dharma we are carrying on our own, that is, our own devotional service. No one is going to help us in our last hour. Otherwise on the strength of the name, we commit so many offenses. But as soon as the sincerity is there, there is no worry at all. Srimad Bhagavatam verse 10.22.26 says
na mayy aaveshita-dhiyaam / kaamah kaamaaya kalpate
bharjitaa kvathitaa dhaanaah / praayo beejaaya neshate
"The desire of those who fix their minds on Me does not lead to material desire for sense gratification, just as barleycorns burned by the sun and then cooked can no longer grow into new sprouts."
Those who are fully devoted to Krishna, material desires in the form of sprouts don't trouble them. How long are we going to have the sprouts? Unless we invest our intelligence in Krishna, we cannot get rid of the sprouts. And we can do this only if we understand that Krishna is in full control of everything (SB 1.13.41), yad ishvara-vasham jagat. So we chant our rounds nicely and leave the rest to Krishna. Only when we come under the control of Krishna, we are at ease and there is no disease. If the whole universe is under His control then how can we be free from His control? If we forget about Him, then He will also forget us.
Krishna willing, we will continue to hear more nectar from Maharaj in the next offering.
Thank you very much.
Your servants in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev,
Svayam Prakash Krishna Das and Krishna Rati Devi Dasi
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