Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept our humble obesiances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev.
Let us continue to hear more nectar from Maharaj on the lecture delivered in Minneapolis on 29th May 2003 on the first verse of Upadeshaamrta. In the last two offerings, we heard Maharaj speak about following points:
1) The art of doing work
2) Do not be pretentious
3) Sincerely endeavour by acknowledging the supremacy of Krishna
4. Improve the quality of our lives: The problem in modern society is all due to unregulated freedom. In Africa, 75% of the population is suffering from AIDS because of this. Whereas, if we have regulated freedom, we can have our enjoyment also and spiritual life is also there. With unregulated freedom, we lose the vitality of our existence. This vitality is very much required for our spiritual progress and without that no matter how hard we try, we cannot progress spiritually. People not only hear us but they also see us. So we should be careful to practise what we preach and austerity must be there in our life. Otherwise what is the use lecturing on austerity and we ourselves are not austere? We have to spend time on our maintenance work and it is a must. So in our free time, we should just learn one verse and propagate this one verse only. This small book (Nectar of Instruction) has only 60-70 pages and it contains everything. So we should be sincere about our own upliftment by studying Srila Prabhupada's books. This way we use our intelligence constructively otherwise definitely it will be used destructively.
We have to improve our own quality of life and that is where the failure lies because we don't digest what we read. Suppose the plate of prasadam is in front of us, if we just look at it and don't eat, how can we satisfy our hunger? And after eating also, the food has to be digested otherwise we have to go to the doctor to get digestion pills. In the same way, whatever we read, we have to digest it otherwise there is no potency in our preaching. If we improve the quality of our life in this way, then only our mind can be consumed by the descriptions of Krishna and then these six urges spoken in this verse can be very easily controlled. The modes are very powerful so we have to come out of these modes by filling our mind with Krishna and for this sincerity is the only qualification we need. That is why Krishna says in Bhagavad Gita that sarva-dharmaan parityajya, maam ekam sharanam vraja. It is an order and not a request. There is no word, "please" in Bhagavad Gita. Just like we are sitting here and if some dacoit comes with a gun to shoot us, we have to surrender to him. Krishna is the Supreme Dacoit so we have to definitely surrender to Him. And what is the result? aham tvaam sarva-paapebhyo, mokshayishyaami maa shucah. He will protect us from all the sins we have committed. Otherwise we cannot control these urges, especially the urge to speak. If we sincerely get attracted to Krishna and His devotional service then there is no separate endeavour required to control these urges.
5. Foresee your last day: Then one may ask, how to become sincere? (At this point Maharaj posed this question to the devotees. One devotee said that by remembering our death and Maharaj really liked this answer). If we remember our last hour in this world, only then we will be sincere otherwise our false ego is always there. There is a Mataji in Singapore who was working in a prison and in the cell meant for those who are sentenced to death. I asked her how does she manage to work in that cell since these people who are sentenced to death can do anything because there is no punishment worse than death. Surprisingly the Mataji said that after these people know they are going to be sentenced on a particular day, immediately their behaviour changes and they become very good. This is how we should remember our death always so that our hearts can become wide open. Otherwise the exploiting and grabbing tendency are there because we think we are going to be here permanently.
Krishna willing, we will continue to hear more nectar from Maharaj in the next offering.
Thank you very much.
Your servants in the service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev,
Svayam Prakash Krishna Das and Krishna Rati Devi Dasi
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