Drink the Nectar of Bhakti - Part 6

Drink the Nectar of Bhakti - Part 6

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Sudarshana devi dasi.

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 four points. Now let us continue to hear more from Maharaj on why we should steer clear.

5. Way to Approach Bhagavatam: Before we even start to touch Canto 10, we must pray to Krishna as how Dhruva Maharaj prayed. Dhruva Maharaj eventually went to the forest. He was only five years child. But he was determined that, "My mother has told that I have to go and pray, please the Lord and I must see the Lord, so that I can achieve my own goal." He wanted his kingdom to be bigger than the kingdom of Uttanapada. So he had a material desire. So somehow or the other he went to the forest and we know how slowly because of his austerities he could please Krishna and Krishna gave darshan. But when Krishna stood in front of him, he didn't know what to do. He was just a five year old child. 

Even now, if Krishna comes and walks here, I would be the first person to run away. (laughter) I don't know what to do with Him. We want Him. But suppose if He really comes, we are completely lost because of His awe, you know. This is what happens when you go to the Himalayan region. It is completely quiet. And you don't know really what is happening. Many times people are climbing and walking, somebody falls down. We don't know really what is happening to us. Seeing Radha-Gopinathji also same feeling is there, seeing Srila Prabhupada also same. You open Srimad Bhagavatam and get into the study of Srimad Bhagavatam. Take one verse and completely understand it. And you will be completely shocked! This is Krishna's. As soon as you come to that shock stage, then you should think that you are really experiencing, really experiencing Krishna. Dhruva Maharaj was also completely shocked and he did not know what to do either. So he started praying somehow or the other to Krishna and there is a beautiful verse (Srimad Bhagavatam - 4.9.6). We must sing that prayer before we think about 10th Canto. This verse is sung in Brahma Samhita lyric. It is beautiful.

dhruva uvaaca
yo 'ntah pravishya mama vaacam imaam prasuptaam
sanjeevayaty akhila-shakti-dharah sva dhaamnaa
anyaamsh ca hasta-carana-shravana-tvag-aadhin
praanaan namo bhagavate purushaaya tubhyam

Dhruva Maharaja said: "My dear Lord, You are all-powerful. After entering within me, You have enlivened all my sleeping senses—my hands, legs, ears, touch sensation, life force and especially my power of speech. Let me offer my respectful obeisances unto You."

Beautiful four lines. Just like how you sing, "govindam aadi purusham tam aham bhajaami" - "praanaan namo bhagavate purushaaya tubhyam". You see it is beautiful to understand. Srila Prabhupada has done everything for us to understand in the pages of Bhagavatam. But we are so very lazy rascals, that we don't want to even open the books. Even if you open, you want to show somebody, "I am reading Bhagavatam", (laughter) and nothing goes inside. tad viddhi pranipaatena pariprashnena sevaayaa - that we completely forget. Krishna has told - tad viddhi - you must know, pranipaatena - pay respectful obeisances, pariprashnena - submissively inquire. And this is how we must approach scriptures

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.