Drink the Nectar of Bhakti - Part 8

Drink the Nectar of Bhakti - Part 8

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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 6 points. Now let us continue to hear more from Maharaj.

7. Introduce Good Traditions: After prayerfully reciting the Srimad Bhagavatam verse  4.9.6, we can dare to touch 10th Canto. So now let us go to verse 10.8.21

kaalena vrajataalpena / gokule raama keshavau
jaanubhyaam saha paanibhyaam / ringamaanau vijahratuh

"After a short time passed, both brothers, Rama and Krishna, began to crawl on the ground of Vraja with the strength of Their hands and knees and thus enjoy Their childhood play."

There is a beautiful verse because in Sanskrit, the grammar of the words also talks through the verses. That is why it is very easy to learn Sanskrit Grammar. Every name in Sanskrit has 24 forms. It is very easy to understand. Because each name, has 8 cases and each case has three numbers. In English or any other language we have only two that is singular number and plural number. But Sanskrit being a sophisticated language, it has a definite form for two people. One is there for singular. Two people there is another form and more than two is plural. So each case has three numbers. So we have 8*3 which is 24 forms. Now let us sing this beautiful verse

krsno rakshatu nojagatrayaguru / krsnam namadvam sadaa
krsnenaakhila shatravo vinihataa / krsnaaya tasmin namah
krsnaad eva samuttitam jagad idam / krsnasya daasosmyaham
krishne tishtati vishvam etad akhilam / bho krsna rakshasva maam

All the 8 cases are very nicely described and the meaning is also beautiful. But even if you don't understand the meaning, you just go on reciting the verses from Bhagavad Gita and Srimad Bhagavatam. Eventually you will know everything. The thing is we should have few of the verses with us, to recite daily. Particularly we have to start from Bhagavad Gita 12th and 15th Chapter and then go to the second chapter in first canto of Srimad Bhagavatam. There are 34 verses, full of philosophy. You must learn second chapter from the first canto. Then as soon as you come to Krishna lila through "Krishna" book, which is recommended by Srila Prabhupada himself that everyday in the evening we must read Krishna lila through Krishna book. Srila Prabhupada has made it so very easy, the whole of 10th Canto, that even a child can understand the intricacies of the pastimes of Krishna. This is to our greatest advantage. He knew that the time is running out in his lifetime and so hurriedly he translated tenth Canto for us in the form of story book. That is why it is very easily available to us. We have to introduce these traditions in our houses. 

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.