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 7 points.
8. Every sense object has potency to kill: We are all consumed nearly all of the time by the sense objects. There are five sense objects, shabda - sound, sparsha - touch, rup form, rasa - taste and gandha- smell. These are the five sense objects and we are completely consumed. Now very nice example is given in shastras that will help us to understand these, how these have effect on our own life.
We start with smell. Even one sense object can kill you. Every sense object has an intrinsic potency to kill. Very nice example is given in shastras. Bee is attracted by the smell of the flower. So it becomes very attached to the flower and gets into the flower. Few flowers close at night. So bee does not understand that it is evening and it is closing. So it gets encaged within the flower and dies there. It is because of smell. The bee is attracted and it is killed. Then rasa, taste. Now you take the example of fish. Fish is killed because of the taste. It goes to eat something and immediately it is caught by the hook. This is how taste kills the fish. Then rup - forms. We are attracted to beautiful forms. Example of moth is given. Moth jumps into the flame of the lamp. Many times when there were oil lamps and the flame of the lamp is nicely burning and the moths jump into it till they are killed. This is how rup also can kill us completely. Then we come to sparsh - touch. The example of elephant is given. Elephant is attracted to the she-elephant. And the hunters want to catch the elephant. They have a nice pit in the path and they cover the pit with the grass. And when the she-elephant tries to cross the pit, the foolish elephant tries to follow the she-elephant, for the touch sensation and he is completely caught in the pit. This is how elephant loses its life only by the attraction to touch. ye hi samsparsha jaa bhogaa / duhkha yonaya eva te (Bhagavad Gita 5.22) Then shabda - sound, deer particularly is attracted to the music of the flute. The hunter goes in the forest and plays nice flute. And deer stands there and he shoots immediately.
All these animals, examples are given for us that even if you are attracted to one sense gratificatory object, you are killed. What to talk of living entities like us who are attracted to all the five. We are attracted by taste, sound, form touch and smell also. This we have to cross over. As soon as we understand the futility of our own existence, running after the sense gratification, again and again we have to hammer our mind. Because as soon as we go out from here, we are running after the taste. Prasadam is ready. We must have rasgullas. (Maharaj says humbly in a lighter note). I will give lecture about taste. But as soon as I go out of this hall, I will fight with you for rasgullas. "Hey come on! give me rasgulla. Why are you eating?" This is how we fight for taste. Then for touch we fight, for sound we fight, everything we do. As soon as we cross over these things we will be able to go to the Supreme Person.
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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