Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva.
This is in conclusion 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 were heard 9 points from Maharaj. Now let us hear further.
11. Influence of Vedic culture: This 'Ram' shabdha gives the meaning of bliss. He is blissful to everybody. And that is why He is known as Balaram. This "Ram" word is very common in the modern world also. We were in America and there is a chain house of guest-houses or hotels by name "Ramada". It comes from "Ram daa". It gives Ram. It gives bliss. You sleep in a nice cushy bed and you are very blissful. (laughter) This is how this Ram word is used. Wherever you go, the remnants of the Vedic culture could be found. We were in Australia, and the word Australia comes from Sanskrit. Astra-aalaya. Astra means weapons and aalaya means godown. Astra aalaya - means godown of weapons. Pandavas must have had the godown of all the nuclear weapons, agni astra etc there and they must have sent people there to get trained in how to release these weapons, to experiment on these weapons. Even now they go to the Pacific ocean to perform the nuclear blasts. They book an island in the Pacific. French also go there, Americans also go there and British also go there. They think that they live far away from them and they will not have any effect. They do not know that whole globe is like one body, not just this globe, but the whole universe. That is why I speak here and man in Singapore hears me. What to speak of speaking, you put the computer message in Radhadesh and the whole world knows it immediately. We are all computer people now and all prajalpa is going on. But we can spread Krishna katha also through computer. This shows that this world is all one. It is coming from one and it has got to be one and if you understand this, then the Vedic culture infiltrates our life style. And as soon as the Vedic culture infiltrates you are completely perfect.
In order to have complete perfection, we must allow Krishna and Balaram to always play in our courtyard always. It is not just Yashoda's courtyard. The glorification is there. Everybody of us is glorified. You please allow Krishna and Balaram to play in your own courtyard. And as soon as you allow These children to play with you always, your mind will always be engaged in Them. 'yena kena prakaarena / manah krishne nivaasayet'. That is the instruction of Srimad Bhagavatam. And if you can follow these instructions, then you can be completely elevated in no time. Then those people who came during Pandavas times to achieve perfection in using the weapons, they came and stayed in one town and that is now known as Sydney. There is a word for perfection in Sanskrit and it is known as Siddhi. So that 'Siddhi' became 'Sydney' now. Among the siddhis, Arjuna was special. So he thought, "I will not stay with all these siddhis. I will have my own head-quarters." So he went to the other side and one of the place is Perth - One of the names of Arjuna was Parth. All these towns even the people there know the story of Ramayan and Mahabharath. You go to Jakarta in Indonesia, it is full of beautiful temples. Much beautiful than what you see here. This culture is spread all over the world and they are very happy with this culture.
Please somehow or the other we pray very intensely to Krishna and Balaram that both of Them continuously play in the courtyard of our mind and They completely capture our mind, so that our mind will not run hither and thither. Hare Krishna. Srila Prabhupada ki Jai !
Our heartfelt thanks to our beloved spiritual master, H H Srila Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj for churning out the nectar from this verse and presenting to us in such a wonderful manner, the way we need to approach Srimad Bhagavatam and the practical lessons to be learnt. All glories to Srila Gurudev.
Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Sudarshana devi dasi.
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