Nullify the Miseries - Part 4

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 HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj in Singapore on 15th March 1992 on Srimad Bhagavatam verse 1.7.6. In the previous offering we heard from Maharaj on the below points.

1. Purpose of the scriptures.
2. Come to Bhakti-yoga.
3. Krishna alone can nullify the miseries.

Now we shall hear how Maharaj hilariously brings out the point that we 

4. Follow Vedic Culture: We don't have to stop our work. But the same time we don't have to ignore bhakti. We don't have to ignore bhakti. With your work, you can very well perform your bhakti activities. And they are very easy – śravaṇaṁ, kīrtanaṁ and smaraṇaṁ. You just hear, you talk and you remember Krishna. 'No no, we don't want to remember Krishna. What is the advantage in it? Better to remember the wife.' (laughter) Then you remember the wife and get kicks. (laughter). It so happens you know. But our Matajis are really good, those who are sitting here. But generally I am speaking (laughter). Otherwise these Matajis will be upset you know (laughter). What happened.., the girl wants to marry, the boy wants to marry. The girl starts talking first – "I am beautiful for you, I am this and I am that, I am educated, we will do this, we will do that." Brahmachari feels very happy you know, some girl is attracted (laughter). So then what happens.., they engage after a few talks, then once they are engaged, the girl stops. Because she realizes what idiot she has to live with (laughter). So then she stops talking. Then this one starts talking – "I am like this, I will earn money for you, I will give you the car and Mercedes." He cannot buy a rickshaw you know (laughter). But promises whole thing. Girl knows what is it, you know. But she carries on. Then what happens, they get married. After one or two children, then they both start talking and the neighbors hear them (laughter). So this is a fact of our life without Krishna. If our center of existence is Krishna, śravanaṁ of Krishna, kīrtanaṁ of Krishna and śravaṇaṁ of Krishna, these things (quarrels and divorce) will not enter into our life. 

Our Vedic families, they are very nicely attached and very peacefully they live for whole life. Marriage is not for a few months or few weeks or few years. It is meant for whole of life time. And that's why our children are very nicely educated. At least one thing we do to our children and that is we give them the real mother and father. Please remember this.This is very difficult in western countries. Very difficult. Children did not get the real mother and father. What to talk of anything else? God alone knows somebody is a step-father, somebody is a step-mother or mother and father has split, mother has married to somebody, father has married somebody and the children are left like a limbo. This is our western civilization. And Srila Prabhupada wanted to be very strong with this and that's why he went to America and gave these people a very nice siksha, very nice education that, "You fools, you don't have to behave like dogs. Dogs behave like this. Dogs don't know marriage. Dogs don't want to take care of their children. Dogs wants to enjoy. That is the only thing they want to do. And this is a dog's life." He said, "You must become human beings. And the human beings come to bhakti yogam." And because they are attracted to bhakti yoga, they have completely forgotten this separation and divorce and everything. Our attention fully is diverted to bhakti yoga. And because of this, we are completely protected and we are completely saved. Otherwise there is no other way we can be protected. 

Don’t run after the western civilization. We have a tendency to run after the western civilization. Please young boys, hear with your ears open. Are your ears open? Are the ears with you? Have you got your ears? Jai (laughter). This is the fact. They will be destroyed. If they don't follow vedic culture they will be completely destroyed. And for young ones, the elders should be very serious. We cannot shirk our responsibility. First we have to come to this point and then the younger ones will be happy. This is the responsibility on us. And if you don't follow this, then he says very nicely, that if you remember that bhakti yogaṁ saves you from all these miseries, then he says, that lokasya ajānato. Loka means we all people. We all living entities. ajānato means we don't know. We don't know these. What we don't know? We don't know that the remedy of these miseries is bhakti yoga. We don't know this fact. The remedy, the real remedy for our miseries, duhkhas is bhakti yoga, coming to Krishna. That we don't know. And because we don't know, lokasya ajānato, vidvāṁś cakreVidvān means Vyasadev. The learned Vyasadev, chakre means compiled. He has compiled sātvata samhitām, these scriptures regarding the Supreme Lord."

Krishna willing we shall continue to hear more nectar from Maharaj in the subsequent offering.

Hare Krishna.

Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Sudarshana devi dasi.