Steadiness in Bhakti - Part 1

Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva.

The following is an humble effort to transcribe a nectarean class given by our beloved spiritual master HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj on Srimad Bhagavatam verse 11.07.41-45, in Sri Sri RadhaNeel Madhav dham Rajkot on 2007-01-06.

pārthiveṣv iha deheṣu, praviṣṭas tad-guṇāśrayaḥ
guṇair na yujyate yogi, gandhair vāyur ivātma-dṛk

"Although a self-realized soul may live in various material bodies while in this world, experiencing their various qualities and functions, he is never entangled, just as the wind which carries various aromas does not actually mix with them."

Purport: Although we experience the wind as fragrant or foul, depending on the aromas it carries, the wind does not in fact change its actual nature. Similarly, although we regard a particular person as strong or weak, intelligent or retarded, beautiful or homely, good or bad, the pure spirit soul, who is the actual person, does not really possess any of the qualities of the body but is merely covered by them, just as the wind is covered by different aromas. Thus, a Krishna conscious person is always aware that he is different from the temporary body. He experiences the various transformations of the body, such as childhood, adolescence, adulthood and old age; but although he experiences the pains, pleasures, qualities and functions of that body, a Krishna conscious person never thinks that he is the body. He always understands that he is an eternal spirit soul, part and parcel of Lord Krishna. As stated in this verse, na yujyate yogī: he is not entangled. The conclusion is that one should never consider a Krishna conscious person in terms of bodily designation, but should see him as an eternal servitor of the Lord.

Maharaj: Jai! Srila Prabhupada ki jai! The thing is, association has an affect. But the nature of the original thing doesn’t change. What happens that, suppose there is a moon in the sky and in the water pot, the reflection of the moon is there. So, moon has the association of water. And because the moon has the association of water, it flickers, it moves, it breaks. In the water, so many patterns are there. But actually, the moon doesn't change. This is what is happening. Association does appear to have some difference, but actually there is no difference. The moon retains its own nature. Moon is full and moon is in sky. Only the reflection flickers or moves or whatever. As soon as the water is disturbed, the reflection flickers here and there. It doesn't have to do anything with the moon. Eventually water is gone, the reflection goes away. And because water has the association of moon, so it shines. Otherwise water as it is, doesn't shine. 

So there is some temporary effect of the association, otherwise there is nothing. Actually there is nothing. But we see some. That's why when the soul is in the body, we may say, "the person is thief" or "the person is very rich" or "person is very poor" or "very educated or dull", whatever you know. Temporary body appears in different gradations. Actually the soul does not have to do anything. Soul is neither educated nor dull. Soul is soul. That's it. Spirit is completely different from the body. This is the point.

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

Thank you very much,
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Vaikuntha nath das