Steadiness in Bhakti - Part 5

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 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.  In the previous offering we heard from Maharaj the below points.

1.  The spiritual, transcendental nature of the soul.
2.  Supersoul is all pervasive and is steady. By attaching ourselves to Krishna we also become steady.
3.  Need for steadiness in bhakti

Now we shall hear further.  

So like a sky we should remain in this world completely uncontaminated in any situation. It's very difficult, but we have to practice this. And it becomes very easy if you run after Krishna. Otherwise without Krishna as I told you, our life is like a mad person, mental - mind level. Before Krishna, you are on mind level. Either you are on spiritual level or mind level. And mind level means mental. Frankly speaking in order to run the material things also we want a steady person. This prime minister must be steady. Otherwise he will not be able to run the country. Mad persons cannot run anything. So where the steadiness is there, the spirit is there. So in order to run the material things also, we have to be always conscious of the spirit and that is what Prabhupada calls it Krishna consciousness. That is the correct way. So with this we go to the next verse 11.7.43

tejo-’b-anna-mayair bhāvair, meghādyair vāyuneritaiḥ
na spṛśyate nabhas tadvat, kāla-sṛṣṭair guṇaiḥ pumān

  "Although the mighty wind blows clouds and storms across the sky, the sky is never implicated or affected by these activities. Similarly, the spirit soul is not actually changed or affected by contact with the material nature. Although the living entity enters within a body made of earth, water and fire, and although he is impelled by the three modes of nature created by eternal time, his eternal spiritual nature is never actually affected."

 The last verse stress the steadiness of the sky. Herein the disturbance is given. There is so much disturbance in the sky. But even then sky has nothing to do with it. To that extent that, we have the nuclear explosions on the surface of the earth. There is so much blowing and so much destruction is there and sky is situated in the pit also which is created by the nuclear explosion, explosions. Even then sky has nothing to do with it. Being very subtle, it just becomes the background and here the example is very befitting. Our soul and Super soul, soul is subtle and more subtle than soul is the Super soul. And because of the subtlety of the Super soul, Super soul exists everywhere but even then completely unaffected. That is the message. So this is also sky.

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