Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances! All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev!
This is in continuation of the transcription of class given by our beloved Gurudev HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj on Srimad Bhagavatam verse 1.17.45.
In the previous offering we heard from Maharaj about
1) the importance of chanting the verses lovingly.
2) Krishna is our Supreme refuge.
3) Prasadam makes us happy, nourishes our body and satisfies our hunger.
Now we shall hear further.
Maharaj: (Just like how prasadam nourishes the body, your soul is nourished) The same way, if you chant the verses very lovingly, you know. You chant a very nice verse, you know to Lord Rama, it’s a beautiful verse from Srimad Bhagavatam. 5.19.7
na janma nūnaṁ mahato na saubhagaṁ
na vāṅ na buddhir nākṛtis toṣa-hetuḥ
tair yad visṛṣṭān api no vanaukasaś
cakāra sakhye bata lakṣmaṇāgrajaḥ
"One cannot establish a friendship with the Supreme Lord Rāmacandra on the basis of material qualities such as one’s birth in an aristocratic family, one’s personal beauty, one’s eloquence, one’s sharp intelligence or one’s superior race or nation. None of these qualifications is actually a prerequisite for friendship with Lord Śrī Rāmacandra. Otherwise how is it possible that although we uncivilized inhabitants of the forest have not taken noble births, although we have no physical beauty and although we cannot speak like gentlemen, Lord Rāmacandra has nevertheless accepted us as friends?"
This is a special devotional lyric in a few of the verses in Srimad Bhagavatam. The more intensely you understand the verse, and sing it, then the first effect in singing the prayers and the verses through the heart is that our devotional attitude develops. Because we have already, we all have the devotional attitude in our heart but at the moment it’s dormant. It has got to have the language to express and unless it is expressed in the transcendental words, it can never manifest. And this is the first effect of singing the verses or singing the prayers. And that's why we come in this hall and unknowingly we become ecstatic to chant and dance, you are now moving in circles, nicely. And nobody forces us. Nobody tells us, there is nobody to order you to, "hey! Come on, you move your circle…" No. There is no order, it's just spontaneous thing. Your dormant love is expressed in the outward manifestation in the different activities of our body. And this is the first effect of chanting the verses.
Then second effect is much more important than the first effect. As soon as you continue chanting and hearing these verses and kirtans and pravachans, and this is also pravachan, we are hearing. This is also the spiritual ecstasy and Srila Prabhupada said, “My purports are my spiritual ecstasies.” As soon as you read the purport we try to understand, we become completely ecstatic because the second effect of this thing is that you experience the Lord. You experience the existence of Krishna. In no other way can you experience Him. That is the very important point you have to understand.
Krishna willing we will continue to hear more nectar from Maharaj in the subsequent offering.
Thank you very much,
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Anantavijaya Krishna das
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