Be Connected to Krishna - Part 4

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

This is in conclusion of the previous offering tiltled, "Be Connected to Krishna" which is transcription of  class given by our beloved spiritual master HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj on Srimad Bhagavatam verse 4.6.49 in South Africa. In the previous offering we heard from Maharaj that

1. If our activities are connected with Krishna, then we are saved from maya. 
2. Harinam is the antidote.
3. Impact of illusory energy on devotees – In this regard Maharaj gave the example of how Bhima was not affected by the poison administered by the Kauravas.

Now we shall hear further.

4. Effect of Unflinching Attachment to Krishna

Maharaj: Pandavas had unflinching faith in the Lord. That is why when Krishna was taking rest one day, when it was decided that there is going to be a war between Kauravas and Pandavas, Duryodhan and Arjun, they both went to see Krishna. And He was taking rest. So Arjuna went and very humbly, sat near the lotus feet of Krishna. But Duryodhana was puffed up. “Hey, I don’t sit near the feet, I will sit near the head.  So when we wake up, really we look to the feet first. So as soon as Krishna opened His eyes, He saw Arjuna. “Hei, Arjun you are here.?” “No, no. I am here first”, Duryodhan said. Krishna said, “Hey, You are also here? So what's that both of you are here today?”  So this Duryodhan shouted that, “It is decided now that we are going to have war between us, so I want help from you.” Krishna said, “why have you come Arjuna?” He said, “Lord, I also want some help from you. That's why I am here.” Krishna said that, “I have two things with Me. On one side my whole army is there with all the expertise and elephants and chariots etc, and on the other side I am alone. I will not pick up any weapon. That is my vow. I will just sit and talk with you.”  Duryodhana thought, “So what is the use of this fellow, He will eat prasadam and talk with me? (laughing) So we don't want Him.” So he said, “I want your whole army.” Krishna said, “it is yours”.  “So Arjuna,” He asked Arjuna, “you see now there is nobody, you should accept Me.” He said Lord, “I am quite alright with You, You please come with us, You just talk.”  So Arjuna took Krishna you know and this is how we know the last verse of Bhagavad Gita

yatra yogeśvaraḥ kṛṣṇo / yatra pārtho dhanur-dharaḥ
tatra śrīr vijayo bhūtir / dhruvā nītir matir mama


As I told you, each word you have to learn. There is an easy way to remember this verse you know.  I will tell you how to remember yatra yogeśvaraḥ kṛṣṇo - Where there is Supreme mystic Krishna and where there is a friend, a devotee friend like Arjuna are present, there are four things there. tatra - there, sri - opulence, vijay - victory, bhutiexceptional power, dhruva - certainly niti - morality, matir mama - this is My opinion. Sanjaya says. Now how to remember these four things, opulence take out o, victory v, then exceptional power e and morality m, OVEM, Remember word OVEM. Where there is Krishna and where there is Arjuna, there is OVEM and then elaborate it, O means opulence, V means victory, E means exceptional power and M means morality. These four things must be present in our life if really we are with Krishna and we are like Arjuna. This is the last instruction of Bhagavad Gita.

If you understand this then what can witchcraft do? You have full opulence, you are victorious always, you have exceptional power and you are very moral. These are the things which we must have if you are unflinchingly attached to Krishna. These are the shastras. This is the scripture, and this is the knowledge and then you can see that Srila Prabhupadahad only three dollars in his pocket when he went from India to America and see the building from three dollars. This building is the outcome from that three dollars. Can anybody, can any businessman make such a amount of money that from 3 dollars all over the world? There are so many farm communities, 1000 acres each. In Australia alone I saw three and so many big buildings. Can you have in three dollars? This is opulence and what Srila Prabhupadahad? He had only Hare Krishna Mahamantra.

See the opulence, see the effect and it is not only Prabhupadabut you have chanted and because you are chanting you are enjoying these buildings. Otherwise is it very easy to rent a flat here? You have to become a donkey before you have a flat. Only donkeys stay in the flats. Devotees stay in palatial buildings and we are very proud of apartment. Have you any sitting room like this and where is the Lord in the sitting room? They may have a hall like this, but there is no audience. This is the opulence. You please, you try to inspect your own lives and you will find out so many things which were completely impossible for us, completely impossible, completely. We were flying in America moving from one city to another city and there was one Indian person, you know, always flying. So we had two months unlimited travel pass, so always we were in the plane, you know. And that man also frequently flew. So he said, "Are you rich?"  I told these clothes are with me and one pair is more. He said, "I can't believe, you are flying" He said, "Yes. those who don't have anything they fly and those who have lakshmi they want to save it, so they go by bus (laughing)." He is very correct. We don't have anything and that is why we are flying. If we had, then we will fill up the banks and one day the bank manager also performs kirtan - Haribol and the whole thing is gone. We don't have any worry at all and even if we don't fly, what is there? It doesn't matter. To sit on the bank of the Ganges is much beautiful than to come to this obnoxious place to have witchcraft and subtle living. Who will come? Who will come here? No, nobody will step here. You play with your subtle beings, you play with your witchcraft and we are quite happy on the bank of Ganges. This is opulence. If you want to have this, then the intensity, you have to increase the intensity of chanting Mahamantra. Otherwise you are victimized on the other side as we are seeing here. Please you stop this nonsense and those who continue this nonsense throw them out of the window."

Our heartfelt thanks to Maharaj for this sublime class.

Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Svayamjyoti and Nandini,
Chennai