Moving Temples - Part 2

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

This is in conclusion of the previous offering titled, "Moving Temples" - wherein we were meditating on Srimad Bhagavatam verse 1.13.10 wherein Yudhishtira Maharaj is glorifying Vidurji as "holy place personified." Srila Prabhupada nicely refers to pure devotees like Vidurji as "moving temples" for they are carrying Krishna in their hearts. Now we shall see further.

In his nectarean class on this Srimad Bhgavatan verse 1.13.10, Srila Prabhupada very nicely explains about 'bhagavata', how important it is to become bhagavata and how to carry Krishna with us. Below are some of the nectarean points from His Divine Grace's class.

1. 'Bhagavata' means anything that is related to 'Bhagavan'. Srimad Bhagavatam has everything related to Bhagavan and His devotees. So we should take shelter of both person Bhagavata and book Bhagavatam. 

2. No matter how good we are, how clean we are and how expert we are in arranging our material things, we cannot avoid the material laws of birth,death,disease and old-age.

3. Human life is not meant for simply living a comfortable material life, but to know about Bhagavan and to become a Bhagavata. This is necessity and only by this we can experience eternal bliss.

4. Srila Prabhupada very nicely says that for this reason only, he has written so many books. - "It is the desire of Krishna they should read these books and try to understand the Krishna philosophy, the science of Krishna, the science of God. Then their life will be perfect. Otherwise, this one-sided civilization, material comforts, that will not help them."

In this regard we are reminded of how our beloved spiritual master HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj always insisted that we should scrutinisingly read Srila Prabhupada's books. In one of the lectures Maharaj says, "Seva should go on and with seva this digging into our own heels into Prabhupada's scriptures are needed daily. When he was alive he was saying, "unless you read my books atleast 2 hours a day, you will leave Krishna consciousness and go away." We don't leave Krishna consciousness, but we are in an illusion, we are not doing anything. And we are thinking that we are fully Krishna conscious. That is the greatest defect."

Maharaj insists that unless we obey Srila Prabhupada's instructions of waking up early, doing mangala arati, chanting our rounds, studying the scriptures an putting them to practice, we can never perfect our lives. 

5. How to become first class devotees?  We need to follow the four regulative principles and chant Hare Krishna. "And wherever you will go, you will be able to purify there. Wherever you go. Wherever you speak, wherever you'll sit. So keep this spiritual strength intact."

6. How to carry Krishna in our hearts? "The Hare Krishna mantra chanting means keeping Krishna always within your heart. This is not... It is not expensive at all. You haven't got to make a very exalted throne for Krishna. You can imagine that "In my heart I have placed now a very diamond throne, and Krishna is sitting." That is accepted. It is... Actually it becomes. Even within the mind you think that "I have kept one diamond throne, very costly throne, because Krishna is coming. He will sit down here," that is not false. That is a fact. So you create such situation within your heart. "Now Krishna has seated. Let me wash His feet with the Ganges water, Yamuna water. Now I change His dress to a first-class costly garments. Then I decorate with ornaments. Then I give Him for eating." You can simply think of this. This is meditation. svāntaḥ-sthena gadābhṛtā. It is so nice thing. Anywhere you can sit down and think that Krishna is sitting in your heart and you are receiving in so nice way. They are not false. They are also fact. It is so easy.

In material world, if someone is expert in any field, they would not like to share the secret of their knowledge and expertise with others - but since Srila Prabhupada is such a pure devotee, eager to deliver the suffering conditioned souls, He is freely teaching us all how to become first class devotee and how to carry Krishna in our hearts. Indeed His Divine Grace is 'moving temple', 'moving Vishnu'. Srila Prabhupada ki Jai! 

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