Save Yourself from Hell - 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 one of the nectarean class given by our beloved spiritual master HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj on Bhagavad Gita verse 16.16 of Bhagavad Gita in Sydney on June 1 2003

aneka-citta-vibhrāntā moha-jāla-samāvṛtāḥ
prasaktāḥ kāma-bhogeṣu patanti narake ’śucau

Thus perplexed by various anxieties and bound by a network of illusions, they become too strongly attached to sense enjoyment and fall down into hell.

(Gurudev recited the verse lovingly and devotees repeat after him.)

1. Way to Hell:
Gurudev: See this anustup lyric, this lyric is best to have the devotion, sincere devotional service. Sing Mahāmantra always in this lyric. (Gurudev chants Mahāmantra so beautifully and devotees repeat after him.)  This verse describes that how the living entities miss their chance in the human existence and fall down into the hellish conditions - patanti narake 'aśucau, unclean. This is all our words, you know: patanti - fall down, narake - in naraka, in hell, aśucau - unclean - with unclean life.

Remember this. First thing is aneka-citta-vibhrāntā - we are completely illusioned by so many so many worries, you know. aneka-citta-vibhrāntā and the result is moha-jāla-samāvṛtāḥ. samāvṛtāḥ means covered. We are completely covered by moha-jāla, the intricate web of the illusion. As it is we are in illusion and again because of our ignorance, in the blinded ignorance, we create a web around us of illusion, moha-jāla-samāvṛtāḥ. And we are covered by the web. How nice a verse you know. aneka-citta-vibhrāntā moha-jāla-samāvṛtāḥ -  In that, because of this web we are attracted to prasaktāḥ kāma-bhogeṣu - we are attracted to so many lusty desires and this is the royal road to go to hell. patanti narake 'aśucau -  As soon as the verse is in front of us, we should go to the word to word and try to relish the meaning and then we can sing it very lovingly you know. Please sing. (Gurudev sings the verse very beautifully and devotees repeat) aneka-citta-vibhrāntā,moha-jāla-samāvṛtāḥ - the result is prasaktāḥ kāma-bhogeṣu. And the end result is patanti narake 'śucau. (Gurudev lovingly encourages everyone to recite the verse)

Gurudev: Please repeat the meanings. aneka — numerous; citta — by anxieties; vibhrāntāḥ — perplexed;  See, our mind is completely perplexed by innumberable, innumerable anxieties. (Gurudev continues to read the word to word and devotees repeat) moha — of illusions; jāla — by  network; samāvṛtāḥ — surrounded; prasaktāḥ — attached; kāma-bhogeṣu — to sense gratification; patanti — they glide down; narake — into hell; aśucau — unclean.

Translation by Srila Prabhupada. Srila Prabhupada ki Jai ! - Thus perplexed by various anxieties and bound by a network of illusions, they become too strongly attached to sense enjoyment and fall down into hell.

Nice sentence, One sentence only is the translation. Prabhupada is very expert. "Thus perplexed by various anxieties and bound by a network of illusions, they become too strongly attached to sense enjoyment and fall down into hell.” Please hear the purport by Srila Prabhupada .

"The demoniac man knows no limit to his desire to acquire money. That is unlimited. He thinks only of how much assessment he has just now and schemes to engage that stock of wealth further and further. For that reason, he does not hesitate to act in any sinful way and so deals in the black market for illegal gratification. He is enamored by the possessions he has already, such as land, family, house and bank balance, and he is always planning to improve them. He believes in his own strength, and he does not know that whatever he is gaining is due to his past good deeds. He is given an opportunity to accumulate such things, but he has no conception of past causes. He simply thinks that all his mass of wealth is due to his own endeavor. A demoniac person believes in the strength of his personal work, not in the law of karma. According to the law of karma, a man takes his birth in a high family, or becomes rich, or very well educated, or very beautiful because of good work in the past. The demoniac think that all these things are accidental and due to the strength of one's personal ability. They do not sense any arrangement behind all the varieties of people, beauty or education. Anyone who comes into competition with such a demoniac man is his enemy. There are many demoniac people, and each is enemy to  othersto others. This enmity becomes more and more deep — between persons, then between families, then between societies, and at last between nations. Therefore there is constant strife, war and enmity all over the world.

Each demoniac person thinks that he can live at the sacrifice of all others. Generally, a demoniac, demoniac person thinks of himself as the Supreme God, and a demoniac preacher tells his followers: "Why are you seeking God elsewhere? You are all yourselves God! Whatever you like, you can do. Don't believe in God. Throw away God. God is dead." These are the demoniac's preachings.

Although the demoniac, demoniac person sees others equally rich and influential, or even more so, he thinks that no one is richer than he and that no one is more influential than he. As far as promotion to the higher planetary system is concerned, he does not believe in performing yajñas, or sacrifices. Demons think that they will manufacture their own process of yajña and prepare some machine by which they will be able to reach any higher planet. The best example of such a demoniac man was Rāvaṇa. He offered a program to the people by which he would prepare a staircase so that anyone could reach the heavenly planets without performing sacrifices, such as, such as are prescribed in the Vedas. Similarly, in the present age such demoniac men are striving to reach the higher planetary systems by mechanical arrangements. These are examples of bewilderment. The result is that, without their knowledge, they are gliding toward hell. Here the Sanskrit word  moha-jāla is very significant. Jāla means "net";  the fish caught in a net, they have no way to come out."

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

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