Never Forget the Traditions - Part 1

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

This is a humble effort to transcribe one of the nectarean class given by our beloved spiritual master HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj on Srimad Bhagavatam verse 1.14.31 in Sri Sri Radha Neela Madhav dham, Rajkot.

suṣeṇaś cārudeṣṇaś ca sāmbo jāmbavatī-sutaḥ
anye ca kārṣṇi-pravarāḥ saputrā ṛṣabhādayaḥ

Are all the chieftain sons of Lord Kṛṣṇa, such as Suṣeṇa, Cārudeṣṇa, Sāmba the son of Jāmbavatī, and Ṛṣabha, along with their sons, all doing well?

(Maharaj made everyone recite the verse lovingly and then read the word-to-word, translation and purport of the above verse. Maharaj began the class by explaining the meaning of verse 1.2.18)


naṣṭa-prāyeṣv abhadreṣu nityaṁ bhāgavata-sevayā
bhagavaty uttama-śloke bhaktir bhavati naiṣṭhikī

By regular attendance in classes on the Bhāgavatam and by rendering of service to the pure devotee, all that is troublesome to the heart is almost completely destroyed, and loving service unto the Personality of Godhead, who is praised with transcendental songs, is established as an irrevocable fact.

This is the purpose of Bhagavatam, Bhagavatam classes and here Prabhupada mentions as a class, (it) is not lecture. Lecture means the person gives the lecture and he doesn't care whether he has learned or not, but he had daily to take care that he has learned. This is the difference between the lecture and the class. Here, there is regular attendance. Now these children, they are learning because they are regularly attending. That's why they are learning. If regular attendance is not there, then learning is impossible and that's why formally in gurukul, the boys are sent as soon as they are 5 years old. They leave the house and stay there, work very hard and stay in the gurukul for all the time. That is regular attendance. Here also (referring to Sri Sri Radha Neela Madhav dham, Rajkot) it's a mini gurukul. This one is our mini gurukul. Sometimes living entities come, they stay here 10-15 days, 2 days, 3 days whatever and try to learn. This should be the purpose of the class.

Now in this chapter, we are just following the natural way of asking the inquiries, when we see some of our relatives returning from somewhere. That is Vedic tradition and these traditions should never be forgotten or destroyed. Under the name of the busy schedule, may be our business or service or whatever we forget to ask the welfare of others. This should not be done at all. What is it? - kula-kṣaye praṇaśyanti kula-dharmāḥ sanātanāḥ (Bhagavad Gita 1.39) As soon as kula-kṣay, the family is destroyed, the family system is destroyed under the name of the so called whole advancement, and because of this ‘kula-dharmāḥ’ are completely naṣṭa destroyed. ‘kula-dharmāḥ sanātanāḥ - these dharmas, they are eternal. It is not only that Yudhishtir is enquiring, but even now in Bharatiya families, they have, at least minimum real brothers and sisters. Sons and daughters they know, if not uncles you know. There are few families even now in Rajkot wherein the whole family is in a joint family, uncles and their sons - in one kitchen they eat. Thereby economy is already there. In one kitchen, everything is arranged and apart from that, there is some affinity and because of the loving relationship everybody has full courage to go ahead materially as well as spiritually.

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 Gurudev,
Devakee and Mangala,

Moderator's Note: Devakee and Mangala matajis are daughters of HG Svayamprakash Prabhuji and HG Svayamprabha Mataji from Delhi. They are practising Krishna consciousness right from childhood. Both of them had the good fortune of meeting Maharaj during their childhood and at a very young age of 6 and 4 years itself, they used to recite the entire Brahma Samhita in front of him. Maharaj was pleased with their upbringing and respectful attitude towards elders.