No Counteraction is the Best Counteraction - Part 13

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

This is in continuation of the previous offering titled, "No Counteraction is the Best Counteraction" which is transcription of the nectarean class given by our beloved spiritual master HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj on Srimad Bhagavatam verse 7.6.2 in Sri Sri Radha NeelMadhav dham, Rajkot. In the previous offering we heard from Maharaj that we must not be egositic. Now we shall hear further.

13. Respect Everyone:
Gurudev
Please try to understand these things. Forget everything. This Bhagavatam creates very nice atmosphere in our own house, in our own life. That's why Bhagavatam should be life and death for us. Otherwise we are nowhere. Krishna will (not clear) become. Please try to put into practice. Don't look. But behave. (Gurudev laughs) You may, any question you have?  

(One devotee asks Maharaj about how we should treat demigods, whether we need to respect them, worship them etc and Gurudev wonderfully clarifies his doubt)

Gurudev: See in society we, we respect everybody. Isn't it? Our father is father. Nobody can take place of our father. That is Krishna's relationship. Everywhere we respect. We bow down also. But our intimate relationship is with our father. Nobody can replace our father. Isn't it? And none of our concern, we haven't selected our father. Krishna selects our father and mother. How can we leave our father and mother? We have intimate relationship with them. That relationship you can never have, with any other man in society. (Gurudev gives the analogy of father and others and compares the same with Krishna and the other demigods) That is demigods. We respect them. We don't disrespect anyway. Why to disrespect this Siva or Ganapathi or whatever. But our father is father, Supreme. You know what Brahma told, (Brahma Samhita 5.1)

īśvaraḥ paramaḥ kṛṣṇaḥ sac-cid-ānanda-vigrahaḥ
anādir ādir govindaḥ sarva-kāraṇa-kāraṇam

Please, this is the result, this is the difference. You cannot select your father. Your father is selected by Krishna. So you have to obey him. You don't have any say in selecting father. Isn't it? You can't ask Krishna, "No! I don't like this, I like that." No way. He's your father, That's it! That intimate relationship is there always with father. Krishna is your kind father. So we must have intimate relationship. That's why suhrt word is very important. It's not friend alone. Friend is a somewhat on the material level. But suhrt is on the spiritual level. Because He is situated in the heart. Because He is situated in the heart of every living entity. So that is, the connection is on the spiritual level and not on the material level. Isn't it? This is the difference.

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

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