Control Your Senses - 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 Bhagavatam class given by our beloved spiritual master HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj on Srimad Bhagavatam verse 7.6.9 in Sri Sri Radha NeelMadhav dham, Rajkot on 26th October 2008.

ko gṛheṣu pumān saktam ātmānam ajitendriyaḥ
sneha-pāśair dṛḍhair baddham utsaheta vimocitum

kaḥ — what; gṛheṣu — to household life; pumān — man; saktam — very much attached; ātmānam — his own self, the soul; ajita-indriyaḥ — who has not conquered the senses; sneha-pāśaiḥ — by the ropes of affection; dṛḍhaiḥ — very strong; baddham — bound hand and foot; utsaheta — is able; vimocitum — to liberate from material bondage.

What person too attached to household life due to being unable to control his senses can liberate himself? An attached householder is bound very strongly by ropes of affection for his family [wife, children and other relatives].

(Gurudev beautifully recites the verse and devotees follow him. He then begins to read the word-to-word equivalents and translation twice, and then asked one of the devotees to read the purport of above verse and began his class.)

1. Be pure to approach the Supreme Pure:
Gurudev: Jai Srila Prabhupada ki jai!!! (Maharaj recites verse 12.13.1 from Srimad Bhagavatam)

sūta uvāca
yaṁ brahmā varuṇendra-rudra-marutaḥ stunvanti divyaiḥ stavair
vedaiḥ sāṅga-pada-kramopaniṣadair gāyanti yaṁ sāma-gāḥ
dhyānāvasthita-tad-gatena manasā paśyanti yaṁ yogino
yasyāntaṁ na viduḥ surāsura-gaṇā devāya tasmai namaḥ

because we don't understand the Supreme Personality of Godhead that's why our, our attraction to Him is weak. So we should start from Bhagavad Gita to understand Kṛṣṇa. Very easy verses are there. First He says (Bhagavad Gita 10.12)

paraṁ brahma paraṁ dhāma pavitraṁ paramaṁ bhavān
puruṣaṁ śāśvataṁ divyam ādi-devam ajaṁ vibhum

The ten qualities in two lines you know. No litreature has (this). Only in our Bhagavad Gita it is given. paraṁ brahma means that He is completely transcendental. His transcendental nature, we don't know. That's why we are attached to the things that which  are not transcendental. That will be the very bad result of not knowing Kṛṣṇa. divyatha - The transcendence has a transcend (word) in it. Isn't it? Word transcend is there. The thing which crosses everything is know as transcendence. And the purity is the monopoly for transcendental things. Unless we approach the purity there is no way we can understand the transcendence. That is the secret of understanding Kṛṣṇa. And the process of purity is given in Bhagavatam and Bhagavad Gita and everywhere.

You have to follow certain process. The man who is seriously diseased, he has to follow the certain type of life, medicine or whatever. Then there is some chance that he will be cured. And again some chance, it cannot be guaranteed. But here purity is our birthright. And as it is we are spiritual. We are not material. That's why, this body has to drop sometime. Because our spiritual nature is eternal, we say, "he has passed away." "Left his body." That's how you will tell. And leaving this body is very difficult because the attachment is very strong to the body. This is the supreme attachment to the body because since birth we are attracted to this body. And till death, we don't want to leave it. So till the body is there, even the soul leaves the body. But the soul hovers around, hovers around. He wants to enter the body again. "Aye, here it is my house." His own paraphernalia is there. So the soul does not want to leave, soul does not want to leave the body. That is the meaning of that ;'materialistic mind covering the living entity’s soul, carries it to the different species of existence.' - How nice sentence it is you know? Prabhupada (has given so much) in one sentence. But the mind not attracted to transcendence, will definitely carry you through to the different species of, of existence. Attachment is the nature of the mind. So either you are attached to Kṛṣṇa or you are attracted to the material things. There is no in between.  No, either you are detached or attached. There is no both mixed. 

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.