Control Your Senses - Part 4

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

The following is continuation of the transcription of 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. In the previous offering we heard from Maharaj the below point

1. Be pure to approach the Supreme Pure.
2. We have to leave.
3. Attachment leads to Anger

Now we shall hear further.

4. Control your senses: Why, why do you not leave these things? And in leaving these things also, you don't have to leave everything. That's the secret of it. You have your everything, but you have conquered your senses. That's the thing. Senses must be conquered. Otherwise in any field, we will be defeated. Because senses are not conquered means, in no field you can win. Man! Dosas (South Indian food) were very nice. But he (joking with a devotee) gives nice feast. And for three hours, he was in the toilet. (Gurudev and devotees laugh). As soon as you have  something excess, you have to suffer. ( Gurudev laughs). To eat also is very good, but there must be some, some gauge you know. ( Gurudev laughs) That's the thing. You have to conquer your tongue. You cannot let loose. Any sense, any sense. Controlled sense is the best thing. Uncontrolled sense is the path to hell. Within a second, you lose everything. In order to control, we have to try so hard and after long time we may, we may attain bhakti or some position. But if you again become uncontrolled, within a second the whole thing will collapse like a card castle. You know card castle? Immediately it will fall down. Card castle - just to construct, it takes so long time. But just a bit of wind, and the card castle is finished. This is uncontrolled senses. That verse which I pointed it out 5.1.17, that verse is very nice for controlling everything. Take out 5.1.17. Read.

(Gurudev chants the verse very beautifully and devotees repeat it twice after him.)

bhayaṁ pramattasya vaneṣv api syād
yataḥ sa āste saha-ṣaṭ-sapatnaḥ
jitendriyasyātma-rater budhasya
gṛhāśramaḥ kiṁ nu karoty avadyam

Here, here the last line he asks the question. Why grhastha should trouble this? There is no need of leaving it. That's the point. But why? jitendriyasyātma-rater budhasya. budha means - you should be intelligent. And what you have to do? Two things you have to do, jitendriya and ātma-rater - because we are attracted to our ātma, ātma-rater, so we have to become jitendriya, conquer our senses. And we are conquering, we are conquering. Now we are sitting here. You can't run around like anything, this or that and break everything. So we are controlling our breaking tendency. Otherwise we feel like doing. Do this and do that. But we don't do it. So we are conquering ourselves. There is always the pressure, pressure, pressure of the police department, pressure of the government, pressure of the society, pressure of Bhagavad Gita, pressure of Bhagavatam, pressure of leaving the world. We know that I have to go away. So why to break? Let it be there.

This is how please, these two words are very important here. jitendriyasyātma-rater budhasya. Otherwise normal people, they are fed up from maintaining their family. Then it's very difficult for them to stay in the house. But every time they have to pay out the money, this, that, that. So they are completely fed up about this whole situation. Then either he wants to leave the situation or change the situation. And in leaving the situation, or changing the situation, they create a great danger. And they don't know that. Unless you have completely conquered, all the senses are under your control, and we are completely attracted to the self, (we will not be out of danger). That is what, that is what we learnt yesterday that (Bhagavad Gita 2.55)

prajahāti yadā kāmān, sarvān pārtha mano-gatān
ātmany evātmanā tuṣṭaḥ, sthita-prajñas tadocyate.

ātmany evātmanā tuṣṭaḥ, we should learn this art that we should only be satisfied with this (referring to scriptures). Finished, nothing more. 

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.