The Greatest Achievement - Part 7

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 "Greatest Achievement" which is transcription of the nectarean class given by our beloved spiritual master HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj on Srimad Bhagavatam verse 1.19.5 in Sydney on 6th July 2003. In the previous offering we heard from Maharaj as to how attentive hearing leads to realising Krishna

Now we shall hear further.

7. Bhakti Relieves us from Material Pangs:
Gurudev: Jiva always tries to realise the first aspect and that is impersonal aspect. It is in front of us. You come out of the house and impersonal brahman is in front of you. Vast space is there, impersonal aspect. And as soon as you go ahead, by hearing and by associating, then you know that all the bodies are moving because of the soul and Supersoul in them. Soul cannot survive without the Supersoul. And this is how we should touch the localised aspect, bhagavaty ātma-saṁśraye. And then as soon as you realize the Supersoul, then as soon as you understand the importance of the Kṛṣṇa then you have loving devotional service, you know now Kṛṣṇa. So we have the loving devotional service to Kṛṣṇa through Srila Prabhupada's writing. This is, this is the position of Devahuti after hearing Kapiladev. brahmaṇy avasthita-matir bhagavaty ātma-saṁśraye and then what happened that the effects of this was nivṛtta, she completely she was freed. nivṛtta means retire. She was completely freed, from what? jīvāpattitvāt. apatittvāt means material pangs.

We are all suffering from material pangs. Everyday we have to get up, everyday we have to perform the bodily activities, everyday we have the trouble from our body, everyday we are troubled from the other living entities, everyday there are natural disturbances. We experienced last week, it was severe cold. Then it was raining. Now it has bit improved. Again something will come. And again apart from this earthquakes are there. Apart from this droughts is there. Water shortage is there. The grains are not growing because of our foolish industrial development. There are so many natural disasters, we are the cause for it. And apart from all these things, daily we don't have idea, unconsciously we are drilling the earth in so many places for water and petrol and this and that. As so much petrol we are sucking out of the bed of the earth. It is causing the imbalance. And definitely the time is coming when the crust will be completely gone and we will be completely changed without notice. These are the results of the sinful activities. And because of these things, as it is the material life is full of pangs and we are increasing in ignorance.

We remember the time when the cars were completely inconceivable for us. We had heard that there is a vehicle running  without the bullock. And if we want to see the car we had to walk, you had to go nearly twenty miles from our village and may be during the day one car will pass. These are the time, very peaceful time. And people were staying, people were eating very nicely. There were no disturbances of the electronics. Radio was absent. Nothing was there. No newspaper. In the whole of village one newspaper we had. And that too somebody would read. Nobody cared about it. Now the same village has, everybody has two, three newspaper. Please, how, how degrading very fast. Prabhupada wanted us to go back two hundred years back. How nice time it would be? These Mughals were reigning, they had, they had the kings in India for one thousand years. They did not destroy that much. But as soon as we were dominated by the British, our degradation escalated. And now we are reaping the fruits of that degradation. And more we are going to degrade again and again. This is the situation. But Devahuti knew because she was performing the loving devotional service to Kṛṣṇa, so immediately jiva was completely nivṛtta, jiva was completely freed from the material pangs. And this is even now it is correct.

Krishna willing we will try to hear more nectar from Maharaj in the subsequent offering.

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