The Greatest Achievement - Part 8

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

This is in conclusion 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 bhakti relieves us from material pangs.

Now we shall hear further.

8. Bhakti is the Only Way:
 We are completely relieved from the material pangs till we are engaged in these things. And this we experience on the faces of the devotees who are situated in the temple. You see, you see the figure outside, they appear burnt. And because we don't have worries, every time we have darshan, every time we have kirtan, unknowingly we are completely attached to this hall and always remember this hall, wherever we are in this building, always this hall is in our mind, Kṛṣṇa is in our mind. And outside living entities also, those who remember Kṛṣṇa all the time, their faces will completely glow. This is our experience. It is proved, well tested and well proved since last thirty five years atleast. And this is the way of life. Because jiva must be freed from āpattitvāt, from material pangs. And however you try other methods, you cannot relieve yourself from the material pangs. That Michael Jackson or whoever he was, he is in America. He wanted to improve his appearance you know. He should be getting old. So when he got old he, the muscles fall down. Isn't it? So he had to have the plastic surgery. You tie here, you tie there, tie there. Man, by tying, one, one muscle you can tie, another falls down. You can't. Now time has come for him that he cannot have plastic surgery. His whole thing is falling down. And now he cannot see, show his face to others. Because he wanted to find out some other thing to improve his face. 

No other method works here. Please take it for sure. No other method can work, unless you devote yourself to Kṛṣṇa, there is no other way at all.  And that is Devahuti. Devahuti knew very well. So that's why she said that as soon as I, I was convinced about the devotional service of Kṛṣṇa then nivṛtta-jīvāpattitvāt, and then again something more, kṣīṇa-kleśa, kṣīṇa is completely disappeared, kleśa, the unfortunate situation, completely disappeared. We think that, "I am in an unfortunate situation." There is no unfortunate situation. Kṛṣṇa has planned your life according to your tendencies. So that is the best situation you can have. And you are all situated in the highly elevated situation. We degrade ourselves. We think, "No, no this is not good, this could be good." No, she knew if you follow this, then two results are there. You are completely freed from your material pangs definitely. And as soon as you are freed from material pangs then kṣīṇa-kleśa, your mental anguish is completely disappeared, eradicates, it completely eradicates. And not only that. But what you get, these are the results of the devotional service. But what we attain then? āpta-nirvṛtiḥ, these two words are very important in Bhagavatam. But the effects of the devotional service is

1. that you are completely free, nivṛtta-jīvāpattitvāt, from the material pangs you completely retire. There is no pangs.
2. Anguish is completely absent.
3. You obtain, you attain āpta-nirvṛtiḥ, complete absorption in the Supreme Absolute Truth.

And as soon as you are absorbed in Supreme Absolute Truth, you have the peace always. And we are not arrogant at all. We are very humble in our behaviour. But we very well know that now the final position has come and I have to submit to this. And then we don't disturb any other living entities. We don't cause any trouble, anywhere. We are completely peaceful, shāntākāram. And as soon as we come to this stage, your perfection is attained already. And then to keep that perfect situation, always you have to try continuously, nityaṁ bhāgavata-sevayā. Jai Srila Prabhupada ki, jai We must stop here. Hare Krishna.

Heartfelt thanks to Gurudev wherein he is very nicely revealing that bhakti indeed is the greatest achievement in this life.

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