Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva.
This is in continuation of the transcription of one of the nectarean class given by our beloved spiritual master HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj on Srimad Bhagavatam verse 7.7.48 in Mumbai in 1994. In the previous offering we heard from Maharaj that we have to
1. Surrender to Krishna.
2. Death is inevitable.
3. Follow Krishna's instructions
4. Sadhana has got to be there.
Now let's hear from Maharaj.
5. Come out of Maha Moha:
And one thing is that we are really, ordinary people and how we can call others karmi? I think, "I am a devotee and all others are karmis." We should never use karmi word really. Srila Prabhupada uses, because he is a highly elevated person. So we should try to use, "ordinary people." We are also included in that. So they, they are in moha you know, that is illusion. They don't know that death is coming and the time is taking over them and they are engrossed in rickshaw or this or that, their activity, it doesn't matter at all. They are in moha, but we people are in maha moha. You know prasadam and maha-prasada? "I like maha-prasada very much." So we are in maha-moha. And what is that maha-moha? "We think that I am a devotee. Aheeee..(Gurudev making funny sounds) ...I have shaved my head, I have long shikha, I have saffron clothes and myself sannyāsi, Heeee....eee," (Gurudev and devotees laugh).
And so, so many things you know, and then I throw myself in maha moha. (Gurudev sarcastically) "There is no need of mangala arati, Ah...he...I am since last twenty years I am here, I have attended so many mangala aratis, nothing is happening, Kṛṣṇa is not talking. So what is it? let me....and then I have to wait for the call from Australia or from the South Pole or North Pole, whatever it is. Because there are devotees in the North Pole also." So this is how we find out so many things in order to avoid prasadam. This is our mind. Because you are mundane. And as soon as you become mundane, you avoid the spiritual platform. This "four-thirty" is a spiritual activity. Nobody can come here unless he or she is interested in the spiritual platform. Otherwise we will snore up to eight clock or seven clock or whatever it is. People never come here. This is the difference. We are in maha moha. Because we are in the temple, we think there is no need of coming to mangala arati. There is no need of chanting the rounds. Who knows whether I have chanted or not, I can boast I am chanting thirty-two rounds. (Gurudev laughs) It is very easy to tell, but we cannot chant one round very nicely. This is maha moha, this is the mundane activity. And why we are performing this? You please remember. Why are we doing this? Because we are completely, completely faithless towards Kṛṣṇa.
We are here somehow or the other. There may be ordinary people or the devotees, everybody somehow or the other we are here. But coming here, even after coming here, we are not clear about these things because we don't depend upon Kṛṣṇa. And the main quality of a devotee is to fully depend upon Kṛṣṇa for cent percent time, whatever time we have for this body. Every second of our existence, we have to depend upon Him. He supplies water, He supplies air, He supplies our food, He supplies everything to us, clothes and everything He is giving. And for Him, we don't perform anything, that is maha moha. Please you have to come out of maha moha and it is better to be in moha and then finally we shed off the moha also. Unless we do this, it is very difficult for us to survive in the temple for years to come. We have sacrificed our life, but mere sacrifice will not help us, will not help us at all. You get into these things and you go to the bottom of the scriptures.
Krishna willing we shall 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
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