Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva.
This is in conclusion 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 about how we should never leave scriptures and how Srila Prabhupada has taken out so many souls from hellish life. Now we shall hear more nectar from Maharaj.
10. Power of Holy Names and Prabhupada's instructions:
Gurudev: This Pradhruk, this Yugoslavian boy, we met him in Radhadesh in Belgium. And he came to us you know. He knew that we were talking something about the practical life. And he came and related his experience you know. And this is a completely true story. This Pradhruk was a celebrated druggist. The whole town knew that Pradhruk is a lost case. And so they made him the president of the druggist society. Because he is the right president, he is taking so much drugs. Our president, because he is performing kirtan, he is the president of Bombay temple. We don't make anybody as Bombay temple president. Those who perform kirtan, those who are serious about sadhana we make them the president. So this druggist also was made the president of the druggist society. And Pradhruk, everybody in the town knew. As soon as they heard about Pradhruk, Ah! He is a lost case. And so many, what is this opium and you know ganja, what do you call it? Narcotics. You know they are very much prominent in western world. I don't know here also it is hidden. But everywhere it is there. And he was taking narcotics, all these drugs. And during the day about six,seven times he had to depend on this dose. And he was relating his experience, that he was so very addicted that he will do anything to get it. He was so very, because his life depended upon this drug. And he would do anything to get these things. And what he did that he will steal, he will borrow or beg or whatever he does, but he must have this. Then what happened one day accidentally how this name changes you know. Just
Hare Kṛṣṇa Hare Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa Hare Hare
Hare Rāma Hare Rāma Rāma Rāma Hare Hare
immediately changed his life. It so happened that his wife, accidentally went to the market. And in the second hand tape shop, she got one tape and that was Prabhupada's chanting Hare Kṛṣṇa Hare Kṛṣṇa. He was lucky, he was lucky and she was playing that because she knew that this is a lost case, there is nothing. So we should hear Indian music, she wanted to buy indian music and she didn't have much money. So she wanted to go to a second hand shop. And somehow or the other, somebody might have left somewhere. This is our sankirtan you know. We go distribute tapes or books and it works like this. And then he heard the tape. He heard the tape, So it was pleasing. He didn't, he didn't know what it was, but it was pleasing, he told. And somehow or the other as soon as he heard Kṛṣṇa's names he got some intelligence you know. He said, "I should keep on hearing instead of this drugs." But he was addicted, completely addicted.
So what happened, somehow or the other Kṛṣṇa's mercy and Prabhupada’s mercy, really that he could decide that "whatever happens, I will just not go to the drugs at all." And to stop the drugs, is the horrible thing. You nearly die if you don't take. That much you are addicted. So then what he did, he completely stopped everything. And he said, that he was not able to walk. He fell down, broke his head and hands and so many times. Now that man is a devotee in Radhadesh temple, very elderly devotee and very nicely serving. He said I was very good as a dead person. So it is better to die for Kṛṣṇa. And he is serving in that temple very nicely. This is his experience. Please don't undermine the influence of names of Kṛṣṇa and the instructions of Prabhupada. Please somehow or the other we pray Radha Rasabihariji that He should give us sufficient intelligence to be determined to follow sadhana and His instructions to the last letter. And you will be completely safe. Hare Kṛṣṇa
Heartfelt thanks to Maharaj for so wonderfully explaining us the glories of the transcendental sound and the need for us to go to it.
Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Krishnarati devi dasi
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