Pass on the Bhagavatam Tradition - Part 2

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, "Pass on the Bhagavatam Tradition" wherein we were transcribing one of the nectarean Bhagavatam class given by our beloved spiritual master HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj on Srimad Bhagavatam verse 1.3.11. In the previous offering we heard from Maharaj that when we recite shlokas carefully we will be able to relish the association of Krishna. 

Now let us hear more from Maharaj.

2. Hear, Study and Realise the scriptures:
Gurudev: The important characteristic of Kṛṣṇa is that first thing is He is ātmārāmāya, He is completely self-sufficient. You will never be satisfied till you depend upon others. We should pray Kṛṣṇa daily that till He wants to keep us alive we must depend on ourselves for all activities, ātmārāmāya, completely self-satisfied. As soon as you depend upon so many things, then the dissatisfaction is there. So please this is one quality. And then as soon as you are ātmārāma then śāntāya, this follows from that quality. These two qualities are a very important element, that because He is self-sufficient, He doesn't require anybody for His own entertainment or existence. That's why He is completely śānta. As soon as we expect something from somebody, then we are āśānta. Please come to this conclusion, already Kṛṣṇa's mercy, you're in the best country and whatever is our destiny, we are getting. Regarding dhana, the wealth, be satisfied now and please crowd around this place.

And be always very particular about studying these scriptures. Now enough of hearing. Since, the last 30 years, we are hearing. How long you are going to hear? There must be 2nd stage now. tac chṛṇvan, you should hear first. Then 2nd stage is su-paṭhan,su-paṭhan, paṭhan, -paṭhan is learn. Only study is not allowed, su-paṭhan - it should be very good study, very auspicious study. Please look to the equivalents otherwise the meaning of the verse changes. And if the meaning changes the hearers will not relish you. You are speaking something else than the scriptures. This is su-paṭhan, yeh paṭhan is only paṭhan, you become engineer, you become doctor, whatever, no, that is paṭhan, it is study. It's petu's study we call it - for our stomach we study. Please this study is not the petu's study. It's not for the stomach, it is for the soul. And this study should be very carefully done. tac chṛṇvan su-paṭhan and then again, the study is not important but again you have to vicāraṇa-paro, this is how you should be the fountainhead of the different ideas put into practice. And that is realisation. Real-eye-zation, you come to the reality. And as soon as you come to the reality and you put into practice the ''ization'' follows. Realisation is not something in the sky. It's very much on the ground and connected to your life. That's why please be particular about this and pronounce the verse very nicely. Try to understand the verse.

Krishna willing we shall continue to hear more nectar from Maharaj in the subsequent offerings.

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