Missing the Century - Part 5

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

This is in continuation of the previous offering transcribing the class delivered by HG Devakinandan Prabhuji in Sydney in April 2013 on Srimad Bhagavatam verse 4.19.34 spoken by Lord Brahma to Prthu Maharaj.

8. We must become submissive and obedient: When Prthu Maharaj was told by Brahma not to be angry with Indra, Prthu Maharaj immediately obeyed Brahmaji. This is the way out of anger, agitation and anxiety that we obey our spiritual masters. We obey the advanced devotees. We obey our well wishers. If they tell us something which is faulty in us, do not jump on them. Instead bow before them and say, "Prabhu you are right. Where there is smoke there must be fire. Even though I may not see my faults, you have seen them. Let me try to change." A devotee who has this kind of heart, Krishna loves to enter in his heart. A devotee who closes the heart, how can Krishna enter his heart? This is very important and we can only develop this if we hear. What did Prthu Maharaj do? He heard Brahmaji. This is śravaṇaṁ. Śravaṇam means to hear the Holy names of Krishna and hear with respect the devotees who are cent percent engaged at the lotus feet of Krishna and Brahma was Dhrtahari because he is tightly holding on to the lotus feet of Krishna. Brahmaji's sadhu sanga helped Prthu Maharaj to come out of asat sanga with Indra and in that moment that Prthu Maharaj opened his heart to sadhu sanga, he became submissive. To leave anger, agitation and anxiety and to leave the ride and envy, we must be submissive and hear from great devotees. Remember Prabhupada's standard of a pure devotee is, 'anyone other than us is a pure devotee.' If we follow that very simply in our hearts, without looking at the faults and taking the good from everyone, how much we will be peaceful and advance in devotional service. We will never lose anything. What is the loss in hearing from someone? Even a child can teach us something.

Guru Maharaj very often knew all the verses in Srimad Bhagavatam. But if some devotee enthusiastically called him and said, "Maharaj I went through this verse. It is very nice." Then Maharaj would not say, "I know the verse." He would say, "Hold on!", and there would be a break and Maharaj would go and get his notebook and a pen and come back to the phone and say, "Tell me son, which verse it is?" Maharaj would refer to the verse and write down the verse in the notebook and say, "Thank you son, I will meditate on the verse." Two days later, Maharaj will call the devotee and will share his realizations on the verse. When he took lectures, he would say, "That devotee is so nice. He has taught me a verse in Srimad Bhagavatam." If you look in Maharaj's diary, that verse would have already been written by him 10 times, three years ago. This is sadhu sanga. Sadhu sanga just does not mean you sit down with sadhu and hear sadhu. It means what we hear, we put into practice. That is the key.

Krishna willing we shall continue to hear the remaining point of this class, in subsequent offering.

Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev,
Vaijayantimala devi dasi
Abu Dhabi.