Remembering our Factual Position - Part 3

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

This is in conclusion of the previous offering trying to transcribe the class given by our beloved Gurudev HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj on Srimad Bhagavatam verse 4.28.61. In the last offering we saw the ill effects of bad association and that how we should be kind even to our offenders. Now we shall continue to hear the remaining points from Maharaj.

4. Avoid grabbing tendency: In this verse, (SB 4.28.61) Narada muni is telling that, 'please just do not think that by hook or crook you have to have the income.' That is our nature. We do not see that, 'I am cheating somebody or I am stealing somebody's money', or frankly speaking, any person comes before us, we do not see his face. But we see his pocket, how much money he as and our behaviour depends upon money. We do not love the living entity. Please forget about that. 'You come here. I see you have a nice dhoti and I will take it and you may go naked. No worry at all for me. But I must have this.' This is our tendency. Bhagavatam completely advises us against this and this is what Narada muni wants to tell Pracinabarhisat by the whole story of Puranjana. Beautiful story and so many verses are there. Sometime we should prepare the story with nice verses and it will be nice discussion of the whole story. The problem is that the king came in the dynasty of Dhruva Maharaj and even then he was attracted to fruitive activities completely forgetting his own real identity. So Narada muni was very merciful to him and he narrated the whole story and by that story insisted that, "Please remember that you are not the material body but the spirit soul" and he explained to him whatever fruitive activities you do, the source of income is not the source of maintenance and as soon as he could realize and understand these things, he stopped the fruitive activities. We completely forge this point.

5. Krishna is the source of everything: There is a very nice verse in Srimad Bhagavatam 3.28.40,

yatholmukād visphuliṅgād
dhūmād vāpi sva-sambhavāt
apy ātmatvenābhimatād
yathāgniḥ pṛthag ulmukāt

The blazing fire is different from the flames, from the sparks and from the smoke, although all are intimately connected because they are born from the same blazing wood.

Beautiful verse to understand about soul and the Supersoul and our relationship. This verse gives the example of fire. Ulmukād means flames. If there is fire, there should be a flame. Then there are sparks also. Visphuliṅgād and ulmukād and dhūmād. There is smoke also. When the fire is there, flames are there, some sparks are coming out and the smoke is also there. All these three things, flames, sparks and smoke, they depend upon the fire. They are intimately connected to the fire but they are not fire. Fire is blazing and because the fire is blazing, the flames are coming and from the flames, sparks are flying and sparks and flames combined together they produce the smoke and we see the smoke and we say oh.. how nice it is!!. This is permanent residence. Out of the smoke you prepare the permanent residence. How can you do it? There is nothing. But do not forget that they are intimately connected to the original thing. The same way, our condition is also there.

Whole of our existence depends upon Krishna and this is our source of maintenance. Who can fix the bones in the body? We have so many factories. Is there any factory where the bones are fixed for the child? The child has to be born with the bones already fixed and then again see the miracle. The child is so very tiny, may be six inches in the beginning and then he becomes 6 feet tall and there is no carpenter involved. 'Hey! you are now two years… your bones have to be changed. Come on….' No. it all happens automatically. This is the source of maintenance. If fire is not there, there won't be any flame. There won't be any spark and there won't be any smoke. It is very easy to understand. But we think no no… smoke is there…. Do not worry about fire. Whether you worry or not.. it is the cause. The supreme cause of all causes. sarva kaarana kaaranam and we completely forget this and then we think, 'I am very powerful' and we do not care about Krishna. Whether you care or not, your black hair is going to be grey by His laws. Who can stop that? You can apply some dye or something but you cannot hide. Frankly speaking, we spend three hours in the bathroom just to hide this. Man, nobody has time to see you. You only see your own grey hair. Please please ….do not commit this mistake.

As soon as you come to this conclusion that Krishna is all in all, then what stops us from running to Him spontaneously except our foolishness and this Srila Prabhupada used 'rascal, rascal…' more than Hare Krishna, because we are all rascals. With all the explanations, Vyasa Bhagavan also tried. He was raising his hand and telling that please chant Krishna's names but the dull living entity could not understand. This is our position and this is what Narada muni wants to explain to Prachinabarhisat and he successfully narrated the story and we came to the concluding verses. And in these again, the same principle is explained which is described in the second chapter of Bhagavad Gita and this is the intimate relationship between the scriptures. Whatever is in the preliminary scriptures is elaborately described in the pages of Srimad Bhagavatam with all the different examples and the pastimes of the pure devotees and this and that and Krishna's pastimes and everything is there. Please take out the essence from these things and as soon as you are like a bee, a bee goes to different flowers and they take the essence. May Lord bless us and give us the intelligence to understand these things and more importantly to put into practice.

Our heartfelt thanks to Maharaj for these wonderful points and we pray to Srila Gurudeva, Srila Prabhupada and Sri Krishna to help us to understand and practise the same.

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