Glorify Krishna - Part 1

25th Oct 2021
Krishna Rati devi dasi

Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,

Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev.

The following is an attempt to transcribe one of the nectarean class given by our beloved spiritual master HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj on Srimad Bhagavatam verse 10.1.4:

Gurudev:  Every Kṛṣṇa book has first this verse. So we, we tried to think of the one word only nivṛtta. nivṛtta, 10.1.4. This is very important. Sing, sing.  

nivṛtta-tarṣair upagīyamānād 
bhavauṣadhāc chrotra-mano bhirāmāt 
ka uttamaśloka-guṇānuvādāt 
pumān virajyeta vinā paśughnāt

Devotee reads the word to word and Maharaj and devotees repeat:

nivṛtta — released from; tarṣaiḥ — lust or material activities; upagīyamānāt — which is described or sung; bhava-auṣadhāt - which is the right medicine for the material disease; 

This is very important you know. We, we don't realise this. We may read and try to understand. But realisation is absent. Until the realisation is absent is absent, knowledge only doesn't help. We, we have the knowledge that early to bed and early to rise is good for us. We have that knowledge. But unless you go to bed early and get up early we won't have anything. That is the thing. The thing is the knowledge in itself is a speculative knowledge. Then what happens we only enjoy that. I know the knowledge, "early to bed and early to rise." I have full idea that it is very good for us. But knowledge will not help you unless you do it. The same thing is regarding Kṛṣṇa consciousness that we know so many things, but unless we realise it, put into practice it is of no use at all. And that is what is happening. People those who, those who chew paan and gutkha and tobacco whatever they now they propagate Kṛṣṇa consciousness. So it does not have potency then. (Gurudev laughs). 

Suppose you get up at twelve o'clock and give lecture on early to bed and early to rise (Gurudev and devotees laugh), the thing is people see you, they don't only hear you.  It's in America - they carry on research how we learn you know. So by hearing, we learn only seven percent. By seeing we learn more, thirty percent. And by associating we learn hundred percent. Seeing and association is not realisation. You don't realise in your life whatever you are teaching. It doesn't have any potency. But people know that he is only lip service. He doesn't follow himself. It's very easy to make the rules and regulations, but Prabhupada himself did it, himself. The thing is unless we are very serious about these things, we should not touch these things. Otherwise hypocrisy will creep in. Damba, we call it in Bhagavatam. dambha. And where there is hypocrisy darpa is there, malicious attitudes. darpa. This dambha and darpa they destroy us. We, we don't want to put into practice. We can really. darpa is conceit. You understand now conceit? Because dambha forces us to have conceit. Because we want to be hypocrite. I don't want to get up but I want to be a preacher. So darpa is there (Gurudev laughs). This is how. 

Devotee: I read somewhere, one,  I mean just studying books and not utilising the knowledge is like a ton of books on a donkey’s back

Gurudev: ya, that's it really.

Devotee: And knowledge is of no use to the donkey 

Gurudev: ya, ya, he's taking it from one place to another, but doesn't have any meaning at all. 

Devotee: ya 

Gurudev: Only Prabhupada gave us this idea. Otherwise we didn't have any idea. We were running after anybody dog, dog also speaks we run after him thinking that he is very elevated.

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

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