The Soul is Nourished Only by Bhakti - Part 1

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

The following is an humble effort to transcribe one of the nectarean class given by our beloved spiritual master HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj on Bhagavad Gita verses 2.62-63 in Auckland, Newzealand in the year 1995.

Maharaj begins the class by explaining the importance of cleansing our hearts. Now let's hear from Maharaj.

1. Bhakti purifies our life:
Maharaj: Clean and cleaning the heart means, to stop the sinful activities. That’s the cleaning in the heart. You have to stop illicit sex connections; you have to stop unwanted food which is not recommended by the shastras in the form of flesh, eggs or whatever it is. Then you don’t have to run around and gamble everywhere. That is also completely prohibited and intoxication. These are the things which clean your heart and as soon as you start chanting, then it brightens up. Cleaning is one thing and brightening is another thing. Brightened up, unless the heart is brightened up, you will not see your reflection or Krishna’s reflection very clear. So that is the second stage. As soon as you start bhakti, knowingly or unknowingly, your heart has to become clean, because Krishna’s names are the supreme cleansing agents. They are antiseptic to everything. As soon as you come to Krishna’s names, your life is bound to be purified and as soon as the purified life is there, then Krishna’s anubhava, the experience of Krishna is at your door step. Much more nearer you than even your door of the house. This is second stage of your bhajana kriya and then as soon as you continue; bhaktiḥ pareśānubhavo ( SB 11.2.42)

The third stage is virakti. To the extent you experience Krishna, to the same extent, you are not interested into the material illusory attractive activities. That is virakti, vairagya, detachment. We have this microphone, but we don’t want it. If we have it, we use it for Krishna’s service. That is virakti. Virakti is not to throw away these things, you should never  misunderstand virakti. We are using the chairs, we are using the sofasets, we are using the television sets, we are using the computers and everything we are using, but we are completely detached. We don’t want it  for our sense gratification. This is for certain. That is the effect of the anubhava of Krishna. Otherwise why should we come here crowd? There is no need of it. But because in the group, it’s a sankirtan. And as soon as you participate in sankirtan, you are going to experience Him. And because of this experience, we may chant the same bhajan again and again. But it is always new new  and new ever fresh. nitya nava navayamanam . And that is why since last so many years, we are going thru the same Bhagavad Gita, we are going through the same pages of Srimad Bhagavatam, but everytime you come to it, it is fresh. That is the  internal potency of Krishna.  Because of this antar shakti, these things never get old and they are eternally true.

Since last 5000 years, it is put into white and black and before that it was in the form of shruthi. By hearing only, the people were able to grasp it. Now the intelligence is getting deteriorated, because of the advancing kali yuga and that’s why we have to have the black and white writing and it is written for us. And as soon as you open the book anytime, any paragraph, we might have read that paragraph 100 times. But again you get something more and as soon as you get something more, naturally you are detached from these things.

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

Hare Krishna.
Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Govindang Krishna das