Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva.
This is in continuation of the transcription of the wonderful class by our beloved spiritual master His Holiness Mahavishnu Goswami Maharajji on Srimad Bhagavatam verses 10.3.1-2, on June 8 2003 in Alachua. In the previous offerings we heard about how appearance of Lord makes everything auspicious. In the course of lecture, Maharaj was sharing the challenges they faced in Dwarka in the initial stages. Now let us continue to hear from Maharaj on the appearance of Sri Sri Rukmini Dwarakadish in Dwarka.
7. Appearance of Sri Sri Rukmini Dwarakadish in Dwarka: In Srimad Bhagavatam verse 10.3.2, Sukadeva Goswami says when Krishna appears, all the directions also became very auspicious. Before the appearance of the Deities Sri Sri Rukmini Dwarakadish, we were living in the same Dwarka, and the same municipality person had come with a lock. And people were cursing us like anything, "You will not be able to manage, and i'll come there..." You know somebody was telling that, municipal president whose name was Kana was the president there for 20 years. So he was regarded as President for lifetime, but somehow or other before we went there, the times changed for him, and he lost the election. But still he was the president. He did not forget that, 'I am not president'. We didn't know about these things. So we thought that Kana is a very good person and so we invited him and garlanded him. He came one day, and he said, "You don't know anything about Dwarka". And that was correct [laughs]. So he said, "I'll give my man to stay here, and he will advise."
so dusre din vo ādmī le kar āyā, uske sāt bachcheṅ, [laughs]..uski mā, uski aurat and bimār bāp, maine ...advisor hai magar ye ...train. [laughs] [second day, he brought a person with seven children with mother, wife and sick father...i thought he is advisor but this train of people?...] [laughs] People try to trouble you, this is ādi-bhautik suffering. We told, "Only now we have driven out that previous occupant after lot of difficulty and now this family here? Brother look, in this āśram, we don't allow families." So we did not tell 'no' to him. If we tell 'no', then he would get angry and go to Municipality or do something. So we politely told him that, 'As per our āśram rules, families are not allowed to stay here. You do what you want, but we cannot keep them.' Next day he again came with three brothers and said, "One brother will give you advice, others will sleep and will use your bathrooms for sometime."
But when we got the deities, everybody stopped and now we are in full control, without anything. Phir, temple ke liye permission māṅgnā thā, deep foundation banānā thā, [then we had to ask for permission for temple, for building deep foundation]. Initially they did not allow us. Phir solicitor to thā hī hamārā, to usne likhā inako kī, 'do mahine meṅ āpkī permission nahī āyegī to hamārā kām shurū ho jāyegā āpko jo karnā hai vo karo.' Abhī vo bāt ko tīn sāl ho gaye.. [The solicitor was there, so he wrote to them, "If you don't give us permission in two months then our work will start, do whatever you wish..." three years have passed since then....] And now they say, "You are very good person. Oho Maharaj, you did wonderful". wo jaise patthar upar ā rahe hai nā, vo aise dekhne ko āte [As the stones are coming up for the new temple, they come to see], and now everything is set, and once deities fortunately Krishna willing, goes into the new temple, whole Dwarakā will be surprised. No trouble at all. This is our experience. Only Krishna appeared in the form of the deities and all the obstacles were gone.
Krishna willing, we shall hear more nectar from Maharaj in the subsequent offerings.
Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Manohar Krishna das
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