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, Maharajji was explaining how Vedic culture was spread all over the world and even now we can find remnants of the same. Now let us continue to hear from Maharajji.
9. Spread of Vedic culture across the globe: Here in Grand canyon, also there are three mountains which are named as Brahma, Vishnu and Siva. In Hawaii, there is a mountain like hill in the middle, and it divides the island. So on one side is the eastern community. It is like Vedic community. There is no electricity there. The houses are very simple. They have their own system. They marry among themselves, and nobody is allowed there. And apart from the main island, there are groups of island there. In one island they don't allow anybody from outside. They are in America, they belong to America, but American Government cannot do anything there. They have their own system. King is there, and they only allow these tourists for the income, otherwise they don't want. Nobody can go and settle there. And they are very simple in habits, they don't want American traditions to go there. This is still there.
Then we go further to Fiji. And Kaliya is there. When Krishna drove him away from Yamuna, He sent him to beautiful island, Ramanik Dwipa. And there are two beautiful islands. There are again groups of islands, but two are very important. Since last 150 years our people stay there. They are races of Ethiopia. And all the aborigines, original people, they have the Kalia stories in them. They worship Kalia. And we went to the other island, there is a Kalia temple there. And that deity we can see from the wall, that deity was very small in the beginning. So the temple was low. So deity grew and they had to again and again raise the walls. And now, the deities are so tall that they have to climb on the staircase and perform worship. Then there is very famous cave there. Nobody can go there. They say that, "You go and you are destroyed." And they say that inside there is a big lake in the cave. And in the summer, Kalia goes out to the sea, and in winter he comes back in the cave lake. And they have found out some remnants of some underground tunnels. They are all framed with gold. So Kalia goes and he does not have any scratch. It is all gold inside. But nobody can touch it because anytime you die there. So it is correct really. All these islands they are full of Kalia worship, only snake worship nothing else. Our ISKCON temple there also has Kalia Krishna there and Srila Prabhupada had arranged the deity there.
These are all the marks which prove that our culture is all over the planet. And we know from the shastras that Pandu had visited all the kings around the world and he collected so many riches, for Dhrtarashtra to perform the Rajasuya-yajna and then he died because of the curse. In England even now the queen is retained. Royal family is retained. She does not have any ruling capacity, but she is there. They are maintaining them. So these are all the remnants of our culture. In America also, West Indies were there. Then you go to Japan and further Philippines, China, they are all Buddhists, our culture is there again. And you go to India, remnants are plenty. And more than in India, the temples are beautiful in Java and Sumatra. And there the Muslim domination is there. The Mohammedans also, they read Ramayan and Mahabharat even now. There is golden Buddha, about 15 feet tall. There is tons and tons of gold, because even the finger is so big that no one can cut it. It is all solid gold. We have this living example now, what happened that this Afghanistan, before Laden went away, he was killed or murdered I don't know what happened to him. But before he lost they had demolished the Buddha statue. When I heard about it, we were thinking that 'this murti should not be destroyed'. In 15 days he was attacked. So we don't have sufficient faith. These murtis are really living forms of Krishna.
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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