Patience is must to Progress in Bhakti - Part 1

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

The following is a humble effort to transcribe a nectarean lecture given by our beloved spirtual master HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj on Srimad Bhagavatam verse 11.7.12-16 in Sri Sri Radha NeelMadhav dham Rajkot in the year 2006. 

(Maharaj made the devotees recite the verses 7.19 from Bhagavad Gita followed by verses 11.7.13-14 from Srimad Bhagavatam with translation and purports)


bahūnāṁ janmanām ante jñānavān māṁ prapadyate
vāsudevaḥ sarvam iti sa mahātmā su-durlabhaḥ

After many births and deaths, he who is actually in knowledge surrenders unto Me, knowing Me to be the cause of all causes and all that is. Such a great soul is very rare.

Jai. This is the thing. He is the cause of all causes. sarvam iti. vāsudevaḥ sarvam iti. Please remember these two translations also. Write SB 11.7.12 translation is very easy. And bahūnāṁ janmanām ante. BG 7.19. Write these two together so that you can remember you know. 11.7.12 and 7.19. Write these. You learn the verse and the translation.

(SB 11.7.13):

śrī-śuka uvāca
ity ādiṣṭo bhagavatā mahā-bhāgavato nṛpa
uddhavaḥ praṇipatyāha tattvaṁ jijñāsur acyutam

 Śrī Śukadeva Gosvāmi said: O King, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Kṛṣṇa, thus instructed His pure devotee Uddhava, who was eager to receive knowledge from the Lord. Uddhava then offered obeisances to the Lord and spoke as follows.

(Gurudev is reading the purport and explaining in between also) Uddhava is described here as tattvaṁ jijñāsuḥ, or desiring to know the truth. tattvaṁ jijñāsuḥ - these two words. It is clear from previous verses that Śrī Uddhava is a pure devotee of Lord Kṛṣṇa and that he considers devotional service to Lord Kṛṣṇa to be the perfection of life. Thus, the words tattvaṁ jijñāsuḥ indicate that since Lord Kṛṣṇa is about to leave the earth, Uddhava is most anxious to deepen his understanding of the Lord so that he may further advance in loving service at the Lord’s lotus feet. Unlike an ordinary philosopher or scholar, a pure devotee is not eager to acquire knowledge for personal gratification.

(SB 11.7.14):

śrī-uddhava uvāca
yogeśa yoga-vinyāsa yogātman yoga-sambhava
niḥśreyasāya me proktas tyāgaḥ sannyāsa-lakṣaṇaḥ

Śrī Uddhava said: My dear Lord, You alone award the results of yoga practice, and You are so kind that by Your own influence You distribute the perfection of yoga to Your devotee. Thus You are the Supreme Soul who is realized through yoga, and it is You who are the origin of all mystic power. For my supreme benefit You have explained the procedure for giving up the material world through the process of sannyāsa, or renunciation.

(Purport): The word yogeśa here indicates that the Supreme Personality of Godhead awards the results of all yoga practices. Since all of the material and spiritual worlds emanate from the transcendental body of Kṛṣṇa, there is nothing to be achieved by any yoga process except Kṛṣṇa and His potencies. And since the Lord remains eternally the master of His potencies, no one can achieve anything through yoga, or any other spiritual or material process, except by the sanction of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. The word yoga means “linking up,” and unless we link ourselves with the Absolute Truth, we remain covered by the darkness of ignorance. Thus, Kṛṣṇa is the goal of yoga. In the material world we falsely try to link ourselves with the objects of the senses. Man wants to link with woman and woman with man, or one tries to link up with nationalism, socialism, capitalism or innumerable other creations of the illusory energy of the Lord. Since we are linking ourselves to temporary objects the relationships are temporary, the results are temporary, and at the time of death we become bewildered when all of our connections are suddenly cut off by māyā. If we link ourselves to Kṛṣṇa, however, our relationship with Him will continue even after death. As explained in Bhagavad-gītā, the relationship with Kṛṣṇa that we develop in this life will continue to increase in our next life until we achieve the supreme goal of entering Kṛṣṇa’s planet. Those who sincerely serve the mission of Caitanya Mahāprabhu, following the transcendental lifestyle prescribed by the Lord, will enter the Lord’s abode at the end of this lifetime.

Here, the thing is that nice lifestyle is there. And lifestyle means it’s meant for the whole of life, till our body and soul are together. So, this point we miss. So, what happens that every year or after years we try to evaluate what we are getting, or how far we have gone. But there is no need of evaluation because these things are continuing after death, so daily day in and day out we have to follow the same process. That is why patience is required.

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

Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Uma Prathap