The Five Great Elements - 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 one of the nectarean class given by our beloved spiritual master HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj on Bhagavad Gita verse 7.4 in Singapore on 29th December 2001.

bhūmir āpo ’nalo vāyuḥ khaṁ mano buddhir eva ca
ahaṅkāra itīyaṁ me bhinnā prakṛtir aṣṭadhā

Earth, water, fire, air, ether, mind, intelligence and false ego—all together these eight constitute My separated material energies.

1. The five great elements:  By the end of the discussion, everybody should learn the verse by-heart. So please be attentive. bhūmi - earth; āpaḥ - water; analaḥ - fire; vāyu - air; kham - ether; These are the five great elements. We call them as pancha bhut. The word bhūta is very nice to understand. bhūt means to exist. The word bhūmi is coming from bhuta and if you don't understand in this sense then for you bhūta becomes bhūt - ghost. Those who don't understand the beginning of the creation, they are like ghost. Because they don't get into the real knowledge of the creation and that is why they are completely faithless. And they don't have faith anywhere, just like ghosts. Ghosts have subtle body. So it doesn't care about any faith. It is completely faithless. That is why it is known as bhūt. 

Then we have one more shloka in Bhagavad Gita - brahma-bhûta prasannātmā. Here bhūt means living entity. Those who are running after the Supreme Lord Krishna, they are prasannātmā. The first reward for them is that they become very prasanna, very joyful. And those who avoid running after Supreme Brahman Krishna, they may run after so many other things. Then they cannot be prasanna. They are aprasanna. There is no joy in their life. And because you are not joyful, you are harming your health. And you are harming any other living entity who is coming in contact with you. That is the drastic effect of not coming to brahma bhūta stage.

We may be dal-bhūt. I like dal very much. So I am dal bhūt. Or we may be rice bhūt, pati-bhūt or patni bhūt. Some bhūtas are there and these are all ghosts. Only brahma bhūt is known as the living entity. We know our constitutional position. We are very tiny soul. So tiny one has to serve the Supreme. It is so easy to understand. It is like '1+1=2'. We are vey tiny. We can never compete with the Supreme one. 

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

Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Kalacakra Krsna das.