Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva.
This is in conclusion of the transcription of the nectarean class given by our belovedspiritual master HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj in Singapore on verse 10.1.44 in the year 2001. In the previous offering we heard from Maharaj as to how we have to focus on devotional service and not on inebrieties of the society.
Now we shall hear further.
Maharaj: Once I was giving a lecture in Vrindavan, I took Bhagavatam class nice, and people were pleased. But one boy stood up and he said “Do you know, in this department, so much theft is going on, here so much theft is going on, here and there, this and that”. So I told, how many days are you here? So he said, "since 6 months I am coming." So I told him “are you staying in the temple”. “No”, he said, “I stay outside”. “So how many hours do you come daily to the temple”, he said “2 hours”. So in last 6 months, in 2 hours daily, you saw so many things in temple? I told him that, "I am in the temple, and since last 10 years I am sannyasi, so I must have seen more than you. But to be very frank with you, I didn’t see anything." The boy said, "you are lying and this and that." So I said, "I am not lying, I left my family and my house, just to increase my devotional service. That is my motive to come to the temple. I was not the inspector general, I just came to increase my devotional service. So my pointed attention is at this point. That I must somehow or the other increase my awareness of Krishna. That was my point of coming to the temple. So I am very busy regarding that, so I don’t have any branch there, attention to these things. I didn’t see at all anything." And I told him, "you also please, come to the temple, stay in the temple, but increase your devotional service, don’t look to this scratch. Everywhere it is there, even the whole material world is full of scratch, what are you doing about it? But we should have pointed attention."
And then this story, gives us nice instruction that, you might be knowing that story - Dronacharya, Pandavas and Kauravas. One day he wanted to take them outside the town. And he had prepared one artificial bird, with a big eye. And he went, he took all these 105 outside in the jungle and he put the bird on the tree. And he called one after the other, including Duryodhan etc., and then asked them “what are you seeing?” Duryodhan said, “Master, I can see you, I can see the tree, I can see the hill, I can see this, I can see that”. He said, “Sit down”.(laughter) you can’t shoot”. He wanted them to shoot in the eye of the bird. So then eventually Arjuna came. He said, “what are you seeing?” Arjuna said ,“I only see the bird, I don’t see anything else.” He asked again, “Now what are you seeing?” He said “I only see the eye.” "Now shoot." This is the main thing. You please fix your purpose, and then don’t look to any other direction. Our purpose is somehow or other to get relief from the encumbrances of the material existence. That is our duty. So we relieve ourselves from that and completely concentrate our attention to completely understand Krishna and realise Him within everything in the material (world). That is what (Bhagavad Gita verse 7.19
bahūnāṁ janmanām ante jñānavān māṁ prapadyate
vāsudevaḥ sarvam iti sa mahātmā su-durlabhaḥ
This is the purport of this verse, that how can you feel Vaasudev everywhere, if you are stuck up, into this criticisms and envy and this? That is why Vasudeva advises Kamsa that, "don’t be envious of your sister." Those who are powerful persons, those who are devotees, they get rid of this envy, otherwise you will suffer here in this world and the next also. Because you would have to accept another body, to undergo the suffering, and till we are suffering, we are alive. As soon as the suffering is complete, the living entity has to die. This body is given to us for suffering, and as soon as our suffering is over, then we immediately die. This is the secret of Vasudev’s advice to Kamsa, and to us also. That we must have the pointed attention, that this life is very short. Don’t know really, after 2 mins may be we are gone or we may survive for 50 years to come, its well and good. But we should utilise every second available to us in this existence to increase our awareness of Krishna. And as I told you, if you really try to be a good devotee, then there is a manifestation.
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Our heartfelt thanks to Maharaj for his very sublime and wonderful class on envy and practical ways of getting rid of it.
Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev
Dinavatsala Krishna das
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