The Five Great Elements - Part 3

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 nectarean class given by our beloved spiritual master HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj on Bhagavad Gita verse 7.4 in Singapore on 29th December 2001. In previous offering we heard from Maharaj about the five great elements - bhūmir, āpa, anala, vāyu and khaṁ. (earth, water, fire, wind and ether).

2. We are kinkarās and not ahankāra: Now apart from these 5 great elements, there is something else which is present in the creation. khaṁ, mano buddhir eva ca. man means mind and buddhi means intelligence. So mind and intelligence are also included in the creation of the material manifestation. So now we have seen 7 elements and again there is one more in the third line - ahankāra. Very easy to understand. aham means 'I' and kāra means karoti - 'I am doing'. 'I do', 'I do', 'I have come to Singapore'. 'I am earning money'. 'I', 'I'. aham karoti - 'I do'. 'I do'. And that is not our position. This is illusory energy. When we are under the spell of illusory energy, we speak like this. 'ahankār' and that is why ahankār is known as false-pride. Pride is there. But it is false. It is very easy to understand. Because there is false-pride, and that is why it is not our position. Then the question is, what is our position ? If aham karoti is not our position, then there should be something else regarding us. And it is very nicely said, "kiṁ karoti?". "What can I do for you?" I have come to you and I want to serve you. So I am asking, 'kiṁ karoti?' kiṁ means what. karoti - 'What can I do for you?' We go to Krishna and ask Him, 'How can I serve you?' This is our constitutional position. 

So we are kinkarās and not ahankār. These two words, please remember. This gives you the definition of illusory energy - ahankār. We are not doing and we believe that, 'I am doing.' That is illusory energy. If you think wrongly, that is maya. It is not there. But you are thinking it is there. That is maya. Illusory energy forces us to utter this 'aham karoti' and we become very proud. Our chest becomes two feet wide, 'I am doing it'. We don't know that niḥśvāse nahi viśvāsa. We are thinking that, "I am in Singapore!". We will go any time. But niḥśvāse nahi viśvāsa - That is shastras. Shastra - śaśan - that which rules the society is known as shastras. Shastra is ruling over us. The ruling is that niḥśvāse nahi viśvāsa. This is shastra. And it is correct. Nobody can refute. Many times we have seen, the man stands and suddenly he collapses. As soon as the breath stops, we don't have any vital energy. Everything comes to an end. niḥśvāse nāhi viśvāsaḥ kadā ruddho bhaviṣyati. When it will stop, we don't know. And what is our duty, kīrtanīya mato bālyād - Whether young or old, please engage yourself in glorification of Krishna, God or Supreme Absolute Truth - harer nāmaiva kevalam.

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.