The Five Great Elements - Part 9

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 

1. The five great elements - bhumi, āpa, anala, vāyu and khaṁ. (earth, water, fire, wind and ether).
2. We are kinkarās and not ahankāra.
3. Krishna is non-different from Bhagavad Gita.
4. Come to the pages of Bhagavad Gita.
5. Learn at least one verse.
6. Mind has no factual existence.

Maharaj was explaining about how we should not discriminate people. Let us continue to hear more nectar from Maharaj on this.

7. Be happy to see each other: Living entities hardly come together. By Krishna's arrangement we may come together. Nanda Maharaj after celebrating the birth ceremony of Krishna, he wanted to please Kamsa also. He was giving gold, cows and so many other things in charity to brahmanas and everybody who came. He was profusely giving things in charity to everybody. So he said that, "I must please Kamsa also because Krishna is very kind to have come to me as my son." So he went to Mathura and he wanted to clear the tax balance and everything. If we were there, we will hide the taxes. We will not pay at all. But Nanda Maharaj was very pleased and he equally tried to please Kamsa also. So he went to Mathura and Vasudeva was there. Vasudev wanted to see him and he came there and he said a very nice thing - Again from shastras - all these saintly living entities were just behaving by the dictates of the shastras and he said (SB 10.5.24), 

diṣṭyā saṁsāra-cakre ’smin vartamānaḥ punar-bhavaḥ
upalabdho bhavān adya durlabhaṁ priya-darśanam

It is also by good fortune that I am seeing you. Having obtained this opportunity, I feel as if I have taken birth again. Even though one is present in this world, to meet with intimate friends and dear relatives in this material world is extremely difficult.

diṣṭyā saṁsāra-cakre asmin - In samsāra cakra nobody's life is guaranteed. We have crossed the ocean and come here. Who knows whether the machine in plane will work while going back? At the risk of life, we have come here. And we are very sure that we will go back. But nobody knows if it will happen for sure. This is samsāra cakra  asmin and then he says, 'vartamānaḥ punar-bhava' - if you see each other, we should be happy as if it is a rebirth. This is really correct. Somebody comes from Australia, some from Kaula Lumpur. There is so many possibilities of disaster. But by Krishna's arrangement, no disaster was there and the living entity is standing in front of us. But as soon as the living entity comes in front of us, either we hate or like. This is completely obnoxious behaviour - against the shastras. Please don't do it. In the end hate will kill you. If you hate anybody, you will disturb your own system. The system is working in a certain rhythm and because of that rhythm we are alive. When something will go wrong, we don't know. And we will call it heart-attack or whatever. Please, please understand this precarious condition and whenever living entities come together, think that it is Krishna's arrangement. We should be equal to everybody, we should be very happy that it is rebirth. Why? This is again shastras. Because we cannot trust this breath. His/her breath may stop and our breath may also stop. So this shastra gives us the sanity and that is the result of following the tenets of the shastras. 

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.