The Five Great Elements - Part 10

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 offerings we heard about 7 points from Maharaj. Let us continue to hear more nectar from Maharaj.

8. Shaastras keep us sane: Shaastras give us sanity. Otherwise as it is, you are insane, because you don't know the shaastras. And in Vedic families unknowingly they follow the shaastras. And Prabhupada wanted to re-establish these traditions which we have forgotten. The families which don't have the traditions, they cannot be together for a long time. There are so many Kali yuga forces working on them. Kali yuga cannot touch a person who is sober enough to understand his own position and go to the shaastras. Shaastras is non-different from Krishna and if there is Krishna, Kali cannot stand. But there is always possibility that as soon as you forget shaastra or Krishna, means Kali yuga is waiting. You have your own experience. So far as you are with Krishna, some activity regarding Krishna, there is no fighting. As soon as that activity stops, we come back to fighting. Please for our own interest, we have to come to these pages and try to understand. Otherwise we are always entangled into hating each other or harming each other or what not. Always. As soon as two persons meet, they talk about the third one. This is our tendency. (laughter) Please, Prabhupada has said that, 'You should give up this tendency for good. And if you have time, please come to me through the pages of Bhagavad Gita and Bhagavatam'. This is in short. Please remember this and then this verse will be clear to you. 

9. The three subtle elements: In this verse (Gita 7.4) we have seen five great elements and three subtle elements. Again you have to remember that at the time of death, if our devotional service is not complete, because of these inebrieties in our life, then we have to forsake this pancha mahābhæt body. We have to leave this body and because our devotional service is not complete, according to our karma, 'karmaṇā daiva-netreṇa' - by the force of our activities under the supervision of Krishna, we have to accept another body. jantur dehopapattaye - The creation of another body depends upon these two factors. Whatever karma we have performed now, we have to bear the reactions, and accordingly we get the body, under the supervision of Krishna. So He decides that, 'This one will be happy in a pig's body. So come on. Go" And our pig body is there. And there is a training. At the moment we are in human body. So we know only the human activities. In pig's body, we are trained to know the pig activities. And that training is there only for few moments. But it is very painful. From human body, human habits, you have to go to the pig habits. As soon as your soul is put into the pig's body, the training begins in Yamaraja's place. And it is very painful. Can you imagine human being going into pig body and behaving like a pig? You have to get used to gutter water. That training is there and then we think that 'O this is shrikhand'. At the moment you are attracted to shrikhand. But gutter water is like shrikhand when you are in pig's body. When the body changes, the funny thing is we have to take the subtle elements along with it. That is man, buddhi and ahankār - mind, intelligence and false-ego. These three always accompany us. And that is how we see in this existence also, few living entities with very little explanation take to this culture and few living entities tell, "Ah, at the moment I am busy. I will take up this bhakti later when I am free'.  So many forces work on us. People will say, "Don't go there. What is there? Same Bhagavad Gita always.." It is same because fact is always same. niḥśvāse nāhi viśvāsaḥ - Who can change this? Who can change? 

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