Hari Bhajan - The Only Panacea - Part 1

Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept our humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva.

Today is the auspicious occasion of the appearance of all-merciful Lord Sri Krishna Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Wishing you all a very happy and blissful Gaur Poornima. Our prayers unto Srila Gurudev, Srila Prabhupada and Lord Gauranga to bless all of us to do sincere devotional service unto Their lotus feet.

Below mail is the transcription of the class given by our beloved spiritual master HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj on 23rd December 2006 in Sri Sri RadhaNeelMadhav Dham, Rajkot on verse 15.5 of Bhagavad Gita.

After the class, one devotee inquired from Maharaj as to how to practise the instructions which Maharaj has given us on dealing with dualities when we go out of the temple. He said that it is easier to follow the instructions within the temple premises. But once we step out of the temple, the same anarthas enter into us. Maharaj smiled and said - "Yes it is easy in the temple and very difficult outside. But one thing you should remember - life is very short. The answer is that you must try to create favourable circumstances for you. Whichever way possible, you know your situations. Many a time you tell us so many things. Many of us tell so many things to each other. But frankly speaking, we cannot convey the whole thing. It is not possible to convey the whole thing. Suppose a person has some problem with his wife and he is telling to you. Only he knows what kind of relationship he has with her. So his problems are his own problems and he is in full knowledge of that. So the decision is his. Decision can be taken by only the man concerned. He can only decide. If he shares his problems with us, we can only do one thing. We can show the Vedic way. The Vedic way is that life being short, whatever is obstruction to our Vedic way of life, that needs to be stopped. That's it. So to overcome that obstruction, some new steps need to be taken or whatever. The thing is our income must continue, our stay must be comfortable, clothing must be comfortable, prasad intake must be comfortable. In your country (Western countries) it is not very difficult to make these basic arrangements. So see how you can go on. Nothing to worry about.

As we see in Srimad Bhagavatam 11.7.7 viddhi maayaa-mano-mayamviddhi means definitely you must know that this is all play of illusory energy. Why should we be consumed by the illusory energy? In the end, one day everything is going to end. That is the best thing about these dilemmas. Even after getting married, there will be dilemmas. Don't be in cuckoo's land that there will be no dilemmas after marriage. (Gurudev laughs). There will be more dilemmas. Her family is there. Your family is there. In-laws are there. They are sick. Parents are sick. Whether to take care of parents or in-laws - everywhere there will be dilemmas. So how to deal with the dilemmas? That is what we discussed earlier. We should try to the best of our ability and do intense sadhana. There is a nice verse in Shastras

śataṃ vihāya bhoktavyaṃ, sahasraṃ snānamācaret 
lakṣaṃ vihāya dātavyaṃ, koṭiṃ tyaktvā hariṃ bhajet

Leave hundreds of engagements to honour prasadam, thousands of engagements to cleanse oneself, lakhs of engagements to give charity and crores of engagements to chant the holy names of Lord Krishna.

Hari bhajan is the answer. Leave everything and say Haribol! (laughter). Suppose somebody shouts at us, somebody screams at us, somebody blames us, somebody criticises us - then Hari bhajan is the best. We cannot do anything. When people talk, we cannot catch their mouth. If they beat us maybe we can catch their hands. But talking people we cannot stop. So Hari bhajan is always the best according to scriptures. Do follow these things and eventually we will slip out of the modes. We have to slip. We are somehow caught up in an alien atmosphere, which is not suitable for our soul. But body is dragging us into these problems. This is reality. To the best of our ability, you try to sort out your problems. You know your relationships. You know your circumstances. You know your earning capacity and spending capacity. You know so many things which I don't know. You may tell me. But I don't know. I haven't seen your office. So I don't know under what circumstances you are working in. I don't know how much pressure you are facing there. I don't know your relationship with your parents. Nothing really. So my decision will not be your decision. So decision should be yours only and the person concerned. But keeps these norms in front of you and decide according to the norms.

While in the mean time, the vidheyaatama-we should allow ourselves to enjoy only the regulated freedom. Illicit activities should be completely avoided. Completely avoided. The day you are victimised by the illicit ideas, that day is horrible than death. So it is better to die than to fall prey to this. To that extent it is horrible. Death is much more easy than to follow illicit way. But as you people might know, it is very easy to be attacked by AIDS these days, even without any illicit contacts. Without any illicit ideas also, we are prone to be attacked. So please, you pray hard to Krishna that He may save us from these things.  It is difficult to find out who is HIV patient or not. Agents of death are dancing around us. Anytime they will catch you. Formerly Yamaraj was moving. So when Yamaraj is not around, no death. But nowadays death is moving around in the form of AIDS. Saunaka muni told the sages at Naimisaranya that we have invited Yamaraj as chief-guest for this 1000 year yajna. So if Yamaraj is here, there will be no death for the next 1000 years. But now even if Yamaraj comes and sits here for Bhagavatam, AIDS is dancing around everywhere and killing people.

Krishna willing, we shall continue with remaining part of this class in subsequent offerings.

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