Minimise Necessities to Maximise Bhakti - Part 3

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

This is a humble effort to transcribe one of the nectarean lectures given by our beloved spiritual master HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj on Srimad Bhagavatam verse 2.2.4 in Sri Sri Radha Neel Madhav dham Rajkot, on 23rd November 2003. In the previous offering we heard Maharaj insisting on remembering the below line from purport of Srimad Bhagavatam verse 2.2.4

1. The necessities of life for the protection and comfort of the body must not be unnecessarily increased.
2. The more we increase the more we have to clean. The less we have the more clean we can be.

Now we shall hear further. 

Maharaj: Even now, if you can do with the lamps, maybe kerosene or whatever oil lamps - oil is very costly but kerosene or whatever. Or, the best thing is, that these Jains follow, that before it gets dark, they eat. So, everything is finished before dark. And we were in Rajasthan in some village, it was a very nice custom. They eat and finish everything till the twilight is there, and as soon as it is dark, they will go on the roof, which was very flat and they take rest, on the roof. Because Rajasthan is very hot, you cannot sleep in the house. So, on the flat roof they take rest. The roofs are like this (Maharaj showing the action) flat, all houses are flat. There is no rainfall, so they go on the roof and take rest. And then in the morning they get up, and then again within one hour or so, they used to get up at 5 ‘o clock. So, after 6 ‘o clock there is light again. So, they don’t have any need of any lamp. And their eyes were so very nice. Their teeth were strong. Their whole body was very nice. Early to bed and early to rise, is the way to be happy, healthy, wealthy, and wise. This way we can escape.

But one thing is there again, you may try to be simple, but the family members are not. No, that is great difficulty with the family (laughter) (The family says) – ‘if you want to be simple you do’, they want all the… because they are enamoured by all the illusory energy. They see, they see everything - that the neighbour has the Mercedes car. I was working in London and there was a nice young boy working with me, he was English, he had nice two children, and I used to go to his house, he used to come to my place. And one day, he was crying. I said, “Hey, what happened John?” He said, “my wife ran away.” I couldn’t take it. I asked, “what happened to her after two children?” He said, “my neighbour had a Mercedes car, so for Mercedes car, she went.” (laughter). This is the standard we are following because the Vedic culture is absent. And then we don’t worry about the children. The most suffering party is children when you don’t have the Bhagavat dharma culture. No other so-called religions insist too much on the behaviour. You see, all the verses are regarding the behaviour. Please understand this pattern. In the Bhagavatam or in Bhagavad gita or in any other scripture, majority verses are on the behaviour. How to improve, how to come out of these modes of material nature. Because of the modes, we have to again and again take birth. If you can come out of the modes, then it is very easy. That is the thing.

But we don’t worry about these things. And then "Radhe, Radhe Radhe." Aare man, what Radha can do (laughter). Thousand times he will Radhe, Radhe Radhe. Then they become sahajiya. Those who are sahajiyas, all these sahajiyas the bunch goes, Radhe, Radhe Radhe. (laughter) tamo gun. Radhe, Radhe Radhe (laughter). Hare Krishna! And the dirtiest possible clothes. Jamuna is flowing, he doesn’t wash his clothes. Please, save yourself from this. 

Krishna willing we shall continue to hear more nectar from Maharaj in the subsequent offering.

Hare Krishna.
Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Dinavatsala Krishna das
Singapore.