Minimise Necessities to Maximise Bhakti - Part 6

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 below points from Maharaj  

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.
3. Early to bed and early to rise, is the way to be happy, healthy, wealthy, and wise.
4. Married couples should tolerate each other for the sake of children's welfare.
5. Unsatisfied brahmacharis, will always create a chaos. So either get married to Bhagavatam or to a girl.

Murali Prabhu: Regarding being a lifetime brahmachari, sometimes at the age of fifty, they get married...

Maharaj: The thing is, they appear brahmachari. Who knows? (what’s going on) (laughter). And they fall down. The world is real hypocrite. We want to show what we are not. It is better to be very honest with ourselves at least. And then, there is a very nice verse; those who are thoroughly honest.

SB 1.5.11
tad-vāg-visargo janatāgha-viplavo
yasmin prati-ślokam abaddhavaty api
nāmāny anantasya yaśo 'ṅkitāni yac
chṛṇvanti gāyanti gṛṇanti sādhavaḥ

There sadhu is translated by Prabhupada as ‘thoroughly honest man’. This is the thing – thoroughly honest. Otherwise, śṛṇvanti gāyanti gṛṇanty, is absent, we cannot hear, śṛṇvanti, gāyanti, we cannot sing, and we cannot accept gṛṇanty, unless you are sadhu. Beautiful verse it is.

Devotee: I have a question in relation to this. While it is difficult to be honest, you said, if you are attracted to the grahastha ashram, you say, it’s like pouring fuel on the fire

Maharaj: Yes that’s right.

Devotee: Whichever way one goes, it is difficult.

Maharaj: No, I pointed out the pitfalls in both the ways. You follow me? it’s not difficult.

Devotee: But sometimes the Grahastha ashram is not the solution, it just compounds the problem.

Maharaj: Yes, that is what it is meant for (laughter). It is meant to be difficult. So, you are throwing yourself into the fire. From frying pan to the fire. You are already in the frying pan; you are throwing yourself into the fire. Fire is meant to burn you. That is how it is. Unless you are fortunate and both of you are inclined for Krishna consciousness, and then there is no trouble. But even then, there is kicking. Kicking is going on (laughter). They kick each other. If somebody comes then, "ha ha ha ha. " He knew one here.(Referring to some couple Maharaj said) Officer was sitting and his wife was inside, and officer means wife respects very much. Officer wife respects very much. So, I thought that the wife should be proud of him. And wife (addresses him as) Sahib, Sahib, Sahib, she will never call him (by his name) in front of others.

And one day, they were in dark there, it was Janmasthami, and the wife came outside and then she shouted and screamed and abused him. And when she saw him, (some other person, she said) "How nice these lightings are!"  Kicking is going on, that is a fact. They kick because they are tired. Every time the wife smiles, you are after her body. So, she stops smiling (laughter). And if she stops smiling, then you say, “Hey why are you not smiling with me?” She smiles with others (laughter). Please, please, these are all so very intricate problems. Somehow or the other be simple and be honest with you(rself), either you are this ashram or that or brahmachari or whatever.

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.