Minimise Necessities to Maximise Bhakti - Part 7

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

This is in continuation of the transcription 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 from Maharaj that whichever ashram we are in, we have to be honest. Now we shall see further.

Maharaj: And brahmachari also there are pitfalls. In Grahastha, it is all pit (laughter). It is a pit.

Murali Prabhu: In Vanaprastha also there is pitfall. 

Maharaj: Everything. Because we are not, what is it? There is a nice verse in Bhagavad gita. sannyāsas tu mahā-bāho duḥkham āptum ayogataḥ (Bhagavad Gita 5.6)

sannyāsas tu mahā-bāho duḥkham āptum ayogataḥ
yoga-yukto munir brahma na cireṇādhigacchati

Come on, read the equivalents. 

Devotee: sannyāsaḥ — the renounced order of life; tu — but; mahā-bāho — O mighty-armed one; duḥkham — distress; āptum — afflicts one with; ayogataḥ — without devotional service; 

See, without devotional service it is duḥkham, sannyas is miserable without devotional service. It cannot work. Without devotional service, it cannot work. Because you are all alone, only these four walls are there. If you are not interested in devotional service, in scriptures, then the walls will eat you away. And then mind says: “Oh, why didn’t I marry. It would have been better if I had married”. And then boom. This is how we catch the idea. So, if this is the case, then you get married.  And then yoga-yukto munir brahma na cireṇādhigacchati. Read the translation.

Devotee: Merely renouncing all activities yet not engaging in the devotional service of the Lord cannot make one happy. But a thoughtful person engaged in devotional service can achieve the Supreme without delay.

Maharaj: That’s it, this is the thing. yoga-yukto, those who are engaged in devotional service, they can achieve the goal. That verse could be referred. What is it? (BG 2.59)

viṣayā vinivartante nirāhārasya dehinaḥ
rasa-varjaṁ raso ’py asya paraṁ dṛṣṭvā nivartate

If you see Krishna, then everything goes away. But how to see Krishna, we don’t have Krishna. So, please go through Bhagavatam, Bhagavad gita daily, and that is Krishna. As soon as you are with these things, only two books, only two Granthas, nothing more. Either you have Bhagavad gita or Bhagavatam. Because we are not doing this, so why to go to Nectar of Devotion? We don’t have time, we haven’t done this. (Devotee at the background saying Caitanya-caritāmṛta). Caitanya-caritāmṛta, you can take the Bhagavatam verses from that. Please make your main study book - Bhagavatam, and Bhagavad gita should be referred. It should be learnt. That is how. These two Granthas, they are more than enough for you. Don’t divert to this Kadambini and that Kadambini, Madhurya Kadambini. I told that I don’t have any Kadambinis, I only have one Kadambini (laughter).

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.