Minimise Necessities to Maximise Bhakti - Part 10

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.

Devotee: Maharaj, I have a question.

Maharaj: I don’t understand your question.

Devotee: Why we are not working as hard (for Krishna) as they (materialists working for material things) are. They are working for their own bodies and senses.

Maharaj: Basically, we are lazy. But they have some goal in front of them. They want to buy the sofa set. Or they want to buy the comforts in the house. That is the goal. So, they are much better than us. We have left their goal and we haven’t caught this goal. What is that, dhobi kā kuttā, na ghar kā na ghat kā. You used to tell me, dhobi kā kuttā, na ghar kā na ghat kā and then what is it, you used to say?

Devotee: dushman anāj kā

Maharaj: dushman - Our enemy (laughter). (Joking with a devotee) You are neither in Dwarka, nor in Newzealand. And in top of that dushman anāj kāThe thing is, we have to set up a goal. Our mind is our enemy. Mind has somehow or the other convinced us that you are getting nice food to eat, just forget about everything else and come to Krishna, come to Krishna. That we have agreed with the mind. Because that comfort is there. Because eating and sleeping. Big places, this, that, everything we have done. But then we haven’t recognised the necessity of the human existence. That is our defect. Really if you recognise the human existence, the goal of the human existence you will not spoil the time. That verse is beautiful. Gajendra’s, that’s right. SB 8.2.33

yaḥ kaścaneśo balino ’ntakoragāt
pracaṇḍa-vegād abhidhāvato bhṛśam
bhītaṁ prapannaṁ paripāti yad-bhayān
mṛtyuḥ pradhāvaty araṇaṁ tam īmahi

This one verse is enough to set us on a right path. See the translation - “The Supreme Personality of Godhead is certainly not known to everyone, but He is very powerful and influential. Therefore, although the serpent of eternal time, which is fearful in force, endlessly chases everyone”. This ‘chasing everyone’ is the important thing. Eternal time is chasing everyone. Yesterday you (referring to a devotee) went to Dwarka, time is gone. If you don’t do anything, time is gone. Time is chasing and your end is coming near. And every minute and every hour it is chasing. Again (repeat) The Supreme Personality of Godhead is certainly not known to everyone, but He is very powerful and influential. Therefore, although the serpent of eternal time, which is fearful in force, endlessly chases everyone, ready to swallow him, if one who fears this serpent seeks shelter of the Lord, the Lord gives him protection.

See, this is the thing. Whereas we want to seek the protection by increasing unnecessary needs, unnecessary necessities. We don’t want to take shelter of the Lord, but instead, what is the sentence we remembered, just now we remembered the sentence?

Devotees: - The necessities of life for the protection and comfort of the body must not be unnecessarily increased.

Maharaj: We are increasing unnecessary things. Instead, we should come to the Lord. (Maharaj reads the translation, and all devotees repeat.) The Supreme Personality of Godhead is certainly not known to everyone, but He is very powerful and influential. Therefore, although the serpent of eternal time, which is fearful in force, endlessly chases everyone, ready to swallow him, if one who fears this serpent seeks shelter of the Lord, the Lord gives him protection, for even death runs away in fear of the Lord. I therefore surrender unto Him, the great and powerful supreme authority who is the actual shelter of everyone.

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.