Minimise Necessities to Maximise Bhakti - Part 11

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

This is in conclusion 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: So, these jivas are running to accumulate wealth to protect them…

Maharaj: They won't be. They think that they can be protected. "If I have money, I can do whatever I want, (I can go to) New York and get treated, best medical and there in he goes and dies (laughter). This is how we seek the false shelter. And in that pursuit the whole human energy is spoiled. That sentence is the best. Human energy is spoiled in vain search, very nice word – ‘in vain search, after the illusory happiness’. Human energy is spoiled. And as soon as human energy is spoiled, you are as good as dead. I don’t know if you have experienced or not, but after sex, we always feel that why did I do it.

Devotee: It is disgusting Maharaj.

Maharaj: It’s really. No, we lose everything, then we think that why did I do it? But then again we do.

Devotee: After a while. It’s not just after sex, but it’s after everything that we do wrong, if it is not as per our principles...

Maharaj: Yeah, really. If Bhagavat Dharma is not obeyed, then we always feel. Unsatisfied. That’s what the other verse told us - ‘jugupsitam’. And your verse also - ‘vishama dhiya’. All these verses, the core is one, but there are different arguments. Somehow or the other every verse insists that we should take shelter of the Lord because He is all powerful. He can give protection, nobody else. We depend on the police department for our protection. And police department in Dwarka - wonderful. Once there was, light vanished – there was no electricity for 15 days. And nobody knew when it is coming. We were ringing like mad persons there. "When is light coming?" (Police) He said, ‘am I here to answer your questions’ (laughter). I told, "you are working there, that’s why we are ringing." (Police) ‘Am I here for that’? (laughter) Then what happened, there was only one theft, and that was at the bank manager’s house, it was broken into at 2 am. And bank manager thought there was light, and he went to switch on the light. So, they cut him, and his wife was also cut. Then after a while, they went away. So, they were alive. They were injured but they were alive. So, they rang the police. Police said “you catch the thief, don’t allow them to go away, we are coming.” (laughter). How to catch the thief? Without catching, they were cut. So, if they catch, they will be finished. Police came next day at 10 ‘o clock (laughter). “Where is the thief? You did not catch the thief? How are we going to catch?” (laughter) This is the police (laughter). Dwarka police - "I don’t bother," he said. "Let him finish and next day 10 ‘o clock I will go," this is how.

We seek false protection. False protection. And we are not satisfied then, and we are not protected. Man, this Rajiv Gandhi had so much security. But he went to Madras and through garland he was finished. And he was very happy (that) so many garlands are coming. And in garlands, he was finished to that level that nothing was found. Only his slippers were found. Slippers didn’t get destroyed. Otherwise, no limb. Somebody’s limb they collected, and ‘Rajiv Gandhi, come on’ (laughter). This is how. Please, material arrangements, they fall short of the protection. This is how it is.

Devotee: It’s like a cat, when there is a rat in its mouth. This is like how the Lord appears to a person whose time has come. But for devotees it is not like that.

Maharaj: Yes, that’s really good. This is nice. Kitten are happy with the cat’s mouth. But the mouse is completely baffled. This is right. Those who don’t take protection, eventually they will be caught. And at the time of death, they are bewildered. Anyway, these are few of the things. We must stop here. Hare Krishna, Jai! Jai Srila Prabhupada Ki Jai

Devotee: Jai His Holiness Srila Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj Ki Jai

Our heartfelt thanks to Maharaj for this wonderful class on enlightening us that Krishna alone can protect us and all we need to do is to simply surrender to Him.

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