The Waves and Whirlpools of Material Modes - Part 1

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

The following is a humble effort to transcribe one of the nectarean Bhagavatam class given by our beloved spiritual master HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj on verse 2.3.12 in Sydney on 6th July 2003. Now let us hear from Maharaj

Maharaj: So nice to be with you all. It's a very rare chance that we come across each other and discuss about the Supreme Absolute Truth Krishna. In Bhagavatam it is very nicely said, when Hiranyaksha, the elder brother of Hiranyakashipu was killed by Varaha Bhagavan, his whole family was plunged into the ocean of sorrow. Hiranyakashipu consoles his mother and sister-in-law and nephews and he says, 'naikatra priya-saṁvāsaḥ' - naikatra - We cannot be together, 'priya-saṁvāsaḥ' -  the living entities who are near and dear to us, we cannot be very long, near together.  And he gives the example that, prapāyām iva suvrate (SB 7.2.21)  "Listen mother, we are just coming together. As the summer season, when the sun is very hot and in the travel area, there are a few drinking water centres. Those who are thirsty, they come together near the water centre, for drinking  water. And as soon as they drink water, they separate and go away." All these living entities are helplessly behaving like this. In one family, they are squeezed for a few years here and there and when somebody will just get up and go away, we don’t know. 

And then he says, that we come together by the arrangement of Krishna. Krishna wanted me to come together here and fortunately we are also here and we are pleased to discuss Krishna katha. He says, "daivenaikatra nītānām” - by the arrangement of Krishna, we have come together.unnītānāṁ sva-karmabhiḥ. We are here for 1 hour, 2 hours and then according to our karmic activities, we will be separated. Never to meet again may be. So this is how, when the living entities, they see each other, should try to utilise every second of their meeting to discussion of the Supreme Absolute Truth Krishna. All other things are not very much useful

Then when Yudhishthira Maharaj was lamenting after the battle of Kurukshetra, all the hundred Kauravas were killed, Dhrtarashtra and Gandhari were alone. So they took shelter in Yudhishthira Maharaj palace, the Pandavas. Yudhishthira was very respectful to them. So one day, Vidur came from the pilgrimage place and requested Dhrtarashtra, "Why are you staying in this degraded position? You have lost all your sons. Pandus are your enemies actually, with whom you fought for whole of your lifetime and now again you have come their place to eat two chappatis. So somehow or the other Dhrtarshtra was convinced and then he left for the forest and Gandhari also followed him.

So that time Narad muni came and he consoled Yudhishtira. Yudhishtira was feeling morose, "Where my uncle is gone? Have I commited some crime aginst him?" So Narad muni suggests him (SB 1.13.41), mā kañcana śuco rājan yad īśvara-vaśaṁ jagat. mā kañcana śuco rājan - Don't worry about the living entities. Why? because yad īśvara-vaśaṁ jagat - The whole universe is under the control of the Supreme Absolute Truth. So our worries are no worries at all. Everybody is breathing, because he wants them to breathe. Everybody is eating, because he wants them to eat. Everybody‘s food is digested unknown to everybody. It is done by Him. How can we just the take credit for ourselves? So he says, "please don’t worry."  lokāḥ sapālā yasyeme vahanti balim īśituḥ. lokāḥ means - all the living entities, including their kings, leaders etc. They are all helplessly working under the control of the Supreme Absolute Truth. sa saṁyunakti bhūtāni - He alone the Supreme Absolute Truth Krishna, alone forces us to be together and sa eva viyunakti ca He alone separates us. Please try to make best of the meeting with the family or with your friends or whatever. Try to do your karmic duties according to your age very expertly and whatever time is left to yourself, please utilise it to understanding the Supreme Absolute Truth.

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

Thank you very much
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev
Suchitra Vijay
Abu Dhabi