The Waves and Whirlpools of Material Modes - Part 3

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

This is in continuation of the transcription of 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. In the previous offering we heard that

1. Whenever we meet someone we should make best use of every second of meeting, by discussing with them about Krishna.
2. Our own moods, modes everything will be eventually purified if we read Bhagavad Gita and Srimad Bhagavatam daily.

Now let us hear from Maharaj.

Maharaj: Our life should not depend on artificial material standards. That is sadhu. As soon as you become simple like this, then Krishna likes you. sādhavo hṛdayaṁ mahyaṁ - (SB 9.4.68) sādhavo hṛdayaṁ mahyaṁ - He says, these sadhus are simple people, who come see Me, bow down before Me. They are in My hearts. sādhūnāṁ hṛdayaṁ tv aham - And I am also in the heart of those sadhus. And then He gives the reason why. mad-anyat te na jānanti - they don’t know anything apart from Me. nāhaṁ tebhyo manāg api - I also don’t know anything apart from Him.

With this understanding we are very extremely fortunate, that we become Krishna's heart. He becomes our heart and we are forced that our whole mind should be covered by Him. If the mind is not captured for Krishna katha, then it will go hither and thither for sense gratification. If you go round here and there, your are going to be completely miserable. We have tried so many times, so many things, in which we are completely defeated. After trying so many things, somehow or the other by our culture, by hearing something, by distribution of books or by seeing the devotees, we may crowd around in this temple or the places like this, wherein the genuine Krishna katha is going on. Here there is nothing else needed. We just want you to hear a few words from the shashtras. Today we are reading very nice verse from Srimad Bhagavatam which is very instructive, at the same time merely hearing is not enough. We should realise it. We should put it into practice. I leave it to you We shall go to second canto of Srimad Bhagavatam, third chapter and the title of third chapter is “Pure Devotional Service” . Shuddha bhakti and he gives the characteristics.  (SB 2.3.12)

jñānaṁ yad āpratinivṛtta-guṇormi-cakram
ātma-prasāda uta yatra guṇeṣv asaṅgaḥ
kaivalya-sammata-pathas tv atha bhakti-yogaḥ
ko nirvṛto hari-kathāsu ratiṁ na kuryāt

These sounds alone, being transcendental for the material existence, they are very pleasing to our soul. And as soon as the soul is completely satisfied, it experiences the transcendental bliss. This transcendental bliss is all on our body, and not only on our own body, but whoever hears it, they are also completely satisfied. And because of throughout satisfaction, our body has become prasanna - very happy and this happiness drives away all the miseries of the material pangs. These bodies can never be sick, provided they chant this transcendental voices. As soon as these sounds spread here and there, it has a capacity of jagat-pavitraṁ pragṛṇīta karhicit, they can sanctify the atmosphere of the whole universe. What to talk of this room or in my life? It's nothing. Everything is completely purified. Now we will understand the word-to-word meaning of this shloka.

jñānam — knowledge; yat — that which; ā — up to the limit of; pratinivṛtta — completely withdrawn; guṇa-ūrmi — the waves of the material modes; cakram — whirlpool;

This is the first line. The word to word meaning suggests that the transcendental knowledge has the capacity to drive from our existence the waves of the whirpool of our material existence. Waves and whirpool are the material modes of nature - they always trouble us and there are continuous waves of these three modes of material nature. Three modes are mode of goodness, passion and ignorance. sattva, raja and tamah. We are consumed by the waves of these three modes. Waves are bit tolerable, but whirlpool is not tolerable. We’ll see how it is. And the reason is ātma-prasāda - we are completely satisfied because of hearing Srimad Bhagavatam, the definite effect is - we are completely satisfied. As soon as we see the deities, we are completely satisfied. As soon as we see the pure devotees like Srila Prabhupada, we are completely satisfied. Everywhere in this building, the satisfaction is the main ingredient. We don’t care where we take rest. We are not worried, what we are eating. We are not worried, what we are wearing. We only take care, that we are clean. That’s it. We are worried the whole day, how to come to this hall and have continuous darshan of Krishna. And because of only these things, we are completely satisfied.   

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