The Waves and Whirlpools of Material Modes - Part 4

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.
3. Mere hearing is not enough. We have to realise and practise it.

Now let us hear from Maharaj.

Maharaj: Frankly speaking, materially speaking, we are paupers. We don’t have any riches, but we are very opulent. Please, don’t mix the riches and opulence. Riches is one thing and opulence is completely another. You may have a bit of riches here and there, but unless we are attracted to the Supreme Absolute Truth Krishna, all riches are only riches, they will kill you. But if we are opulent with Krishna bhakti, then those riches are also very useful. Those riches will not drive us mad. This message, we must convince to our foolish mind. Otherwise we mix these things. Another famous example given is Kennedy - President Kennedy in America and he has a widow Jacqueline Kennedy. She was married to a Greek tychoon Onassis or something. He was very rich. He had only one daughter Christina and he died. So the daughter inherited the whole riches. She was so rich that she could have fed the whole India, then also her riches wound not have exhausted. But she had only riches. No Krishna consciousness was there. So, she had to die very young at the age of 35, and somewhere in Argentina, in South America, outside the city in some big haven. After her death, her secretary wrote the report in the newspaper that the reason of her early death was that she was eating junk food like these burger etc and drinking so many fizzy drinks. This is the end, this is the result of the riches.

Whatever we have done, we don’t know but we are completely saving ourselves from this junk food. Our food is yuktāhāra - very regulated food, and that too very little and offered to Krishna. This is the main ingredient. You eat anything which could be offered to Krishna, then its purified by the mercy of Krishna. It doesn’t remain as the food. The rice, ordinary food, we don’t know where it is cooked, who has cooked, and who has presented to us. We don’t know. So much ready made food is available and instant food we want and that food also comes to our plate through that “micro”.  "Microwave"- (my crow wave) - everything goes to crow. What can crow give? Crow gives shit. This micro is the shit on our table. Please avoid these things. I don’t know how. You should organise your lifestyle for atleast some fresh food that will be available during the day time. Otherwise we are going to be destroyed. There is no satisfaction. Because there is no satisfaction, kaivalya path - our bhakti yoga is completely absent in our lives. That is the third line and because bhakti is absent, sometime we may come here, that is our piety. And so many births you may get, to continue to do the past activities. That’s why we are here. There are so many living entities in Sydney. Why we are here a few people? Because these people, these yuvas are selected by Krishna today, that they should come here. Those who come here should be proud that atleast they are selected.

As soon as you know, that you are selected, you are elated. And this is a fact, otherwise the whole Sydney will come here. But they are not allowed. This is Kirshna’s palace and you have to have visa to come here. He has granted you visa today. Before you came here, you could decide. Because of the visa, in your heart, He suggested that, "you have the visa. So you please go there." We are here. This is atma-prasad and because you are in atma-prasad, this satisfaction, that you are invited by the Supreme Lord, we are here. Just to know this, is to be attracted to the devotional service. And as soon as your are attracted, all your enberities are completely vanishing and only the pure bhakti remains - which is our constitutional birth-right. 

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