The Waves and Whirlpools of Material Modes - Part 5

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.
4. If we are not regulated in our eating, our life will be destroyed.

Now let us hear from Maharaj.

Maharaj: As it is we are spiritual sparks, flying around and part and parcel of Krishna. So because we belong to Him, there is a natural attraction in us. Those who don’t come to this point, they are getting miserable. Pandavas were always attracted to Krishna. So they were only five and Krishna did not have any army with Him. Army had already gone to Duryodhana. And even then, Pandavas were very satisfied. In the twelve years, they had to go the forest, they were completely satisfied in that situation also and Duryodhan was in the palace, with all the amenities, he was always agitated and unsatisfied. This is gunormi.

Duryodhan is the prime example of the waves of modes of  material nature. He had to associate with like-minded people like Karna, Shakuni, Dushaasan etc and all of them combined together, they committed so many sinful activities. This is the result of guna. We are in the control of the all these three modes of material nature.  And urmi is alright and once it so happened, I’ll give the example how these waves of material nature leads to the whirpool. The water of the river flows, so there are waves in the water of the river. Sometimes there is some stone - big stone in between the current, and there is a whirlpool created. The water stops flowing and goes around the stone. That is whirlpool. As soon as you try to understand this, you will understand how we are entangled into these three modes of material nature .

This Duryodhan was always captured by waves of the modes of the material nature - he was highly envious of the Pandavas. Why? Because he wanted to usurp their kingdom. When the grabbing tendency is there, we create the enmity with nears and dears. For the fraction of grabbing things, we fight like anything. This is Duryodhan. He had all the kingdoms at his disposal. Pandavas were banished in the jungle for twelve years. He was completely eased with the time. But no. He was not at ease. He was in the waves of the modes of the material nature in greed and passion etc. He had a desire to insult Pandavas more in the forest also. So what happened, one day he thought, the Pandavas are staying in some part of the forest and there was a big ranch, no-man's ranch near Pandavas' place and so many cows were there. So he wanted to go there with a big army and show the might to the Pandavas that, "you don’t have anything. You are getting rotten in the forest and how big a king I am." And again waves of modes of material nature was there. He has already played a trick in the game of gambling and he had banished the Pandavas for thirteen years outside. Even then he was not satisfied.

So again he created the whirlpool and how he was entangled, please hear. So one day he wanted to decide to go to the Pandavas exile and show them how mighty king he is. But how to go? He had to take he permission from Dhrtarashtra. And Dhrtarashtra being bit better than Duryodhana will not allow him to go near the Pandavas. He said that, "we have already punished them enough. So now leave them alone." But this fellow would not leave them alone. So they found out a trick. These three people , Shakuni, Dushaasan and Duryodhan, they came together and made a nice plan that they are going to convince Dhrtarashtra that there are so many cows there. And every year, they go there to count the cows. So this the right time to count the cows. So we have to count the cows. So Dhrtarashtra did not mind and he allowed them to go.   

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