The Waves and Whirlpools of Material Modes - Part 6

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 from Maharaj that when we are not satisfied - it means we are caught up in the waves and whirlpools of material modes. Maharaj was explaining the meaning of waves and whirlpool by quoting the example of Kauravas and Pandavas. Kauravas even after banishing Pandavas to forest for 13 years wanted to see them suffer and so in the pretext of counting the cows, they went to the forest.

Now let us hear from Maharaj.

Maharaj: So Duryodhan’s big army went and under the garb of counting the cows. He went there and wanted to show off to the Pandavas. So what he did, he sent his persons near the Pandavas residence. Then in between the residence, Pandavas' residence, and Duryodhan’s place, there were celestial living entities staying. They had a camp, big camp there. Duryodhan did not have any idea about this. So the celestial living entities, obstructed Duryodhan’s men. They said that, "this area is ours. You can't cross." So they were really upset. And as soon as they were upset, they came back to Duryodhan and informed him that, "somebody is blocking the way. They don’t hear your orders, they don’t care for you. So we could not reach Pandavas." So Duryodhan was very angry. This is whirlpool stage. As it is he had fallen a prey to the three modes of material nature. And now in this whirlpool again, he became very upset, agitated and angry. So he wanted to go himself, with some of the army, with him . So he approached, "who was stopping me to go there? He went and they had a severe fight.

Eventually Duryodhan lost the battle and was arrested and punished and Duryodhan was shouting - "Somebody should come and relieve me, somebody should come." Great shouting. See Yudishthira heard this voice. Yudhishtira said to Arjuna, "See our cousin is in trouble." Because Yudhishtira was out of the reach of these three modes of material nature, he was always steady. A steady person regards him and the enemy the same way. So Bhima was upset with Yudhishtira. "Let him cry, he has insulted our wife. Why should we worry about this?" "No." Yudhishtira said, "No please, it is our duty to save him. So you and Arjuna, go and save him." So hesitatingly, Arjuna and Bhima went to fight with the celestial living entities. And eventually they could defeat and get Duryodhana out of that place. Duryodhana was completely ashamed. With the whole army, he returned to Hastinapur, without thanking the Pandavas.

This is gunormi and we are all in this whirlpool of modes of material nature. We don’t know what we are doing. Only one thing can save us from here. And that is the unflinching attraction towards the topic of the Supreme Absolute Truth. These are daily discussed here at 6.30 in the morning to 7.30. We have seven arathis during the day. Offerings are there, arathis are going on, poojas are going on. (Appreciating the devotees in temple Maharaj says) Nice place we are having here.  And because of your hard labour, this place may increase. We want bigger places, so that all the living entities like us, who are helplessly under the three modes of material nature, in the material existence and because of that we are suffering unsurpassable miseries.

So we should come to these places, take advantage of Hari katha and get relieved from the three modes of material nature. Till we are sitting here and the Lord is present here in His murti form, you will be out of modes. Nobody is fighting here, nobody is screaming here, they are completely in mode of goodness. And you should always remember that if you want to remain in the mode of goodness -  it is very favourable for your successful bodily existence. Otherwise all these modes will create unknown trouble in your body.  And as soon as you glide to lower modes your circulation stops. And irregular circulation of the blood gives rise to so many diseases. It is in our interest to come to the lotus feet of Krishna, try to understand Him and try to follow in a puny way, whatever you can follow. And to follow this, its not very difficult. Have some picture or deity in your house, have a nice altar, bit of pooja here and there and read some Bhagavad gita, Bhagavatam and try to learn these things. That’s the only thing we did. 

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