The Waves and Whirlpools of Material Modes - Part 8

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 we should never open our mouth when we are angry. Now we shall hear further.

Maharaj: Be satisfied. We are trying very hard to do some service or business. Whatever we get is Krishna’s mercy, we are completely satisfied. And this satisfaction, will give you nice help. Otherwise this greed, can never satisfy you. Today in the morning we heard a nice story about greed. Please hear. Narada muni was walking on the road one day in a village. So there was a beggar in the village by the side of the road. And he had one begging bowl with him. He saw that Narada muni is coming and he said, "Please sage, you are a very nice sage. I've heard about you. Nobody can fill up this, my begging bowl which is very small. So please fill it up." So Narada muni said, "this is a small begging bowl. Nobody could fill it??" "Yes, nobody could, but you will be able to." He said, "I don’t have anything. but I’m not the richest person. The treasurer demigod is Kuver. So, he will definitely fill up your begging bowl. I will give you one letter to Kuver. Please go with my letter and he will immediately fill up your begging bowl." So beggar was very satisfied. He said, "Hurry up and write the letter." Narada muni wrote a nice letter.

My dear friend Kuver,

I am sending this person with a small begging bowl. Please fill it up and oblige.

Your servant,
Narada muni.

He grabbed the letter and went to Kuver immediately. And when he approached Kuver, he said, "Narada muni, has given this letter to you. Kuver was vey happy to receive a letter from Narada Muni and when he opened the letter, he read about the begging bowl and Narada muni requesting him to fill it up and oblige. "Oh ..then sit. Alright. Where is your bowl? please show me your bowl. Alright." There was one servant around him. He called the servant and said, "Take this beggar to our treasury and fill it up upto the brim." So the servant went there and he started putting all the jewels and everything in the begging bowl. To his surprise, the begging bowl was not full. The treasury was really empty. Eventually nothing was left. He ran to Kuver and said, "Maharaj you are completely poor man. All your treasure is gone and even then the beggar’s bowl is not full."

Kuver was really upset and worried about it. He said, "what is happening? There must be a hole in the bowl, Narada muni should have examined the bowl." Then again Narada Muni was passing from there. He (Kuver) called and said, "Hey Narad. What did you do? My whole treasury is gone, but again this bowl is not filled." Narada Muni said, "Oh is it? What kind of bowl is this?" He asked the beggar,"Show me the bowl." The beggar showed the bowl. He said, "Not like this - topsy turvy." He just put it like this and showed. Narada muni saw that it is not a begging bowl. It is a human’s skull. Human skull can never be satisfied even if the whole treasury is emptied. This is the skull we all have.

 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.