Austerities for Krishna's Pleasure - Part 3

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

This is in continuation of the topic, "Austerities for Krishna's pleasure", wherein we were transcribing the lecture given by our beloved spiritual master HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj on Purushottam month, in Sydney Bhagavata Saptāḥ in 2001. In the previous offering we heard from Maharaj about the origin of Purushottam month and how it became auspicious. Now let us continue to hear more nectar from Maharaj.

2. Best use of Purushottama masa: In this masa particularly, again Krishna reminds us that, "This masa has surrendered to Me and that is why I have made him completely auspicious. Otherwise it was an inauspicious masa and I have made it auspicious." Please, you are lucky to have this, so do something. There is one lady in Bombay, she is about 70 years old. So, she was to go to Gokul to pass this Purushottama masa. She wanted to stay there in Gokul for one month. Her health was not good. So we went to request her that, "You please mataji, don't go, just stay in Bombay and forget about Gokul. I don't know whether you will be alive there or die." So she gave a very nice answer. She said, "I don't know whether I'll see another Purushottama masa. So better utilize this Purushottama masa. And if I have to die then I will die there. It will be an all-auspicious death." So she went to Gokul. This is how [we should also take some vow]. Please take some vow. Try to stop at least one time prasadam, if not more. Take prasadam once. And don't take revenge on anyone. Otherwise you are taking, 'come on, come on, come on!' No. Please try to have some austerity and increase your svādhyāya.

Purushottama masa is here. One Purushottama adhyāya is already in Bhagavad-gita. It is 15th chapter. You should at least make it a point to recite that chapter daily – its only 20 verses. If you don't know Sanskrit, then it may take you about half an hour or so, to get used to it. Once you get used to it, hardly it takes 5-10 minutes to recite once. You please begin. At least take this vow. 12th chapter is also again 20 verses. It is our bhakti-yoga and Purushottama Yoga is 15th chapter. At least during this month these two chapters at least you should do. If not, as I told you, four seed verses from 10th chapter verses 8, 9, 10 and 11, at least minimum in Purushottama masa you should do.

Krishna willing we shall continue to hear more nectar from Maharaj in the subsequent offering.

Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Manohar Krishna das.

Moderator's note: Krishna willing, tomorrow November 13, our Godbrother HG Vaishnavaseva Prabhuji, senior disciple of H H Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj, is suffering from acute case of slip disc and is scheduled to undergo a major surgery in his spine (due to a badly pronated disc in C5 region) at Bhaktivedanta hospital, Mumbai. Prabhuji has been serving Gurudev with utmost dedication and sincerity for many years. He has been expertly managing the temple projects in Rajkot and Dwaraka. We humbly request all the devotees to please pray for Prabhuji and his family in this testing time, bless him with speedy recovery, so that he continues with many more years of healthy, blissful service.