Austerities for Krishna's Pleasure - Part 4

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

This is in conclusion of the topic, "Austerities for Krishna's pleasure", wherein we were transcribing the lecture given by our beloved spiritual master H H 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 and how to make the best use of it. Now let us continue to hear more nectar from Maharaj.

3. Way out of the material rutPlease continue to have Purushottama masa in your life for all of the time and you will be tremendously benefited spiritually, and if Krishna is merciful our vicious circle of birth, death, disease and old age will be cut short. That is why His name is Krishna. Krish-means repetition of birth, death, disease and old age. It is a horrible struggle, we are always struggling. You are struggling to get born. As soon as you are injected into your mother's womb, the life starts, and within few days you can hear the heartbeat of the boy, living entity, who is in the womb. Since then the struggle starts to grow. Slowly it grows and it takes shape by about 8-9 months, it is a nice small baby. Now if you try to trouble the baby, it is the murder as we saw in the morning. So please, please, please, please, try to shun these activities. And you can't, because we don't have spiritual engagement, we are materially too much attracted to these things and as soon as the material attraction is there, the unlimited sense gratification is there, we do the things which are completely obnoxious to do. And it has so very bad effects on the parents who carry on their abortions. They don't feel alright. They go mad, particularly mothers. I have seen so many mothers. They can't forget that they have killed their child. So please, these activities have got to be stopped. However we must have activities, we cannot sit silent. We have to do some activities. So change the activities from the material rut to the spiritual clear activities. As soon as you do this and you resolve in this month, I am sure that in the next adhik masa, you will definitely see the difference. So this is the beginning. You please try to resolve something. At least try not to think anything else. Concoction must stop. Be straight forward in your dealings.

4. Shastras help increase our faith: Apart from these differences between the Chandra year and the Surya year, again there is something left, because in these 30 days all the differences are not met. Again very fine calculation is made in our astrological calculations, that after every 141 years, there is again one month more. And it is known as akshaya masa. And it always falls in these months, that is, October, November, December and January. This is the time when every 141 years, maybe I think in two generations or three generations, one generation will see this akshaya masa. And then, whichever month it covers, one month Purushottama masa is there before that month and after that month there is another Purushottama masa. This is how they keep the calculations together and nothing less becomes less or more. This way our calculations are very trust worthy, and very nice thing, we are given directions by our saints and  sages to utilize this time. As soon as we come to this conclusion, our faith in our own shastras increases.

ādau śraddhā [CC Madhya 23.14-15], first we must have faith. The Kali-yuga is surcharged by the faithlessness. Please don't allow Kali-yuga to enter in your own life. yadā mukundo bhagavān, when Bhagavan Mukunda, Krishna, Śyām-tyakva sva padaṁ gataḥ, He left from this planet and went to His own planet, tad dināt kalih āyataḥ - From that day the Kali-yuga has come. sarva sādhana bādhakam, and it is impediment everywhere and particularly in devotional service.

I pray to the lotus feet of Maharajji that I make best use of my time, be completely satisfied with my own material condition, take some vow to do more austerities for the pleasure of the Lord. I pray that I increase the study of scriptures, listening more to Maharajji's and Srila Prabhupadaji's lectures, chant japa more and recite two chapters of Gita (the 12th and 15th chapter) everyday.

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