Attaining The Lord - Part 2

25th Apr 2011
Vaijayantimala devi dasi

Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble pranams! All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Gurudev! 

This is in continuation of the previous offering transcribing the wonderful class given by our beloved spiritual master H H Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj in ISKCON center, Kuala Lumpur on the Bhagavad Gita verse 4.10.

vīta-rāga-bhaya-krodhā man-mayā mām upāśritāḥ
bahavo jñāna-tapasā pūtā mad-bhāvam āgatāḥ

Being freed from attachment, fear and anger, being fully absorbed in Me and taking refuge in Me, many, many persons in the past became purified by knowledge of Me—and thus they all attained transcendental love for Me.

In the previous offering, we heard from Maharaj that life or death is not in our hands and it is under the control and supervision of Krishna. Now let us continue to hear more nectar from him. 

"It is said maare krishna raakhe ke, raakhe krishna maare ke - If Krishna protects someone, no one can kill him, and if Krishna wants to kill someone, no one can save him. So these things are not in our hand. Better to make best use of the common time we have and behave like a person. 

                                                      jnaani se jnaani mile huye do do baath 

A knowledgeable person meets another knowledgeable person and they talk with each other. "How are you? How are things going on? How is your wife? How are your children? How is business? Are you reading Bhagavad Gita?" Like this some spiritual talks and some material talks. This is how a jnaani speaks to another. But 

                                                     gade se gade mile huye do do laath 

A donkey meets another donkey and they kick with their legs. So don’t be a donkey. We don’t want to be donkeys just trying to kick each other. Particularly, the donkeys have the tendency to kick their legs. This is how we have to be very careful that we should be having all relations very good and around us, we should have a nice Vaikuntha atmosphere instead of bickering and shouting and screaming. It is very nice that we get into these scriptures. If nobody cooperates in your house, do not worry. Wife and children are busy in their household duties. You sit silent and try to do this and eventually children will follow you. The onus is on our own behaviour. We have to be very exemplary. Whenever you feel that you are very upset with the situation, just leave that scene or keep quiet completely because in anger, we become mad and we do not know to whom we are talking and what we are talking. The whole scratch comes out when you are angry. You are not in a sensible condition. So better to keep quiet. 

We were staying in Ethiopia and we had a very nice neighbor. So what did they do? They were fighting very hard. Husband and wife never got together and we carried on for six months nearly and then I was thinking how to deal with this. They were very nice people but somehow or the other, the husband would not agree to the wife, and the wife will never agree with the husband. So one day after six months, I dared to go to their place. They welcomed me and then I told him that there is some trouble between you. We don’t want to meddle in your relations really. But I would request you one thing that you continue fighting (everyone laughs) but do one thing that when you fight, just keep quiet. I do not want you to stop fighting. You just fight. But just keep quiet. So they were sensible. They tried you know. We were seeing from the windows. They were fighting but they were not talking. That was a very nice thing. At least the scratch stops coming out. So they fought in this style for 15 days or a month even and then eventually they stopped fighting. So this is the way to get out of this muddle. 

Always we are in difficulties and particularly household difficulties. My mother was also very much upset because we were many brothers and sisters and my father will not do anything. He just goes to the temple and chants. So my mother was telling what will happen to these children? They are all young and who will educate them and who will marry them? My father will not speak till she is upset. When she keeps quiet and calms down, then slowly he will tell, "You know, there is Rama raja. King Ram is there. He will take care." Really it happened so. Without anything, we got everything. This is the prataap of Harinaam. So we don’t have faith but Harinaam is very powerful. In order to get rid of attachment, fear, and anger, Harinaam is the best medicine. Whenever you feel that you are upset, you just take out your beads and start chanting. Within ten minutes, you will be comfortable and your whole house will be comfortable. Instead of moving around like a mad person in the house and screaming and this and that it is very sane to get rid of these things." 

Maharaj went on to explain the reason we should get rid of the material attachments and the same shall be offered in the subsequent mail, Krishna willing.

Thank you very much.
Yours in the service of Srila Prabhupada and Gurudev,
Vaijayantimala devi dasi,
Abu Dhabi.