Do not Make Mockery of your Devotional Service - Part 1

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

The following is translation of a wonderful Hindi Bhagavatam class given by our beloved spiritual master HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj in Surat on 17th September 1998.

Maharaj: And whatever you take from Vedas, it really gives us wisdom. Likewise there are so many shlokas in Srimad Bhagavatam and Bhagavad Gita. That is why the whole Bhagavad Gita should be in our throats - by-heart. Please start that. First we should learn the 4 seed verses (caturshloki) from 10th chapter. Verse 8,9,10 and 11 from 10th Chapter. The whole message of Gita is there in these 4 verses. So first these four verses should be learnt. When these 4 verses are done, then because we are doing devotional service, we should know what Lord Krishna is saying about devotional service. So 12th chapter has 20 shlokas. It is a small chapter. So that must be learnt by-heart. This is Vedas. After learning about devotional service, we should know what Krishna is telling about Himself. This is in 15th Chapter. That also has 20 shlokas. So please 40 shlokas from these two chapters and 4 shlokas from seed verses (caturshloki) - these verses must always be with us. Because we have changed our clothes, so whoever comes and sees us here, he would not know that we have been here for only 6 months, that we are new or neophyte. But seeing us here, he would be thinking that we are a great learned person, devotee and would ask questions. And when we speak some thing (irrelevant) he will leave his life. Because we have not done anything (study of scriptures/seva). So please..There is a very nice verse. na jār jātasya lalāt shrungam,

na jār jātasya lalāt shrungam  kule prasutasya na pāni padmam

Two things are being told in the first line. We should understand this. yadā yadā munchathi vākya bānam. The arrows of words  that come out of our mouth, munchati means when one releases the arrows of words,  (Since in Hindi teer also means river banks, Maharaj clarifies that teer he is referring to is bān) It is not teer. It is bān - the one they release from bow. Like that the arrows of words that we release from our mouth, reflects the lineage which we belong to. So that will reveal our background. Foolish person also looks good as long as he is quite. So people feel that, “See how peaceful he is. He should be a great wise man.” (Joking with a devotee Maharaj says) This gentleman is always sitting quite. Doesn’t even get up. One life-member says that, “He comes and never goes, never speaks also.” Because he doesn’t have anything to speak (laughter) So as long as he does not speak, there is no disgrace. Once he starts speaking, then “finished.”

So please see here, in the first line it is said, na jār jātasya lalāt shrungam - which means that a prostitute’s son will not have horns in his head. There is no such thing that a prostitute’s son will have horns in his forehead. lalāt means forehead. There are no horns on his forehead, by which one could recognise that he is a son of a prostitute. na jār jātasya lalāt shrungam "na" means "No." There are no horns on the forehead. kule prasutasya na pāni padmam. And if one is from a good aristocratic family, he/she does not have a lotus in her hand. There are no such symbols to reveal that he/she is from a good family. Then how to recognise? yadā yadā munchathi vākya bānamWhen he opens his mouth, then it is known as to who he/she is. Whether he/she belongs to a good family or related to prostitute. The words that come out of our mouth should always be good. And how can they be good?  when we recite the verses.

Krishna willing we shall hear more nectar from Maharaj in the suibsequent offering.

Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev
Sudarshana devi dasi