Do not Make Mockery of your Devotional Service - Part 4

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

This is in continuation of the translation of a wonderful Hindi Bhagavatam class given by our beloved spiritual master HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj in Surat on 17th September 1998, on Srimad Bhagavatam verse 9.4.41. In the previous offering we heard from Maharaj, that

1) One's speech reveals his nature and the best way to purify speech is to use in recitation of scriptures.
2) If we sit with Srila Prabhupada and study his books, we will be enlightened in our hearts.
3) mattam means fools. When we identify with material possesions, qualifications etc, when we keep glorifying our own acts and deeds it is pramattam. 
4) Unmattam means - we are completely insane and keep singing our past glories.

Now we shall hear further.

Maharaj: mattam is disastrous. Pramattam is more disastrous. And supreme disastrous thing is unmattam. May we save ourselves from these three things. This is what they mean by “yadā yadā munchathi vākya bānam” The words which we utter, let them be nothing else, other than words from Vedic scriptures. This is taught by Ambarish Maharaj about whom we are discussing. Inspite of being such a great person, he had taken a vow that he would not speaking anything else other than Krishna.  And you might have experienced this, that for all the other works, it takes very less time. The other works that we do like, we have to do something, bring something, hang something, keep something, sell something, take something. We all keep doing these things. But these things don’t take much time. But still you see, we are all sitting here peacefully hearing about Krishna for 1 or 1.5 hrs. But for those who are shop conscious or factory conscious, for him it is not so easy to become Krishna conscious. We have to become Krishna conscious and other things we could do in no time. Such a big house is being built. It is going on. Daily it is raising high. We have been watching it. It is raising high. Not going down and some day or the other, it will be completed. We have to put in some efforts here and there.That’s it. Not more than that. But if some private man builds his house, he will become mad. One thing is he has to worry about earning money (lakshmi) for construction. And then these labourers and contractors will suck his blood. And by the time the construction is complete, he will go mad, completely mad. This yuga is very degraded. Why ? Because this building without Krishna, this is a revolution before God. Krishna did not ask us for this building. What is that? “yamunā teera vanachāri, kunja bihāri”  What do we sing? What is the last line?

DevoteeKunjabhihāri, Gopijanavallabha Girivaradhāri.  

Maharaj: He is yamunā teera vanachāri. Why are we constructing this building? Because He is Kunja bihāri. Either He lives in the jungle or in big big palatial buildings. Only these two things are mentioned. This hut or small building is not for Him. This is His description. So whatever we build for Him, are all palatial buildings. And He builds it. We are not doing anything. And He is doing it. We are not doing it. And we are all making use of this building, because we are His family members. Someone is chanting His Names. We might have also seen that if we have some intimate servant, then we treat him like our family member. When the servant, serves, he becomes like a family member.  And he leads his whole life with us. And it becomes our responsibility to do everything for him, to take care of him, his medical expenses, to keep him etc. Likewise if we follow Krishna, and become His faithful servant, then it becomes His responsibility that we don’t become sick, we get our clothes, food, prasadam daily. He makes all the arrangements for us. We don’t do anything. Just see, we have come here and we are having prasadam. And it does not mean that if we don’t come here, then we will die. As long as He wants to keep us alive, He will arrange for prasad somehow or the other.  We have come here. So we are getting here. If we have gone somewhere else, we would have got there. Somehow or the other He makes the arrangements. We become mad or insane and when insanity comes,  we foolishly think that, “I am giving prasad. That’s why this person is alive.” This is insane thought.  Sanity  prevails when we understand that He is giving us prasad.

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