Do not Make Mockery of your Devotional Service - Part 6

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 the The Lord’s devotees, in spite of being powerful, do not counteract. 

Now we shall hear further.

Maharaj: Ambarish Maharaj was completely powerful. But he had digested the fact that, nāsya tat pratikurvanti. We do not counteract anything. When we understand this and when we have this realization, then we implement this in our practical life. And in practical life, if we don’t implement these teachings, then our stay here is useless. It is better to leave this place and go and do whatever you want. (Jokingly Maharaj says) Get married to one, or two or four and invite us for doing katha and kirtan and we would come there. Keep the bundles of 500 notes ready with you. We would take the notes from you. (laughter) What is the matter? When do you want to get married. Tell me. Just tell.  

This is the thing. If you want to stay here and be in this atmosphere, then please digest this fact and after that change your life. Otherwise there is no use of this. All these things become sense gratification. “He spoke so nice”... Once there was a nice swami in South India. And he gave a lecture in a big hall. So many great persons used to go and hear him and while coming out they said, "Swamiji talks so nicely , so nice,so nice". Then someone inquired, "What was nice about ? What did you like? "No,No Swamiji speaks so high that we couldn't understand"  (laughter). So this is not Prabhupada’s way. Prabhupada has made us sit and pointed out his fingers and made us clearly understand, “Do like that. Do like that”. Otherwise, these people did not know to eat. They used to just bite the sandwich like dogs, sleep somewhere, wakeup somewhere and never take bath and they didn’t know what they are doing. He made everyone understand, “Please do like this.” This is Bhagavata. He did not not just give lecture. This is the speciality of Srila Prabhupada. And whoever liked to stay with Prabhupada, their life is transformed. And when there is transformation in your life, then it reflects in your face. Because the effulgence of the soul, in Bhagavatam it is known as prabha. Our soul is part of the Supersoul, part and parcel of Krishna.

"mamaivāṁśo jīva-loke jīva-bhūtaḥ sanātanaḥ" (B.G-15.7)  Atma is part and being part and parcel of Krishna, it has His qualities also. Krishna is very effulgent. Even lakhs of sun could not match the effulgence of Lord Krishna. So if we are sitting with Krishna, if Krishna is residing in your mind, day and night if you are associating with Krishna, then His effulgence is also bound to come in our body. Our faces would look better when we become completely simple, when we are very simple and without any attachment. So we don’t take tea or cofffee. “We want that only, we want this only.” Atleast with regards to eating and drinking, we have given up these wants. Whatever prasad comes in front of us, whatever morsel we get, whoever gives prasad, we take it. By doing this there has been a change in our lives. Likewise let no one hamper the effulgence of Krishna, We should not hamper it. How do we hamper it? Even while sitting here, we become greedy. “I want this, I want to do this. I want to do that.” Due to this it gets hampered. Even while sitting here our thoughts are contaminated. Due to the influence of bad thoughts, our effulgence is hampered. Due to the blessings of Kaliyug, we are lazy even while sitting here. So laziness also hampers our effulgenceSo we should never sleep in brahma-muhurth. We should be particular about this.  Either here or anywhere else, we should not sleep after 4 am. Our bath and all morning duties should be completed when it is dark, before sunrise itself. This is Bhagavatam way and when this is there, then your effulgence will be bright.  Otherwise everything shows up in your face.

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