Do not Make Mockery of your Devotional Service - Part 7

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 laziness and bad thoughts hamper our effulgence.

Now we shall hear further.

Maharaj: Face shows what we are thinking, what kind of life we are leading. Our face is the mirror. Even if we don’t tell, our face tells the truth. Your know our devotees get married, they do lagan (writing the invitation card for the wedding etc) Then we ask them. “How is your grhastha life? How is your life?" They say, “Since l have married, l am very happy.” They say loudly, “l am very happy..." They tell using their mouth that, “I am very happy, I am very happy.” But their face shows something else. (laughter)  So please, somehow or the other, be sincere. We are already very fortunate that we have come here. So now let’s see. Let’s see today’s verse. Please chant lovingly. 

ity apaḥ prāśya rājarṣiś  cintayan manasācyutam
pratyacaṣṭa kuru-śreṣṭha  dvijāgamanam eva saḥ

This is 2 line shloka. This is in anushtup chand. It is in Bhagavad Gita chand. It is simple.  

(Maharaj and devotees recite the verse again. Correcting one of the devotees Maharaj says) Please read properly and pronounce. You are not pronouncing fully. Pronounce it properly and completely. Repeat. ity apaḥ prāśya rājarṣiś (Correcting the devotees) No. See here cintayan. Pronounce it properly. cintayan manasācyutam. No, no. you read properly? Do you read Hindi properly? You read Hindi right? Read properly. pratyacaṣṭa kuru-śreṣṭha dvijāgamanam eva saḥ (Devotee repeats and Maharaj corrects again) dvijāgamanam , dvijā, dvijā…ja nahindvijāgamanam dvijā dvijā It is not ja "dvijāgamanam eva saḥ (Correcting a devotee Maharaj says) You are reading very fast. You are not telling . Tell jā, jā.  dvijā. dvijāgamanam eva saḥ We should pronounce properly. (Appreciating a devotee Maharaj says) Sir, your pronouncement is good. From which side are you coming? Are you from India? Which part of India ?

Devotee: Odisha  

Maharaj: Your pronunciation is proper. You have to practice. (Devotees repeat the verse.) Please learn. You please see and read. iti - thus apaḥ - water, prāśya - after drinking, rājarṣiś -The great king  Ambrish. See this is one line. The verse has 4 lines. And in each line there are 8 letters. In anushtup chand there are 8 letters in 1 line. In first line, ity apaḥ prāśya 4 and rājarṣiś 4 - so total 8 letters are there. 1 line has 8 letters. So full verse has 32 letters. This Srimad Bhagavatam is such a sophisticated scripture that every letter in it is counted. You forget about the words, sentences, or verses, but every letter is counted. Such a sophisticated scripture cannot be found in any other religion in this world. No other so called religion has any scripture in which the letters are counted. This is given to us by Vyasa dev, who is literary incarnation of Krishna. He was Krishna’s incarnation, to write down the scriptures and there is no comparison for His writings in this world. Why are we leaving this great Srimad Bhagavatam and running behind some other literature? So what Prabhupada did is that he practised the principles of Bhagavatam in his life and then he taught us. He started this when he had no idea that he would be going to foreign countries. When he was staying in Radha Damodar temple, after taking sannyas, he decided that, “My spiritual master has asked me to teach this to English speaking world. So I will translate Srimad Bhagavatam in English.” And he was doing it till the end.

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