Do not Make Mockery of your Devotional Service - Part 8

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  we should not be running around here and there, without taking shlter of Srimad Bhagavatam., which Srila Prabhupada had translated for our benefit.

Now we shall hear further from Maharaj.

Maharaj: Even on death-bed he was continuing this service. Srila Prabhupada has taught this to us. He gave so much importance to Srimad Bhagavatam that daily he used to get up at 1 am. Why? Because he knew that every letter is counted here. And he was so very involved in this service. In Sanskrit every word has so many meanings. But he chose the most apt one and wrote it down. And many times he used to tell us, “Please, you free us from all this administration work.” Because in his presence, there were nearly 100 temples that had come up. He was the one who knew about all the 100 temples. Others were completely inexperienced. They didn’t know anything. So Prabhupada had to take care of all matters. He had to spend so much time on administration that he was not getting time in the nights for translation. So he used to request always, “Please, somehow or other, please get ready to take care of these things.”  

And once, he decided to take Radha Krishna Deities to Sydney as Sydney temple needed Them. So he installed Radha Krishna Deities there. So when everything was over, they took a home there. Even now that is the temple. So Radha Krishna Deities - if big Deities are to be taken, then there is lot of problem in transportation. So he just took 1.5 foot tall Deities of Radha and Krishna, he placed them on his lap in the aeroplane and traveled to Sydney.  And after going there, he installed them. And now also we have the same Deities and they have made such huge altars. And on the altar they have the same small Deities like the ones we have at our homes. Then he did not have time to train the devotees about how to dress the Deities, how to bathe the Deities, how to serve Them. So he gave a small book on Deity worship to the President. And he went and prayed to the Lord, “Please forgive me. You have given me lot of service.।am not having time to stay here to train these monkeys. You please train them Yourself and You make them worship you." (laughter) Saying this he left for another place.

And even now they are doing very nice worship there. Though Prabhupada could go to Australia only few times, they are following the highest worship there and what we are doing is nothing compared to theirs. These Westerners are doing such a nice first class service. If we see their three altars, we will faint. It is so gorgeous. These people are very careful. We have to learn from them about how to maintain cleanliness. They don’t like to leave anything unclean. It is in their nature to keep everything clean and tip-top. They keep only things which are needed. So we have to learn from this good quality from them and along with knowledge of Srimad Bhagavatam, we have to practise it in our life. So when Bhagavatam verse comes in front of us, daily we do one verse of Bhagavatam here. So you please understand word by word. Please understand the words. Don’t rush to the translation. Please have some time. If you don’t have time, then please start the class early, so that we can understand.

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