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 penance is required in life and the greatest penance today is to chant 16 rounds properly.
Now we shall hear further from Maharaj.
Maharaj: Fortunately if we are able to chant 16 rounds, then please do Bhagavad Gita and Bhagavatam. And fortunately when we have done that, then do service. Service must also be done. So all these are penance. Here there is no need to go under the Tapi river. Otherwise your address will get changed - “under the bed of Tapi” you know? Then postman will not come there. He will drop the letter on the river itself. (laughter) So please do this penance. If we don’t understand, and if we don’t do, then who will understand? If we don’t do then it will not happen. Someone would guide you that, “please do this, please do that.” There is a nice saying in Hindi, “you can take the horse to the bank of the river” - We can take the horse to the bank of river Tapi. “But you cannot force it to drink water.” You can’t force its mouth into the river and ask it to drink. It will be like that. If he wants to drink, then only he will drink. So please don’t be that kind of horse who is standing near the banks of river and not drinking the water. We are like that horse who is standing near the water and not wanting to drink water. So please try to understand that. Please see here. Please repeat ity apaḥ prāśya rājarṣiś. And now we understand that, “the saintly king drank water.” And please note the kings were known as rajarshis. As I told you, they were first saintly before becoming kings. Dhruva Maharaj also wanted to become a king. But due to harsh words of his (step)mother he went to the forest in that young age and did austerity for 6 months.
Whatever we discuss in Srimad Bhagavatam class, we have to practise it in our lives. Whatever obstacles comes in this path of penance, we have to remove that with great care and this is Kaliyug. In Kalyi yug we will have so many obstacles. And the greatest obstacle is our own mind. In Bhagavatam it is known as deergha-sutri (procrastination) Mind tells us that, “This flower garland is lying down here. It should not be here.” So, we should remove it and keep it in a place where it has to be kept. But what we do? 25 people would be moving around. They will see that the flower garland is lying here. They will say, “Arey, who kept the garland here? Why have you kept it here?" Saying this, they will leave. Then another one will come. “Oh let the flower garland be here”, and he also leaves. Third one comes, “Arey do you people work or not? Why is this lying down here? Please remove it.” No one will remove it. And 25 people would say, “We are doing service, we are doing service.” Arey what are you doing? Or someone else would come and say, “Oh this garland is lying here. I will remove it tomorrow. Today, let it be there as it is.” This is deergha-sutri - procrastination.
What has to be done now, what could be done in one second, we push it to next day. āj kahe mai kaal bhaju, kāl kahe phir kāl. The service of bhajan - āj kahe mai kaal bhaju, kāl kahe phir kāl. āj kāl ke karat hi, jāsi avasar chaal (due to laziness and being driven by mind we say, "We will chant tomorrow". And when tomorrow comes in the form of today, we again postpone it to tomorrow. Like this days are passing and finally death comes and we lose the opportunity (human form of birth) which is very rarely available.)
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
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