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 never let Kali enter our lives as it will destroy our spiritual potency.
Now we shall hear further from Maharaj.
Maharaj: So Parikshit Maharaj is called Kurusreshta because when he was in his mother’s womb, Lord Vishnu circumambulated the child in the womb and protected him. And that description of Lord is very nice as to how Parikshit Maharaj saw the Lord Whose size was just like thumb-size, inside the mother’s womb. So when he was born, he was already burnt. But Krishna kept him alive. And this is not only for Parikshit Maharaj, it is for each one of us. We all were in the mother’s womb for 9 months. After 7 months of stay, in the womb, the child becomes conscious and begins to understand. Brain becomes developed and he comes to know that, “I am lying amidst stool and urine” Stool is also warm and urine is also warm. When urine is warm, it is very uncomfortable situation for us. Our body was not like this. Our skin was completely soft and it cannot tolerate the warm urine and stool and blood and pus ..We don’t know how we could stay alive in that condition. Either the mother should have died or we should have died.
Due to grace of Krishna both mother and child are alive. If we read this description in Bhagavatam, then we will not desire to take one more birth. It is so difficult situation that both mother and child could die. Or atleast one would die. Because it is such an unbearable pain. And taking so much pains, we have come in this world. And here we say “hun, hun” and waste our time. And the way we came, we just go back like that. Then again we fall into 84 lakhs of species. So for this reason, he was called kuru-śreṣṭha. And third line has only two words. What was the first one - pratyacaṣṭa - began to wait. kuru-śreṣṭha means Parikshit Maharaj. Ambarish Maharaj tasted water. For drinking, they have nicely used the word prāśan. This word is nice. He tasted water. This is Bhagavatam’s word. And after tasting water, he began to meditate on Supreme Lord. cintayan manasācyutam and while meditating - pratyacaṣṭa - he began to wait for Durvasa Muni. Because he thought, "after Durvasa Muni comes, we can honour prasadam with him."
And we go to the fourth line now. So please note that this is the way to understand. So don’t we know the three lines? Come one tell me the first line.
Devotee: ity apaḥ prāśya rājarṣiś cintayan manasācyutam pratyacaṣṭa kuru-śreṣṭha
Maharaj: Very good, very good - Now we are coming to the fourth line, then the verse is getting over. So when you do peacefully like this, you will get the shloka. And then what you should do, you should write down this verse in a paper. And then all day, you should keep seeing it. So whenever you are doing something else also, you please meditate on this cintayan manasācyutam -. So how to do Acyutam cintayan? How to meditate on Krishna? So Krishna is there in this verse. Krishna and this verse are non-different. So you meditate on these verses. This is known as cintayan manasācyutam. What a easy thing it is? If we do one verse in half an hour, then how much time we spend in eating, how much time we spend on meditating on other things, how much time we spend on sleeping, how much time we spend talking here and there, everything remains. If we don’t spend time for this, then everything else is incomplete.
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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