Doing Work without Proprietorship is Renunciation - Part 2

Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev.

This is in continuation of the transcription of one of the nectarean class given by our beloved spiritual master HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj on Bhagavad Gita verse 5.2 in Sri Sri RadhaNeel Madhav dham Rajkot on 16th May 2009. In previous offering we heard from Maharaj that sannyas means to stop enjoying the fruits of karma.
 
Now let us hear from Maharaj.

Maharaj: Here nobody is proprietor, but everybody is proprietor. That’s how. Everybody uses and they are all enjoying. A bit of kichadi is there. We saw these ladies, after they finish the kichadi, they are sucking the wooden spoon. Bapuji said she will eat away the spoon (laughter). (Maharaj speaks in Hindi – Bapuji said I should sell the kichadi (laughter). Maharaj continues to explain about a small girl relishing the kichadi) See, everybody is enjoying. Nobody is barred, nobody is barred. This is sannyās and karma yoga.

Please remember, that they look different, but they are not different, they look different, but there are no differences. Come, sannyāsaḥ karma-yogaś ca, so we have remembered these 2 words. (Maharaj requesting devotees to recite) Repeat. sannyāsaḥ karma-yogaś ca, go to the other half, niḥśreyasa-karāv ubhau, see niḥśreyas, it does you good. kara ubhau, ubhau karāv, ubhau means both, both of these things, they do you good. That is what I am telling you. It is the same thing, not different. And out of ignorance, we have taken sannyās as completely stop of the work. And because we understand in the light of fruitive work, fruits have got to be given up to Krishna. In BG 12th Chapter, He says, what is it, tyāgaṁ word is used. You know, 2/3 alternatives He gives. (Devotees referring to verses in the 12th chapter and Maharaj is recalling)

BG 12.10-11
abhyāse ’py asamartho ’si
mat-karma-paramo bhava
mad-artham api karmāṇi
kurvan siddhim avāpsyasi

athaitad apy aśakto ’si
kartuṁ mad-yogam āśritaḥ
sarva-karma-phala-tyāgaṁ
tataḥ kuru yatātmavān

If you can’t do the abhyās, then you just forsake the fruits. That is it. This Krishna advises, that if you don’t do anything, at least you give the fruits. And we are doing. In that also, we should be very practical, don’t rob the living entities. If you start robbing, they will be conscious of it. And if they feel that you are robbing, next time they will not come. So, don’t rob, give them the choice. That, Baba, maybe you get 100 rupees, so you keep something for your responsibility, so ideally 50%. By 50% also we should not be after. So, then we give the chance, that you please fix your percentage. 1%, 2%, 3%, 5,6 whatever, but at least forgo that. The habit of renouncing should be cultivated. As I told you, even one spoon of sugar you put to ants - that is the habit of renunciation. Sugar doesn’t matter, but renunciation is there. And that renouncing attitude will allow you to float in this ocean of misery of the material existence. Miseries will not touch you. You have cultivated renouncing habit. And to the best of your ability, there is no rule for it.

Somebody may renounce 10%, somebody may renounce 20%, somebody may renounce 50%, someone may renounce everything, doesn’t matter. The way you cultivate, that way you will realise Krishna. Krishna is fully renunciant. One of the last opulence is tyag, sampurna tyag, He doesn’t want to keep anything. He did not get any salary in Kurukshetra war, and even then, for the whole day, He was tolerating all the arrows and everything on His body. And in the evening, He will serve the horses to take out their arrows and healing their wounds and giving them the water and grass and everything. Who told Him to do that? But because He is renounced, He is doing the work very very carefully. 

Krishna willing we shall hear more nectar from Maharaj in the subsequent offering.

Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev,
Dinavatsal Krishna das
Singapore