Doing Work without Proprietorship is Renunciation - Part 6

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 BG 5.2 in Sri Sri RadhaNeel Madhav dham Rajkot on 16th May 2009. In previous offering we heard from Maharaj that if we are patient, then we would be peaceful.

Now let us hear from Maharaj.

Maharaj: Now read the translation, read the equivalents.

śrī-bhagavān uvāca — the Personality of Godhead said; sannyāsaḥ — renunciation of work; karma-yogaḥ — work in devotion; ca — also; niḥśreyasa-karau — leading to the path of liberation; ubhau — both; tayoḥ — of the two; tu — but; karma-sannyāsāt — in comparison to the renunciation of fruitive work; karma-yogaḥ — work in devotion; viśiṣyate — is better.

 The Personality of Godhead replied: The renunciation of work and work in devotion are both good for liberation. But, of the two, work in devotional service is better than renunciation of work.

This niḥśreyasa word is important here. Śreyas, śreyas means the work which satisfies Krishna that is known as śreyas. And another word is preyas, preyas means that it satisfies the living entity. And we are running after preyas always. Śreyas nobody cares. But by the association of devotees, or luckily or fortunately you come across the saints like Prabhupada, his books or whatever, then we understand the importance of śreyas. And because we are following śreyas, satisfaction to Krishna, so all living entities are Krishna’s part and parcel for us. We don’t differentiate at all; with everybody we lovingly cooperate. Cooperate means you also operate, I also operate. That is cooperate. Cooperate is not that I am dominator, and he is the dominated, that is not cooperation. Cooperate – both of them operate. He is also independent, part and parcel of Krishna, I am also independent, part and parcel of Krishna. I have no right to let him down, or he doesn’t have any right to let me down. This ignorance should be completely removed with understanding of this verse.

And please get into the words, there are our words, being Bharatiya in our birth, we understand more than the western world. So, make it best and please propagate. Make it very clear. The clarity in preaching will really please the hearers. We should be very clear in preaching. And clarity is the monopoly of the renunciantIf you have any corner anywhere, when attachment is powerful, your preaching will be to that extent failure. Attachment mars the preaching. Detachment increases the power of preaching. Then there is some potency. And we are really in that position, fortunately or whatever, but please make best of it till we are alive, I don’t know how long. This is how.

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

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