Doing Work without Proprietorship is Renunciation - Part 7

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 attachment to other things mars the preaching whereas detachment increases the power of preaching.

Now let us hear from Maharaj.

Maharaj: And then once we understand this, then the purport is very clear. So, we go to Prabhupada and try to understand more. Yes, read the purport.

Devotee: Fruitive activities (seeking sense gratification) are cause for material bondage.

Maharaj: Ah see, first sentence, we are explaining that. As soon as the fruits are there, bondage is there – 10 by 10 room (laughter). And then 8 ‘o clock, you have to stand there. You have to be there up to 6 or 8 ‘o clock or whatever. The first sentence itself sums up our point. We are really transcendentally proud that the same point, Prabhupada also states. So, our intelligence is working (laughter). Oh, so nice. Read again.

Devotee: Fruitive activities (seeking sense gratification) are cause for material bondage. As long as one is engaged in activities aimed at improving the standard of bodily comfort, one is sure to transmigrate to different types of bodies, thereby continuing material bondage perpetually. Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam (5.5.4–6) confirms this as follows: (Maharaj request the devotee to repeat again). As long as one is engaged in activities aimed at improving the standard of bodily comfort. (Maharaj – see that’s it, it means fruitive work) one is sure to transmigrate to different types of bodies, thereby continuing material bondage perpetually. (Maharaj – perpetually, that’s it.) Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam (5.5.4–6) confirms this as follows:

Maharaj: That’s why these verses are practically very important. We have to work, karma is going on, so these three verses we should learn by translation and try to understand the purport from the Bhagavatam. Yes.

Devotee: nūnaṁ pramattaḥ kurute vikarma

Maharaj: nūnaṁ pramattaḥ kurute vikarma, very nice, nūnaṁ pramattaḥ, we are mad after sense gratification. pramattaḥ means mad. What is it, pramattam uccair

SB 4.24.66
pramattam uccair iti kṛtya-cintayā
pravṛddha-lobhaṁ viṣayeṣu lālasam
tvam apramattaḥ sahasābhipadyase
kṣul-lelihāno ’hir ivākhum antakaḥ

Same thing, same thing is there. pramattam uccair iti kṛtya-cintayā, we are mad, because we are mad after sense gratification, we make different plans. I will open a shop, and I will earn this, and I will earn that. And he doesn’t do anything. Everywhere lose. That Nirmal (referring to a devotee from Rajkot) has written very nicely that you walk or run definitely lose (laughter). Here there is no winning. nūnaṁ pramattaḥ kurute vikarma, vikarma means viruddha karma.

Karmas are prescribed by Vedic culture, but vikarma we do - viruddha karma. Don’t eat meat, we eat meat. That is vikarma. Don’t have illicit connection, we have - vikarma. And nūnaṁ pramattaḥ kurute vikarma, we are mad after sense gratification. We don’t even think that I’m doing vikarmaThe remedy is we should try to habituate ourselves to renounce at least a little percentage, if not more. And that’s why this fathers many times, they are very kind to the children, and they give money to them to give it to us. And he says that that I am trying to form the habit of giving. He (father) says says that he (child) should form of the habit of giving. That’s it how. Our Vedic culture is there.

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