Never Leave the Bhagavatam Shelter - Part 1

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

The following is a humble effort to transcribe one of the instructive nectarean initiation class given by our beloved spiritual master HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj in Sri Sri RadhaNeel Madhav dham Rajkot on 8th January 2005. Now let us hear from Maharaj.

Maharaj: Jai Srila Prabhupada Ki Jai. 

SB 1.2.4
nārāyaṇaṁ namaskṛtya naraṁ caiva narottamam
devīṁ sarasvatīṁ vyāsaṁtato jayam udīrayet

SB 1.2.18
naṣṭa-prāyeṣv abhadreṣu nityaṁ bhāgavata-sevayā
bhagavaty uttama-śloke bhaktir bhavati naiṣṭhikī

Today is a very important day. The thing is, initiation, the meaning is in itself, initiate, to initiate, to begin, initiate. It is a nice word, and from that initiation comes. Here, it is a new birth now. So far, we were just completely ignorant about the reality. Now Prabhupada’s mercy, that we are promising him in front of fire, brahmanas and Krishna - vipra-dharmācyutāśrayāḥ, this is what he was telling, Srimad Bhagavatam. What is the verse?

SB 1.9.12
aho kaṣṭam aho ’nyāyyaṁ yad yūyaṁ dharma-nandanāḥ
jīvituṁ nārhatha kliṣṭaṁ vipra-dharmācyutāśrayāḥ

Bhismadev says to Pandavas that, "you have Dharmaraja with you - Yudhishthira, then you have the expert bowman Arjuna with you, you have brave Bhima with you, Nakula and Sahadeva are there to assist you. Even then you have so much of sufferings aho kaṣṭam aho anyāyyaṁ." I am surprised that such great persons, why should they suffer again and again. And then he gives the answer that how they were saved. Even Pandavas had to suffer so much. All these great persons were there, and apart from them suhrt Krishna, Krishna was their relative. How much He was there with Pandavas, and even then, they had to suffer, aho kaṣṭam aho ’nyāyyaṁ yad yūyaṁ dharma-nandanāḥ. "You don’t deserve these difficulties", he said, "but even then, you had to undergo. But you were only saved because you took shelter of the vipra, Brahmanical culture."

This is the main thing. They took shelter of the Brahmanical culture, vipra-dharmā, religion and Acyuta, Krishna, āśrayāḥ. "These three things saved you." We are also in difficult positions. Whether we agree or not, we are suffering daily. Material body is not a very comfortable place. It is a punishment. Body itself troubles, that is first trouble, first dukha- coming out of body and mind. Our mind if it is not diverted to the Supreme Transcendence, then it behaves like a wild elephant. Wild elephant destroys the whole thing. What is it? Vacant mind, idle mind is a devil’s workshop, idle. It doesn’t have any engagement of the Transcendence, so, it is a source of destruction. 

And we are suffering. Because the mind will always carry you towards the bhautikānāṁ ca bhāvānāṁ, as we have seen. The matter. The ‘matter’ word in English is very good. Anything happens we ask what is the matter? Really. We know that matter is there. (Maharaj speaks in Gujarati) And all these are matter. In English is very simple, ‘what is the matter? And if there is some misunderstanding, we ask ‘what is the matter’? We know that it is matter, we never ask what is the transcendence. No. What is the matter? And without fail they will enquire about the matter. 

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