Never Leave the Bhagavatam Shelter - 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 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. In the previous offering we heard from Maharaj that we should ignore all material formalities and focus on Srimad Bhagavatam. 

Now let us hear from Maharaj.

Maharaj: We have experienced these things. You do your duty nicely and you are very happy in the evening. You don’t do your duty and you are completely upset. So, this is the way. The devotees are real workers, they are not shirkers, this is the point. This is our parampara. Here the boys, they don’t get any money. But they are working very hard. And if I don’t see them working hard, I am angry with him. I can be angry, if I pay him money. He will say ‘Eh, I have done my duty, I am going’. But here he obeys. This is the parampara. Because, the work without money, should be done immaculately well. And he maybe whatever he is, but here he waters the trees, he cleans the road, I see any scratch and I jump, ‘why is it like that?’, and he runs and picks it up. Why he should do it? Because it is expertly done. Everything is expertly done. And then in the evening, they go to bed and within five minutes they are dead. Their eyes are not open at all, because again at 3 ‘o clock, they have to stand. This is please kṛtāni ca smaran, they always remember Krishna’s past times. He is watering trees, but his mind is always with Krishna. And he is happy why? Because he has adjusted his material things very nicely. 

And then again, there is something more than this. That suppose with all our care, we are not able to adjust. You are lucky to have 30 years of education, (some may not be) lucky like you. It is very few. We don’t have any 30, what to talk of (30), 5 years we can’t spend. We can’t adjust ourselves. There is a time when we try very hard, and nothing works right. So then now what to do that time? Then again, Prabhupada says, "don’t worry, we should just surrender to Krishna. And tell Him that I have tried so hard, now it is up to You", and start chanting. Nothing is to be done. No moroseness. prasannātmā

BG 18.54
brahma-bhūtaḥ prasannātmā na śocati na kāṅkṣati
samaḥ sarveṣu bhūteṣu mad-bhaktiṁ labhate parām

This is brahma-bhūtaḥ. (Maharaj speaks in Gujarati) And these things have to be understood and meditated on. That is our message. And this message nobody changes. Persons maybe different here and there but the messages are the same. Bhagavatam remains same. (Maharaj speaks in Gujarati). The message is always one and this is the message - kṛtāni ca smaran. Then these two lines of this verse gives us our own preparation for Krishna Consciousness. Then once we are prepared, then what is to be done is given in the second two lines. This Bhagavatam is very important, very transcendental literature; you can see through Bhagavatam verses - Krishna. Please you habituate yourself to see through. 

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