Never Leave the Bhagavatam Shelter - Part 8

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 the meaning of gāṁ paryaṭaṁs - to move around and give Krishna to all. 

Now we shall hear further. 

Maharaj: And the fourth line is best, that every living entity has to pass away from here, kālaṁ pratīkṣan. So you wait for your kāla. Here kāla means death, you have to wait for your death. It is bound to come, but we don’t know when, but it should be there. kālaṁ pratīkṣan, wait, pratīkṣan. vimado, no pride. (Maharaj speaks in Gujarati) And vimatsaraḥ, no enviousness. (Maharaj speaks in Gujarati). We have some traditions, rituals, family beliefs, so many things are there. 

Prabhupada explains. The Lord Himself comes and displays His transcendental pastimes typically represented at Vaikuntha, Mathura and Dwarka. He appears just to attract the conditioned souls back to Godhead, back home to the eternal world. But for want of sufficient piety, the onlookers are not attracted by such pastimes of the Lord. For example, in Bhagavad Gita it is said:

BG 7.28
yeṣāṁ tv anta-gataṁ pāpaṁ janānāṁ puṇya-karmaṇām
te dvandva-moha-nirmuktā bhajante māṁ dṛḍha-vratāḥ

(Encouraging a small child to chant Mahamantra Maharj says) These are the things to be given to the younger generation. They will not be able to tolerate, unless they are with Bhagavatam and Bhagavad Gita or Krishna. They will not be able to tolerate. The younger generation, unless they are attracted to Krishna, they will not be able to survive. Please study Prabhupada. The entire Vedic way of ritualistic performances, is to put every condition soul on the path of piety.  At least the minimum thing all these rituals do, is to take you out from the material atmosphere. You may not go to Krishna, that is the final destination, but we may not reach there immediately. So, Prabhupada gives clear idea that all these Vedic rituals, Vedic way of life, ritualistic performances, is to put the living entity, conditioned soul on the path of piety and slowly they go ahead then. 

 Ritualistic performances is to put the condition souls on the path of piety. How nice sentence it is? He has given us the exact description of the Indian family’s way of life. In our family there are so many traditions. We are attracted to Goddesses, we are attracted to demigods, we are attracted to some person, human being, this is the thing. So, nothing is condemned here, but the whole paraphernalia is to put the conditioned soul, on the path of piety. And once you are on the path of piety, then you can go ahead, and maybe Krishna’s mercy, sometimes saints like Prabhupada come in our life and they take us very safely to the lotus feet of Krishna. Please repeat this sentence. The entire Vedic way of ritualistic performances is to put every conditioned soul on the path of piety. By strict adherence to the prescribed principles for all orders of social life, one can attain the qualities of truthfulness, control of the mind, control of the senses, forbearance, etc., and can be elevated to the plane of rendering pure devotional service to the Lord.

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