Never Leave the Bhagavatam Shelter - Part 9

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 the entire Vedic way of ritualistic performances is to put every conditioned soul on the path of piety.

Now we shall hear more nectar from Maharaj.   

Maharaj: Here there are so many qualities. Here Prabhupada again insists that everybody has to do his duty. In one paragraph everything is given. Here he gives it very clear see - By strict adherence to the prescribed principles for all orders of social life. Whether you are brahmachari, or grihastha, or vanaprastha or sanyasi, you have to adhere to the prescribed principles. (Talking to a devotee Maharaj says) Like you are a brahmachari, means you have to study, 30 years you studied, how long you did, how long you were brahmachari, (laughter) 30 years! And you can’t run here and there, then you spoil your education if you don’t concentrate. So, that is the principle of prescribed duty. 

So, no sastra tells us to escape the prescribed duty. That is the beauty of this Bhagavatam. It never drags you out. But always remember that there are misfits. They can’t fit into the social order. Just like Prabhupada was telling that they are a square peg in the round hole. The hole is round, and the peg is square, however hard you fit in, they will never fit in.  There are people who never can fit into the prescribed order. So, for them, then Prabhupada started these temple communities. And here, they are leaders. This is the thing for few. General people they fit in into it. And when they fit into it, they develop these good qualities. How nice it is – 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 qualifications of truthfulness. 

(Addressing a doctor devotee) Now because you are practising, so you are practising truthfulness. That you have to administer correct medicine to your patient. That is truthfulness. You are not cheating, truthfulness. Unknowingly by following your own prescribed principles, you are developing this quality, truthfulness. You are doing, he is distributing the cards to all the people there, and they are benefiting. So big crowd is there, we will see tomorrow. Why we are doing, because we are attracted to the truth through our prescribed principles of duty. Truthfulness. Then, control of the mind, that goes without saying. Nobody will go to the mad doctor (laughter). If the doctor is mad, people will not crowd there. So control of mind is there, unless the mind is controlled, he cannot administer the correct medicine. So, control of the mind also, you have to cultivate. Unknowingly these qualities are developed. Unless your mind is controlled, how can you give any advice for the management? People will not come to you if they see that you are a mad man. ‘He cannot manage his own affairs how can he guide us’? How much you have to control your mind to guide the others. 

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