Never Leave the Bhagavatam Shelter - Part 10

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

This is in conclusion 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 no shastra tells us to leave the prescribed duty.

Now we shall hear further.

Maharaj: Through our prescribed duties we control our mind. We are truthful. We control our mind. Then control our senses. Forbearance, we tolerate so many things etc. And then we will be elevated to the plane of rendering pure devotional service to the Lord. These are the qualities which are required for pure devotional service. And you (addressing a devotee who is doing his precribed duty) This is prescribed duty. So, don’t please, don’t feel that you are engaged in material activities, and those who are not engaged in material activities, they are more better than you, no. 

The same thing is there. Our prescribed principles are completely, clearly defined in the pages of Bhagavatam, Bhagavad Gita. You just find out whether you are brahmachari, grihastha, vanaprastha or whatever, and you are (unclear). Please, we have different fields. Some gold merchant has taken vanaprastha. Really he has developed nice attitude. Here he is selling some gold because here the gold market is very powerful – international market. He had dealt with some merchant here, 2-3 years ago. So, they are doing something here in the form of gold. Because the gold prices have gone up, so beyond his expectation he got the money. Now we did not have any idea. I knew him from Fiji, and I know that he has a shop there, and he has now left, that’s it, nothing more. But he had a dealing here, he donated to the temple, 5000 rupees, that Hrishikesh. We didn’t know really, but this is vanaprastha. And this is his honesty to the prescribed principles for the social order. This is an example, a very recent example, and it is not a concocted thing, it was in front of our eyes. Daily he was sitting here like a milk man, we didn’t know, and he said that within a week I will give so much that for the whole of lifetime in Krishna Consciousness, I did not know. 

This is how, people are pleased to hear Bhagavatam. People are very much elated if you give them Bhagavad Gita. Everybody wants guidance. And this is the supreme source of practical guidance, eventually leading to the last stage, going back, back home, back to Godhead. And Prabhupada never writes ‘back home’ alone, if he would have only written ‘Back home’, you would have gone back to Minneapolis (laughter). He will say Prabhupada said I must go back home (laughter). Back to Godhead, as soon as you read Back to Godhead, you are controlled. Otherwise, everybody will rush to their homes. This is Prabhupada. Please, the more we tell, how much more we can see his glories. I will leave you to him. From today we are initiating this. So, please try to study and make the public aware of it. Jai Srila Prabhupada Ki Jai!

Devotees: Jai His Holiness Srila Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj Ki Jai! 

Our heartfelt thanks to Mahabhagavata, Srila Gurudev for very nicely re-iterating the importance of taking shelter of Srimad Bhagavatam and study of Srila Prabhupada's books.

Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev,
Dinavatsal Krishna das
Singapore