Devote your Attention to Krishna - Part 5

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 Bhagavad Gita class given by our beloved spiritual master HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj in Singapore on 26th March 1992 on BG 18.58 Now let us hear from Maharaj. In the previous class we heard from Maharaj that in order to keep sane, we have to come to Krishna consciousness.

Now we shall hear further from Maharaj.

Maharaj: And otherwise, the whole society will go completely bankrupt in their sanity. And as soon as the society loses the sanity the families are completely broken. And once the families are broken, one after the other the miseries pounce on you. In the end you also lose the balance. This is why these verses are very important. paraṁ brahma paraṁ dhāma, that is Supreme shelter. Then pavitraṁ - purest. Our life must be purest to approach the purest Lord. paraṁ brahma paraṁ dhāma pavitraṁ paramaṁ bhavan - transcendental puruṣaṁ - enjoyer śāśvataṁ - eternal divyam - divine ādi-devam - oldest ajaṁ - unborn and vibhum - greatest. These are the ten qualities given in two lines. And very simple lyric. We are all bathroom singers. You please, from bathrooms, other sounds must not come out. Otherwise, we rub our body (mai mai mai) so many sounds we make. Instead of that we should utilize that time in reciting these verses. Hear this verse, beautiful, you know.

paraṁ brahma paraṁ dhāma pavitraṁ paramaṁ bhavān
puruṣaṁ śāśvataṁ divyam ādi-devam ajaṁ vibhum

Doesn’t take even two minutes.

(Maharaj sings the verse again) Then there is a beautiful verse from Bhagavad Gita 8th chapter 9th verse. Again 8 qualities of the Lord. If you learn two verses, you will have 18 qualities of Bhagavan. And you will dance then. You know that verse, isn’t it? 8th chapter 9th verse?

kaviṁ purāṇam anuśāsitāram
aṇor aṇīyāṁsam anusmared yaḥ
sarvasya dhātāram acintya-rūpam
āditya-varṇaṁ tamasaḥ parastāt

Then 38th verse from 11th chapter. 

tvam ādi-devaḥ puruṣaḥ purāṇas
tvam asya viśvasya paraṁ nidhānam
vettāsi vedyaṁ ca paraṁ ca dhāma
tvayā tataṁ viśvam ananta-rūpa

Very nice. Again 10 qualities. There is no literature comparing Bhagavad Gita. And that’s why we must have copy like this, Bhagavad Gita, pocket copy, any edition. But our edition is special because it gives you each word, translation of each word. Not only that but beautiful translations are given. And not only that, but nice explanatory purports are given. That’s why Srila Prabhupad has taken labour to translate and write the purports. He was getting up daily at 1 AM. He has done this much labour for all the living entities. He was already 70 years of age, when he left India to go to America. And at that time he was not well at all. He did not have to gain any material profit out of this. His eyes were not on the material gain.

Material gain in Srimad Bhagavatam is known as kaitava dharma. We are not attracted to material gain at all. We want one thing, yes, we are very selfish regarding that. (Referring to a devotee hosting the program) And our SunderGopal Prabhu is very happy if this hall is full. He doesn’t want anything else. He dances in his office as soon as the hall is full. This is our aim. We want your happiness. And somehow or the other we want to deliver God, Krishna to you - free of charge.

Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare

No charge. And if you give me, well and good. (Maharaj laughs loudly). But we are not after it. It is kaitava dharma.

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,
Uma Prathap