Devote your Attention to Krishna - Part 11

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  In the previous class we heard from Maharaj that for our own well-being we must take to the bhakti rope that is so kindly provided to us by so many living entities.

Now let us hear further from Maharaj.

Maharaj: And that is why Bhagavad Gita insists that how to take up this? (BG 18.51-53)

buddhyā viśuddhayā yukto dhṛtyātmānaṁ niyamya ca
śabdādīn viṣayāṁs tyaktvā rāga-dveṣau vyudasya ca

buddhyā viśuddhayā yukto, buddhi, your buddhi should be viśuddha, dhṛtyātmānaṁ niyamya ca śabdādīn viṣayāṁs tyaktvā rāga-dveṣau vyudasya ca. Very nice, very nice verse from 18th chapter again. And these verses have got to be studied, there are three verses together. buddhyā viśuddhayā yukto, your intellect must be completely clear and how to clear our intellect? Then Caitanya Mahaprabhu instructs us very nicely, how to clear your mind. (Cc Antya 20.12)

ceto-darpaṇa-mārjanaṁ bhava-mahā-dāvāgni-nirvāpaṇaṁ
śreyaḥ-kairava-candrikā-vitaraṇaṁ vidyā-vadhū-jīvanam
ānandāmbudhi-vardhanaṁ prati-padaṁ pūrṇāmṛtāsvādanaṁ
sarvātma-snapanaṁ paraṁ vijayate śrī-kṛṣṇa-saṅkīrtanam

As soon as you perform sankirtan, you will be completely cleaned, and this sankirtan is ‘sam-kirtan’- we perform in group. And everywhere it is recommended to perform sankirtan. In Srimad Bhagavatam in the 12th Canto very last verse, glorifies sankirtan. (SB 12.13.23)

nāma-saṅkīrtanaṁ yasya sarva-pāpa praṇāśanam
praṇāmo duḥkha-śamanas taṁ namāmi hariṁ param

If you perform this sankirtan, you come together in a group, may be few neighbours come together. And we have this custom, people, male persons always go out for work. And ladies, as soon as they finish the housework, they come together and they perform this katha, some kirtan. We ourselves we perform continuous sankirtan in our temples. And this is how this tendency has got to be continued. nāma-saṅkīrtanaṁ yasya sarva-pāpa praṇāśanam, by that all the sinful reactions will completely disappear.

nāma-saṅkīrtanaṁ yasya sarva-pāpa praṇāśanam
praṇāmo duḥkha-śamanas taṁ namāmi hariṁ param

And in the end we have to take to this God consciousness. Please don’t delay and try to take up as soon as possible.

Our heartfelt thanks to Maharaj for insisting the importance of devoting our attention to Krishna, to hold on to the rope of bhakti and not to the ropes of material attachments.

Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev,
Uma Prathap
Thiruvanathapuram