Be Austere - Part 1

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

This is a humble attempt to transcribe the class given by HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj on Srimad Bhagavatam verse 1.19.4 in Sydney in the year 2003. 

sa cintayann ittham athāśṛṇod yathā
muneḥ sutokto nirṛtis takṣakākhyaḥ
sa sādhu mene na cireṇa takṣakā-
nalaṁ prasaktasya virakti-kāraṇam

While the King was thus repenting, he received news of his imminent death, which would be due to the bite of a snake-bird, occasioned by the curse spoken by the sage’s son. The King accepted this as good news, for it would be the cause of his indifference toward worldly things.

After making everyone recite the verse, word-to-word equivalents and translation, Maharaj began reading the purport.   

1. Real happiness does not depend on anything material: "Real happiness is achieved by spiritual existence or by cessation of the repetition of birth and death." (Maharaj makes everyone repeat this sentence a few times). So, two reasons are given. Either we have to strive hard for spiritual existence or we try hard to get rid of this vicious circle of birth and death, which we are helplessly entering again. Frankly speaking we don't have any time. We have accepted one body and the time is ticking out and soon the end will come and again because of our sinful activities, sinful thinking, we have to have so many bodies to come and I don't know really what species is awaiting for us. It is by our behaviour against the injunctions of the scriptures, we are ordering our next obnoxious body.

We have illusioned happiness at the moment. "I am waiting for prasadam." This is illusioned happiness. "Because I will get two puris, I will be happy." It is a false idea and my false ego forces me to go first day in the hall and grab the first plate and I cannot wait until I am being served. I go grab it, you know. This is false ego. False ego, false happiness, false everything, how can you be real? Everything we have are surrounded by false, false, false. Here, the definition of real happiness, is very nicely given in very few words. The beauty is the real happiness or spiritual existence does not depend upon any material condition. That is the beauty of it. That is why it is spiritual. Isn't it ? If it would have depended on material condition, it would never have been spiritual. 

Krishna willing we shall continue to hear more nectar from Maharaj in the subsequent offering.

Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Uma Prathap
Abu Dhabi.