Be Austere - Part 7

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

This is in continuation of the transcription of the class given by HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj on Srimad Bhagavatam verse 1.19.4 in Sydney in the year 2003. In previous offering we heard from Maharaj that,

1. Real happiness does not depend upon anything material. 
2. Sincerity of devotees forces Krishna to stay.
3. Causeless mercy of the Lord protects us always.
4. Our mind concocts our miseries.
5. Spiritual happiness is unconditional.
6. Remember your final day.

Now we can hear further.

7. Increase the fabric of devotional service: These gopis' bhakti is worth following. Caitanya Mahaprabhu also insists, ramyā kācid upāsanā vrajavadhū-vargeṇa yā kalpitāHe says that is the highest perfection of life, to follow gopis' bhakti. But bhakti has to be followed, not gopi. This is the thing, and this gopi bhaav or radha bhaav or whatever bhaav, it cannot be imposed upon you. It must come from within. This is the thing. And how it can come within? The route is given here, is given in this verse (SB 1.19.4). The route is here (in Srimad Bhagavatam). As soon as you catch this route, then the bhaav will definitely be there. Bhav cannot be imposed from outside. Please remember this.

The meaning of bhaav, the literal meaning of the bhaav is "price". You go to the market and you buy the chaddar, so when we buy the chaddar, we feel the fabric. Do you follow me? When I bought this chaddar, I felt the fabric, "Oh it is woollen, you know, it is quite warm." So the bhaav increased. Because the fabric is good, the material is good, and the durability is good, then the bhaav increases, isn't it? And if the same fabric is rough, or the material is not good, whatever, then the bhaav decreases, the price decrease. This is our day to day experience, Isn't it? Come on, do you follow the argument? If the fabric is better, then the bhaav increase, if the fabric is rough, then the bhaav decrease. The same way with the fabric of our devotional service. If the fabric of our devotional service is fine, bhaav is naturally there. It is not that I can give you the bhaav. You have to have this nice fabric of devotional service in Krishna’s service. And nice fabric of devotional service means to follow the instructions of the Lord very intensely and become completely like a fiery rod so that nobody can disturb you in your devotional service

There was Surdas whose example I gave you yesterday. He wanted the King not to invite him back to his court and make a break in his devotional service. That is fine fabric. By following the regulative principles our fabric increases, by chanting our sixteen rounds our fabric increases, by not looking here and there lustfully our fabric increases. Otherwise our eyeballs are cheating us, when some beautiful woman is going. Please, this is just lump of flesh and blood and what not. It passes through and your eyeballs become reddish.(laughter) Man, what type of bhakti you have? What bhaav? What bhaav you can have?

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.