Be Austere - Part 14

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

This is in conclusion 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 the below question from one of the devotees.

Devotee: Maharaj, You were explaining about people cheating in the name of Gopi-bhaav. But how should we understand or what should be our consciousness with such people? Is not Gopi-bhaav considered to be the topmost ?

Maharaj responded as to how we should be austere in devotional service, always absorbed in serving Krishna, engage in menial services and not make a show. Now we shall continue to hear Maharaj's further response for the above question.

Maharaj: "Prabhupada never discussed about gopi bhaav in public. Never. Once Prabhupada was in Radha kund and people were expecting him to talk about Radhaji, you know. They thought that Prabhupada will give some Radha pastimes. Instead he took class from "Nectar of Instructions" - "vāco vegaṁ manasaḥ krodha-vegaṁ" Man ! we are not out of this material consciousness, how can we relish gopi bhaav? No doubt, it is very important. But we have to purify ourselves. Unless the existence is purified, any Tom, Dick and Harry will misinterpret the gopi bhaav. You may be elevated, the speaker may be elevated, may be. He is also not elevated, because he is discussing with the rascals. And the rascals are going to imitate. They think that, "Krishna has so many, 16000 wives, why can't I have ten?" This is imitation. Save yourself from this misguidance and be austere.

First our vācah (speech) is not controlled, our life is not pure, our mind is not pure, our thinking is not pure. We have left our families, we are completely careless, we do everything possible that is not to be done, and thinking, "I am a great devotee and I can hear gopi bhaav and I can get radha bhaav." Man, the whole bunch (sahajiyas) should be slapped and whipped around. They should be whipped around the town, let people see that gopi bhaav is this and see how they run away by whipping. They will not come to the streets again. Please, the whole bunch should be called here and asked to clean the place, make the place nice. Just to keep the place like this, how much labour is required? And you come here and simply imitate Gopi bhaav? Prabhupada says, "Rascal, you take duster and clean the place." (laughter) This is gopi bhav, this is radha bhav. 

Man! our places of Krishna must be immaculately clean. Prabhupada did not tolerate anybody who was just hanging around and then going around here and there. He will say, "Hey, what are you doing Prabhu?" Devotee says, "I have finished my duty, Prabhupada." Prabhupada says, "No, you have not finished. Take the duster and clean here." Please, this is Prabhupad. He did not give sahajiya bhakti. Otherwise you are going to be sahajiyas. Helplessly you will become sahajiyas and then have nothing to do. No chanting, no waking up early, come here and simply waste time in illusion. This was not recommended by Mahaprabhu. Caitanya Mahaprabhu, on foot, He was travelling all over India and we can't come from our house to this place. To come, we have to have the car and petrol and driving and this and that. How and what austerity we have? We have no austerity. Please we have to change. Hare Krishna. Jai. Srila Prabhupada ki jai ! "

HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj ki jai. Our heartfelt thanks to Maharaj for his simple and sublime class insisting on importance of austerity and doing devotional service without duplicity.

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