Bhagavatam Gives Bliss - Part 4

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 one of the previous offering titled, "Bhagavatam Gives Bliss" wherein we were hearing the nectarean class given by our beloved spiritual master HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj on Srimad Bhagavatam verse 11.7.10. In the previous offering we heard the below points from Maharaj.

i) Humility is required for getting jnaan  
ii) Lead a simple life
iii) Decrease Artificial Necessities

Now we shall hear further from Maharaj.

iv) Stick to Values of Human Life: "Every living being, because he is obtained the body, he inherits 4 defects. His senses are completely imperfect. Our eyes are imperfect. Behind the walls, what is there, I don't know. All our senses are imperfect. And because of these imperfections, we are easily illusioned. This is the fact. So illusion is another defect. Then we are cheating each other. Cheating propensity is there. And apart from these three things, imperfect senses, illusion and again cheating is there, we commit mistakes. So these are the defects. And unknowlingly these defects flow in our lives. Cheating is rampant. Without cheating there is nothing now. Formerly, cheating was regarded as a crime. But now without cheating, there is nothing. If people don't cheat, if some one doesn't cheat, then they say, "Hey, what are you doing? You are not cheating!" This is how the time is deteriorating. The values of human life are vanishing very fast. The values don't change. The values of life don't change. But time is changing very fast.

As soon as the values are reduced or absent, then our lives become like animal's life or less than that. Even animals don't behave like that. We are less than animals. We are so very nasty people that we take tobacco or hudkaa - even donkeys don't take it. Donkeys know that tobacco are not meant for him. We are less than the donkeys. No doubt, Donkey does not eat meat. Offer a glass of beer to the donkey. It never touches. But we can drink. So our life goes less than animals. Animals are far better. Cow knows that, "I am vegetarian." Cow will never touch meat. Natural restriction is there. But we can eat anything. Without any consideration for our health or well-being, we are mad after these things.

And day by day, deterioration is very fast because of Kaliyuga. But it is in our hands to determine whether we have to be in Kali yuga or outside Kali yuga. No doubt Kali yuga is there. But we are free to follow the pure life. The more the life is pure, the less disturbance is there in life. Purity in eating, purity in relationships, avoidance of intoxication and avoidance of gambling, these are the pure things. These things were not at all there in the past. The whole society was vegetarian. So there was no need of telling anyone, "You should not eat meat." Society was completely pure. So these things have to be considered and we must become aatma-bhut - completely satisfied in our own selves."

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

Hare Krishna.
Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Sudarshana devi dasi.