Vedic Way of Life - Part 1

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

The following is an attempt to transcribe the wonderful class given by our beloved spiritual master H H Mahavishnu Goswami on the occasion of Vyasa Puja celebration of Srila Prabhupada in Houston, many years ago.

"His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada has given us so many things. Frankly speaking everything in our life is coming from him. He has shown us how to take rest. He has very nicely and lovingly guided us as to how to get up and what time to get up. He has forcefully insisted on what we should do after waking up. To that extent as to how we should clean our body and why we should do that, every detailed activity regarding the maintenance of our body and value of human existence - everything is coming from him. And he always insisted this verse that we should remember and understand this. Bhakti Rasamirta Sindhu (1.2.234)

ataḥ śrī-Kṛṣṇa-nāmādi na bhaved grāhyaṃ indriyaiḥ 
sevonmukhe hi jihvādau svayam eva sphuraty adaḥ 

No one can understand Krishna as He is by the blunt material senses. But He reveals Himself to the devotees, being pleased with them for their transcendental loving service unto Him.

Indriyaiḥ means "by our senses".  śrī-Kṛṣṇa-nāmādi - The name, form, and pastimes of Sri Krishna are there. And His Names are exactly according to His characteristics or pastimes. His names, pastimes, instructions, topics, and something written about Him, everything is present in front of us. But na bhaved grāhyaṃ indriyaiḥ - we cannot catch them by our own senses. We cannot see because our eyes are imperfect. We cannot hear because our ears are imperfect. And not only that regarding ears, we have to be very clear about the formation of this sense. We take it for granted that we can hear. But, no. It cannot. Inside the ear - there are fine hairs and each hair vibrates by our sound. And somehow or the other it is reflected on the diaphragm and then we hear. And if you scream or shout, if you are angry, very angry or upset, or if you are too much worried, then these hairs get affected inside our ear. It is a big channel, very narrow channel, within our ear. And these hairs inside are very delicate. They are not very strong. And because they are not strong, they vibrate nicely. And these vibrations of the hairs are conveyed to the diaphragm and immediately diaphragm sends the messages to the brain. And that's why we can very well hear. Even this is imperfect because as soon as something happens, it gets damaged and so we have to be very careful about these bodily limbs because it is very easy to get it damaged. But unfortunately, there are no spare parts for the human body."

Krishna willing, we shall hear further 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.