Krishna is Everything - Part 2

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

This is in concluding part of the transcription of a lecture given by HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj in Abu Dhabi in October 2004. Yesterday we saw the first part of this lecture wherein Maharaj explained on three main points.

1. Until we realize that everything in this world is part and parcel of Krishna, we can never reach Him.

2. Always bad deeds are remembered more than the good deeds. So we have to be very careful in doing only good and avoid bad deeds.

3. We should come to the conclusion that all our suffering and enjoyment are due to our own past karma and no one else is responsible for that.

We will continue to hear further from Maharaj.

His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada has clearly said that there is no going to Radha Lila or gopi Lila first. Unless we study Srimad Bhagavatam, the first two cantos particularly, we will have no idea. That is why Vyasadev says - 'srimad bhagavatam puranam amalam'. This is amala purana - spotless purana. It has nothing to do with our material conditions. Nothing to do. The material conditions always go on changing. The whole world is changing. Nothing is static here. We are here at the moment, but we don't know what will happen next moment. Today we are here. Tomorrow we may not be here. In America also, suddenly the employer may say one day, "From today we no longer need your service." Then you lose your job. You have to pay the bills and rent. So much difficulties are there. The whole world is a big show of change. Our body continuously changes. nityadaa hi anga bhutaani bhavanti na bhavanti ca - We are able to see with our eyes now. Tomorrow there is no guarantee that we will be able to see using these eyes. After 2 minutes also we don't have guarantee. Just while crossing the door frame, if you accidentally hit against the door frame, and your eye-sight will be gone. In a moment, situation will change. But Srimad Bhagavatam is amala puranam. This reminds us the actual thing. That's why there is no mala (dirt) in it. If the scripture has mala, it will tell you - "You are in Abu Dhabi. You are situated very nicely. Who can touch your eyes? Nothing will happen to you." Whether we are in Abu Dhabi or anywhere else, rules are same everywhere.  Only Lord's will, will be carried out everywhere. That we don't understand.

The more we understand these things, our faith will not dwindle. As of now, our shraddha or faith is not firm. It is very shaky. Without coming to this amala purana, it is very difficult to cultivate this faith. Faith is the root for 'premaanjana churita bhakti violcanena'. To cultivate the love of God, our faith must be strong. As soon as shraddha is there, we go ahead in amala purana and we find out the group in which this amala purana is discussed. srimad bhagavatam puranam amalam yad vaishnavaanaam priyam - So for vaishnavas, this is very dear. So after shraddha, we find out the group who are the good people who are running after this purana. And again this process is only given by Srila Prabhupada. Nobody else. We may have so many defects. But Prabhupada's group is the only group who are giving chance to all living entities, to hear about these things. Because we know, that this amala-purana is very dear to vaishnavas. He has digested these verses and they are his mercy. How can we ignore him? We should not just read the translation of the verses. But we must go on thinking about it about how to practice them. 

Come what may, our situations may change or may not change. It is Krishna's will. But we must follow - 'yad vaishnavaanaam priyam'. So we must find out the group who is following this amala purana sincerely. That is aadau shraddha, saadhu sanga. Then when the sanga improves, your position must improve spiritually. In that sanga there must be no material discussion. In front of our temple in Dwaraka, there is a Ram-dhun mandir, wherein Lord Ram's names are being chanted 24 hrs a day continuously for the past 40 years. They are continuously chanting - 'sri ram jaya ram jaya jaya ram'.  They also have trust and trustees. Thos trustees also visit the temple. But in the temple premises, except Ram dhun there is nothing. This is sadhu sanga. If trustees want to talk about any collection or management, they should meet somewhere else outside. That is the rule. Our things also should be like that. So please don't worry about Lakshmi. Lakshmi's nature is to come and go, come and go - cancalam. So don't worry too much to hold it. To some extent, grahasthas may have to do. But this is how it should be. And as soon as you come to this amala puranam which is vaishnavaanaam priyam - yasmin paaramahamsyam - in that paaramahamsyam is situated; yasmin paaramahamsyam ekam amalam jnaanam parigiyate - What paramahamsas do? We know hamsa take only milk when it is given milk with water. In front of us also - material things are there and spiritual things are there. We should sip only the spiritual things and leave out the contamination. That is yasmin paaramahamsyam. And as soon as you sip, you come to this stage - paaramahamsyam ekam - only one thing ; amalam - pure thing, without contamination;  jnaanam - knowledge is completely pure; Because we are approaching the purest (param pavitram) who is our destination, we must also be pure.  Vaishnavas don't have any inebrieties. It is beyond their control to have bad habits. They can't do anything bad, anything against the scriptures. That is ekam jnaanam. They have only one jnaana. And that jnaana also has the adjective - amalam. mala means completely dirty. Because sadhus are vaishnavas and we have developed association or sanga with them, mala will be completely absent in us also. And we are very careful that again the mala should not enter our lives, because we are in a very precarious situation - we are holding the material body. It has its own needs. We have to provide the minimum needs to it. Because we have the sadhu sang, we see the saints and vaishnavas and try to follow the essence of them. Saintly persons only see the good qualities in others - That is yad vaishnavanaam priyam. They are attracted to amala purana. And really if you are attracted to amala purana, how can you see the defects of others? If you keep seeing defects, then you become defective - because you are taking sanga of defects. And that is completely denied in this shloka.

As soon as we come to this conclusion, then our life is completely purified - vidhunoti. vidhunoti is the best word for purification. It is the word used for purifying the cotton bud. Cotton buds are first full of dirty leaves and seeds also. It cannot be used as it is when it is plucked from the plant. When the buds are plucked, it is very dirty and has to be cleaned. Formally there were no ginning factories. So every house had a cleaning thing. It was just one bow hanging from the roof and underneath was a horse-string. They vibrate the horse-string. The wooden piece is just beaten and even now if you try, it gives a very nice musical note - tong, tong, tong. The whole village had this vibration. The whole cotton was kept between the strings and the bow. And because of the vibration of the string, on one side complete snow-ball of cotton is there and other side, the seeds and leaves are collected. We have to come to the material level because we cannot forsake the body. So we have to come to the minimum level - yaavad artha -That is the meaning of yad vaishnavaanaam priyam. Vaishnavas are not spend-thrifts for material sense gratification. Because they are already attracted to Lakshmi-pati. So their riches become Lakshmi. Pati is always followed by Patni. That is how it should be.

Because we are in a group which is completely pure, our eating habits are good; our behaviour is very pure; Then except happiness, you will not have anything else. Then outward changes, will not affect you at all. Today you are sitting on the 15th floor. Tomorrow you may be sent to the basement. Doesn't matter. Basement is also same for us. 15th floor is also same. This is the effect of saadhu sanga - because yad vaishnavaanaam priyam. All vaishnavas - they also have sickness; they also have some loss or gain. Everything is there. But we have crossed these dualities. dvandvair vimuktaa sukha duhkha samnjair / gacchanty amudhaah padam avyayayam tat; This jnaanam is padam avyayam in Bhagavad Gita. Lord has put this condition - Please get out of these two - happiness/distress, pain/pleasure. For us it is all the same. 'nivrtta tarshair upageeyamaanaat' - Who can sing the glories of Krishna? Those who have retired from this unnecessary sense gratification, they can loudly sing Your glorification. 'nivrtta tarshair upageeyamaanaat / bhavaushadaat chrotra manobhiraamaat. This is bhava aushadi. We are completely trapped into this janma, mrtyu jaraa vyaadhi. Why should we behave madly? That's why we have stopped television. We have stopped seeing non-sense pictures. We have stopped anything which is not amala.  We are a group who just follows the amala. Thats why our faces are glowing. This is because there is no mala vibration here. Whatever shanti we achieve here, we cannot buy it in the market. Shanti cannot be bought. Please come to the senses. Don't leave this amala purana and run behind scratch. Sadhu sanga is very important but it is very rare. If you are lucky, you will have it. Else you will be in gutter.

Thus concludes the transcription of the pravacana given by HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj in Abu Dhabi in October 2004.

Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev,
Kalacakra Krsna das.