Wake Up and Be Alert - Part 3

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

The following is in continuation of the transcription of the nectarean Bhagavatam class given by our beloved spiritual master H H Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj in Sri Sri Radha-Neel Madhav dham, Rajkot on 29th January 2007 on Srimad Bhagavatam verse 1.9.31. In the previous offering we heard from Maharaj that

a. We should be pure both internally and externally. Then only we can approach the Supreme Pure Lord, through prayers. 
b. All inebrieties vanish when we realise that we are servants of Krishna.
c. Our senses, mind and whatever sense objects we perceive through them are all temporary. 
d. By his causeless mercy, His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada has provided these scriptures and has woken us up.
e. Mere waking up is of no use, if we fail to obey the instructions of the acarya.
f. We should continue with our seva and also study Srila Prabhupada's books daily for 2 hours.
g. Material body is an illusion and we are wrongly considering it as reality.

Now let us continue to hear more nectar from Maharaj.

"As it is people don't have much faith in this Vedic life-style. If we are also bit careless about these things, then they will lose all faith. This is the point. But reality is reality. Practical points are in front of us and we cannot neglect the body and at the same time we know definitely that it is illusion. So how to come terms with non-negligence and to remember that this is nothing? That is our duty to put these opposite things together and try to find out a practical way for ordinary people to follow. Otherwise people are not interested in these things. Please. Don't ignore the practical things. These are the shastras. That is why shastras never allows any carelessness. In whatever thing we do, high intelligent care is required and that is Krishna consciousness. Always alert. tvam kaa pramattah - It is said in Srimad Bhagavatam. We wake up and we are not alert immediately, because we want to sleep and  is in mode of darkness. Only those devotees who know this reality, as soon as their eyes open, they are alert. This alertness is the quality of Krishna that we have to obtain, thinking all these things. Fortunately we have more time than ordinary living entities and we are under the roof of Srila Prabhupada. So many hours we have already passed in this atmosphere. We have heard so many classes and undergone so many process. This is the time when we should think seriously about these things.

Day by day the seriousness of the spiritual matters must increase. On the contrary, we are seeing that as the time goes on, we are less serious. That is pitiable. We are thinking, "I have attended so many mangala-aratis. Now forget about it." No forgetting about it. Day by day, your sincerity must increase. Instead of that we are decreasing like anything and we are thinking that, "I am a devotee." It is the greatest defect. We are committing suicide. Our time is waste, efforts are wasted. Everything is wasted. What are we following? We don't take to Bhagavatam and simply we are looking at sky and the land, sky and the land and passing our time. Please. This is not allowed by the scriptures. This is not vishuddhayaa. Day by day your purification must increase. That is the way. We now know what the way is. Why don't you increase it? Why do you decrease? We are in different material conditions. Everyone has his or her own material conditions. Be careful and sort it out to the best of your ability and eventually you will have to leave it to Krishna. He is anyways going to sort it out. We are not going to be here after death. So He will sort out everything. He is only sorting out the problems of everyone else. So ours also, He will sort out.  We try our best and leave the rest to Him. Full dependence on Him is required.

I don't want to see any kind of lethargy in you people. We should be serious about these things. We are wasting our time according to whims and concoctions of the mind. Srila Prabhupada used to give a story about how mind concocts. There was a man who had Rs 10 and he wanted to increase his business. So he thought about how to increase the income and his mind became very alert about the 10Rs. He thought of a scheme that he will buy glassware from the weekly market for 10Rs and then sell it for Rs 20. Then again buy

for 20 Rs and sell it for 40 Rs. So these thoughts were going on in his mind and eventually he will become the owner of the factory of glassware and will be very rich. So he went to whole-sale market and bought glassware for 10 Rs. Then he was going to weekly market in the after-noon to sell it. He felt very tired and there was a nice banyan tree on the way. So he thought, "There is still some more time. I will just take a small nap and then I will go." So he kept the basket near his feet and went to sleep. His concoctions started again. In his dream, he became the owner of the factory and was earning lot of money. He also got married in the dream itself and he thought that, "I will dictate my wife and if she disobeys me, I will just kick her out," and he kicked his leg and the glassware broke. This is concoctions.  We spend our time in concoctions or we try to satisfy some living entity, which is not needed at all. Or we waste time to satisfy our own greed. So many inebrieties already exist in illusion also. And the result is waste of time. Because we are wasting time, we cannot go anywhere. Instead submissively open Bhagavad Gita or Bhagavatam and read anything from that and try to meditate. We have been looking at only one verse, one purport and so far. So many points are nice here. We are seeing how the material body is an illusion and how we have taken it as truth. For us material body is truth. But shastras say it is illusion. Shastras always tell truth. So my point is, we should find out the relation between the illusory activity and the truth.

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

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