Glorification of Lord Sri Rama - Part 13

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

This is the transcription of the wonderful class given by HG Vaijayantimala Mathaji on S.B.5.19.3.

In this verse Lord Rama is glorified in 8 ways by the devotees. In the previous mails we have seen the first 3 ways of glorifying Lord Sri Rama. In the third glorification upaśikṣitātmane - unto You whose senses are under control, (Glorification of Lord Sri Rama - Part 11) we saw, why should we control our senses and mind ? If we do not control our senses and mind, the following will certainly happen:

1. Life is going to be miserable.
2. Squander away our wealth.
3. Dishonest means of earning money.
4. It keeps us in complete illusion.
5. Steals away all the time which is meant for self-realization.
6. Puts us again in material pool.
7. We cannot attain the mercy of the Lord.
8. Gives us very difficult time in old age.
9. Cannot give any peace or happiness.
10. Purification of existence is not possible.

We saw the first 4 points in the previous mails (Part 11 and part 12). We will continue with the other effects of not controlling our senses and mind in the following mails.

5.Steals away all the time which is meant for self-realisation.
Krishna has given us so much time, particularly the human form of life, which is meant to realise the self. In this life, if the senses and mind are left uncontrolled, then we waste all our time in satisfying these senses, which means, we will be left with no time for self-realisation. There is no time to do our devotional service.

Maharaj always says that "you should cook your own food". When we cook our food on our own, we will not prepare 10 varieties of food. If somebody is cooking, then we look for more varieties of food. But when we cook, we make minimum food and we feel like somehow finish the work and come out of the kitchen. In this way we save lot of time. We cook minimum, eat minimum and lot of time is saved. Now the time is available to chant and read the scriptures. One Prabhuji told Maharaj that he was not able to stop drinking tea and he is so much addicted to it. Maharaj did not tell him to stop drinking tea. But he told that Prabhuji's wife to stop making the tea and asked the Prabhuji to prepare tea on his own. That Prabhuji gradually realized the point and he reduced drinking tea.

Once we start doing the material activities on our own, then all the material activities will become minimized. When washing machine is available, we just throw the clothes in it. If we don't have washing machine, then we change minimum clothes everyday. Srila Prabhupada always controls his senses, so that he can use the time in transcription. When he was in the death bed he told that he always prayed to Krishna that he should stop these four material demands of the body- eating, sleeping, mating and defending. He told that Krishna has stopped his material demands now. When he took sannyasa, mating and defending is stopped. Last six months before he left the material world he did not eat. He took very few drops of pomegranate juices. He was not able to sleep also. He told that he successfully stopped eating, sleeping, mating and defending. He was just thinking of Krishna.

6.Uncontrolled senses put us again into the material pool.
There is a beautiful verse in Bhagavad Gita in this regard. B.G.2.62 and 2.63 says, "While contemplating the objects of the senses, a person develops attachment for them, and from such attachment lust develops, and from lust anger arises. From anger, complete delusion arises, and from delusion bewilderment of memory. When memory is bewildered, intelligence is lost, and when intelligence is lost one falls down again into the material pool". It all begins with uncontrollable senses which lead to falling down into the material pool.

7.We cannot attain the mercy of the the Lord.
Everybody is looking forward to receive the mercy of the Lord. Because we cannot survive even for a second without the mercy of the Lord. With uncontrolled senses, we cannot attain the mercy of the Lord. Maharaj says that there is only one verse in Bhagavad Gita which tells how to get the mercy of the Lord. In B.G. 2.64, Krishna says "But a person free from all attachment and aversion and able to control his senses through regulative principles of freedom can obtain the complete mercy of the Lord". A person should be free from attachment and aversion and must be able to control his senses through the four regulative principles of freedom, and then he attains the complete mercy of the Lord. Freedom from attachment and aversion can only come by our endeavor to control our senses. Once we see any new product, we must think whether it is necessary for us or not and control our senses. Some things may not be pleasing to us but it may be pleasing to Lord, then we have to make it and we should not show aversion in this regard. For example we don't want to get up early in the morning for Mangalarthi, but if we get up early, Krishna will be pleased. So we should not have aversion towards getting up early and attachment towards bed. Here, we have to control our senses. Maharaj says a genuine attempt to control the senses immediately attracts the Lord's mercy.

8. Gives us very difficult time in oldage.
Every one of us has to go through this old age. First of all, with the uncontrolled senses and mind, it is very difficult to live for a long time. If at all, we somehow reach the old age by Krishna's mercy, we will face many problems because of our uncontrolled senses. Maharaj says that if anybody is above 60, the society completely rejects them. The old person doesn't contribute anything, so the younger generation rejects them. At that age, if you again got to have uncontrollable senses, the problem is going to be manifold. If a person doesn't have control in eating, then in old age it is very difficult because already he will be having many diseases. If we do not practise to control our senses in younger age, then it is very hard to practise in old age. In old age, the younger generation takes care of us, we may have many diseases and on top of it, if we have uncontrolled senses, then we are giving more trouble to the body as well as to our children. We speak too much in the old age. If we do not practice to control our tongue to speak, again it is very difficult in the old age. Nobody will like us. Whereas, a person who sits with Srimad Bhagavatam and chants nicely and talks only about Krishna in the old age will be liked by all. If we are controlled then the younger generation will be happy to serve us. Maharaj lived his life to show us how to go through the old age. He was undergoing bodily pain, but even that time also, he did his work on his own. He had complete control over his senses and mind and he pushed himself to get out of his bed. In the hospital, Maharaj was provided with comfortable and adjustable bed, but he rejected to sleep in that adjustable bed. He slept in a sofa which was not at all comfortable. No body in fact loves a 90 year old person. We love our Guru Maharaj so much because he had complete control over his senses and mind. Maharaj says if you lead a sinful life in younger age don't expect a comfortable life in the old age.

We will see the remaining points regarding the "effects of uncontrolled mind and senses" in the ensuing mail, Krishna willing.

Thankyou very much.
Yours in the service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Anuradha devi dasi,
Abu Dhabi.