Learn by Heart and Sing Very Nicely - Part 2

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

This mail is in continuation of transcription of our beloved spiritual master, HDG Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj's Bhagavatam class on verse 4.7.5.

bāhubhyām aśvinoḥ pūṣṇo hastābhyāṁ kṛta-bāhavaḥ
bhavantv adhvaryavaś cānye basta-śmaśrur bhṛgur bhavet

Those who have had their arms cut off will have to work with the arms of Ashvini-kumaara, and those whose hands were cut off will have to do their work with the hands of Pushaa. The priests will also have to act in that manner. As for Bhrigu, he will have the beard from the goat's head.

In previous mail we saw that Gurudev insisted on the following points.

1. Verses from Bhagavad-gita and Srimad Bhagavatam should be learnt by heart and sung very nicely because all scriptures are geya that could be very nicely sung.
2. We are prone to perform the fruitive activities. In order to drive away that tendency we must perform a very nice gita through the shastras.
3. We can sing these verses anytime and be very sincere to learn about these things. If the sincerity is missing, then failure is the result.
4. Children should be given these verses continuously so that the whole Bhagavad-gita they have in their brains.
5. Start with the seed verses (BG 10.8-11) and verses for the glorification of the Lord (BG 10.12, 8.9, 11.38)

Let us continue to hear more nectar from Maharaj.

"This is how we should get to the scriptures. And then slowly, you can proceed to Srimad-Bhagavatam. It is the highest scripture we have the best scripture we have at our disposal and Srila Prabhupada's labour. His words are completely clear, every story is clear, the morals are clear, Srila Prabhupada purports are very clear. And you can see from this purport that no doubt this story is about Daksha and how he was punished because of his offence. The main thing Srila Prabhupada discusses here is the modern trend. Srila Prabhupada is expert in explaining the scriptures and showing us the intimate connection with our day to day life. And not only that, he is advising the scientists, he was not a scientist. But you have to understand that when you come to Krishna - "sarvam evam vidyadhana bhavati". Everything becomes known. And this is the crux of that. This purport is very modern and he has given the best principle to us. Our scientists they claim with the eight separated energies of Krishna. And those eight separated energies are very nicely described in the verses in 7th chapter. Which are those verses? BG 7.4 and 5,

bhūmir āpo ’nalo vāyuḥ khaṁ mano buddhir eva ca
ahaṅkāra itīyaṁ me bhinnā prakṛtir aṣṭadhā

apareyam itas tv anyāṁ prakṛtiṁ viddhi me parām
jīva-bhūtāṁ mahā-bāho yayedaṁ dhāryate jagat
 

In these two verse these eight separated energies and root cause of our existence is very nicely described. You take the first verse, 'bhūmir āpo ’nalo vāyuḥ khaṁ mano buddhir eva ca'. Bhumi means earth; aapah means water; analah means fire; bhūmir āpo ’nalo vāyuḥ - air and kham ether. These are the five great elements. Then apart from these gross five great elements, there are three subtle elements, mind, intelligence and ego - man, buddhi and ahankaara, itīyaṁ me bhinnā prakṛtir aṣṭadhā bhinnā - these are My eight separated energies. They are energies of the Lord but they are separated. And because they are separated, on their own they can't do anything. Being gross material elements they cannot do anything on their own. There is a land but unless you till and unless you sow the seeds nothing will grow. The land cannot do on its own. The same way the water cannot do on its own. The same way the vayu cannot do on its own. But at the same time these elements are very much essential for our healthy existence. And not only that the importance of man buddhi and ahankaara, that is the subtle body, exceeds from the material body. At the time of death, we have to leave our material body, which is made up of five elements - bhumir aapo analo vaayuh kham that is land, water, fire, air and either. This body we have to leave, nobody is able to take this body. Doesn't matter, you may be a millionaire, doctor, engineer, what ever you may be, everybody have to leave this body here. And we are very much attached to the body. And that is why you may this idea that people exploit this tendency and they have created a big business out of it.

You must be knowing, once in television, there was a program about this business. That people are very much attached to their body, we don't want to leave our body, resurrection, they call it. That maybe we can again come back. See the old persons, you know, in America particularly they are very rich, and nobody wants to part with the money. So they come to the, them these old persons; I forget the name of the company, but it is situated in Los Angeles, I think, you might be knowing he company, big office they have; and the business is, they approach the old people and they tell them that what is the use of giving money to anybody. You just keep your money, your account will be with us, we'll manage the account and we'll charge you some fees, you know, and we'll freeze the body as soon as you die. So, if your body is there, then it may be you can come back. And when you come back your account is there(laughs). And they give heavy heavy this so much large amount of money to freeze their body. And then they show you know, that this is the way we have arranged, and your bodies will be preserved here. Nobody knows that the electricity may fail and the ice may melt, who is going to take care of the dead body. But even then they exploit the situation. And its a big business. Many times what happens that we don't have 200 thousand dollars to preserve our body. So they say, "Doesn't matter, we'll preserve only your head and if the head is there the body will develop" (laughs). This is impossible. Without the existence of the soul, the body cannot develop, but this is how the exploitation is going on. Only pay 60,000 and we'll only freeze your head. So they cut their head. And there are heads also in their godowns. So this is for 50,000, 75000 two hands are there, 200,000 whole body is there. This is lunacy. As soon as we come to Krishna then these things become very clear. However hard we may try to preserve the body - no use ; In Egypt formerly, you know, the mummies, the dead bodies was preserved medically. And not only that, but with the dead bodies servants were also buried. They thought may be sometime they may come back. They do not know that by the time they come back the servants will also be dead and he can never come back to his dead body. But this is the ignorance we are exploited. Because as soon as you go away from Krishna then 'bahu-śākhā hy anantāś ca buddhayo ’vyavasāyinām' [BG 2.41]. As soon as you leave Krishna Consciousness, there is so many branches you will roam about. Everywhere you get frustrated."

Krishna willing, I shall transcribe the remaining parts of Maharajji's class in the forthcoming mails.

Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Gurudeva,
Manohar Krishna das
Minneapolis.