Learn by Heart and Sing Very Nicely - Part 1

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

I was listening to our spiritual master, HDG Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj's class on Srimad Bhagavatam verse 4.7.5 and shall make a humble effort to transcribe the same. After singing the initial invocation prayers Maharajji started to sing the below verse.

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.

Purport by Srila Prabhupada, please hear: Bhrigu Muni, a great supporter of Daksha, was awarded the beard of the goat's head which was substituted for the head of Daksha. It appears from the exchange of Daksha's head that the modern scientific theory that the brain substance is the cause of all intelligent work is not valid. The brain substance of Daksha and that of a goat are different, but Daksha still acted like himself, even though his head was replaced by that of a goat. The conclusion is that it is the particular consciousness of an individual soul which acts. The brain substance is only an instrument which has nothing to do with real intelligence. The real intelligence, mind and consciousness are part of the particular individual soul. It will be found in the verses ahead that after Daksha's head was replaced by the goat's head, he was as intelligent as he had previously been. He prayed very nicely to satisfy Lord Siva and Lord Vishnu, which is not possible for a goat to do. Therefore it is definitely concluded that the brain substance is not the center of intelligence; it is the consciousness of a particular soul that works intelligently. The whole movement of Krishna consciousness is to purify the consciousness. It doesn't matter what kind of brain one has because if he simply transfers his consciousness from matter to Krishna, his life becomes successful. It is confirmed by the Lord Himself in Bhagavad-Gita that anyone who takes up Krishna consciousness achieves the highest perfection of life, regardless of whatever abominable condition of life he may have fallen into. Specifically, anyone in Krishna consciousness goes back to Godhead, back to home, on leaving his present material body.

There are beautiful verses from Bhagavad-Gita and Srimad Bhagavatam and should be learnt by heart and sung very nicely because all scriptures are "geya" - that could be very nicely sung. And the more you sing the disease from your body vanishes, that is the first material result. But that is not our goal. Our goal is not to have undiseased body but body is the instrument and that instrument has got to be very nice. When doctor performs the operation, his goal is not to keep the knife clean, his goal is to cut the body and remove the disease. That is the goal of doctor in performing the operation. But because the knife is the instrument, it has got to be sharp and it has got to be very healthy in nice clean condition. Our aim is not to have a healthy body, but it is required for performing our Krishna Conscious activities and that is why we have to take resort of this medicine, which is the king of the medicine for the whole of existence. Unless you try in this way, our attempts may completely end up in failure. To change the consciousness is not very easy thing because from lives together, in so many innumerable lives we are prone to perform the fruitive activities. When we were in the other species of life, we had the same tendencies that unless we get some result we do not do any work. That was our innate tendencies. And the same tendency continues here also. In order to drive away that tendency we must perform a very nice gita thru the shastras. And you take that verse which is very important in Bhagavad-gita, verse number 12 from 10 chapter [BG 10.12] it gives ten characteristics in two lines. In no other literature in the world, in no other scripture (so called), these things are given. These are very important things. In 1-2 lines we have 10 qualities of Krishna, and not only that, but it has beautiful lyric. Om is the sound incarnation of the Lord and in this verse, there is 9 Oms. This is how we should get into it and try, and it does not require any time. While driving you can do, while cooking you can do, while doing the work you can do, provided we are very sincere to learn about these things. If the sincerity is missing, then failure is the result. Hear that verse, it is beautiful - 12th verse from 10th chapter.

paraṁ brahma paraṁ dhāma pavitraṁ paramaṁ bhavān
puruṣaṁ śāśvataṁ divyam ādi-devam ajaṁ vibhum

Srimad Bhagavad-gita is very easy to understand. And thats why we should begin with Srimad Bhagavad-Gita. Unless we learn to write from 1 to 10, we cannot write 1 to 100 and if we don't learn 1 to 100, and if you forget that, then you cannot solve the mathematical principles. This is the beginning and beginning has got to be remembered all the time. If you tell that "Oh, I have learnt to write from 1 to 100 and now I don't need it." No, you require it all the time because you have mastered it. The beginning things have got to be mastered. And this way Bhagavad-gita becomes very important in our spiritual life and particularly we should start from the core seed verses, which are very very important. These children should be given these verses continuously so that the whole Bhagavad-gita they have in their brains. They may not be able to study 700 verses but start from these four verses from tenth chapter verse number 8, 9, 10 and 11 and whole Bhagavad-gita the philosophy will be with you always. It is very easy to understand. And then try to learn few of the verses for the glorification of the Lord. And now we are not very new, ISKCON is already very old. So we are not very new now. We have to sit cross legged on this floor and we'll try to engross in studying this scripture. It is so nice a scripture we have in the form of Bhagavad-gita sung by Lord Himself. And we know that there is no difference between the Lord and His Geet. So we should concentrate on these things.

Then we go to 9th verse in 8th chapter.

kaviṁ purāṇam anuśāsitāram
aṇor aṇīyāṁsam anusmared yaḥ
sarvasya dhātāram acintya-rūpam
āditya-varṇaṁ tamasaḥ parastāt

Then beautiful verse is 11th chapter verse number 38.

tvam ādi-devaḥ puruṣaḥ purāṇas
tvam asya viśvasya paraṁ nidhānam
vettāsi vedyaṁ ca paraṁ ca dhāma
tvayā tataṁ viśvam ananta-rūpa

These three verses has a peculiarity. The first verse [BG 10.12] gives you 10 qualities of Krishna. The 8th chapter 9th verse [BG 8.9] gives you 8 qualities of Krishna and 11th chapter 38th verse [BG 11.38] again gives you 10 qualities of Krishna. We are all preachers we want to preach about Krishna. We must have few qualities at hand and full references so that we can talk about Krishna. Otherwise our existence becomes completely useless. The result is like this. Please take the verse, make the list of the qualities, try to find out the references from Bhagavad-Gita and Srimad-Bhagavatam or any number of references. This is how we should utilize our time. And that is well spent because your knowledge increases. And as soon as the transcendental knowledge increases in your existence, your whole existence blooms. It never remains the bud, at the moment we have a bud. We have this budding consciousness. And there is a capacity to bloom. But we are not blooming because we are not trying. Bud cannot bloom unless there is water and sunshine. Water has got to be there and sunshine has got to be there. Otherwise bud will remain a bud. It has the capacity to bloom but we are forced to live as bud. We have water in the form of scriptures we have the sunshine in the form of the Gurus, everything is here, but we are not taking advantage of this. And because we are not taking advantage of this, the frustration is the result."

Krishna willing, I shall transcribe the remaining parts of Maharajji's class in the forthcoming mails. I pray to the lotus feet of the Gurudeva that I sincerely try to memorize and also teach children to memorize and nicely sing these verses to glorify Krishna and please Gurudev.

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