Learn by Heart and Sing Very Nicely - Part 3

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.

Let us continue to hear more nectar from Gurudev.

"Everywhere you get frustrated. And there are so many fears, you know. There is very nice verse in which there are nine fears described in our lives, you know. This is beautiful verse. [Here is a famous verse of Bhartrihari, from the Vairaagya shatakam, a hundred verses on dispassion]

bhoge roga-bhayaṁ kule cyuti-bhayaṁ vitte nṛpālād-bhayaṁ
māne dainya-bhayaṁ bale ripu-bhayaṁ rūpe jarāyā bhayam
śāstre vādi-bhayaṁ guṇe khala-bhayaṁ kāye kṛtāntād-bhayaṁ
sarvaṁ vastu bhayānvitaṁ bhuvi nṛṇāṁ vairāgyam-evābhayam

There is fear of disease in the enjoyment of sensual pleasures; fear of decline in lineage; fear of kings in riches; fear of humiliation in honour; fear of enemies when in power; fear of oldage in beauty; fear of disputants in learning; fear of the wicked in virtue and fear of death in embodied souls. All facets of man's life on earth engender fear. Renunciation alone gives fearlessness.

Beautiful verse. Vedic literatures gives you everything. These are the nine fears that is continuously haunting us. The first one is bhoge rogabhayam, the more you try to enjoy, the more diseased you body becomes. Bhogi is always rogi. Bhogi means those persons who are enjoying, they are always rogi, they are always diseased. Unless you control your enjoyment, your body can never be healthy. That is greatest fear for us. We want to enjoy and we want to be healthy body, and both things cannot go together. And that's why our Vedic culture, particularly Prabhupada's instructions are that, we are busy from 4'o clock in the morning till 10 'o clock at night, so we don't have much time to enjoy. And our attention somehow or the other is completely diverted from this enjoyment to the devotional service. And because of that we are safe. Within few days even the new bhaktas they join and they start shining. Why ? Because they control. And as soon you control your bhoga, as soon as you control your enjoyment, you become healthy. And those who are diseased, for them also if they have unflinching faith in the devotional service and they follow the devotional activities very seriously, they will have their health intact, without doubt. There is no doubt in it. No doubt at all. Not only that but it is nice to describe. So many verses are coming to my mind but we are controlled by the time.

In Ramrajya, in Lord Ram's kingdom, 'mrtyu ca nasi cita masi' Even the death was not there unless they desired. That is Ram. As soon as you chant Ram's name, as soon you chant Krishna's name you don't have death even. That is quality of Krishna's names and Lord Ram's names. You cannot have, unless you desire, you cannot die. That is the reward of Krishna Consciousness. And leaving this very sublime science we are running for so many things under different excuses. And we are getting into so many miserable conditions and then blame others for our own miseries. This lunacy has got to be stopped with the study of the scriptures. And this is material reward, immediate. And apart from this prasannaatma. As soon as you perform these activities you become completely prasanna and you are not afraid about your diseased body at all. That is the main thing. In order to drive away the fear we have to come to the scriptures, come to the gurus, come to the instructions given by Krishna Himself and follow them very seriously. Then there will won't be any fear about bhoge rogabhayam.

Yesterday you (referring to a devotee in the class) heard Krishna Katha for one hour and seriously(laughs) I feel like performing Krishna Katha. I like your face. My face is monkey like (laughs). See, how nice. This is the reward. Who will leave this life? Within one night he is completely changed. Yesterday we saw him, he was completely morose, and now see he is shining. And the more he continues the more improvement should be there. Prasanna atma you know. brahma bhuta prasanna atma. Very nice shloka. Brajesh, aye Brajesh Das, you know that shloka. Prasanna atma "Oh you are stone. You should study ok. Show some sentiment. Smile. Come on smile. Jai. He's smiling (laugh). The point is that unless you are brahma bhuta, you cannot be prasanna atma. Brahma bhuta means the transcendentally  situated person. And this is very nice thing. Srila Prabhupada has said very nicely. That bhuta means ghost and bhuta means living entity also. In Sanskrit these are the two meanings of bhuta. bhuta means ghost and bhuta means living entity. If you are living entity brahma bhuta, that means you are living entity following Krishna Conscious activities, then you become brahma bhuta. And the result is prasanna atma, you are always joyful. And when you are joyful, you improve. You improve in you health if you are prasanna atma. But if you are not brahma bhuta, then you are only bhuta. So you are ghost, haunted by ghosts. Ordinary people, with all due respects to them, they behave like haunted by ghosts. Sometimes they go to restaurants, sometimes they go to bingo halls, sometimes they are running after pubs. Instead of performing those lunatic activities it is our duty to come to this side. We must stop here. Continue tomorrow. Hare Krishna. There is one minute. Have you anything to ask ? Any comments ?"

Student: "What is the significance of [indistinct]?"

Maharajji: "The significance is that they had insulted the greatest personality, Siva. And that's why he was not allowed to have normal beard. Its goat's beard. The main point is these insults have got to be avoided. Yesterday we discussed in our Syambhu's house how the insults continues, you know, and destroys you completely. We gave the example of Dronacharya. We'll discuss sometime, when we have time. In Kali yuga, Kali yuga completely forces us to destroy our time. Please take out some time to study the scriptures.All Glories to Srila Prabhupada ki jai."

Krishna willing, I shall transcribe the remaining parts of Maharajji's class on this topic, "Learn by Heart and Sing Very Nicely", in the forthcoming mails. I pray to the lotus feet of the Gurudeva that i sincerely try control my tendency for bhoga (sense enjoyment) and have unflinching faith devotional service and follow the devotional activities very seriously and study the scriptures. This is the way to be healthy and happy.

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