Learn by Heart and Sing Very Nicely - Part 5

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 the topic - "Learn by Heart and Sing Very Nicely". Lets continue to hear the nectarean message from Maharajji on verse 10.12 of Bhagavad Gita

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

You are the Supreme Personality of Godhead, the ultimate abode, the purest, the Absolute Truth. You are the eternal, transcendental, original person, the unborn, the greatest.

"param brahma - He is the Supreme Absolute Truth. param dhama - He is the Supreme refuge. He is the Supreme shelter. There is no shelter like Him. We take so many shelters and eventually all the shelters crumble down. We have our own businesses, we have our own jobs, we try to earn money, we try to do so many things, and every shelter crumbles down. We have families and this and that, everything we want to take shelter and falsely we think that because I am situated in my family, because I am situated with the devotee community, now I am completely safe. No, no no no. Unless, you come to the Supreme shelter you will be not be safe at all. As soon you come to Krishna then all other shelters, that may be there or may not be there, but you are completely safe. And that's why it is known as param dhama.

Then pavitram, purest. And with the dirty life you cannot approach Krishna. That is very correct and thats why minimum thing required from our side is four regulative principles. And it is four, not three or three and half(laughs). You have to remember. Unless you are very serious about these things, you forget about the devotional service. You have to be very clear in your mind that these four regulative principles have got to be followed. If you are loose regarding that, you are losing your existence and wasting your valuable human existence. That is the meaning of pavitram. And pavitram has a deep meaning than this. It is not only the activities that we have to be very pavitra, but no dirty idea should come into your mind. Because, idea is the first and then the action follows. We had an idea in London that we have to visit Miami this time. That was an idea. And because we caught that idea and meditated on that idea. And we worked out how we can go to Miami and we are here today. The idea is the root of the activity. As soon as you clean your mind and your mind does not carry any dirty consciousness then your actions are going to be good. But as soon as you become dirty in your mind your activities are bound to be dirty. And how to push out the dirty ideas from our mind ? They keep on coming. There is an attack of the dirty ideas. There is only one way. Satatam kirtayanto maam.

Any of Srila Prabhupada's books is completely self sufficient. You don't require anything else at all. You should have a sincere desire to improve your life and as soon as a sincere desire is there these books will guide you. Please don't cry that you don't have guidance. The scriptures are already with you. It is just a matter of opening the scriptures and trying to understand. And Krishna says in tenth chapter verse number 10.

teṣāṁ satata-yuktānāṁ bhajatāṁ prīti-pūrvakam
dadāmi buddhi-yogaṁ taṁ yena mām upayānti te

teṣāṁ means those people, satata-yuktānāṁ, those who are always engaged in the devotional service, those who try again and again very sincerely - teṣāṁ satata-yuktānāṁ bhajatāṁ prīti-pūrvakam and those people lovingly worship Me ; Those living entities, to those living entities; dadāmi - I give them buddhi-yoga My own mercy. And as soon as He is merciful then you get the intellect and this source of intellect never dries up. Our material sources are incomplete. The Lord is completely perfect and when He supplies you the intellect, the intellect never runs out. You take our computers and they run out. You put in a few things and then as soon as the capacity of the computer runs out then it cannot take anything more. But our computer here, is Krishna-given and there are no plugs in my forehead. Are there plugs? We don't have to carry the plugs. We eat kitchadi and the computer works. And all ready and never ends. We have millions of things in this computer and even then it has the capacity to take millions of things. One writer has correctly written that at the best those who try very hard to learn so many things in the world, they also only utilize only the tenth capacity of the mind. We are not using our mind. We are lazy. Don't be lazy. The mind is going to go away. Before it goes away, use it nicely. It is just like that. Use it or lose it. It is not going to continue. So till it is there try to utilize it and try to learn as many things as possible. Please repeat this verse after me."(Gurudev recites the verse 10.12 along with translation and listeners repeat and Maharajji continues further)

"And the research is that you should take this verse, list all the ten qualities and try to find out the suitable verses from the pages of Srimad Bhagavatam and Bhagavad-Gita and try to add to these ten qualities and it will be a nice understanding essay. This is how you should utilize your time.Take one verse and study it thoroughly well. As soon as you study the verse, it is very easy to take all the knowledge inside and that knowledge will always be with you. All other things don't accompany us. You have money, but they are in the bank, they are not with you."

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

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