Learn by Heart and Sing Very Nicely - Part 6

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". In this class Maharajji started with verse 3.8.7 from Srimad Bhagavatam

proktaṁ kilaitad bhagavattamena
nivṛtti-dharmābhiratāya tena
sanat-kumārāya sa cāha pṛṣṭaḥ
sāṅkhyāyanāyāṅga dhṛta-vratāya

Lord Sankarshana thus spoke the purport of Srimad Bhagavatam to the great sage Sanat-kumara, who had already taken the vow of renunciation. Sanat-kumara also, in his turn, when inquired of by Sānkhyāyana Muni, explained Srimad Bhagavatam as he had heard it from Sankarshana.

In the previous posting we saw how Maharajji had enlightened us on verse 10.12 of Bhagavad Gita. Now lets us continue to hear more nectar from Maharajji.

"This is paramparaa, the Lord Himself says, Krishna says that, "I transmitted this yoga to Sun-god, when the Sun was created". It's millions and millions of years ago. Our culture, which is very correctly known as Vedic culture, it is not recent. It's not only 30 years-old. ISKCON may start before 30years but the culture which we are propagating is millions and millions of years old. You take Christianity, it is only 2000 years. Take Islam, it is only1400 years and all other recent faiths, they are hardly two to three hundred years old, whereas you take the Vedic culture, it's millions and millions yearsold. You don't know how important it is to follow this culture and that's why we are neglecting. In the temple also, we neglect because we don't know the importance.

And another peculiarity of our culture is that all other so called religions, they are started by a human being. Christ started Christianity, Christ was a human being. Mohammed started Islam, Mohammed was a human being. Or any other faith you take, they are started by human beings.This is the only sanaatana religion, eternal religion, which is not started by any human being, Lord Himself, bhagavat-praneetam. dharmam tu saakshaad bhagavat-praneetam.[SB 6.3.19]. Dharma, this culture is propagated by Lord Himself and in the parampara system it is coming to us and that is the importance of our parampara.

Those who deviate from the paramparaa, they are completely destroyed. Some people tried to establish their own thing under the name of interfaith but theywas completely destroyed, he couldn't go ahead at all. As soon as you concoct, you are not following in the paramparaa and because you are not following theparamparaa you are going to be completely destroyed. Nobody else lost anything but those persons are completely gone. This is the main thing that you have tounderstand. As soon as we understand this, then we become attached to the lotus feet of Srila Prabhupada. And as soon as you stick to him you are successful and he's very merciful. He will teach you through his books. Very simple language, very lovingly he convinces us. And this is the importance of paramparaa. And as soon as we come to paramparaa then they give us a very nice instruction in Garuda Purana;

dhanāni bhūmau paśavo hi goṣṭe
nāri gṛhadvāri sakhā śmaśāne
dehaścitāyām paraloka mārge
dharmānugo gacchati jīva ekaḥ

 This is our culture. He says dhanāni bhūmau, we try to amass the wealth. We want to earn more and more and more and more. We don't know, you mayhave $2 million or $10 million or more than that but even then you are only going to eat four chapattis and a subji. And millionaire, he cannot eat, do you know that? Do you know Bhakta? You don't have any idea. You don't know the millionaires? You smile. You have a very long face. Krishna doesn't like face like banana [laughs] He like watermelon face. See? His face is like watermelon. You should smile, man, otherwise your cheeks will not get the exercise. You should smile so that cheek muscles will have exercise. Anyway keep happy Bhakta, keep happy.

So this is the way, you may amass so much wealth and as soon as the wealth is there you are suffering, you have diabetes, you have a heart attack, thisand that. You cannot eat rice, you cannot eat subji, you cannot eat ghee and we devotees, we get up at 4:00 am in the morning and we're hungry now. I want togo and have a breakfast.[laughs] This is how, we are very hungry because our life is very austere. We may not have anything materially but we are very happypersons. That man who has a $10 billion is still in a bed and he's singing the glories of the Lord through his nose. We are singing glories of the Lordthrough our mouth. There are two ways; they sing through the nose and because of that they are completely gone, sick. They may have the money but they don't have any health at all. At his age we can sing and laugh and dance, you know, very nicely. This is the way. Please don't leave this. Go anywhere and everywhere, this crowd will never remain the same, you may change your circumstances, material life always changes, but devotional service, never change.

Wherever you go, take this process with you and you'll be safe. You'll be completely safe. This is said, dhanāni bhūmau, how much wealth you may accrue but it is going to remain in the bank. You have so many notes, you have so many, you are a rich person but where is you money ? It is not with you. If it would've belonged to you it would always accompany you. Where is your wife? Wife also doesn't accompany you. So wife also is not yours. That is the main thing. Nothing accompanies us. We have houses, where are the houses? Suppose if everybody comes with his own house, they would not be able to sit here. It is good the houses don't belong to us otherwise they would accompany us always. This is the way to understand. Nothing belongs to us. When we die it is going to remain in the bank or in the safe or wherever you have locked. Then paśavo hi goṣṭhe, paśavo - formerly there was no motorized transport and that's why they were using animals, you know, horses etc. and they were all tied in one place. When they die, the animals will remain there. Now we have cars. Cars are in the garage and they will remain there. If Yamaraja comes, the god of death, comes and suppose you have Mercedes car, can you tell him, "I have Mercedes, you'll also get into it, I'll also get into it and let us go."[laughs] No, we can't do that, it is going to remain there. Then nāri gṛhadvāri, we love our wife very much and wife also says at least she loves. I don't really know really, anyway[laughs] but as soon as you die according to Vedic culture the wife will accompany your dead body only up to the door of the house. She will leave that body saying, "See you next life maybe, dead body." [laughs] This is how she will also be behind you. Then sakhaa smashaane - your relatives and friends, they will accompany your dead body up to the cemetery, then they will also wave with the hand, "Go." Then deha our own body, citaa yaam, this body also will accompany you up to the funeral pyre, then body also will leave. And then dharmānugo gacchati jīvaḥ ekaḥ, you will be accompanied by dharma, whatever rounds you have chanted, whatever you have understood from Bhagavad-Gita, whatever you have understood from Bhagavatam, whatever worship you have done, whatever service you have done will always accompany you and then you will go to another body or you may not get the material body if you are fortunate and go eternally to the lotus feet of Krishna. This is our culture. Please try to follow very seriously and it's very nice to see you, Krishna willing, see you sometime again. Until that time please learn these scriptures. Hare Krishna."

Maharajji thus ended his wonderful, transcendental, nectarean class on the verse 3.8.7. I sincerely pray to the lotus feet of the Gurudeva that I stick to the parampara system and sincerely follow their footsteps.

His Divine Grace Srila Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj Gurudev ki Jai !

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