SB 5.18.26

Dear Devotees,
Hare Krishna. Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev.

Maharaj arrived in Minneapolis safely yesterday evening and right away gave a powerful lecture on the second chapter of Gita, Bhakti yoga section (verse 54-72). It is so amazing to see how everytime Maharaj speaks on the same subject matter, the powerful instructions and realizations make it so nectarian that we wish he continue on and on. It was so full of wit and humour and very high realizations. Beyond all those wonderful instructions and realizations, one thing that struck me mainly was Maharaj's tireless preaching! Maharaj travelled all the way from London to New York on a 8 hour long flight and had to take another flight from NY to Minneapolis the next day for 3 hours. And he came straight to H G Purnendu prabhu's place after an hour long drive. Without even taking prasadam or rest, Maharaj started giving class for over 2 hrs. And in the end, Maharaj was concerned about everyone's taking prasadam and requested us to honour prasadam. But he himself didn't take any, instead waited till we finished ours and we had to take him to his rest place. And there also we had so many difficulties in getting him in and by the time Maharaj slept, it was 10:30 pm. I could only look at his tolerance and humility, and his focus on preaching the message of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu with awe and reverence, and pray that one day i will be able to serve him in his mission. He is truly teaching all of us both by his instructions and his actions.

Today morning, maharaj trained us in reciting the prayers of Sukadeva Goswami in second canto - 2.4.12-23. It is so pleasing to hear maharaj singing those verses in 'kavim puranam' tune. And then maharaj went on to recite another powerful verse from 5th canto from the prayers of Demigods - 5.18.26 - 'antar bahir cakhila loka palakair...'. In that Maharaj said the second line is very important  - ' adrsta-rupo vicarasy uru-svanah'. adrsta-rupah means 'not seen'. vicarasi means 'You wander' and uru-svanah means 'whose sounds(Vedic mantras) are very great'. The demigods say that the Lord wanders in the sound vibration of the vedic mantras(in other words, He is present personally in the verses of revealed scriptures). Maharaj stressed on how important it is to recite the verses attentively. He said, 'just by reciting the verses everyday, we can attain all-perfections. But the recitation has to be done sincerely. Then maharaj made an interesting connection to the 18 verses in Gita we recited the previous day and Bhagavatam prayers. He said, 'the verses 2.54 - 72 in Gita helps us behave properly (by controlling the mind, senses and so on). But good behaviour alone is not enough. We have to become devotees of Krishna. For that, we have to recite nice prayers on Krishna from Srimad Bhagavatam, like 'Krishna vasudevaya devaki nandanaya ca..' etc. And when we sing those verses sincerely with feeling, Krishna will reciprocate accordingly.

Maharaj said so much more, but i will write them in another mail.

Thank you very much
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada,
Kalacakra das