Relationship with Krishna - Part 1

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

The following is an effort to transcribe the nectarean Srimad Bhagavatam class given by our beloved spiritual master HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj on verse 3.16.7, in Singapore on 1st January 2002.

yat-sevayā caraṇa-padma-pavitra-reṇuṁ
sadyaḥ kṣatākhila-malaṁ pratilabdha-śīlam
na śrīr viraktam api māṁ vijahāti yasyāḥ
prekṣā-lavārtha itare niyamān vahanti

The Lord continued: Because I am the servitor of My devotees, My lotus feet have become so sacred that they immediately wipe out all sin, and I have acquired such a disposition that the goddess of fortune does not leave Me, even though I have no attachment for her and others praise her beauty and observe sacred vows to secure from her even a slight favor.

1. Be with Bhagavatam: This verse I had noted down in my diary somewhere in 1993-94. Please maintain diaries like this and when you open any page, you will find suitable verses. You must maintain some diaries for your own sake. This shloka should be recited in Brahma Samhita lyric. (Maharaj insisted on lovingly reciting the verse. Referring to one devotee Maharaj continued) I heard that in Australia when people heard you recite, they very much appreciated it and mentioned it in their offering. So whatever is good, people always appreciate so we should try to be the best.  

Every living entity has a special relationship with Krishna and it depends upon how deep the relationship you have and it manifests through the mouth. So don't think that, "somebody has intimate relationship and I don't have any." No. But the efforts are less. That is the thing. Please, please, please, you should NEVER leave Bhagavatam. Never. As soon as you have one minute, you just open your notebook or whatever you have. May be from Bhagavad Gita also, you can study the Bhagavatam verses mentioned there. But don't leave Bhagavatam even for a single second. That is the way to develop intimate relationship with Krishna, because Bhagavatam is non-different from Him, equally like how Bhagavad Gita is not different from Him. Because Bhagavad Gita is directly coming from Him. So He and His sentence are non-different. 

So please, if you are really kind to me, you just try this and to perform this very nicely as I always advice you, our work should have minimum worries. I mean to say we must try to avoid loans and installments as far as possible. Because that will have a continuous drag on our income and you will have to work. Then it becomes a struggle after a while, 30 years of installments or 40 years of installments. I don't know how to get rid of this. In Quran, it is very nicely mentioned. This point is best in Quran, that we should neither borrow nor lend money. Both are injurious. If you lend, you cannot get it back and you have enmity. With devotees also it doesn't work. We are so very careless in our day to day life. And that doesn't give us the intimacy with Bhagavatam. So our life pattern should be as far as possible clear. No doubt we will have to take some calculated risks. And this "calculated" is  best word. It means that, suppose you fail, you don't drown. So we have to get rid of these loans.

Krishna willing, we shall continue to hear more nectar from Maharaj in the subsequent offering.

Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Sudarshana devi dasi.