5. A devotee is dhira – sober: Thus the devotee becomes dhira – sober. Dhira means in any difficulty we do not meditate on the difficulty but we meditate on Krishna who is the cause of all causes instead of thinking and meditating on that person who harassed us.
In the previous offering we saw that
1. The cow representing Mother earth and the bull representing the principle of religion were being beaten by the personality of Kali.
2. The behaviour of the Vaishnavas should be pucca.
3. When the Vaishnavas meet, they discuss the glories of Krishna.
Miseries are like uninvited guests at home. They keep coming and going in our lives. Srila Prabhupada very nicely mention in his book Science of Self realisation very nicely mentions that, "In this material world no one wants misery, but it comes.
5. Chant Hare Krishna and be free from disease (vyaadhi): After aadhi, it is mentioned about vyaadhi. Vyaadhi means disease. Disease is perverted condition of the body. And what is perverted condition?
Now let us continue to hear more nectar from Maharaj.
h. Associate with Srila Prabhupada through his books: Verse 9.10.53 of Srimad Bhagavatam says in raame raajani adhoksaje, Ram who is Adhokshaja, beyond our experimental knowledge,
Maharaj began explaining the first word "na aadhi" in that verse. In the previous offering we heard from Maharaj that we must
1. Regulate our sleep.
2. Let Krishna manage our worries.
3. Say No to Envy
4. Srimad Bhagavatam verse 7.15.24 is remedial verse for aadhi.
This is in continuation of partial transcription of the nectarean Bhagavatam class given by our beloved spiritual master H H Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj in Dwarka on Srimad Bhagavatam verse 9.10.53 in January 2003, wherein Maharaj explains how the Bhagavatam way is the key to Ramrajya.
The following is a humble effort to partially transcribe one of the nectarean Bhagavatam class given by our beloved spiritual master H H Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj in Dwarka on Srimad Bhagavatam verse 9.10.53 in January 2003.
Yesterday HG Narahari Prabhuji had written a nice offering on "The Proper Utilisation of Our Tongue", wherein he had mentioned about the importance of utilising this rare and valuable gift of devotional service.
In our day to day normal life, we have faith on our wife, sons, servant and friends etc. When we have even a tinge of doubt in these material relationships, then we have lot of quarrels with them, lose our peace of mind and ultimately it affects our physical health as well.
Recently we came across a nice thought provoking story. Once there lived a poor man Ramu who was serving a saint. Pleased by his service, the saint gave him a gift and asked him to open it whenever he is in utmost difficult situation.
In the introduction of Srimad Bhagavat Gita Srila Prabhupada writes:
"The Lord is perpetually happy, and if the living entities associate with the Lord, co-operate with Him and take part in His association, then they also become happy."
One of the most often used phrase among devotees is 'Devotee association'. There is a lot of emphasis given in devotional service to this aspect called 'sadhu sanga', usually refered to as 'Association of devotees'.
When Parikshit Maharaj was cursed by Shrngi and he is conveyed the message that he would be killed by a snake-bite in 7 days, he decided to accept the curse as it is and utilize the remaining time in the best possible way.
Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakura commented once, "Without being empowered by the direct potency of Lord Krishna to fulfill His desire and without being specifically favoured by the Lord, no human being can become the spiritual master of the world
Nobody can escape the pangs of birth. Those who have born like us, they have to pass away. Death is definitely there. Birth and death are inevitable. There is no medicine so far found that you can accept the body, without taking the birth. Nobody falls from the sky. Everybody has to come from the material womb.
In his purport to the above verse Srila Prabhupada very nicely explained, "This example of Dhruva Maharaja's closing the holes of his personal body and thereby closing the breathing holes of the total universe clearly indicates that a devotee, by his personal devotional service, can influence all the people of the whole world to become devotees of the Lord.
In the case of Ajamila we see that he could not control his senses and fell victim to the prostitute. So we should be very careful not to be proud to think that we can control our senses on our own. We should always be ready to accept that we are actually very fallen in our condition without the mercy of Hari and Guru.