Full inconceivable cannot be conceived, acintya guna svarupam, acintya guna svarup, His quality, His vigraha is completely inconceivable. It is beyond our capacity to go to Him. And even then, He is incharge of everything, including all these demigods and everything.
Karmas can never be leaving you alone till you suffer for it or enjoy for it. See, that is the secret of it. So in between, while suffering, you should always devote your time to serve Krishna. And then if you do that, jīveta, if you lead your life like this, we are waiting for mercy from the Lord, you are suffering in between, but you are completely devoted to Krishna's service, then you are the heir-apparent (dāya-bhāk) to go back home without much endeavour.
I pray that if I should again take my birth in the material world I will have complete attachment to the unlimited Lord Krsna, association with His devotees, and friendly relations with all living beings.
Our beloved spiritual master HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj always advises us that, nothing is end of life. No miserable situation is the end. So we should never become depressed when we suffer miseries in life.
Dhṛtarāṣṭra was happily passing away his numbered days in the illusion of being a king or the royal uncle of King Yudhiṣṭhira. Vidura, as a saint and as the duty-bound affectionate youngest brother of Dhṛtarāṣṭra, wanted to awaken Dhṛtarāṣṭra from his slumber of being a false king driven to disease and old age by the force of powerful time.
Some are born in wealthy families, some are born poor, some are born beautiful, some are mediocre looking, some are very intelligent, some are dull headed. These things very much influence the difficulties faced by the living entities in the journey of life.
My mother was working so hard. They had to bring the (water-pots), they had to draw the water from the well and put all the three things on their head and in their waist and they were walking one kilometer and climbing the stairs and everything was in saree. Never they complained that I have to work and I should throw away saree and put on punjabi dress.
But if you stick to Bhagavatam and Bhagavad Gita there is no cultural lag. This is above the lag. It's always same, human values don't change. Everything changes. And values, because it is coming from Kṛṣṇa, they never change
There is no other way that the living entity can be happy. It's only the vedic culture. No other culture at all. Unless they come to the tenets of Bhagavad Gita and Bhagavatam, forget about the happiness.
There are only two choices. To come to Kṛṣṇa or go to material whirlpool. You cannot be in between. Many times we will think that I will do that also and this also. No, no not that and this. Either it is this or that. And the shastras insist that we should have the transcendence as the foundation of our life. If the foundation is strong, then there is no danger of your gliding down to the nasty whirlpool of the material existence.
And sense gratification is very powerful. So however the person may be highly educated or otherwise but his intelligence is completely stolen. And he falls down back into the material whirlpool which is very temporary and full of misery, it's a whirlpool.
You are not sane at all. Sanity is completely impossible. And because the sanity is absent, the body is never in order. That is particularly in the modern age, when we don't have any, any attraction to the transcendence.
Nothing belongs to us. When we die it is going to remain in the bank or in the safe or wherever you have locked. All alone the jiva will travel with the dharma. Whatever you have heard or remembered about Krishna will accompany you. Otherwise, nothing accompanies us.
The great Emperor Māndhātā, who was the jewel of the Krta Yuga is gone. Where is the Vanquisher of Ravana who built a bridge over the Great Ocean? Other world-emperors like Yudhisthira too, have gone to higher planets. While all those great monarchs departed in their respective eras, the earth did not accompany any of them. It seems likely O Emperor Munja, that she might finally go with you when your own time comes
Our spiritual master HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj says, "Whatever we own, owns us." The more assets we own, the more time and energy we have to spend in maintaining them. Also such assets not only give us anxiety, but also invite quarrels within the family.
Sacrificing something which we have enjoyed is quite easier than sacrificing something which we have not even seen. So Bhishmadev was in such a situation. Usually in adolescent age, children tend to get attracted and tempted to get the things which they have not attained.
Maharaj jokes nicely that unfortunately instead of singing adharaṁ madhuraṁ vadanaṁ madhuraṁ - we are singing 'dollar-um madhuram, car-um madhuram' and running behind temporary material assets, instead of running behind Supreme Absolute Truth Krishna.
What the devotee actually offers the Lord is not needed by the Lord, for He is self-sufficient. If the devotee offers something to the Lord, it acts for his own interest because whatever a devotee offers the Lord comes back in a quantity a million times greater than what was offered. One does not become a loser by giving to the Lord; one becomes a gainer by millions of times.
H H Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj proclaimed "Our material life is always miserable because it is full of Lamentation, Illusion, Fear and Envy. On the other hand, our spiritual life is transcendentally blissful because it is full of Love, Inspiration, Freedom and Enthusiasm."
Maharaj says Krishna's face is cheerful like water-melon and so we should also have smiling face. In his classes also Maharaj many times used to prompt children and devotees to smile nicely. Infact smile is the best ornament for the face. When we don't smile, Maharaj says our face looks like rotten banana.
Prasadam is not only the food. If you are willing to patiently accept the Lord's will throughout your life, then your entire life becomes Krishna prasadam. In this way life becomes sublime. If you force your requests upon Him, then your life is just bhoga, not prasadam. Prasadam nourishes our life.