Austerity is Required - Part 1

Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,

Dandavat pranams. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva.

The following is a humble effort to transcribe one of the nectarean classes given by our beloved spiritual master HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj on Srimad Bhagavatam verse 11.7.45

tejasvī tapasā dīpto durdharṣodara-bhājanaḥ
sarva-bhakṣyo ’pi yuktātmā nādatte malam agni-vat

Saintly persons become powerful by execution of austerities. Their consciousness is unshakable because they do not try to enjoy anything within the material world. Such naturally liberated sages accept foodstuffs that are offered to them by destiny, and if by chance they happen to eat contaminated food, they are not affected, just like fire, which burns up contaminated substances that are offered to it.

 (After recitation Maharaj appreciated the nice sequence of words in the above verse tejasvī, tapasā, dīpto)

Maharaj: This tapasā we saw that austerity gives you tejasvī - the brilliantly luminous. The luminous nature is the monopoly of Krishna because from His vigrah, unlimited effulgence is coming out every second of His existence. And He is known as avyaya, no vyaya - no diminishing of His strength, doesn’t diminish at all. 

The sun is a representative of Krishna. Hardly during so many years, there is some fraction of thing reducing in sun because eventually this material manifestation is going to be destroyed. So before the annihilation, the large annihilation is there, sun will lose its power. As soon as the sun loses the power, then we cannot be alive here on this planet. The life depends upon sun. So fraction of the thing reduces always, but its negligible. We can't see anything because our life is very short. About 60, 70 years we cannot see any reduction and we think that it is powerful. But Krishna's vigrah never reduces in the strength. And that's why the creation is there because of effulgence, maintenance goes on because of the effulgence and again annihilation also because of the effulgence. Whenever He wants, He can withdraw the power of the sun. So if He wants to finish it today, then He doesn’t have to do anything at all. Just withdraw the power of the sun and this will be null and void. This is the thing.

tejasvī tapasā dīpto, and as soon as tapas is there, we saw that austerity gives us the brilliant luminity. And then the same time it gives you glow. So please for our own health, this austerity is required. That's why one thing - we have to stop to look at others, what they do. As soon as we stop this, then we encourage ourselves to do whatever is correct. Otherwise half of the life is wasted just looking into others. "He is not doing why should I do?" - This envious nature is there. Please drive away this and you have so much time at your disposal. Half the life is saved, if you stop criticizing others. We ourselves are full of defects. So why to find out the defects from the others?"

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

Hare Krishna. 
Thank you very much, 
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Maharaj, 
Srilakshmi devi dasi,