Freedom from Entanglement - Part 10

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

This is in continuation of the transcription of the class given by HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj on Srimad Bhagavatam 1.1.14. Yesterday, Maharaj was explaining to us how this hurdle of birth and death keeps pulling us again and again back into this vicious cycle, because of the millions of combinations of the three modes of material nature which ensnare us. And in this life, we are preparing to order our next body. There is no end to this. Let us hear further from Maharaj.

Our position is very scaryāpannaḥ and saṁsṛtiṁ, this saṁsār word comes from saṁsṛti, and saṁsṛti means 'unsurpassable misery experienced in the material existence'. And this is the material existence that we have the hurdle, then we are helplessly slaved, completely under the influence of the millions of combinations of the three modes of material nature. And then 'bhūtānāṁ yan mithaḥ kaliḥ' (SB 1.8.28) again. Because in those modes of nature we come together and we have so many complications in our mind. Unlimited complications we carry since last millions of births. We don't know, as a fish also we have entered this saṁsār, in other species also, and we had the same influence of these millions of combinations of modes of material nature. And the whole burden is carried out you know, mind, intelligence and subtle body. If your bhakti is not completed, because we didn’t complete our bhakti, may be last time when we were in human existence, that is why we are forcefully put, forcefully put into this 8 million and 4 hundred thousand births and deaths.

And again in the ignorance, we are again preparing for next round and that is again 8 million and 4 hundred thousand. I don't know how, how we can get into it, but we are trying. We are trying our best to throw ourselves out but Krishna says that demoniac people cannot come to Him (Bhagavad Gita verse 16.20), mām aprāpyaiva, "There you don't attend Me." And yānty adhamāṁ gatim, - and go into the lowest species of life again. And that is how this is a very complicated situation we are forced into. We don't have time, time is slipping out. Years and years and years and years and years are going in deep sleep. Waking sleep is there, then again dreaming sleep is there and then again the deep sleep is there, there are so many thing we are entangled into. I don't know when are we going to realize these things. And unless you realize these verses, unless you very peacefully go through these things, we don't know, we cannot have any dint of idea of the horrible situation. It is not that something is scaring, that we want to scare. No, no, no, no, no, but this is the fact. The factual position of our material existence has got to be understood and that is this complicated, you know. He translates it very nicely. In the hurdle of birth and death, saṁsṛtiṁ, yes the same word we have to remember. You know saṁsṛteḥ, it is recited in some verse (SB 1.7.22). The end is saṁsṛteḥ.

arjuna uvāca
kṛṣṇa kṛṣṇa mahā-bāho bhaktānām abhayaṅkara
tvam eko dahyamānānām apavargo ’si saṁsṛteḥ

This is the verse. Arjuna when he was in difficulty, with all the association of Krishna, Krishna was in the same chariot and even then see  Arjuna’s complicated meshes. How can it happen, you are with Krishna, you are fully Krishna conscious, but even then the difficulty was so very acute that a devotee like Arjuna was also bewildered. So what to talk of us, we are completely far away from Krishna. Oh I don't know how far we are and that is why our position is that it is very difficult to get out of this hurdle."

Krishna willing, we shall hear more transcendental wisdom from Maharaj in the ensuing offering.

Hare Krishna.

Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev,
Uma Prathap
Abu Dhabi.