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Accepting the Destiny – 4

This is the concluding portion of the previous offerings transcribing the lecture delivered by our beloved God brother HG Devakinandan prabhuji in Chennai on 27th May 2011 on Srimad Bhagavatam verse 7.2.40. 7. Seeing the hand of Krishna in everything: The conclusion to the verse SB 7.2.40 is very beautiful that until and unless we see the hand of Krishna in everything, we will not accept the destiny of the Lord as ours. When reverses come and difficulties come, we should not be disturbed. Maharaj said, for a while we may be disturbed but that while depends on our sadhana and faith. If your faith and sadhana is very nice and sadhu sanga is there, the lead time between the initial point of your being upset and the immediate getting out of the bewilderment will become shorter and shorter and shorter until it takes just little less than two minutes to ... Read More »

Accepting the Destiny – 3

In the last offerings we saw that Prabhuji explained that 1. Nothing is in our hands and everything is in the Lord’s hands. So destiny is really not under our control. 2. But we plan so many things. So how to know Krishna’s plans? Prabhuji explained that this begins with accepting that we do not know His plans. 3. The next question is how to accept Krishna’s plans and it begins with the conviction that we do not want what Krishna does not want for us. 4. Having accepted His plans how to execute the plans? Here Prabhuji explained that it has to be done with faith and without envy. The result of implicitly following the vision of the Lord is liberation from destiny and in the last mail, the pastime of killing Jayadratha was offered. Here we continue with the pastime of Duryodhana and Gandhari. 5. Liberation from destiny: When ... Read More »

Live a Clean Life

In Bhagavad Gita verse 7.28 Lord Krishna says yeshaam tvanta gatam paapam / janaanaam punya karmanaam te dvandva moha nirmuktaa / bhajante maam drda vrataah “Persons who have acted piously in previous lives and in this life and whose sinful actions are completely eradicated are freed from the dualities of delusion, and they engage themselves in My service with determination.“ Srila Prabhupada in his purport explains, that our life should be crystal clear, free of all the sinful activities, then only we will be able to worship Krishna with firm determination as explained in the above verse. Srila Prabhupada insists that for one who has followed the regulative principles throughout his life and performed devotional service, only that person is eligible to rise to the pure knowledge of Supreme Personality of Godhead. This is possible in Krishna Consciousness in association of devotees. Our beloved Gurudev HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj says, ... Read More »

Freedom

In this world, everyone of us like to be free. A child going to school thinks that he/she can become free once they get out of school. A student going to college, who is taxed by assignments and exams think that he will become free once he gets a job. A person after getting job thinks that he can become free, once he retires. Not just human beings, even birds or animals trapped in cages feels very happy when they are left free. So evey living entity in every stage of life yearns for freedom. But in reality we find that we are never free and infact we are bound up more and more by the clutches of material modes. So when and how can we become free? In Srimad Bhagavatam verse 1.6.37, Suta Goswami very nicely glorifies Narada Muni, the transcendental space man as follows. suta uvaaca evam sambhasya ... Read More »

See the Lord in Everyone

In Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 1, Chapter 11, verse 7 the residents of Dvaraka glorify the Lord in a wonderful manner when the Lord returns to Dvaraka from Hastinapura. The residents of Dvaraka are immensely separated from Krishna and they run towards Him as soon as Krishna enters Dvaraka blowing the fat-boweled conchshell, the sound of which removes the fear of all living entities. bhavaaya nas tvam bhava vishva bhaavanaa tvam eva maataatha suhrt patih pitaa tvam sad gurur nah paramam ca daivatam yasyaanuvrttyaa krtino babhuvima “O creator of the universe, You are our mother, well-wisher, Lord, father, spiritual master and worshipable Deity. By following in Your footsteps we have become successful in every espect. We pray, therefore, that You continue to bless us with Your mercy.” (SB 1.11.7) The Supreme Lord always accepts and reciprocates in the way we pray to Him. He is the sum total and is complete ... Read More »

Accepting the Destiny – 2

In the last offerings we saw that Prabhuji explained that 1. Nothing is in our hands and everything is in the Lord’s hands. So destiny is really not under our control. 2. But we plan so many things. So how to know Krishna’s plans? Prabhuji explained that this begins with accepting that we do not know His plans. Now the next question is how to accept Krishna’s plans and we continue the transcription of the same here. 3. How to accept Krishna’s plans? Maharaj says that if something you want does not happen, very simple, just tell yourself, “It is okay. Krishna does not want. If Krishna does not want, we do not want it also. Your mind will rebel against it. Your mind will say, ‘No, no…, I want it for these reasons.’ But you just put a stop to the mind and how do you control the mind? There is ... Read More »

Accepting the Destiny – 1

The following is a humble attempt to transcribe the enlightening lecture delivered by our beloved God brother HG Devakinandan prabhuji in Chennai on 27th May 2011 on Srimad Bhagavatam verse 7.2.40 pathi cyutam tishtati dishta-rakshitam grhe sthitam tad-vihatam vinashyati jivaty anaatho ‘pi tad-ikshito vane grhe ‘bhigupto ‘sya hato na jivati “Sometimes one loses his money on a public street, where everyone can see it, and yet his money is protected by destiny and not seen by others. Thus the man who lost it gets it back. On the other hand, if the Lord does not give protection, even money maintained very securely at home is lost. If the Supreme Lord gives one protection, even though one has no protector and is in the jungle, one remains alive, whereas a person well protected at home by relatives and others sometimes dies, no one being able to protect him.” 1. Nothing is in ... Read More »

MVG – Memorial Service at Sydney – 4

Srila Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj - Memorial Service at Sydney 22. A lesson we can never forget: At about 3.10 or 3.15 p.m something changed. The breathing which was very erratic, became extremely regular and I had no idea and I thought something is going to happen now. Suddenly the movement of his air became very regular and myself, Vaishnava seva prabhu, Shyam prabhu, Sundar prabhu and the doctor, we all thought that things are changing now. At that point of time, we heard very strong rumbling in his stomach and we could realize at that point, it was the life air,the sound that Bhagavatam describes of life air. We could hear this in his stomach and we could hear literally the life air moving up to his throat and at that point when it moved up to the throat, Maharaj immediately closed his mouth very very tightly. I do not know ... Read More »

MVG – Memorial Service at Sydney – 3

Srila Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj - Memorial Service at Sydney 15. A hard worker: Godavari River was very dear to Maharaj. He told us, when he was 16, he would swim everyday across the river. Maharaj was a very strong swimmer. He said that he would swim across, tie up his clothes, put them on his head and do freestyle. He would go across to study and swim back and give tuitions in the night. After swimming back and giving tuitions in the night, next morning he had to go to work. Maharaj worked very hard. If you spoke to those who knew him in Nasik, they said that he was the oldest in the family. There were 15 brothers and sisters. Maharaj was eldest. He was the eldest boy. He has a sister older to him. Maharaj was 91 when he left and his sister is 96. She still walks without a ... Read More »

MVG – Memorial Service at Sydney – 2

Srila Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj - Memorial Service at Sydney 9. Personal attention to everyone: The first time I met Maharaj was when Maharaj came to Singapore and I introduced myself and he asked me what is my name, who am I, who is my family, how many brothers and sisters I had and what my parents were doing. Nobody had asked me these questions before when I was in the temple for nine years. I was in the temple from 1983 and all I did in the temple was either wash the toilets or wash the pots and whenever I wanted to sit down and read Bhagavad gita, all the temple president would say was that I was not ready for it. He would say, “Go back and wash the pots.” The temple president never knew where I came from, who I was. Sometimes he would forget my name also. And for ... Read More »