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Learn by Heart and Sing Very Nicely – 3

This mail is in continuation of transcription of our beloved spiritual master, HDG Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj’s Bhagavatam class on the topic – “Learn by Heart and Sing Very Nicely”. Lets continue to hear the nectarean message from Maharajji on verse 10.12 of Bhagavad Gita param brahma param dhaama / pavitram paramam bhavaan purusham shaasvatam divyam / aadi-devam ajam vibhum “You are the Supreme Personality of Godhead, the ultimate abode, the purest, the Absolute Truth. You are the eternal, transcendental, original person, the unborn, the greatest.” “param brahma – He is the Supreme Absolute Truth. param dhama – He is the Supreme refuge. He is the Supreme shelter. There is no shelter like Him. We take so many shelters and eventually all the shelters crumble down. We have our own businesses, we have our own jobs, we try to earn money, we try to do so many things, and every shelter crumbles down. We have ... Read More »

Learn by Heart and Sing Very Nicely – 2

“Everywhere you get frustrated. And there are so many fears, you know. There is very nice verse in which there are nine fears described in our lives, you know. This is beautiful verse. [Here is a famous verse of Bhartrihari, from the Vairaagya shatakam, a hundred verses on dispassion] bhoge rogabhayam, kule chyutibhayam, vitte nrupaalaad-bhayam maane dainyabhayam, bale ripubhayam, roope jaraayaa bhayam shaastre vaadibhayam, gune khalabhayam, kaaye krtaantaad-bhayam sarvam vastu bhayaanvitam bhuvi nrnaam Vairaagyameva abhayam ‘There is fear of disease in the enjoyment of sensual pleasures; fear of decline in lineage; fear of kings in riches; fear of humiliation in honour; fear of enemies when in power; fear of oldage in beauty; fear of disputants in learning; fear of the wicked in virtue and fear of death in embodied souls. All facets of man’s life on earth engender fear. Renunciation alone gives fearlessness.‘ Beautiful verse. Vedic literatures gives you everything. ... Read More »

Learn by Heart and Sing Very Nicely – 1

Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Mathajis, Please accept my humble obeisances! All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva ! I was listening to our spiritual master, HDG Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj’s class on Srimad Bhagavatam verse 4.7.5 and shall make a humble effort to transcribe the same. After singing the initial invocation prayers Maharajji started to sing the below verse. “baahubhyaam ashvinoh pushno / hastaabhyaam krita-baahavah bhavantv adhvaryavash caanye / basta-shmashrur bhrigur bhavet Those who have had their arms cut off will have to work with the arms of Ashvini-kumaara, and those whose hands were cut off will have to do their work with the hands of Pushaa. The priests will also have to act in that manner. As for Bhrigu, he will have the beard from the goat’s head. Purport by Srila Prabhupada, please hear: Bhrigu Muni, a great supporter of Daksha, was awarded the beard of the goat’s head ... Read More »

Remember Krishna without Deviation – 2

We are continuing with the transcription of the lecture given by our spiritual master H H Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj on the B G Verse 8.14: ananya-cetaah satatam / yo maam smarati nityashah  tasyaaham sulabhah paartha / nitya-yuktasya yoginah  “For one who always remembers Me without deviation, I am easy to obtain, O son of Prtha, because of his constant engagement in devotional service.“ Ravana was a staunch Shiv Bhakta, but he was finished by Sri Ram. If he had been attached and strongly devoted to Sri Ram then he would have never been killed. He didn’t have unflinching faith on Sri Ram which lead to his destruction. We are not to deviate from our path of worshipping Krishna. We may come to temple sometimes and attend programs and go home. But as soon as you leave temple, you get entangled in illusory energy and forget Krishna totally. Unless we stop this ... Read More »

Remember Krishna without Deviation – 1

In Bhagavad-Gita verse 8.14 Lord Krishna says, ananya-cetaah satatam / yo maam smarati nityashah tasyaaham sulabhah paartha / nitya-yuktasya yoginah “For one who always remembers Me without deviation, I am easy to obtain, O son of Prtha, because of his constant engagement in devotional service.“ Srila Prabhupada in his purports says that the special qualification of the pure devotee is that he is always thinking of Krishna without deviation and without considering the time or place. There should be no impediments. He should be able to carry out his service anywhere and at any time. Some say that the devotee should remain in holy places like Vrindavan or some holy town where the Lord lived, but a pure devotee can live anywhere and create the atmosphere of Vrindavan by his devotional service. It was Sri Advaita who told Lord Caitanya, “Wherever You are, O Lord-there is Vrindavan.” I was listening to ... Read More »

Packaged Chanting

This is a wonderful shloka that the great devotee Arjuna addresses to the Lord to clear the doubt that we face on a day to day basis. cancalam hi manah krsna / pramaathi balavad drdham tasyaaham nigraham manye / vaayor iva su-dushkaram “For the mind is restless, turbulent, obstinate and very strong, O Krishna, and to subdue it, I think, is more difficult than controlling the wind.” Bhagavad Gita 6.34 We think that we are all very nice devotees, we are different from the materialistic people, we chant our regular rounds, attend programs, offer bhoga, we try to eat only food offered to Krishna, read Bhagavad Gita and Bhagavatam on a regular basis, try to sing and dance in front of the Deities and we all endeavor to do everything to please Guru and Krishna. But we need to closely introspect ourselves, “Are we really devotees in true sense”? None ... Read More »

Pass the Time in Lord’s Pastimes

Sri Koorathazhwar is an exalted acharya in the Sri Sampradaya and he is the disciple of Sri Ramanujacharya. He had twin sons and Sri Embar was the spiritual master of these two sons. Once when Sri Koorathazhwar was expounding on the purport of a Tamil Paasuram, he found that it incorporated the essence of the Ashtaakshara mantra or the eight lettered mantra, “Om Namo Naaarayanaaya”. As the mantra and its significance are to be learnt only from the spiritual master, Sri Koorathazhwar sent his two sons to Sri Embar for obtaining the instructions. He had just asked them to go and immediately realizing the impermanence of life, he called the sons back and gave the instruction himself, lest something should happen to them on the way to Sri Embar and deny them the Mantropadesham. One may think what could possibly happen to the children during the short journey involved in ... Read More »

Hari Bhajan – The Only Panacea – 2

This is in continuation of the transcription of the nectarean class given by our beloved spiritual master, H H Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj on 23 December 2006 in Sri Sri Radha Neel Madhav dham Rajkot, on verse 15.5 of Bhagavad Gita. In previous offering we heard from Maharaj Life is very short and so we should create favourable situations in life and sort out dilemmas by intense sadhana and Vedic way of life. Illicit ideas are horrible than death and so we should never become a victim for the same. Hari Bhajan is best for everything, be it dilemmas or criticisms. Explaining about the dangerous diseases like AIDS which are an outcome of illicit life, Maharaj recollected how this world was simple and pure even about 80-90 years ago, during his childhood days. Now let us continue to hear from Maharaj. “In those days, these so called advancements were not there. ... Read More »

Hari Bhajan – The Only Panacea – 1

Today is the auspicious occasion of the appearance of all merciful Lord Sri Krishna Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Wishing you all a very happy and blissful Gaur Poornima. Our prayers unto Srila Gurudev, Srila Prabhupada and Lord Gauranga to bless all of us to do sincere devotional service unto Their lotus feets. Below mail is transcription of the class given by our beloved spiritual master H H Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj on 23rd December 2006 in Sri Sri RadhaNeelMadhav dham, Rajkot on verse 15.5 of Bhagavad Gita. After the class, one devotee inquired Maharaj as to how to practise the instructions which Maharaj has given us on dealing with dualities, when we go out of the temple. He said that it is easier to follow the instructions within the temple premises. But once we step out of the temple, the same anarthas enter into us. Maharaj smiled and said – “Yes it is easy ... Read More »

Purifying Our Consciousness – 3

This is in conclusion of the previous postings transcribing the wonderful lecture given by our beloved Guru Maharaj in Singapore on 11.3.1992 on the following verse from Srimad Bhagavatam 4.7.9, sandheeyamaane shirasi / daksho rudraabhivikshitah sadyah supta ivottasthau / dadrshe caagrato mrdham “When the animal’s head was fixed on the body of King Daksha, Daksha was immediately brought to consciousness, and as he awakened from sleep, the King saw Lord Siva standing before him.” In the previous post we saw that Maharaj emphasized on purifying the consciousness and for this, the intellect or buddhi must be purified. Maharaj in this regard quoted the verse Srimad Bhagavad Gita 18.51 and explained the same. buddhyaa vishuddhayaa yukto / dhrtyaatmaanam niyamya ca shabdaadin vishayaams tyaktvaa / raaga-dveshau vyudasya ca “Being purified by his intelligence and controlling the mind with determination, giving up the objects of sense gratification, being freed from attachment and hatred… ... Read More »