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Answers from a Maha-Bhagavata – Performing Unmotivated Bhakti

Recently I was going through the diary which contained my conversations with our beloved Gurudev, H H Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj. I seek the permission of the devotees to allow me to share an excerpt from one of the conversations. I will try and list down the points which I had taken down on my note book. We had noted this conversation down in point form. In this mail we have tried to put together all the points in paragraphs for ease of reading, as such the sentences may not be flowing as it should be. Kindly forgive us. Gurudev: Motivated devotional service gets us nowhere. When motivation is there, we will not be able to touch the verses. We will not be able to learn, contemplate and understand the finer points. The mind is always agitated because of this motivation. For Bhagavatam our head needs to be cool. For this we ... Read More »

Answers from a Maha-Bhagavata – How to Execute the Desire to Preach?

Recently I was going through the diary which contained my conversations with our beloved Gurudev, HDG Mahavishnu Gosvami Maharaj. I seek the permission of the devotees to allow me to share an excerpt from one of the conversations. I will try and list down the points which I had taken down on my note book. We had noted this conversation down in point form. In this mail we have tried to put together all the points in paragraphs for ease of reading, as such the sentences may not be flowing as it should be. Kindly forgive us. During one phone conversation, I had asked Maharaj that despite having the desire to preach and do more in devotional service, I was not able to push myself to practically execute that desire due to some form of inertia. The answer that Maharaj gave proved the type of unique transcendental experience he had ... Read More »

Answers from a Maha-Bhagavata – How to Become Humble?

Recently I was going through the diary which contained my conversations with our beloved Gurudev, HDG Mahavishnu Gosvami Maharaj. I seek the permission of the devotees to allow me to share an excerpt from one of the conversations. I will try and list down the points which I had taken down on my note book. We had noted this conversation down in point form. In this mail we have tried to put together all the points in 4 paragraphs for ease of reading, as such the sentences may not be flowing as it should be. Kindly forgive us. Question: Maharaj, we always read about the importance of humility. I have read in Prabhupada’s letter that real devotional service starts only when one is humble. What must we do to become humble Maharaj? Maharaj: Just remember your ashes. When you die the ashes are there. Nothing else. What is there to ... Read More »

The Meaning of Initiation

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The Meaning of Initiation (Compiled from notes on lectures of H. H. Mahavishnu Goswami) The day of spiritual initiation is a very important day in all our lives. Initiation is actually a second birth for the human beings. In this second birth, the spiritual master is our father and the scriptures are our mother. It is a very auspicious and memorable occasion in our lives. We are all born in the darkness of ignorance and on the day of initiation we are taking a second birth in the mode of goodness. The philosophical points from our scriptures are regarded as universal because it is applicable and good for everyone. That is why Srila Prabhupada unknowingly attracted all kinds of people whoever they may be. Religions are man made divisions but essentially every living entity is the same, being part and parcel of Krishna, The Supreme Personality of Godhead. This important ... Read More »

Answers from a Maha-Bhagavata – How to Really Cure Disease ?

Answers from a Maha-Bhagavata – How to Really Cure Disease ? Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis, Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev. Recently I was going through the diary which contained my conversations with our beloved Gurudev, HDG Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj. I seek the permission of the devotees to allow me to share an excerpt from one of the conversations. I will try and list down the points which I had taken down on my note book. Maharaj was speaking very powerfully on how each and every living entity can practically cure their material diseases. Maharaj was referring to Srimad Bhagavatam 4.21.31. yat-paada-sevaabhir ucis tapasvinaam ashesha-janmopacita m malam dhiyah sadyah kshinoty anvaham edhatee satee yathaa padaagushtha- vinihsrtaa sarit “By the inclination to serve the lotus feet of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, suffering humanity can immediately cleanse the dirt which has accumulated in ... Read More »

Answers from A Maha-Bhagavata – How to Handle Criticism ?

Answers from A Maha-Bhagavata – How to Handle Criticism ? Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis, Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev. Recently I was going through the diary which contained my conversations with our beloved Gurudev, HDG Mahavishnu Gosvami Maharaj. I seek the permission of the devotees to allow me to share the contents of one of the conversations. I will try and list down the points which I had taken down on my note book. The conversation was a question and answer session on the following verse sung by Madhavendra Puri. This verse was found in the purport to Srimad Bhagavatam 2.4.3-4 mugdham maam nigadantu neeti-nipunaa bhraantam muhur vaidikaah mandam baandhava-sancayâ jada-dhiyam muktaadaraah sodaraah unmattam dhanino viveka-caturaah kaamam mahaa-daambhikam moktum na kshaamate manaag api mano govinda-paada- sprhaam “Let the sharp moralist accuse me of being illusioned; I do not mind. Experts in ... Read More »

Answers from a Maha-Bhagavata – How to Treat Everyone Equally ?

Answers from a Maha-Bhagavata – How to Treat Everyone Equally ? Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis, Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev. Recently I was going through the diary which contained my conversations with our beloved Gurudev, HDG Mahavishnu Gosvami Maharaj. I seek the permission of the devotees to allow me to share the contents of one of the conversations. I will try and list down the points which I had taken down in my note book. We vividly remember this conversation. Maharaj was in the Radha Neelamadhav temple hall after having seen the kids from Prahlad School. He was very relaxed and transcendentally seated just beside His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada. Question: Maharaj sometimes I have the propensity to treat people differently. What should I do? Even before I could ask what I should do Maharaj cut me off and spoke the ... Read More »

Answers from A Maha-Bhagavata – Be Remembered by Lord Krishna

Answers from A Maha-Bhagavata – Be Remembered by Lord Krishna Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis, Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva. In continuation to the series “Perfect Answers”, this is a humble attempt at reproducing from a question and answer session during a lecture delivered by HDG Srila Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj in September 2008 in Singapore. Devotee: Dear Maharaj, Lord Krishna says in the Bhagavad Gita that from Him comes remembrance and forgetfulness. Does this mean the amount of time we remember the Lord is purely dependent on the will of the Lord or is it influenced by our desires? Maharaj: Jai, very nice question. You know, the children sing the lyrics (Maharaj calls for the children to come and sing the song). The answer is in the lyrics. Very nice question. (Children sing the song composed by HG Atma prabhuji) The answer ... Read More »

Answers from a Maha-Bhagavata – How to Avoid Differentiating between Services ?

Answers from a Maha-Bhagavata – How to Avoid Differentiating between Services ? Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis, Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev. In a recent conversation HG Devakinandan prabhuji was telling us how we should not be caught up with the externals and always be happy in sitting down to read Srimad Bhagavatam. This pacifying point that Prabhuji had brought up, reminded us of the divine instructions of our eternal spiritual master HDG Mahavishnu Goswami Gurudev. We remember asking Maharaj on how not to differentiate between the services that we perform, and how to always perform our devotional service without agitation. We were admitting to Maharaj on how sometimes we were enthused in service and sometimes we were not. It was my habit to perform seva in such a state, and so Maharaj corrected me as follows. Answer: “Yes ... Read More »

Answers from A Maha-Bhagavata – How to Develop Faith in Guru

Answers from A Maha-Bhagavata – How to Develop Faith in Guru Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Mathajis, Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev. Recently I was going through the diary which contained my conversations with our beloved Gurudev, HDG Mahavishnu Gosvami Maharaj. I seek the permission of the devotees to allow me to share the contents of one of the conversations. I will try and list down the points which I had taken down on my note book. Question: “Maharaj in my heart I have a great desire to please you all the time. But due to my lack of faith I have so much difficulty in following Maharaj’s instructions. My mind gives me the excuse that sometimes time is not right or the situation is not right. This is the truth Maharaj. It becomes more difficult when I am so ... Read More »