Maturity in Devotional Service – 3
The following is the continuation of the transcription of the astounding lecture delivered by our GuruA spiritual teacher; a regular teacher may also be called guru. Maharaj H H Mahavishnu Goswami on 27th Jan 2009 in Rajkot on the verse 2.6.37. This is the concluding part of the transcription of this pravacan.
naaham na yuyam yad-rtaam gatim vidur
na vaamadevah kim utaapare suraah
tan-maayayaa mohita-buddhayas tv idam
vinirmitam caatma-samam vicaksmahe
“Since neither Lord Siva nor you nor I could ascertain the limits of spiritual happiness, how can other demigods know it? And because all of us are bewildered by the illusory external energy of the Supreme Lord, we can see only this manifested cosmos according to our individual ability.”
Maharaj is continuing on the important point of how devotees should courageously tolerate the miseries that keep happening in our life.
There is a nice slokha from Bhagavatam - girayo varsha dhaaraabhir hanyamaanaa na vivyatuh. The cliff is there. Thunder storms are there. It tolerates. It stands and the storm goes away. The thing is, as I always tell you know, that difficult is one thing. Somebody might have died in our family, that is a difficulty. But you are dejected, that is another difficulty. So don’t add the difficulties. Let the difficulty be one or whatever. You be courageous always. And you have to be courageous in any situation. Please remember the verse spoken by Lord Krishna to Arjuna in Bhagavad-gita 2.3:
klaibhyam maa sma gama paartha / naitat tvayy upapadyate
kshudram hrdaya daurbalyam / tyaktvottishta parantapa
This is kshudra hrdaya daurbalyam. “This weakness of your heart is cowardness” He says. tyakvaa - you leave it and uttishta - stand up, please. The situation may be good or bad. But let the situation be good or bad. Don’t add to it again. And that we do. If you are dejected, who is going to help you? No no. We should be like the hill which does not shake even after being hit by heavy thunder storms. And what is it after all? Suppose we at the moment, we have income. Tomorrow the income stops. I want only two idlis or two chapattis whatever. What is my requirement? That is nothing really. That will be provided somehow or other. And if not, I will work as a mason or laborer. To that extent we should be ready. Even now, cooks are in demand. You cook nicely and get job nicely. We see here, like a doctor the cook comes, he cooks and goes. I mean to say, the manual jobs are available. Forget about the computers. Worst comes to worst we will not be hungry. Please, this is how we have to pick up ourselves and that is the purpose of Bhagavatam.
Otherwise what are we learning from Bhagavatam? As I told you, we should be ready for any situation. So, high income or low income is not a situation really. It is, because we have responsibility, we have to maintain. So money must come. But its alright. For trying, we should be fully energetic. Otherwise you will not have the income back again. You have to be very energetic. And difficulties are always there. This Bhagavatam prepares us for the difficulty. Those who are younger ones, they should learn this. Don’t get dejected. Eventually everything will be alright. You have to completely reject this dejection. Two verses you should always refer from Bhagavad-gita. Second chapter verse number 2 and 3. Kutas tvaa kashmalam idam and klaibhyam maa sma gama paartha…. naitat tvayy upapadyate – Krishna says, “It doesn’t adore you”. And those who have completed their life, those who have settled, please, for them, if they don’t come to Bhagavatam, I will whip them out. Now there is no complaint. The thing is, the time is very good for you. Please utilize this for increasing the study of Bhagavatam and propagation, so that others may study and they can get advantage from you. And they will also be elevated. And those who are growing, please don’t be morose. You be with Bhagavatam and all the difficulties will evaporate. Difficulties can’t remain in the presence of Bhagavatam. Whatever you are, put your head into Bhagavatam.
Our attachments, unless they are snatched, we will not give up. That is the way Krishna has arranged. Till death we are attached. Prabhupada was giving the example, you know, this frog has a tongue. It can stretch and catch the insect from far away. One frog was in the mouth of the snake but it snatches the insect. We are already in the jaws of snake, within a second he is going to swallow, but still we want to enjoy. This is our attitude. Without fail we do this, definitely. This is how we are material. Our maturity is that we are very awake to this snatching away business. One day all our wealth is going to go away. san nimitte varam tyaago vinaashe niyate satiOne incarnation of Shiva's wife, Parvati. After her, the act of a wife's entering the funeral pyre of her husband.. San nimitte do something, otherwise it is going to be finished. Many times what happens, that the permanency, we always feel it is permanent. We don’t feel it is temporary. If you really feel it is temporary, we can do something. But we are not feeling. In religious purposes, some percentage is asked. That you please 2% or 1% of your income, whatever you can save, you donate. So this way, some renunciation is there. But we don’t feel it at all. Now because of the study of Bhagavatam, here every page tells us that we are temporary. How many times you forget? Daily you go to Bhagavatam, it says, “You are temporary”. But we say, “I agree I am temporary”, but even then we are not willing to renounce.
Because the soul is eternal, we don’t feel that we are going to die. Man, those who are younger than me, they are gone and I am still thinking that still I have 20 years to go. And my 20 never becomes less. Since I was 60 years old I was thinking, another 20 years, now 29 are gone, even then I am thinking another 20. This is how we are attached to the illusory energy. And then I take comfort, “He is attracted to illusory energy and I am not.” I am more attracted to illusory energy. We look to others, always comparing. Don’t compare. You try to have your own field. Individual ability. see Prabhupada’s words, Individual ability. Mass ability will not do in spiritual matter. It should be individual ability. And that’s why in the family also, till they are young they will obey, but don’t insist. You go on. They are looking at you. so if you really give that picture in their eyes, they will do the same thing when you are not here. Our children will do the same thing as we are doing now. They may go hither and tither in young age. But they are bound to do the same thing you are doing. Now they also have to face more terrible miseries than us. Times are very bad. If they are with Bhagavatam, they will be protected and we are always taking help of the Bhagavatam, we are taking help of the programs etc. If they could be moulded in that way, it is best. That is how we should behave. It is very nice of you to come together and discuss these things. Please have the discussions so that it will really give you very nice answers yourself. Many times we don’t know but the answers come because of the discussions. This our granthraj forum is best. The granthraj offerings are really practical. All of you please write in granthraj.
Herewith we conclude the transcription of the transcendental lecture given by our beloved spiritual master on the subject of Maturity in devotional service.
Srila Prabhupada ki Jai!! Srila Gurudev ki Jai!!!
Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Kalacakra Krsna das