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Hare Kṛṣṇa Hare Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa Hare Hare Hare Rāma Hare Rāma Rāma Rāma Hare Hare

Bhagavat Saptah

A Week with a Saint


Lectures by

His Holiness Sri Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj

This is compilation of the transcripts of Bhagavat-Saptah lectures given by His Holiness Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj in Sydney, Australia, from 29 September to 06 October 2001

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Dedication and Gratitude

Hare Kṛṣṇa,

This lecture transcription service is dedicated at the lotus feet of His Holiness Sri Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj (Maharaj).

The initial transcription and reviewing of Bhagavat Saptah lectures was done mainly by disciples of Maharaj in Minneapolis. Special thanks to prabhujis and mataji from Minneapolis yatra especially, H. G. Purnendu Kṛṣṇa Das, H. G. Anasuya Devi Dasi, H. G. Yadushrestha Kṛṣṇa Das and H. G. Jagat Mohini Devi Dasi, H. G. Gopika Devi Dasi, H. G. Balram Das and H. G. Purnima Devi Dasi, H. G. Jayant Kṛṣṇa Das and H. G. Sarva Mangala Devi Dasi and Srimati Shipra mataji for their lecture transcription and reviewing efforts.

Later, in order to further review and edit the Bhagavat Saptah lectures so as to make it presentable in the form of a book gracious help was received from Srimati Sheela Ravishankar mataji, H. G. Bal Kṛṣṇa Das and H. G. Prasanna Vadana Das prabhujis. Throughout the efforts we got constant encouragement from H. G. Devakinandan prabhuji. With the blessings of all devotees only we have reached thus far and hope to keep doing more such service unto the lotus feet of Maharaj. Final editorial revision was done under the experienced and expert eyes of H. G. Kalachakra Das prabhuji.

H. H. Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj emphasized study of Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam and Bhagavad-gītā books written by ISKCON founder acarya His Divine Grace Swami Srila Prabhupāda so that we can be convinced about chanting the name, wonderful pastimes and glories of the unlimited Supreme Lord and Supreme authority Lord Sri Kṛṣṇa, and in the process purify our existence so that we can be better servants of the servants of the Supreme Lord.

We hope that the students of Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam can derive fresh and deeper meaning and better practical understanding of the great transcendental literature after reading through lecture transcriptions of Maharaj.

Most of the lecture delivered by Maharaj was in English language. Parts which were delivered in Hindi been translated to English language. We hope that the reader will overlook the mistakes in these transcriptions and translations and take the essence. Feedback for improvement of this lecture transcription is welcome. This seven day lecture transcription has been divided into chapters for better readability.


Reading Tips

Please note that the audio of the Bhagavat Saptah lectures can be found at http://www.nabholingam.com web site. Readers will find reading in conjunction with listening to the lectures more fulfilling experience when they actually hear Maharajji’s speak, sing, pray and laugh!

Legend: Comments or translations or content not delivered by Maharaj is within square ([ ]) brackets.

Foreword

His Holiness Srila Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj was born in the outskirts of Mumbai in 1920 on the auspicious day of Dattätreya Purnima in the month of mārga-śīrṣa [November-December]. He appeared in an eight generation Vaishnava family. Aged 91, he was the most elderly sannyasi (spiritual teacher) in ISKCON (International Society for Kṛṣṇa Consciousness). Maharaj first took darshan of Srila Prabhupāda in 1973 when, as President of the London Gujarati Community Society, he invited Prabhupāda to be guest-of-honour at the society’s annual function. There Srila Prabhupada’s lecture marked the turning point in Maharaj’s life. Srila Prabhupāda had stated that whenever we meet our friends, we ask them so many material things, like how is your business, your family etc. But this is simply a waste of time. If we really cared for them, then when we meet them, we should ask them how far they have progressed, since we last met, in the matter of stopping the repetition of the cycle of birth and death. Since that profound meeting H H Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj has dedicated his life to the rigorous study of Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam.

His Holiness Srila Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj, is a brilliantly divine personality and such kind of personalities are rarely seen on the stage of human life. Anybody who has come in touch with Maharaj experienced that he was not just a spiritual master but a sweet loving father, who, by his loving dealings with everyone, made them experience the love of Kṛṣṇa. He is an embodiment of all the exalted qualities. His deep serenity, the vast limitless wellspring of knowledge he possessed, the beautiful sobriety he exhibited, his gentle, sweet and simple demeanor, the soft expressiveness of his features and the natural flow of all his actions could capture everyone’s heart.

Maharaj could relate even the most ordinary event to the scriptures and for even a seemingly ordinary subject matter, Maharaj could offer a spiritual perspective. He was a genuine guide in our struggle to carry on the material life as well as for understanding the transcendence. His presentation of the scriptures and especially Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam which is his life and soul, was not a dry academic subject to be theorized and armchair philosophized about. Maharaj spoke and lived the essence of the scriptures and made everyone understand that the scriptures are not in the cloud or in the sky but very much on the ground intimately related to our day to day life. That way he is a practical Maha Bhagavata and a down to earth Paramahamsa. The humility which Maharaj exhibited is a conclusive proof of his greatness.

Maharaj is simultaneously grave and jolly and often he laughed and joked and brightened the whole atmosphere with his effulgent Vaikuntha smile but even his lighter mood was fully Kṛṣṇa conscious and not frivolous. Maharaj’s every movement, every word and every action had a transcendental purpose in it. Throughout his whole life and at the time of leaving the world, Maharaj showed us how not to be bewildered by the inevitable miseries of the material existence and always remain aloof simply by remembering the lotus feet of the Lord (saṁsāra-dharmair avimuhyamānaḥ smṛtyā harer bhāgavata-pradhānaḥ – SB 11.2.49).

Once when one of the senior devotee humbly asked His Holiness Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj that how he was able to become so famous a devotee all over the world, Maharaj replied with his trademark uncommon humility that it was because he lived every moment of his life based on the verse 1.6.26 from Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam. This particular verse spoken by Srila Narada Muni reveals the nature of an unflinching servitor of the Supreme Lord.


nāmāny anantasya hata-trapaḥ paṭhan / guhyāni bhadrāṇi kṛtāni ca smaran

gāṁ paryaṭaṁs tuṣṭa-manā gata-spṛhaḥ / kālaṁ pratīkṣan vimado vimatsaraḥ

Thus I began chanting the holy name and fame of the Lord by repeated recitation, ignoring all the formalities of the material world. Such chanting and remembering of the transcendental pastimes of the Lord are benedictory. So doing, I traveled all over the earth, fully satisfied, humble and unenvious.”

Anyone who comes in touch with His Holiness cannot go away without the impression that Kṛṣṇa consciousness is all common sense, practical, logical and simple. The one shloka which Maharaj had in his heart even till his winding up pastimes was SB 1.5.40, the instruction of Srila Narada Muni to his disciple Srila Vyasadev on the power of the pure subject matter of the transcendental pastimes of the Supreme Lord and how it is satisfying both to the general mass as well as great learned men.

tvam apy adabhra-śruta viśrutaṁ vibhoḥ / samāpyate yena vidāṁ bubhutsitam

prākhyāhi duḥkhair muhur arditātmanāṁ / saṅkleśa-nirvāṇam uśanti nānyathā

Please, therefore, describe the Almighty Lord's activities which you have learned by your vast knowledge of the Vedas, for that will satisfy the hankerings of great learned men and at the same time mitigate the miseries of the masses of common people who are always suffering from material pangs. Indeed, there is no other way to get out of such miseries.”

Maharaj urged everyone that the preaching of Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam with emphasis on its practical aspect is the one and only way to mitigate the miseries of common people who are suffering from the material pangs. His instructions ranged from organizing one’s own shaving kit, washing one’s one clothes to living a life without a tinge of expectation from anyone.

Maharaj firmly emphasized that without organizing our material lives in a perfect manner, there is no question of progressing spiritually.

Maharaj is unflinchingly attached to the lotus feet of Srila Prabhupāda and studied His Divine Grace’s books very deeply. With his compassionate, powerful, intense, pure and earnest preaching and encouragement, Maharaj could impress upon the living entities to translate all the instructions of scripture into real life experiences by changing the behavior for good.

Maharaj is of the firm belief that Srila Prabhupada’s literatures are so powerful that by the force of this literary influence, a revolution can be brought in the lives of the conditioned souls and thus save them from the miserable conditions. Maharaj’s appreciation and attachment to Srila Prabhupada’s transcendental literature is so much that Maharaj says that if it had been possible, Prabhupāda would have physically taken out his heart and put it in these books.

At about 3.25 pm on 25th January 2010, our beloved spiritual master, H H Mahavishnu Goswami entered into his final pastimes in this mortal world and left us all in great grief of separation at the Bhaktivedanta Hospital, Mira Road, Mumbai, India. Those who had the good fortune of meeting him, soon became aware that the Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam was indeed his very life and soul. In a very simple and sublime manner he would provide anyone practical guidance in their lives based on the teachings of the Bhāgavatam, and with this he has awakened so many souls to the importance of the amala purana Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam.

These teachings are organized and conveyed in this book so that future generations may benefit from H H Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj’s unique insight and intimate association of the Bhāgavatam. May he live forever by his divine instructions in the hearts of his sincere followers.

We offer our deepest respect unto His Holiness Mahavishnu Goswami’s lotus feet for kindly guiding us on the path back to the Supreme One. Now more than ever, his divine instructions are the only shelter for his disciples and all sincere souls seeking to reunite with the Supreme Lord Kṛṣṇa.

Introduction

His Holiness Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj (1920-2010) was of Gujarat origin and was born in the outskirts of Bombay in 1919 into an eight generation Vaishnava family. He was highly educated having obtained a masters degree in both Sanskrit and English and is equally conversant in Marathi, Gujarati, Hindi, Urdu and the Gujarathi dialect Kachhi. In his childhood Maharaj was always curious to seek transcendental knowledge about the Supreme Lord Sri Krsna. His mother would force him to offer his dhoti to the Lord before using it. But she could not explain him as to why he should be offering it. He would never get satisfying answers to his questions. So at the tender age he began studying the holy scriptures of Srimad Bhagavad-gītā and Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam in earnest. His burning desire to realize God was finally answered, when he met Srila Prabhupada, the founder acharya of the International Society of Kṛṣṇa Consciousness (ISKCON). At that meeting Prabhupāda noted that upon meeting friends, we ask them how their business is, how their family is, but this he said was a waste of time. If we really cared about our friends, then we meet them, we should inquire as to how far they have progressed in the matter of stopping the cycle of repeated birth and death.

Prabhupada’s pure preaching touched Maharaj’s heart, and awakened his enthusiasm for self-realization. He began intensifying his spiritual endeavors and began practicing Kṛṣṇa Consciousness. Sometime later he was introduced to Prabhupada, by devotees, as a Sanskrit scholar. Upon hearing this, Prabhupāda exclaimed, “Oh, a Sanskrit scholar, then you should take sannyas”. These word of Prabhupāda always remained in Maharaj’s heart. In 1991 Maharaj, after successfully performing his worldly obligations to his family, renounced the world and took the order of sannyas. For years on, he continued to serve Srila Prabhupada, by carrying on his legacy in preaching devotional service of Supreme Lord Krsna, as enunciated in Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam and Srimad Bhagavad-gītā. Maharaj has tirelessly circled the globe 10 times in 10 years, inspiring people from all walks of life, wherever he went. He is renowned for his powerful preaching, uncompromising in delivery of the teachings of Gita and the message of Srila Prabhupada. In Bhagavat saptahas around the world, notably in Kurukshetra and Vrindavana, he has lectured for upto 6 hours daily, on Bhāgavatam, for 7 continuous days, before fully captivated audiences. Despite his advanced age and frail health, Maharaj continued to tirelessly travel around the world, preaching the message to follow teachings of Lord Krsna, through Srila Prabhupāda books and to increase the quality of our devotional service so as to become, genuine servants of the servants of the Lord.


For many Maharaj was a humble and loving Vaishnava, who has made them follow the teachings of the Supreme Lord and realize the true value of human life. Still others cannot help but be completely and helplessly touched by Maharaj’s love and compassion. In today’s age His Holiness’s love and humility coupled with his profound wisdom and realization, have brought many fallen souls to the lotus feet of Prabhupāda and the Supreme Lord. In 2001 from 29th September to 6th October, under the auspicious of ISKCON Sydney, His Holiness Mahavishnu Goswami decided to deliver Srimad Bhagavat Saptah, in Sydney, Australia, giving powerful and heartfelt discourses, over 8 continuous days, to a fully captivated audience in Statville Town Hall. Following is the recording of the great saint.


Table of Contents

Bhagavat Saptah i

A Week with a Saint i

Dedication and Gratitude iii

Significance of Puruṣottama māsa and Simple Vedic Life 23

What is our duty in this age? 26

How to become very simple? 26

How Puruṣottama month became auspicious? 27

How to get manifold results from our pious activities? 28

Don’t waste your valuable human existence 28

How to perfect the mind and speech? 28

How avoiding mental concoction saves time? 29

Significance of Temporary Human Existence 30


What should be our main concern? 30

What is the purpose of this temporary human existence? 30

How to make best use of Puruṣottama māsa? 31

What one should be completely satisfied with? 31

What one should never be satisfied with and why? 31

How to come out of the material rut? 32

How to be completely fixed in a constantly changing world? 33

How Vedic calculation helps increase our faith? 33

How fruitful are our attempts to avoid death? 34

Medicine for this age 35

Medicine for old age 35

Change your life 35

Hear, Study and Contemplate 36

Heart is meant for Kṛṣṇa 36

Understanding Kṛṣṇa’s Vigraha 37

Powerful Effect of Harināma 38

Magical effect of Darshan 40

Chant sincerely like Valmiki 41

How study of scriptures will take us away from anxiety? 41

What is the work of a preacher? 41

Greed is a horrible thing 42

Understanding Kṛṣṇa changes our life completely 44


Secret of devotional service 45

Day 2 48

Dissatisfaction: Cause and Solution 49

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam is pure history 50

What is the cause of our dissatisfaction? 51

What was Narada Muni’s solution to Vyasadeva dissatisfaction? 52

Pleasing Kṛṣṇa pleases everyone 53

How to reduce our difficulties and become completely satisfied? 57

Maharaj Parikshit Punishes Kaliyuga 60

Global remnants of Vedic culture 60

What are the four pillars of sinful life? 61

How to improve the fabric of our existence? 62

What are the ill effects of money? 63

How to avoid the ill effects of wealth? 64

What is real wealth? 64

A Devotee Executes Kṛṣṇa’s Plan 66

From where do good qualities come? 66

What comfort can 5-star hotel provide? 67

Who is the secret doer? 68

What is use of blaming others? 70

Is this world my permanent place? 71

Maharaj Parikshit Fasts unto Death 74


What three things Maharaj Parikshit asked from Sukadeva Goswami? 74

What is the art of living? 75

Maharani Kunti’s Prayers 77

How we are saved at every step and every second of our existence? 77

What is the solution to our miseries? 78

What is our duty? 78

Who exists everywhere and secretly does everything? 78

How can we remember Kṛṣṇa? 80

Dhruva Maharaj 82

What did mother Suniti instruct the hurt Dhruva Maharaj? 82

Story: Sadhu and the dog 83

Don’t poke your nose in Kṛṣṇa’s business 83

Completely purify your mind 84

How tolerating saves time and brings you closer to Kṛṣṇa? 84

Dhruva Maharaj Meets Narada Muni 86

How to attain Kṛṣṇa? 86

Pray to Kṛṣṇa like mother Kunti 87

Everything in relation to Kṛṣṇa is spiritual 89

Verses that will take you back to Godhead 89

Bhisma Pitamah: Steady in Troubles 92

What is the secret of success? 92

How our problems can bring us closer to Kṛṣṇa? 92


Story: Kṛṣṇa lifts Govardan hill to protect His devotees 93

What is the solution to our problems? 93

Story: Santanu conditional marriage with Ganga 94

Story: Bhisma early life 95

How tolerance and constant rememberance of the Lord helps us? 96

Story: Devavrata declared king by Shantanu 97

How to have stable intelligence in the midst of sorrows? 99

Day 3 103

Keshava Keshava Kukiye 104

What is the benefit of feelingly uttering the names of Kṛṣṇa? 105

How to become fearless? 106

Developing firm Faith 108

Why can’t we have faith in sastras? 108

Why is reciting verses important? 109

How to recite verses properly? 109

What is the difference between atheist and theist? 110

How excessive sense gratification is misguiding? 111

How to wake up early? 111

Why kill yourself before death by worrying? 112

Tolerate 115

Seeing Kṛṣṇa through scriptures 116

Be careful about mental concoctions 116


Be careful about watering down the confidential pastimes 117

Try to purify your life 117

Hand out the worries to Kṛṣṇa 117

Have steady intelligence and listen to scriptures 117

Perform prescribed duties honestly and keep hearing scriptures 118

Chant and be regulated 121

Lord Brahma struggles to find the truth 122

Chant while you can 122

Respect parents and get their blessings 123

Lord brahma’s prayers 126

Atma cannot live independently 126

Smelling Lord’s lotus feet by the scriptures 128

Lord’s name is greater than Lord 128

Story: Compassionate sadhu and horse thief 129

How we can remove miseries? 130

Story: Within misery we chant very nicely 130

Kṛṣṇa is there, but we are not there for Him 131

Maṅgala-ārati and naam sankirtan 133

Maṅgala-ārati is enlivening 133

Nama-sankirtanam pleases Kṛṣṇa 134

Kapila Muni instructs Devahuti 136

How a living entity takes birth? 136


Prayers of the unborn child 138

Symptoms of live society 144

First live symptom: Murthi Puja 144

Dwaraka temple gets a poojari 144

Is murthy is idol or transcendental form of the Lord? 145

Second live symptom: Prasadam Distribution 146

Third live symptom: Study of scriptures and Preaching inside and outside the temple 146

Appeal to the youths: Don’t get lost or frustrated 146

Our psychiatrist is Kṛṣṇa 147

Study the scriptures 147

Painful process of birth 149

Prayers of the unborn child (Jantu) continued 149

Please determine to make this birth your last birth 150

What is the meaning of Kṛṣṇa and how He acts? 150

Why we should not cross the Laskman Rekha of BBC? 151

In Srila Prabhupāda words 151

Day 4 153

Understanding Detachment 154

Importance of recitation of Sanskrit slokas 154

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam and Bhagavat Gita shows the way to Kṛṣṇa 156

Understanding the temporary nature of material existence 156


Understanding the permanent 156

What are the types of temporary detachment? 157

What is real detachment and how to develop it? 158

Wake Up and Understand the Permanent 160

Understanding how our body is together 160

How to control anger? 161

Can we be proud of this body? 161

How Kṛṣṇa’s touch cleans your body? 162

Bodily woes continues, old age, disease and lamentation 162

Simple living and high thinking 162

Why we need strong temples? 163

How to know who is real guru? 163

What is this (temporary) body really? 164

Eat fresh prasadam 164

Simply be connected to Kṛṣṇa 164

Srila Prabhupāda points out the Supreme Truth is Kṛṣṇa 165

Consciousness is for Kṛṣṇa 166

Lessons from the Life of Priyavrata 167

Why we need to be austere? 167

Why we need to be humble? 167

Why happens when we have faith in Kṛṣṇa? 167

Why happens when we turn away from Kṛṣṇa? 168


What is the benefit of coming to Kṛṣṇa? 168

Key to relieve our miseries is in our hands 169

The benefit of being satisfied 170

What is the way to find out Kṛṣṇa? 170

Be innocent like four Kumaras 170

Perform austerity in your ashram 171

Are we Kṛṣṇa conscious or chapatti conscious? 171

Story: Immature Guru 172

Don’t disturb your setup 174

Just chant feelingly 175

Must retire at sometime 175

Renunciation will make you very happy 176

Be sincere like Srila Prabhupāda 176

Lessons from Lord Ṛṣabhadeva 178

What is our duty? 178

Avoid undue attachment 179

Day 5 181

Worship Nothing other than Kṛṣṇa 182

Lord is Always Fully Satisfied 186

How to behave with others? 186

Run after the completely satisfied 186

How can you become completely satisfied without anything? 187

This body is on lease, don’t break the lease conditions 187


Don’t catch dog’s tail 188

Jaya and Vijaya Stop the Four Kumaras 189

Purify your life with fiery devotional service 189

Attachment leads to discrimination 190

Story: Jaya and Vijay cursed by four Kumaras 190

Death of Hiranyaksha 190

Hiranyakashipu plays havoc 191

Always check whether Hari satisfied 192

Hiranyakashipu consoles his relatives 192

Make it Your Priority to Just Serve Krsna 193

Don’t entertain miseries, entertain devotional service 193

How immortality is established? 194

Take the jewel of Bhāgavatam to increase your faith 195

Hiranyakashipu’s Son, Prahlad Learns in Mothers Womb 197

Hiranyakashipu starts terrorizing 197

Ṣaṇḍa and Amarka try to teach Prahlada 197

Prahlada learns on mother’s womb 198

Srila Prabhupāda takes us out of the material rut 198

Prahlada is Narada disciple 198

Teachings of Bhakta Prahlad 200

Wake up early for maṅgala-ārati 200

Basic religiosity is the monopoly of Bharat Varsha 201


What is the art of living material life? 201

Nine ways of Bhakti 202

Our movement needs training schools 203

Take care of your self interest 204

Srila Prabhupāda movement gives real education 204

Please lead simple life somehow or other 205

What is not required in devotional service? 206

Be wide hearted and welcome everyone to devotional service 207

Day 6 209

All Glories to Lord Sri Rama, the Renouncer 210

Rāma is bestower of bliss 212

In renunciation there is more happiness 213

Be equal in misery or happiness 214

How to get rid of envy? 216

Parents must be Respected and Served 218

Ravana Unlimitted Lusty Desires 219

Ravana’s fights with Kubera and wins a chariot 219

Ravana’s cursed by chaste Vedavati 220

Ravana cursed again by Parvati 221

Be grateful to Rāma and don’t get intoxicated by little prosperity 222

Lessons from the Life of Sri Ram 224

One verse children must remember 224


Sita Rāma pastimes at Panchavati near Nasik 225

Build temples for future generation 225

Story: Rāma builds bridge to cross over ocean to Lanka 226

Protect yourself by performing mangal-ārati and be merciful by preaching 227

How simple life helps us? 227

Bhajan: Sri Rāma Candra kripalu bhajmann 228

How to enter into the pastimes of Kṛṣṇa 229

Mother Teaches Vedic Culture 232

Kirtan and verses 232

[Maharaj lovingly sings Srila Prabhupāda Pranati and a beautiful kirtan.] 232

Listen and learn everything 235


Two types of knowledge of Vedic mother 237


It is very easy to have purified consciousness 238

Perform Devotion with Determination 239

Determination of Dhruva Maharaj 239

Story: Determination of Kacha 240

Determination of Srila Prabhupāda 242

Change Your Lifestyle for Good 243

Teachings of mother Kunti 243

How children can be happy? 244

How elders can be happy? 244

Take the king of knowledge and change your life for the better 245


How the youths can contribute? 246

Learn about Kṛṣṇa from Lord Brahma 247

What are the seven laws controlling living entity? 247

Make use of vast shastric knowledge at your disposal 247

Kṛṣṇa’s existence is completely spiritual 248

Please run after the auspicious 248

Story: Don’t be a hypocrite 249

Transcendental qualities of Sri Kṛṣṇa and why we need to understand it 249

Story: Birth of Devaki’s son, Lord Sri Kṛṣṇa 250

Day 7 254

Get out of the Life of Pa-Varga 255

Kirtan: Jaya Radha Madhava and Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa he 255

How to get rid of our miseries and become fearless? 256

Can we follow on Srila Prabhupāda’s footsteps for a while? 258

Why one should take the path of apa-varga and not the pa-varga? 258

Please study Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 261

Quality of a devotee is that he picks up the fallen and does not kick 261

Surrender to Lord and lovingly sing the verses 262

Lessons from the Life of Narada Muni 263

Story: Rukmini Invites Durvasa for Prasadam 265


Story: Kṛṣṇa Ranchorji Pastimes 269

Why ne need to follow the regulative principles? 269

Come to Srila Prabhupāda? 270

Kalyavana extra prowess makes him foolishly eager to fight with Kṛṣṇa 270

How to capture Kṛṣṇa? 270

Kalyvana tries to capture Kṛṣṇa 271

Ranchorji “escapes” from battlefield 271

Humility Attracts the All Attractive 273

Unlimited pastimes of sweet Kṛṣṇa 273

Protect your consciousness 273

Story: Pralambha tries to kill Balarama 274

Importance of Seva and Katha 274

How to develop all good qualities? 276

How Vaishnavas attain good qualities and become kalpatarus? 276

Story: The proud brahmana and the humble cobbler. 277

Be humble like Ambarisha Maharaj 280

Pralamba gets killed by Balarama 280

What is death like? 281

Satrajit and the Syamantek Jewel 283

Satrajit gets the jewel and becomes proud 283

Satrajit’s brother wears the jewel 284

Kṛṣṇa accused of killing Satrajit’s brother for the jewel 284


Three doors to hell 285

In anger Jambavan fights with Lord Kṛṣṇa 285

Kṛṣṇa returns to Dwarka with the Jewel 285

Srila Prabhupāda showed us the practical side of highest spiritual principles 285

Pandavas and the lac house 286

Satrajit was murdered 287

Satyadhanva killed by Kṛṣṇa 287

Test for Chapter 1 290

Test Answer for Chapter 1 292

Index of Verses 294


Day 1

Chapter 1




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