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Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare

Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare




Bhagavat Saptah: refining the fiber your existence

Lectures by

His Holiness Sri Mahavishnu Goswami Maharajji

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

Dedication and Gratitude

Hare Krishna,

This lecture transcription service is dedicated at the lotus feet of His Holiness Param Pujya Sri MahaVishnu Goswami Maharaj (Maharajji).

The initial transcription and reviewing of Bhagavat Saptah lectures and was done mainly by Minneapolis yatra devotees. Special thanks to prabhujis and mataji from Minneapolis yatra especially, Purnendu Krishna Das, Anasuya Devi Dasi, Yadushrestha Krishna Das and Jagat Mohini Devi Dasi, Gopika Devi Dasi, Balram Das and Purnima Devi Dasi, Jayant Krishna Das and Sarva Mangala Devi Dasi and 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 Sheela Ravishankar mataji, Bal Krishna Das and Prasanna Vadana Das prabhujis. Through out the efforts we got constant encouragement from HG 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 Maharajji.

H. H. MahaVishnu Goswami Maharajji emphasized study of Srimad Bhagavatam and Bhagavad-gita books written by ISKCON founder His Devine Grace Swami Srila Prabhupada so that we can be convinced about chanting the name and wonderful pastimes and glories of the unlimited Supreme Lord and Supreme authority Lord Sri Krishna, 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 Srimad Bhagavatam can derive fresh and deeper meaning and better practical understanding of the Granthraj after reading through lecture transcriptions of Maharajji.

Most of the lecture delivered by Maharajji 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 six day lecture transcription has been with divided into chapters for better readability.


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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 Maharajji is within square ([ ]) brackets.

Foreword

His Holiness Srila Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj was born in the outskirts of Mumbai in 1919 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 Krishna Consciousness). Maharaj first took darshan of Srila Prabhupada in 1973 when, as President of the London Gujarati Community Society, he invited Prabhupada 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 Prabhupada 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 has dedicated his life to the rigorous study of Srimad Bhagavatam.

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 Krishna. 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 Srimad Bhagavatam 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 Krishna 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 Srimad Bhagavatam. This particular verse spoken by Srila Narada Muni reveals the nature of an unflinching servitor of the Supreme Lord.

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 ofthe 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 Krishna 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.

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 Srimad Bhagavatam 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 Prabhupada 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, Prabhupada 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. The title of this book was chosen to reflect the life and example of H H Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj. Those who had the good fortune of meeting him, soon became aware that the Srimad Bhagavatam 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 Bhagavatam, and with this he has awakened so many souls to the importance of the amala purana Srimad Bhagavatam.

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 Bhagavatam. 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 Krishna.

Introduction

His Holiness Maha Vishnu Goswami Maharaj (1919-2010) was of Gujrat 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, Gujrati, Hindi, Urdu and the Gujrathi 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 Bhagavat-gita and Srimad Bhagavatam in earnest. His burning desire to realize God was finally answered, when he met Srila Prabhupada, the founder acharya of the International Society of Krsna Consciousness (ISKCON). At that meeting Prabhupada 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 Krsna Consciousness. Some time later he was introduced to Prabhupada, by devotees, as a Sanskrit scholar. Upon hearing this, Prabhupada exclaimed, “Oh, a Sanskrit scholar, then you should take sanyas”. Prabhupada these words 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 sanyas. 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 Srimad Bhagavatam and Srimad Bhagavat-gita. Maharaj has tirelessly circled the globe 10 times in the 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 Kurushetra and Vrindavana, he has lectured for upto 6 hours daily, on Bhagavatam, 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 Prabhupada 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 Prabhupada and the Supreme Lord. In 2001 from 29th September to 6th October, under the auspicious of ISKCON Sidney, His Holiness Maha Vishnu Goswami decided to deliver Srimad Bhagavat Saptah, in Sidney, 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


Day 1: Simplify Life and Take the Medicine ‘BBC’ 3

Significance of Purushottam Maas and Simple Vedic Life 4

What is our duty in this age? 6

How to become very simple? 6

How Purushottam month became auspicious? 6

How to get manifold result from our pious activities? 7

Don’t waste your valuable human existence 8

How to perfect the mind and speech? 8

How avoiding mental concoction saves time? 9

Significance of Temporary Human Existence 10

What should be our main concern? 10


What is the purpose of this temporary human existence? 10

How to make best use of Purushottam mass? 10

Three things we should be completely satisfied with 11

What one should never be satisfied with and why? 11

How to come out of the material rut? 12

How to be completely fixed in a contantly changing world? 12

How Vedic calculation helps increase our faith? 13

How fruitful are our attempts to avoid death? 13

Medicine for this age 15

Medicine for old age 15

Change your life 15

Hear, Study and Contemplate 16

Heart is meant for Krishna 16

Understanding Krishna’s Vigraha 17

Powerful Effect of Harinaam 18

Magical effect of Darshan 20

Chant Sincerely like Valmiki 20

How study of scriptures will bring us away from anxiety? 21

What is the work of a preacher? 21

Greed is a horrible thing 22

Understanding Krishna changes our life completely 23

Secret of devotional service 24


Dissatisfaction: Cause and Solution 27

Srimad Bhagavatam is pure history 28

What is the cause of our dissatisfaction? 28

What was Narada Muni’s solution to Vyasadeva dissatisfaction? 29

Pleasing Krishna pleases everyone 29

How to reduce our difficulties and become completely satisfied? 32

Maharaj Parikshit Punishes Kali Yuga 34

Global remnants of Vedic culture 34

What are the four pillars of sinful life? 34

How to improve the fabric of our existence? 36

What are the ill effects of money? 36

How to avoid the ill effects of wealth? 37

What is real wealth? 37

A Devotee Executes Krishna’s Plan 39

From where do good qualities come? 39

What comfort can 5-star hotel provide? 39

Who is the secret doer? 40

What is use of blaming others? 42

Is this world my permanent place? 43

Maharaj Parikshit Fasts unto Death 46

What three things Maharaj Parishik asked from Sukadeva Goswami? 46

What is the art of living? 47


Maharani Kunti’s Prayers 49

How we are saved at every step and every second of our existence? 49

What is the solution to our miseries? 50

What is our duty? 50

Who exists everywhere and secretly does everything? 50

How can we remember Krishna? 51

Druva Maharaj 53

What did mother Suniti instruct the hurt Dhruva Maharaj? 53

Story: Sadhu and the dog 54

Don’t poke your nose in Krishna’s business 54

Completely purify your mind 54

How tolerating saves time and brings you closer to Krishna? 55

Druva Maharaj Meets Narada Muni 57

How to attain Krishna? 57

Pray to Krishna like mother Kunti 58

Everything in relation to Krishna is spiritual 59

Verses that will take you back to Godhead 60

Bhisma Pitamah: Steady in Troubles 61

Whats is the secret of success? 61

How our problems can bring us closer to Krishna? 61

Story: Krishna lifts Govardan hill to protect his devotees 62

What is the solution to our problems? 63


Story: Santanu conditional marriage with Ganga 63

Story: Bhisma early life 65

How tolerance and constant rememberance of the Lord helps us? 66

Story: Devavrata declared king by Shantanu 67

How to have stable intelligence in the midst of sorrows? 69

Day 3 74

Keshava Keshava Kukiye 75

What is the benefit of feelingly uttering the names of Krishna? 76

How to become fearless? 77

Developing Firm Faith 79

Why can’t we have faith in sastras? 79

Why is reciting verses important? 79

How to recite verses properly? 80

What is the difference between atheist and theist? 80

How excessive sense gratification is misguiding? 81

How to wake up early? 82

Why kill yourself before death by worrying? 82

Tolerate 85

Seeing Krishna through Scriptures 86

Be careful about mental concoctions 86

Be careful about watering down the confidential pastimes 87

Try to purify your life 87


Hand out the worries to Krishna 87

Have steady intelligence and listen to scriptures 87

Perform prescribed duties honestly and keep hearing scriptures 88

Chant and be Regulated 90

Lord is the cause of all causes 90

Lord Brahma struggles to find the truth 90

Chant while you can 91

Respect Parents and Get Their Blessings 92

Lord Brahma’s Prayers 94

Atma cannot live independently 94

Smelling the lotus feet by the scriptures 96

Lord’s name is greater than Lord 96

Story: Compassionate sadhu and the horse thief 97

How can we remove our miseries? 98

Story: Within misery we chant very nicely 98

Krishna is there, but we are not there with Him 99

Mangal Aarati and Naam Sankirtan 101

Maṅgala-ārati is enlivening 101

Naam Sankiran pleases Krishna 102

Kapila Muni Instructs Devahuti 104

How a living entity takes birth? 104

Prayers of the Unborn Child 106


Symptoms of Live Society 109

First live symptom: Murty Puja 109

Dwarka temple gets a pujari 109

Is murthy is idol or transcendental form of the Lord? 110

Second live symptom: Prasadam Distribution 111

Third live symptom: Study of scriptures and Preaching inside and outside the temple 111

Appeal to the youths: Don’t get lost or frustrated 111

Our psychiartrist is Krishna 111

Study the scriptures 112

Painful Process of Birth 113

Prayers of the unborn child (Jantu) continued 113

Please determine to make this birth your last birth 114

What is the meaning of Krishna and how He acts? 114

Why we should not cross the Laskman Rekha of BBC? 114

In Srila Prabhupada words: Precarious condition of living being 115

Day 4 116

Understanding Detachment 117

Importance of recitation of Sanskrit slokas 117

Srimad Bhagavatam and Bhagavat Gita shows the way to Krishna 119

Understanding the temporary nature of material existence 119

Understanding the permanent 119


What are the types of temporary detachment? 120

What is real detachment and how to develop it? 121

Wake Up and Understand the Permanent 123

Understanding how our body is together 123

How to control anger? 124

Can we be proud of this body? 124

How Krishna’s touch cleans your body? 124

Bodily woes continues, old age, disease and lamentation 125

Simple living and high thinking 125

Why we need strong temples? 125

How to know who is real guru? 126

What is this (temporary) body really? 126

Eat fresh prasadam 126

Simply be connected to Krishna 127

Srila Prabhupada points out the Supreme Truth is Krishna 127

Consciousness is for Krishna 128

Lessons from the Life of Priyavrata 129

Why we need to be austere? 129

Why we need to be humble? 129

Why happens when we have faith in Krishna? 129

Why happens when we turn away from Krishna? 130

What is the benefit of coming to Krishna? 131


Key to relieve our miseries is in our hands 131

The benefit of being satisfied 132

What is the way to find out Krishna? 132

Be innocent like four Kumaras 133

Perform austerity in your ashram 133

Are we Krishna conscious or chapatti conscious? 134

Story: Immature Guru 134

Don’t disturb your setup 136

Just chant feelingly 137

Must retire at sometime 137

Renunciation will make you very happy 138

Be sincere like Srila Prabhupada 138

Lessons from Lord Rishabdeva 140

What is our duty? 140

Avoid undue attachment 141

Day 5 143

Worship Nothing other than Krishna 144

Lord is Always Fully Satisfied 148

How to behave with others? 148

Run after the completely satisfied 148

How can you become completely satisfied without anything? 149

This body is on lease, don’t break the lease conditions 149

Don’t catch dog’s tail 150


Jaya and Vijaya Stop the Four Kumaras 151

Purify your life with fiery devotional service 151

Attachment leads to discrimination 151

Story: Jaya and Vijay cursed by four Kumaras 151

Death of Hiranyaksha 152

Hiranyakashipu plays havoc 152

Always check whether Hari satisfied 153

Hiranyakashipu consoles his relatives 153

Make it Your Priority to Just Serve Krsna 154

Don’t entertain miseries, entertain devotional service 154

How immortality is established? 155

Take the jewel of Bhagavatam to increase your faith 155

Hiranyakashipu’s Son, Prahlad Learns in Mothers Womb 157

Hiranyakashipu starts terrorizing 157

Skand and Amarka try to teach Prahalad 157

Pralalad learns on mother’s womb 157

Srila Prabhupada takes us out of the material rut 158

Pralalad is Narada disciple 158

Teachings of Bhakta Prahlad 159

Wake up early for mangal aarati 159

Basic religiosity is the monopoly of Bharat Varsha 160


What is the art of living material life? 160

Nine ways of Bhakti 161

Our movement needs training schools 162

Take care of your self interest 162

Srila Prabhupada movement gives real education 163

Please lead simple life somehow or other 164

What is not required in devotional service? 165

Be wide hearted and welcome everyone to devotional service 165

Day 6 167

All Glories to Lord Sri Rama, the Renouncer 168

Rama is bestower of bliss 169

In renunciation there is more happiness 170

Be equal in misery or happiness 170

How to get rid of envy? 172

Parents must be Respected and Served 174

Ravana Unlimitted Lusty Desires 175

Ravana’s fights with Kubera and wins a chariot 175

Ravana’s cursed by chaste Vedavati 175

Ravana cursed again by Parvati 176

Be grateful to Ram and don’t get intoxicated by little prosperity 177

Lessons from the Life of Sri Ram 179

One verse children must remember 179


Sita Rama pastimes at Panchavati near Nasik 180

Build temples for future generation 180

Story: Ram builds bridge to cross over ocean to Lanka 181

Protect yourself by performing mangal-aarati and be merciful by preaching 181

How does simple life helps us? 182

Bhajan: Sri Rama Chandra kripalu bhajmann 183

How to enter into the pastimes of Krishna 183

Mother Teaches Vedic Culture 186

Kirtan and verses 186

Listen and learn everything 188


Two types of knowledge of Vedic mother 189


It is very easy to have purified consciousness 190

Perform Devotion with Determination 191

Determination of Druva Maharaj 191

Story: Determination of Kacha 192

Determination of Srila Prabhupada 193

Change Your Lifestyle for Good 194

Teachings of mother Kunti 194

How children can be happy? 194

How elders can be happy? 195

Take the king of knowledge and change your life for the better 195

How the youths can contribute? 196


Learn about Krishna from Lord Brahma 198

What are the seven laws controlling living entity? 198

Make use of vast shastric knowledge at your disposal 198

Krishna’s existence is completely spiritual 199

Please run after the auspicious 199

Story: Don’t be a hypocrite 200

Transcendental qualities of Sri Krishna and why we need to understand it 200

Story: Birth of Devaki’s son, Lord Sri Krishna 202

Day 7 205

Get out of the Life of Pa-Varga 206

Kirtan: Jaya Radha Madhava and Krishna Krishna Krishna he 206

How to get rid of our miseries and become fearless? 207

Can we follow on Srila Prabhupada’s footsteps for a while? 209

Why one should take the path of apa-varga and not the pa-varga? 209

Please study Srimad Bhagavatam 211

Quality of a devotee is that he picks up the fallen and does not kick 212

Surrender to Lord and lovingly sing the verses 213

Lessons from the Life of Narada Muni 214

Story: Rukmini Invites Durvasa for Prasadam 216

Story: Krishna Ranchorji Pastimes 219


Why ne need to follow the regulative principles? 220

Come to Srila Prabhupada? 220

Kalyavana extra prowess makes him foolishly eager to fight with Krishna 220

How to capture Krishna? 221

Kalyvana tries to capture Krishna 221

Ranchorji “escapes” from battlefield 222

Humility Attracts the All Attractive 223

Unlimited pastimes of sweet Krishna 223

Protect your consciousness 223

Story: Pralambha tries to kill Balarama 224

Importance of Seva and Katha 224

How to develop all good qualities? 225

How Vaishnavas attain good qualities and become kalpatarus? 226

Story: The proud brahmana and the humble cobbler. 227

Be humble like Ambarisha Maharaj 228

Pralamba gets killed by Balrama 229

What is death like? 229

Satrajit and the Syamantek Jewel 231

Satrajit gets the jewel and becomes proud 231

Satrajit’s brother wears the jewel 232

Krishna accused of killing Satrajit’s brother for the jewel 232


Three doors to hell 233

In anger Jambavan fights with Lord Krishna 233

Krishna returns to Dwarka with the Jewel 233

Srila Prabhupada showed us the practical side of highest spiritual principles 234

Pandavas and the lac house 236

Satrajit was murdered 236

Satyadhanva killed by Krishna 237






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