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Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare

Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare




Bhagavat Saptah

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.


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 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 Bhagavatm 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. Since then, 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 3

Significance of Purushottam Maas and Simple Vedic Life 4

What is our duty in this age? 5

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

Day 2 14

Medicine for old age 15

Hear, Study and Contemplate 17

Heart is meant for Krishna 18

Understanding Krishna’s Vigraha 19

Powerful Effect of Harinaam 21

Magical Effect of Darshan 23

Valmiki: Chanting Sincerely 24

How study of scriptures will bring us away from anxiety? 24

What is the work of a preacher? 24

Srimad Bhagavatam Removes Material Inebrieties 25

Greed is a horrible thing 25

Darshan leads to freedom from anxiety 26

How to avoid drudgery of work? 27


Dissatisfaction: Cause and Solution 30

Srimad Bhagavatam is pure history 31

What is the cause of our dissatisfaction? 31

What was Narada Muni’s solution to Vyasadeva dissatisfaction? 32

Pleasing Krishna pleases everyone 32

How to reduce our difficulties and become completely satisfied? 35

Maharaj Parikshit Punishes Kali Yuga 37

Global remnants of Vedic culture 37

What are the four pillars of sinful life? 37

How to improve the fabric of our existence? 39

What are the ill effects of money? 39

How to avoid the ill effects of wealth? 40

What is real wealth? 40

A Devotee Executes Krishna’s Plan 42

From where do good qualities come? 42

What comfort can 5-star hotel provide? 42

Who is the secret doer? 43

What is use of blaming others? 45

Is this world my permanent place? 46

Maharaj Parikshit Fasts unto Death 49

What three things Maharaj Parishik asked from Sukadeva Goswami? 49

What is the art of living? 50


Maharani Kunti’s Prayers 52

How we are saved at every step and every second of our existence? 52

What is the solution to our miseries? 53

What is our duty? 53

Who exists everywhere and secretly does everything? 53

How can we remember Krishna? 54

Druva Maharaj 56

What did mother Suniti instruct the hurt Dhruva Maharaj? 56

Story: Sadhu and the dog 57

Don’t poke your nose in Krishna’s business 57

Completely purify your mind 57

How tolerating saves time and brings you closer to Krishna? 58

Druva Maharaj Meets Narada Muni 60

How to attain Krishna? 60

Pray to Krishna like mother Kunti 61

Everything in relation to Krishna is spiritual 62

Verses that will take you back to Godhead 63

Bhisma Pitamah: Steady in Troubles 64

Whats is the secret of success? 64

How our problems can bring us closer to Krishna? 64

Story: Krishna lifts Govardan hill to protect his devotees 65

What is the solution to our problems? 66


Story: Santanu conditional marriage with Ganga 66

Story: Bhisma early life 68

How tolerance and constant rememberance of the Lord helps us? 69

Story: Devavrata declared king by Shantanu 70

How to have stable intelligence in the midst of sorrows? 72

Day 3 77

Keshava Keshava Kukiye 78

What is the benefit of feelingly uttering the names of Krishna? 79

How to become fearless? 80

Developing Firm Faith 82

Why can’t we have faith in sastras? 82

Why is reciting verses important? 82

How to recite verses properly? 83

What is the difference between atheist and theist? 83

How excessive sense gratification is misguiding? 84

How to wake up early? 85

Why kill yourself before death by worrying? 85

Tolerate 88

Seeing Krishna through Scriptures 89

Be careful about mental concoctions 89

Be careful about watering down the confidential pastimes 90

Try to purify your life 90


Hand out the worries to Krishna 90

Have steady intelligence and listen to scriptures 90

Perform prescribed duties honestly and keep hearing scriptures 91

Chant and be Regulated 93

Lord is the cause of all causes 93

Lord Brahma struggles to find the truth? 93

Chant while you can 94

Respect Parents and Get Their Blessings 95

Lord Brahma’s Prayers 97

Atma cannot live independently 97

Smelling the lotus feet by the scriptures 99

Lord’s name is greater than Lord 99

Story: Compassionate sadhu and the horse thief 100

How can we remove our miseries? 101

Story: Within misery we chant very nicely 101

Krishna is there, but we are not there with Him 101

Mangal Aarati and Naam Sankirtan 104

Mangal aarati is enlivening 104

Naam Sankiran pleases Krishna 105

Kapila Muni Instructs Devahuti 107

How a living entity takes birth? 107

Prayers of the Unborn Child 109


Symptoms of Live Society 112

First live symptom: Murty Puja 112

Dwarka temple gets a pujari 112

Is murthy idol or transcendental form of the Lord? 113

Second live symptom: Prasadam Distribution 114

Third live symptom: Study of scriptures and Preaching inside and outside the temple 114

Appeal to the youths: Don’t get lost or frustrated 114

Our psychiartrist is Krishna 114

Study the scriptures 115

Painful Process of Birth 116

Prayers of the unborn child (Jantu) continued 116

Please determine to make this birth your last birth 117

What is the meaning of Krishna and how He acts? 117

Why we should not cross the Laskman Rekha of BBC? 117

In Srila Prabhupada words: Precarious condition of living being 118

Day 4 119

Understanding Detachment 120

Importance of recitation of Sanskrit slokas 120

Srimad Bhagavatam and Bhagavat Gita shows the way to Krishna 122

Understanding the temporary nature of material existence 122

Understanding the permanent 122


What are the types of temporary detachment? 123

What is real detachment and how to develop it? 124

Wake Up and Understand the Permanent 126

Understanding how our body is together 126

How to control anger? 127

Can we be proud of this body? 127

How Krishna’s touch cleans your body? 127

Bodily woes continues, old age, disease and lamentation 128

Simple living and high thinking 128

Why we need strong temples? 128

How to know who is real guru? 129

What is this (temporary) body really? 129

Eat fresh prasadam 129

Simply be connected to Krishna 130

Srila Prabhupada points out the Supreme Truth is Krishna 130

Consciousness is for Krishna 131

Lessons from the Life of Priyavrata 132

Why we need to be austere? 132

Why we need to be humble? 132

Why happens when we have faith in Krishna? 132

Why happens when we turn away from Krishna? 133

What is the benefit of coming to Krishna? 134


Key to relieve our miseries is in our hands 134

The benefit of being satisfied 135

What is the way to find out Krishna? 135

Be innocent like four Kumaras 136

Perform austerity in your ashram 136

Are we Krishna conscious or chapatti conscious? 137

Story: Immature Guru 137

Don’t disturb your setup 139

Just chant feelingly 140

Must retire at sometime 140

Renunciation will make you very happy 141

Be sincere like Srila Prabhupada 141

Lessons from Lord Rishabdeva 143

What is our duty? 143

Avoid undue attachment 144

Day 5 146

Worship Nothing other than Krishna 147

Lord is Always Fully Satisfied 151

How to behave with others? 151

Run after the completely satisfied 151

How can you become completely satisfied without anything? 152

This body is on lease, don’t break the lease conditions 152

Don’t catch dog’s tail 153


Jaya and Vijaya Stop the Four Kumaras 154

Purify your life with fiery devotional service 154

Attachment leads to discrimination 154

Story: Jaya and Vijay cursed by four Kumaras 154

Death of Hiranyaksha 155

Hiranyakashipu plays havoc 155

Always check whether Hari satisfied 156

Hiranyakashipu consoles his relatives 156

Make it Your Priority to Just Serve Krsna 157

Don’t entertain miseries, entertain devotional service 157

How immortality is established? 158

Take the jewel of Bhagavatam to increase your faith 158

Hiranyakashipu’s Son, Prahlad Learns in Mothers Womb 160

Hiranyakashipu starts terrorizing 160

Skand and Amarka try to teach Prahalad 160

Pralalad learns on mother’s womb 160

Srila Prabhupada takes us out of the material rut 161

Pralalad is Narada disciple 161

Teachings of Bhakta Prahlad 162

Wake up early for mangal aarati 162

Basic religiosity is the monopoly of Bharat Varsha 163


What is the art of living material life? 163

Nine ways of Bhakti 164

Our movement needs training schools 165

Take care of your self interest 165

Srila Prabhupada movement gives real education 166

Please lead simple life somehow or other 167

What is not required in devotional service? 168

Be wide hearted and welcome everyone to devotional service 168

Day 6 170

All Glories to Lord Sri Rama, the Renouncer 171

Rama is bestower of bliss 172

In renunciation there is more happiness 173

Be equal in misery or happiness 173

How to get rid of envy? 175

Parents must be Respected and Served 177

Ravana Unlimitted Lusty Desires 178

Ravana’s fights with Kubera and wins a chariot 178

Ravana’s cursed by chaste Vedavati 178

Ravana cursed again by Parvati 179

Be grateful to Ram and don’t get intoxicated by little prosperity 180

Lessons from the Life of Sri Ram 182

One verse children must remember 182


Sita Rama pastimes at Panchavati near Nasik 183

Build temples for future generation 183

Story: Ram builds bridge to cross over ocean to Lanka 184

Protect yourself by performing mangal-aarati and be merciful by preaching 184

How does simple life helps us? 185

Bhajan: Sri Rama Chandra kripalu bhajmann 186

How to enter into the pastimes of Krishna 186

Mother Teaches Vedic Culture 189

Kirtan and verses 189

Listen and learn everything 191


Two types of knowledge of Vedic mother 192


It is very easy to have purified consciousness 193

Perform Devotion with Determination 194

Determination of Druva Maharaj 194

Story: Determination of Kacha 195

Determination of Srila Prabhupada 196

Change Your Lifestyle for Good 197

Teachings of mother Kunti 197

How children can be happy? 197

How elders can be happy? 198

Take the king of knowledge and change your life for the better 198

How the youths can contribute? 199


Learn about Krishna from Lord Brahma 201

What are the seven laws controlling living entity? 201

Make use of vast shastric knowledge at your disposal 201

Krishna’s existence is completely spiritual 202

Please run after the auspicious 202

Story: Don’t be a hypocrite 203

Transcendental qualities of Sri Krishna and why we need to understand it 203

Story: Birth of Devaki’s son, Lord Sri Krishna 205

Day 7 208

Get out of the Life of Pa-Varga 209

Kirtan: Jaya Radha Madhava and Krishna Krishna Krishna he 209

How to get rid of our miseries and become fearless? 210

Can we follow on Srila Prabhupada’s footsteps for a while? 212

Why one should take the path of apa-varga and not the pa-varga? 212

Please study Srimad Bhagavatam 214

Quality of a devotee is that he picks up the fallen and does not kick 215

Surrender to Lord and lovingly sing the verses 216

Lessons from the Life of Narada Muni 217

Story: Rukmini Invites Durvasa for Prasadam 219

Story: Krishna Ranchorji Pastimes 222


Why ne need to follow the regulative principles? 223

Come to Srila Prabhupada? 223

Kalyavana extra prowess makes him foolishly eager to fight with Krishna 223

How to capture Krishna? 224

Kalyvana tries to capture Krishna 224

Ranchorji “escapes” from battlefield 225

Humility Attracts the All Attractive 226

Unlimited pastimes of sweet Krishna 226

Protect your consciousness 226

Story: Pralambha tries to kill Balarama 227

Importance of Seva and Katha 227

How to develop all good qualities? 228

How Vaishnavas attain good qualities and become kalpatarus? 229

Story: The proud brahmana and the humble cobbler. 230

Be humble like Ambarisha Maharaj 231

Pralamba gets killed by Balrama 232

What is death like? 232

Satrajit and the Syamantek Jewel 234

Satrajit gets the jewel and becomes proud 234

Satrajit’s brother wears the jewel 235

Krishna accused of killing Satrajit’s brother for the jewel 235


Three doors to hell 236

In anger Jambavan fights with Lord Krishna 236

Krishna returns to Dwarka with the Jewel 236

Srila Prabhupada showed us the practical side of highest spiritual principles 237

Pandavas and the lac house 239

Satrajit was murdered 239

Satyadhanva killed by Krishna 240






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