[The following is the 2nd part of the 3rd day of Bhagavata Saptah given by His Divine Holiness Srila Maha Vishnu Gosvami Maharaj recorded on 1st October, 2001 in Sydney Australia.]
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Lord is the cause of all causes
These Puruṣa avatara also we have seen, Kāraṇodakaśāyī Visṇu is there, then Garbhodakaśāyī is there, then Kāraṇodakaśāyī is there, so where did all these come from? O Brother, there can be only one factory owner, and there are his managers, assistant managers, laborers, all get appointed by him. He himself is not there, only via his directions everything moves. Similarly this is His factory. His is the only owner. He has invested everything, and this has been explained very nicely in the pages of Bhāgavatam. And in Bhagavad-gītā also the four seed verses are there, in that the first verse.]
ahaṁ sarvasya prabhavo mattaḥ sarvaṁ pravartate
iti matvā bhajante māṁ budhā bhāva-samanvitāḥ
[I am the source of all spiritual and material worlds. Everything emanates from Me. The wise who perfectly know this engage in My devotional service and worship Me with all their hearts.](BG 10.8)
[First word is this, ahaṁ sarvasya prabhavo. All this is happening because of me [Krishna]. mattaḥ sarvaṁ pravartate, everything is emanating from Me. And iti matvā, those who know this, bhajante māṁ, they worhip Me [Krishna]. We are not mad that we are worshipping Him. In the beginning of Bhagavad-gītā itself He has told that “I am only the root cause”. It’s me, so catch my feet feet. And at the end of Bhagavad-gītā he has ordered sarva-dharmān parityajya. You have created these separate dharmās please leave those, mām ekaṁśaraṇaṁ vraja. In the same way, when He had to He create the material manifestation, so he just thought over, because, living entities, already they have the fruitive desires. Those with fruitive desires lie in the stomach of Kāraṇodakaśāyī Visṇu and they have to get out of there always.]
Lord Brahma struggles to find the truth?
[So that the living enties like us get a chance to recognize Bhagavan and get out of this [material world] that is why He first created Brahmaji. From Karanodai Vishnu came Garbodai came, and from the naval of Garbodakshai, the whole material manifestation was situated there.] And from that abdomen, by His arrangement, by His will, the lotus stem come out and the bud was created. And that bud included all the material ingredients, for the creation. And on that lotus flower Brahma was created, that’s why he is known as Svayambhu. And Brahma is the engineer for all creation. All the jivas are coming from him. And then when he was created, he didn’t know what is happening, because he was all alone, it was all dark, and unlimited water was there, he didn’t know what is the lotus flower, where is he coming from, why is he sitting there? He had so many doubts about it. There were so many doubts in Brahmaji’s mind, [that he could not find what is all this.] Then he tried to enter on His own, into the stem of the lotus flower, for millions of years he went down, and even then he could not find the root cause. On own strength we cannot find out. Then he came up again, completely fed up. He didn’t know, what is to be done. And then there was a voice, there, divine voice. And that voice gave him two words, ta-pa, ta-pa, ta-pa. And that is tapa. Without austerity we’ll not be able to find, perform the austerity. Then for many many years, celestial years, long long time, Brahma was meditating, who is the cause.
Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare
And continue chanting, and that is meditation. And you will know everything.
Yasmin vignate sarvam evam vignatam bhavati
He who takes Krishna’s name, gradually knows everything because the essence of shastras is in this naam smaram [chanting]. There is nothing else. At the time of death, may be Bhagavatam set is there, Bhagavat-Gita is there, and everything is there, your japa mala is also there. Maybe you will lose capacity to pick up japa mala also. Who knows, within no time this chetan could be withdrawn, by Krishna. At the moment I am able to raise my hands, get up and stand up and I can do everything. Within no time you lose the capacity and the life, our material existence, which is against the regulated principles in your youth, the more you suffer in your old age, that we don’t have any idea. Please, teach your young ones, this truth, that you have to have the controlled life. Otherwise the old age will be very horrible and death will be very painful.
Respect Parents and Get Their Blessings
The devotees ask three things from Krishna that please Lord, give me these three things.
anayasya na maranam, vina devniya jivanam
dehi me kripaya krishna, tvayi bhakti ma chanchalam.
These are things that devotees always ask to Krishna. That please, my maran, my death, should be anayasa, instant. Just now I was here, not there; heart fail is the best way. And if there is no heart fail, you fall down. [laughs] that is also another way, just fall [jokes], somehow or the other, instead of lingering on, in wheel chair, and so many difficulties. Children are tired and eventually we are thrown into some old houses or somewhere. So please this is the first thing they ask, anayasya na maranam. Otherwise old age is very difficult to bear. For us also it is very difficult to bear, and for the living entities who are around us, they also get fed up. Daily the same thing. Daily the same thing. And then we are not able to do our own activity. Are they are completely tired. Without that also, old men are rejected from the society. They don’t want to see our face. Because we are just sitting there. Only we have the speaking capacity. The more old you become, you speak very loudly aahh aahh aahh [maharajji imitates]. Shut-up and go away. You can’t do anything. Everyday there is disrespect.
There was one gentleman, his wife died in his middle age, so he had a son, small son, about 10-11 years. So he rightly decided that “I’ll not marry now, I’ll just raise this son, I have got one son. So we’ll carry on. And I’ll educate him, and, eventually I’ll be happy, he will be happy. Otherwise if I marry then again there are step sons and step brothers, so he will be in difficulty.”
So he did not marry. With so much trouble he just raised him. Eventually the son became a doctor. He was married to another doctor lady. So both were … two doctors were in the house. And the house was very nice. Father was sleeping, they were sleeping and they were enjoying their time. Son knew that father had sacrificed so much, for him, so he should be respected, he should be served. Somehow the other, in the old age the cough increases. Because we go on taking the same amount of food, we have to decrease in the old age, that we don’t do, and that’s why the cough increases. So as soon as the cough increases then you have to cough it out, you know. And during night it troubles us more.
So, there was coughing sound from the father, so she told son, that:
“Please, I have to serve your father, your father is very good, I am ready to serve, but he coughs and we are tired, and we have to do this duty and that duty. So don’t want to drive him out, but just give him the last room in the house. So that we don’t hear him coughing.”
So this hen pecked got up, and went to the father, and said: “Father, better you sleep in the last room.”
He said: “Son I am alright. I don’t have any difficulty.”
He said: “No, No, you cough and sometimes we are disturbed. If it is convenient to you, sleep in last room.”
So the old man was shunted to the last room. Then therein also after six months, again she complained.
“Your father is alone, now I have to look after these children, I have to send them to school, and then I have to work also, so better we rent the house in front of our building, the house is empty. We rent it, your father can be at ease there, and we appoint some servant for him, so he can get tea coffee whenever he wants, and get some newspapers and this and that. So he can …”
So again the son went to the father, he said: “Father, you are all alone in the house, nobody is there.”
He said: “Son, I am alright, you know. Don’t worry about me; you just carry on. I am very happy to see you people happy.”
“No, No, for your convenience we are going to rent the house, opposite to our. And we are here. We’ll be coming to you. And we’ll be at ease, whole house will be at your disposal, and newspapers will be there and servants will be there.”
He said; “Son, I don’t require anything. But if it pleases you, you can do whatever you like.”
So they rented the house in front, then once the house was rented again after six months.
“Your father is all alone there, he broods always, nobody is there to talk, its better that we send him to some old house, old home. Therein the people will like him, and will be there, so they can chat.”
So again the son went to the father:
“Father, you are all alone here, and you are really…we feel that always … but we are very busy so we cant visit you that often, so we have decided now that we must go to some old home.”
So father said: “No, No, No, there is no need of it. I am quite alright with you, children are here, they come always to me, they don’t require you. You just carry on your duty.”
“No, no father, it’s very nice …”
“Do please, as you like, I am happy.”
So then it was decided that he should be taken to old home. So son was very compassionate, so brought him two pairs of dhoti and kurta. Two pairs were there.
So he came in the evening and he said; “Father, I have brought dhoti and kurta for you. Two pairs are there, you wash one, and wear one. And you will be always fresh, you know.”
He said, “Thank you son, you are very kind, you know. But I want only one pair.”
He said: “Why, why father, we have plenty of money. I can buy, another if you want, three pairs you can take.”
“No”, he said, “One pair is enough for me, and you better keep one pair.”
He said: “No, no, I can have another.”
“No, No”, he said, “Remember, son”, he said, “You are very good son, so you are shunting me to the old home, and at least you have brought two pairs of dhoti and kurtas but when your time comes, your son will not bring dhoti, so you keep one ” [Audience responding]
This is how, please, don’t reject the parents, this is the main thing. Father should always be respected, mothers should also be respected. And within our own means, and within our arrangements, in house we have so many problems, but even then, everybody should be very comfortable, and by their blessings, you will advance in your bhakti also. Without the blessings of the parents you can’t go ahead.