[The following is the 2nd part of the 5th day of Bhagavat Saptah given by His Divine Holiness Sri Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj recorded on 3rd Oct. 2001, in Sydney, Australia.]
So all the thirsty people come together, they don’t know each other, as soon as they drink the water they are separated. This is our coming together and getting separated. And it’s all according to the plan of Krsna. This is the knowledge He is giving. Then He says, daivene ekatra nidhan According to the plan of Krsna, they come together. We are squeezed in one family, or in one lane, or in one town or one planet, wherever. We are just assembled here. It’s Krsna’s plan. And that’s why everybody is co-operating. The prasadam is getting ready, the hall is here, the expenses are carried on, and we don’t have to worry about anything because it is Krsna’s plan. And as soon as you obey Krsna’s plan, and we are obeying very sincerely, that here there is no other thing going on. It’s all glorification of Krsna. So far as we obey Him everything will be provided. As soon as something else crops in, we’ll have scarcity. This is our experience, today’s experience. If we stop glorifying Him from here, then we cannot stay here. And we’ll not have any co-operation at all. But because it is for Krsna, so every living entity is attracted. This is how we should learn the practical lessons that in our life also, if we make it our priority to just serve Krsna through Prahalad Maharaja’s instructions (we are coming to), then you’ll be successful. You will be glorified also.
Don’t entertain miseries, entertain devotional service
The gopis sing very nicely:
jayati te 'dhikam janmana vrajah / srayata indira sasvad atra hi
[The gopis said: O beloved, Your birth in the land of Vraja has made it exceedingly glorious, and thus Indira, the goddess of fortune, always resides here. It is only for Your sake that we, Your devoted servants, maintain our lives. We have been searching everywhere for You, so please show Yourself to us.](SB 10.31.1)
Its beautiful lines, you know. It shows how we are glorified. Jaya, jaya means glorification. jayati te 'dhikam you are so much glorified, please, please, don’t get rusted in the material miseries. You are the shining spark of the supreme shining existence. Why are you losing your shining? The miseries may come. This is concoction (misery) again. We don’t have to do anything with the miseries. They are temporary, temporary mela come together. [We have come together in this temporary mela. Somebody goes or comes, for that why break your head.] Never worry about these things. Those miseries come and who have come there going to go away. [What comes has to go.] So why to worry about? Somebody comes in our lives, somebody goes from our lives. We don’t lament for that. Yesterday we were playing with the crows. So the crows came and crows went away. I didn’t scream. Why, because i am not attached. So, all these living entities like birds, you know. They come and they go. The wind comes from this window and goes out of the door, i don’t scream “Hey where is my wind?” [O], man, that is the nature of the wind, it comes and goes. So that is the nature of the living entities also, it come and go. Why are you unnecessarily concocting your things. [Brother, why do you take all the miseries on your head. I take all the misery on my head. Throw away the miseries and they will go away.] If you don’t entertain them, they will go away. You are here we are speaking very nicely to you, we trying to feed prasadam to you, that is why you are sitting here. Suppose tomorrow you come, i sit like this, and he sits like this, and no water.. no glass of water, nothing at all, then forget about it “I am going” he says, “Because nobody entertains you”. So don’t entertain the miseries. Entertain devotional service. That is the instruction from this Hiranyakashipu, who is regarded as super most demon. And he was very proud. After consoling them they were quite pacified. They started chanting Krsna’s names and forgot that Hiranyaksha was killed. This is the effect of this demon’s preaching. So this is the other side of the demon. But as soon as he came out to the demons, then again he was very angry. And he tried to conquer the whole world.
How immortality is established?
Then he thought that he doesn’t have sufficient capacity to do, so he went on the mountain and carried on austerity like anything. Standing on one foot and one leg, for years together, many celestial years... And then he carried on austerities. In the austerity, his half the body was eaten by ants and moths. And even then he couldn’t know that, so sincere austerity. Then because of the austerity’s heat, the whole universe was in trouble.
So demigods ran to Brahma, and said “Please save us, it is getting very hot now here.”
So, Brahma told that “I know, I am going now, and I’ll pacify him, and you will be alright.”
So then Brahma went and sprinkled the transcendental water from his kamandalu and he was rejuvenated. And Brahma said: “Now, I have come, i am very pleased with your austerity. So please you can ask whatever you want.”
And he asked so many benedictions. First he said that “I want to be immortal.”
But Brahma said: “I am not immortal, how can make you immortal. You can ask anything else apart from this.”
So he was not going to be immortal, but in a round about way, he got so many benedictions, that he thought it was equal to immortality. Nobody can be immortal here however powerful he may be. By yoga practices you cannot have that, but by devotional service, confidentially the immortality is established. By other practices you cannot have immortality, but if you really sincerely become devotee and if you are performing the devotional service to the best of your sincere attitude then the immortality is confidentially established. And how it is established? Then maybe if you’re lucky, we won’t come in the material body again to suffer the same miseries. punah punas carvita-carvananam [SB 7.5.30]. Again I am chewing the chewed. We don’t come back and we are always in the service of Krsna, that is our immortality.
yad gatvā na nivartante tad dhāma paramam mama
[That abode of Mine is not illumined by the sun or moon, nor by electricity. And anyone who reaches it never comes back to this material world] (BG 15.6)]
This is confidential immortality we attain through devotional service. Otherwise by any means you try, so many ways, you cannot be immortal. So many big presidents were there, prime minister were there, leaders were there, everybody is gone. And there is so much military around them, and even then they were murdered killed, everything happened, we know. This is not the way we become immortal. Only devotional service gives you immortality.
Take the jewel of Bhagavatam to increase your faith
And that is the purpose of the pages of Bhagavatam that
bhagavaty uttama-śloke bhaktir bhavati naishitkī
[By regular attendance in classes on the Bhāgavatam and by rendering of service to the pure devotee, all that is troublesome to the heart is almost completely destroyed, and loving service unto the Personality of Godhead, who is praised with transcendental songs, is established as an irrevocable fact.](SB 1.2.18)
Your bhakti becomes completely firm, if you go through these pages. You are chanting daily. You are reciting. You are reciting Bhagavad-gita from here. What is the use of recitation and what is the use of understanding all these things, if you still not understand this thing that our bhakti must come become firm. It is better that … this is waste of time then… if you can’t do this. Your bhakti must be very firm, naishitkī , you know. And how, nityam bhāgavata-sevaya. If by reading Bhagavatam if we can get this result, why are we not going through? Why are we not touching Bhagavad-gita? Why are we not touching Bhagavatam? Such a treasure of literature, transcendental literature is at our disposal. Fortunately, Prabhupada has made it very clear. Why are we delaying, I don’t understand. The delay is dangerous. And not only dangerous, but it is really killing us. It’s like a suicide. We have come into this existence. So much treasure is at our disposal, and we are just going away from it. And again we are going to the rut, that in unlimited circle of birth, death, disease and old age. And the reason is ‘WE’. We cannot blame anybody. Even now, with all understanding, we are so very attached to the scratch, glass pieces, Katchartham vismatam ratnam, Harer naama hi kevalam.
[We have forgotten the jewel. In the form of Holy names of the Lord we have this great jewel, however, we have forgotten all of that and are running after some glass pieces. O brother, what are you looking at in the television?] What are you looking, it just a screen. [Very beautiful lady is coming (on screen). There is no lady, there is nothing. O brother, what are you looking at, it is glass.] You can’t touch that women. There is no women. [Maharaji mimicking] Just hehehehehe… jara chupp baith ja…. jara chupp baith ja….hehehe. Kuch samajhta nahin. Arre bhai, this is madness. You switch off that bloody thing and start chanting. [O brother, why are you dying in illusion. Is there any reason for you to die for this? If you want to die, die for Krsnathat they won’t accept] “Krsna, I don’t believe in Krsna”. [You are believing on that glass. On that glass you see mountain, ocean] “Nice, nice very nice scenery”. [O brother, there is nothing out there. Who can convince you that there is nothing out there. And whatever is appearing is all trash.] That is the pollution, mind pollution. [Our mind is getting polluted] Why? As the polluted air, will give you the sickness, the same way these things also will drag you down from your highest position which you are in at the moment. Prabhupada’s mercy, he has dragged you from the rut, and took you to the highest peak. And from the peak you are again taking a dip, committing suicide. This is the main thing we are doing.