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Transcendental Pearls of Wisdom – Part 3

Dear Devotees,

Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva.

Here are some of the transcendental pearls of wisdom I had written down in my notebook from the pravacan of our spiritual master on 1st March 2008 in Rajkot.

1. Krishna is addressed as yashoda nandana – Yashoda is the purest devotee. yashah dadaati iti yashoda. If we run after Krishna we will also become famous. Great devotees like Srila Prabhupada, Kulashekara Alwar etc became famous because they took exclusive shelter of Krishna.

2. Krishna is refered in Gita as nidhaanam bijam avyayam. nidhaanam means inexhaustible and eternal resting place. In dharmashaala we are kicked out after a while. This material world is like a dharmashaala.

3. We must be economical but not miserly. Richness (paisaadhaar) is completely different from opulence (srimanth). Srimanth is one who has money and uses it for devotional service.

4. We must always eat seasonal fruits and vegetables because Krishna has infused His energy in those fruits and vegetables that is suitable for our bodily nourishment according to the particular season.

5. We should buy milk and churn our own yogurt. We should always use excess money in maintaining cows and farm land.

6. Krishna’s appearance must be there in our life. Those who follow Bhagavatam are called bhagavadiya. Bhagavadiya people are always peaceful. Because they practice the verse:

maa kancana shuco raajan / yad ishvara vasham jagat

lokaah sapaala yasyeme / vahanti balim ishituh

sa samyunakti bhutaani / sa eva viyunakti ca

"Sri Narada said: O pious King, do not lament for anyone, for everyone is under the control of the Supreme Lord. Therefore all living beings and their leaders carry on worship to be well protected. It is He only who brings them together and disperses them."

7. You cannot look after your own digestion. How can you look after others? We don’t realize that we ourselves are helpless. Hence we are beating around the bush.

8. Bhishmadev says na hy asya karhicit raajan – Nobody knows Krishna’s plans. An accident appears to be accident but it is not.

9. As soon as our behavior goes anti-vedic, our health is disturbed. Never worry. ‘Worry’ stops our digestion. For digestion, organs should move freely. By worrying the organ’s movements gets stopped and it leads to indigestion.

10. Honesty always gives us protection. Cheaters cannot survive in this world. Our relationships should never be clouded by selfish interest.

11. Theistic attitude is interwoven in the pages of Srimad Bhagavatam and Bhagavat-gita.

12. Encouragement in life comes from the constant chanting of holy names.

13. We are not running after happiness. We are looking for bliss. Bliss and Bless are related. We should have blessings from everybody to be in bliss. Elders must be always respected and goodwill from everybody must be there for us to be in bliss.

14. As the waning years approach, invalidity is bound to creep in. If we are with Krishna, even during old age we can be in bliss.

15. Unless we are vraja jana, ranjana will not be there (Krishna’s pleasing reciprocation will not be there).

16. Every word of Srimad Bhagavatam is impregnated with unlimited meanings. Broadcast it with your own self-assimilated experience (yah svaanubhaavam akhila shruti saaram ekam).

17. Our goal of existence is not preaching but to become a devotee.

18. We are always infected by the three modes of material nature. Only Krishna’s presence in the house (like deity, shastras etc) will reduce the effect of the modes.

Transcendental Pearls of Wisdom – Part 2

Dear Devotees,

Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva.

Here are some of the transcendental pearls of wisdom I had written down in my notebook from the pravacan of our spiritual master on evening of 29th Feb 2008 in Rajkot. Maharaj gave a lecture on the verse BG 9.22:

ananyaas cintayanto maam / ye janaah paryupaasate

teshaam nityaabhiyuktaanaam / yogakshemam vahaamyaham

"But those who always worship Me with exclusive devotion, meditating on My transcendental form – to them I carry what they lack, and I preserve what they have."

1. If we increase the necessities in our life, inebriety also increases.

2. One rule we should follow in our lives :- Do not lend, do not borrow. We should avoid loans at all costs. If we owe money to somebody, our minds are disturbed.

3. Vaishnavas never grapple into indefinite atmosphere. If something is not definite we should not venture in that area.

4. Material world is a disturbed platform and we are trying to balance ourselves, this is completely contradictory.

5. Unless we are healthy how can we perform our material duties? Therefore we need spiritual practices to keep ourselves healthy.

6. janaah means those who are going through birth, death, old age and disease. All these janaas should follow ananyaas cintayanto maamworship Krishna with exclusive devotion.

7. Bhakti is not nishkriya (inaction). Krishna is so active. He is maintaining so many universes. How much active we should be? We cannot be devotees without being active. We should not be inactive in the name of devotional service.

8. Material activities do not take much time. Unnecessarily we are prolonging these activities and wasting a lot of our time.

9. The quality of our life must improve. As soon as we detect any inferior quality in us, we should drive it away.

10. The life flowing from Sun (urja) comes between 4 and 7 am. This air is special for our health. Hence we must make the best use of this time for spiritual activities. The curative force is inside us. Immunity is the monopoly of mangala arati time. To maintain immunity in us, Krishna has nicely planned the Varnashrama system for us.

11. nitya abhiyukta – "always feelingly engaged". abhi (feelingly) yukta (engaged). We should be engaged in Krishna’s service with feeling, not mechanically.

Transcendental Pearls of Wisdom – Part 1

Dear Devotees,

Hare Krishna. Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva.

I was going through my notes and found the points I had taken from some of the lectures of our spiritual master H H Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj 2 years back. I thought it would be good to share these transcendental pearls of wisdom with everyone.

The following are some of the points taken from Maharaj’s lecture on 29th Feb 2008 in Rajkot.

1. Soul has no meaning without the Supersoul. That is why Supersoul always accompanies the soul.

2. The Supreme spirit supplies unlimited energy to the sparks as long as the spark is near the Supreme spirit.

3. We should always remember we are sparks. Remembering that we are ‘spark’ means we should be never proud (because spark is so tiny and insignificant). If the Supersoul decides to stop supply of energy, the soul cannot function.

4. If we try to brush off Krishna, we will be brushed off.

5. A boy grows to become a man by the energy of Krishna, not by pumping air into his body. This is developed by the unseen energy of Krishna. Thus we can understand that Krishna is present everywhere in the form of His energies. His energy is called ‘Supreme’ because it does not require external support.

6. At least 1 hour we should be with Prabhupada everyday by studying his books or listening to his lectures.

7. The power of karma must be established to control the exploitation tendency. (In other words we will know that if we exploit others, we will be exploited and avoid it).

8. Since Bhagavatam is absent in our lives these days, narrow-mindedness is increasing. Those who follow Bhagavatam in their lives will be broad-hearted.

9. Our life is completely useless if we are not habituated to see the spiritual thing everywhere. At the same time work must be done sincerely. If you do not have income you would not be able to come here (Rajkot).

10. In trying circumstances our faith in Krishna must increase. With devotional service, ‘suffering’ becomes ‘enjoyment’.

11. Try to reduce artificial necessities, especially electronics. Unless you understand the importance of Krishna, you cannot cut down material necessities.

12. In the process of getting spiritual attraction we should become lethargic in our material duties.

13. Artificial life will never give healthy life. Prabhupada did not give us easy-chair philosophy. At 4.00 am we have to stand up (for mangala arati).

14. For old persons, it is a sin to remain at home. Bhagavatam says we should live like a ‘guest’ in our home (grheshu atitivat vasan).

15. Our life must be completely simple and straightforward. No corners must be there in our mind.

16. Our material development also if it is through honest means, then it is spiritual. If it is through foul means, then it is material.

17. Too much of miserliness will finish our body, but we must be economical.

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