Srimad-Bhagavatam classes - Volume #10 (part 7)

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Compiled by Damaghosa dasa (Seattle, USA)

Lecture - Gorakhpur, February 10, 1971

That I repeatedly say, that one who is not a devotee of Krishna, Bhagavad-gita is not a subject matter for their study, what to speak of commenting upon it? He has no business to comment on Bhagavad-gita because it is not their subject matter. This should be very distinctly understood. There is a Bengali parable, adhara vyapari yahare khabola (?). Adhara vyapari, a merchant dealing in ginger, so he is taking information, "What about the shipping one..., just like one cartload or one ship full of ginger?" So adhare vyapari means he has not very large quantity to sell. Ginger is taken, very little quantity. So ginger merchant, if he has got stock, say, one bag, it will take months together to sell it. And if he thinks that "I will stock hundreds of bags," it is useless for him. That is not his subject. But one who sells rice or wheat, that is in great demand. That he can stock and talk of large shipment. Similarly, those who are already engrossed in material qualities, the science of God is not their subject matter at all. So that is the test. Just like who shall be the guru? Whose subject matter is only Krishna or God, he shall be guru, not an amateur man. He is doing some other business, and in some pastime he makes a guru business. No, that is not their subject matter. The subject matter is different.

Therefore Sridhara Swami says, avisayatvac ca tasya ity aha, gobhir indriyair na cittena: "Because the subject matter is not for them, however they may exercise their senses, gobhih..." Go means indra (indriya). Simply by exercising... Just like there are so many yogis. They exercise their senses only - yama, niyama, pranayama - senses. But it is not their subject matter to understand God. They may show some jugglery or some gymnastic, wonderful, or they may get some material perfection, anima... The eight kinds of perfection in yoga system... One can become very small. Just like there was a trailinga swami in Benares. He was staying naked on the street, and the police objected, and he was put into police custody. He again came out. That means people became more devoted to him. But still... This is a perfection by the gymnastic of yoga process, but that does not mean he knows God. That does not mean. There was another yogi in Benares. Anyone who would come to him, immediately in a pot he will present two rasagulla. And after eating two rasagulla, the man will be captivated, and big man, manager of bank and this and that, and they... They become captivated. He does not know "What he has given me? Two rasagulla. Say, two annas, or four annas at most." So, but they become captivated: "Oh, here is a yogi. He can manufacture immediately." In Calcutta I was passing in a street, Cornwallis Street, and there was some crowd, and I entered that crowd, long ago, when I was young man. So I saw that he was a Muhammadan (indistinct). He was giving everyone some pieces of grass, straw. So he gave me one. So I saw it is raisin, kismis. You see? So I immediate threw it away and went away. So some yogi can show. He'll press his beads, and there milk will come. So there are so many yogic fantasies. But that does not mean that he knows God.

….but Chaitanya Mahaprabhu teaches that "Even if You make me broken-hearted, not being seen for life or perpetually, it doesn't matter. Still, You are my worshipable Lord." That is pure devotee. Just like there is a song, "My dear Lord, please appear before me, dancing with Your flute." This is not devotion. This is not devotion. People may think, "Oh, how great devotee he is, asking Krishna to come before him dancing." That means ordering Krishna. A devotee does not order anything or ask anything from Krishna, but he loves only. That is the pure love. That is the teaching of Lord Chaitanya. Aslisya va pada-ratam pinastu mam: "Either You embrace me or You trample down, You give me all kinds of miserable life and You break my heart, not being seen by me..." This is Chaitanya Mahaprabhu's prayer in His ecstasy of Radharani….

…   Krishna appears in two ways. He appears as antaryami, the Supersoul within oneself, and He appears as the spiritual master, externally. Caitya-guru and diksa-guru. As caitya-guru, as the supreme spiritual master, He is in everyone's heart. And His representative... In order to help externally the sincere person, He sends the spiritual master. Therefore the spiritual master from outside and the caitya-guru from inside, they are helping. The Supreme Personality is helping a devotee, a real, serious devotee two ways: from within, from without. The Caitanya-caritamrta therefore says that krsnera prakasa, manifestation of Krishna, a spiritual master. And Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura says, yasya prasadad bhagavat-prasado yasya aprasadad na gatih kuto 'pi: "If I can satisfy my spiritual master, then I understand that Krishna is satisfied. And if I cannot satisfy my spiritual master, then I have no other way to approach Krishna." These songs we sing every day. So my Guru Maharaja used to say that "Instead of seeing Krishna, you serve so faithfully that Krishna will see you." That should be the process. Krishna is omnipresent. He can see you, He can understand you, what are doing. So we have to execute devotional service in such a faithful way that Krishna will see us. Then you will be successful. "Don't try to see Krishna. Try to become seen by Krishna." That was my Guru Maharaja's instruction. Caksur yathaiva krtayaiva antah-param. Tasyatma-tantrasya harer ahisituh parasya mayadhipater mahatmanah. Evam bhutah paramesvarah mad-anyad astiti.

Now, Yamaraja says that "I have got a master like that." The Yamaraja has anubhuti. Therefore he describes what is the nature, characteristics, of his master. Yamaraja also does not say that "I have seen my master." But he still accepts that there is a master. "I am not all in all." Never said... In these slokas we do not find anywhere Yamaraja says that "I have seen Him." It is very common thing. Now the government is going on. Not that everyone has seen the president or the king, but still, the government is so nicely managed that everyone knows that there is an executive head. So there is no question of this villainy that "There is no God. I do not believe in God. God is dead," or "Everyone is God." Not like that.

(....To be continued)

Srimad-Bhagavatam classes - Volume #10 (Part 1)

Srimad-Bhagavatam classes - Volume #10 (Part 2)

Srimad-Bhagavatam classes - Volume #10 (Part 3)

Srimad-Bhagavatam classes - Volume #10 (Part 4)

Srimad-Bhagavatam classes - Volume #10 (Part 5)

Srimad-Bhagavatam classes - Volume #10 (Part 6)

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