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Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva.
When our beloved spiritual master, HDG Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj came to Singapore in September 2008, he gave an inspiring class on SB 3.29.11-12. This is a humble attempt at transcribing the same lecture.
mad-guna-shruti-maatrenaa / mayi sarva-guhaashaye
mano-gatir avichinnaa / yathaa gangaambhaso 'mbudhau
lakshanam bhakti-yogasya / nirgunasya hy udaahrtam
ahaituky avyavahitaa / yaa bhaktih purushottame
"The manifestation of unadulterated devotional service is exhibited, when one's mind is at once attracted to hearing the transcendental name and qualities of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, who is residing in everyone's heart. Just as the water of the Ganges flows naturally down towards the ocean, such devotional ecstasy, uninterrupted by any material condition, flows towards the Supreme Lord."
Guru Maharaj chanted the verse a few times and then chanted the Mahamantra before starting the class.
"In this lyric, each line has 8 letters. Our Srimad Bhagavatam is divided into nice lyrics and each letter is counted. There is no comparison of this literature with any other literature. There is no sophisticated literature in the whole of this planet. This is the only one and that is why Caitanya Mahaprabhu said, bhaarata-bhumite haila manushya-janma yaara, janmaa saarthaka kari' kara para-upakaara. We are all connected to Vedic families; our languages are from Sanskrit. So we should try to study these scriptures very seriously. So only goal of existence should be this. Please make best use of the facilities automatically available to you. (Guru Maharaj chants the verse again)
This chanting of Sanskrit language and Hare Krishna mahamantra which is also Sanskrit, it improves the texture of the skin and that is why devotees appear a bit different from the ordinary crowd and if the texture of the skin improves, the blood is purified. This is breathing exercise, see, Hare...(Guru Maharaj shows how to chant and breathe out)....all the carbon dioxide is gone. With loving attention you should pronounce these things. See, Hare...Krishna.....(Guru Maharaj again chanting), see I am stopping. I fill up the nostril, then stop it and leave it through the other nostril. This is breathing exercise. According to Srimad Bhagavatam, there is only one exercise, this, you inhale with one nostril, stop it then for a while and release from the other nostril. Or you inhale the whole thing, stop it for a while and then again exhale. This is the only exercise, very simple, there is no complication. And these exercises are automatically done by chanting of the slokas. So those who are madly running here and there for their own health, they should sit silent and do these things. As it is known as sat, sat means SAT. S is Supreme, A isAbsolute and T means Truth. Our saints and sages sat, we are sitting and in future also who try to understand Supreme Absolute Truth, they will also sit. We have to sit and sitting like this is padmaasana. This way, we are doing asana. Yogic exercises, aatmajam yoga-veeryena (SB 7.15.24), in Bhagavatam, aatmajam means the duhkas or miseries which arise out of our own body. The sickness is always there. So yoga veeryena, they are completely vanishing with yogic exercises and sitting on the ground is yoga.
Please, the point is, for all traditions, all religious ways which we follow, no doubt, it takes us from material end to the spiritual perfection. But side-by-side, it doesn’t ignore our body. They know that we are not attached to bodies but body must be in a working condition. So please be very peaceful. Try to see or fit into it and even then the body does not co-operate with you, then sit silent and only chant mahamantra, you know. Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna……Krishna...(Guru Maharaj asks) In this age my throat is quite alright, why your throats are not working? And the more you do, it is spandana, this is realization of Krishna. This is dhwani, vibration, this vibration is non-different from Krishna. Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna. Sing nicely. Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna Hare Hare …all carbon dioxide gone. The more you release, the more you get and Krishna’s shakti, Krishna’s energy is distributed all over the planets, the whole atmosphere. So you have the right, birth-right to take the energy from Krishna. Don’t hesitate. It is free and it is very much essential. The things which are very much essential, they are supplied free. We came from India and we didn’t send oxygen cylinders first. Oxygen is already here also. From here, you go to Australia, oxygen is there also. So it is very much needed. The more necessary the things are, they are available anywhere and everywhere and free. We don’t have to spend anything. You go to smoke, smoke, you have to spend and burn your body. And intelligent people spend money to improve their health. And donkey-like people, they don’t think, they spend money to destroy their body.
We have received one nice mail from America, it is about Pepsi etc all these drinks, you know. These drinks are very much harmful and that is why in Bhagavad Gita, Krishna has said, “Please give Me these four things.” What is it? patram, pushpam, phalam, toyam. Four things. patram means leaves, leafy vegetables etc, pushpam flowers, grains etc. And then phalam fruits and toyam clean water. Otherwise He knew that there is going to be Coca-Cola. He does not mention in Bhagavad Gita that offer Me patram, pushpam, phalam, Coca-Cola. Whatever He does not demand, we don’t take ourselves. Then, have you seen Krishna smoking? (Guru Maharaj laughs) …we find out our own silly ways to go to Krishna. “I am going to Krishna”, he says. In the smoke, he sees Krishna…(indistinct). Please, this madness must stop. Must stop. Come to very simple exercises by reading Sanskrit slokas. 700 verses are there already in Bhagavad Gita, 18000 verses are in Srimad Bhagavatam. Please follow these two scriptures. Our life is too short to complete these two. Don’t waste your time please.
Krishna willing, I will post the remaining part of lecture in subsequent mails.
Thank you very much.
Your servant in the service of Srila Gurudeva,
Svayam Prakash Krishna Das,
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna
Hare Rama Hare Rama
and be happy.