Bhagavat Saptah a week with a Saint



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Dedication and Gratitude


Hare Kṛṣṇa,

This lecture transcription service is dedicated at the lotus feet of His Holiness Sri Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj (Maharaj).

The initial transcription and reviewing of Bhagavat Saptah lectures was done mainly by disciples of Maharaj in Minneapolis. Special thanks to prabhujis and mataji from Minneapolis yatra especially, H. G. Purnendu Kṛṣṇa Das, H. G. Anasuya Devi Dasi, H. G. Yadushrestha Kṛṣṇa Das and H. G. Jagat Mohini Devi Dasi, H. G. Gopika Devi Dasi, H. G. Balram Das and H. G. Purnima Devi Dasi, H. G. Jayant Kṛṣṇa Das and H. G. Sarva Mangala Devi Dasi and Srimati Shipra mataji for their lecture transcription and reviewing efforts.

Later, in order to further review and edit the Bhagavat Saptah lectures so as to make it presentable in the form of a book gracious help was received from Srimati Sheela Ravishankar mataji, H. G. Bal Kṛṣṇa Das and H. G. Prasanna Vadana Das prabhujis. Throughout the efforts we got constant encouragement from H. G. Devakinandan prabhuji. With the blessings of all devotees only we have reached thus far and hope to keep doing more such service unto the lotus feet of Maharaj. Final editorial revision was done under the experienced and expert eyes of H. G. Kalachakra Das prabhuji.

H. H. Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj emphasized study of Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam and Bhagavad-gītā books written by ISKCON founder acarya His Divine Grace Swami Srila Prabhupāda so that we can be convinced about chanting the name, wonderful pastimes and glories of the unlimited Supreme Lord and Supreme authority Lord Sri Kṛṣṇa, and in the process purify our existence so that we can be better servants of the servants of the Supreme Lord.

We hope that the students of Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam can derive fresh and deeper meaning and better practical understanding of the great transcendental literature after reading through lecture transcriptions of Maharaj.

Most of the lecture delivered by Maharaj was in English language. Parts which were delivered in Hindi been translated to English language. We hope that the reader will overlook the mistakes in these transcriptions and translations and take the essence. Feedback for improvement of this lecture transcription is welcome. This seven day lecture transcription has been divided into chapters for better readability.

Reading Tips

Please note that the audio of the Bhagavat Saptah lectures can be found at http://www.nabholingam.com web site. Readers will find reading in conjunction with listening to the lectures more fulfilling experience when they actually hear Maharajji’s speak, sing, pray and laugh!

Legend: Comments or translations or content not delivered by Maharaj is within square ([ ]) brackets.

Foreword


His Holiness Srila Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj was born in the outskirts of Mumbai in 1920 on the auspicious day of Dattätreya Purnima in the month of mārga-śīra [November-December]. He appeared in an eight generation Vaishnava family. Aged 91, he was the most elderly sannyasi (spiritual teacher) in ISKCON (International Society for Kṛṣṇa Consciousness). Maharaj first took darshan of Srila Prabhupāda in 1973 when, as President of the London Gujarati Community Society, he invited Prabhupāda to be guest-of-honour at the society’s annual function. There Srila Prabhupada’s lecture marked the turning point in Maharaj’s life. Srila Prabhupāda had stated that whenever we meet our friends, we ask them so many material things, like how is your business, your family etc. But this is simply a waste of time. If we really cared for them, then when we meet them, we should ask them how far they have progressed, since we last met, in the matter of stopping the repetition of the cycle of birth and death. Since that profound meeting H H Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj has dedicated his life to the rigorous study of Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam.

His Holiness Srila Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj, is a brilliantly divine personality and such kind of personalities are rarely seen on the stage of human life. Anybody who has come in touch with Maharaj experienced that he was not just a spiritual master but a sweet loving father, who, by his loving dealings with everyone, made them experience the love of Kṛṣṇa. He is an embodiment of all the exalted qualities. His deep serenity, the vast limitless wellspring of knowledge he possessed, the beautiful sobriety he exhibited, his gentle, sweet and simple demeanor, the soft expressiveness of his features and the natural flow of all his actions could capture everyone’s heart.

Maharaj could relate even the most ordinary event to the scriptures and for even a seemingly ordinary subject matter, Maharaj could offer a spiritual perspective. He was a genuine guide in our struggle to carry on the material life as well as for understanding the transcendence. His presentation of the scriptures and especially Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam which is his life and soul, was not a dry academic subject to be theorized and armchair philosophized about. Maharaj spoke and lived the essence of the scriptures and made everyone understand that the scriptures are not in the cloud or in the sky but very much on the ground intimately related to our day to day life. That way he is a practical Maha Bhagavata and a down to earth Paramahamsa. The humility which Maharaj exhibited is a conclusive proof of his greatness.

Maharaj is simultaneously grave and jolly and often he laughed and joked and brightened the whole atmosphere with his effulgent Vaikuntha smile but even his lighter mood was fully Kṛṣṇa conscious and not frivolous. Maharaj’s every movement, every word and every action had a transcendental purpose in it. Throughout his whole life and at the time of leaving the world, Maharaj showed us how not to be bewildered by the inevitable miseries of the material existence and always remain aloof simply by remembering the lotus feet of the Lord (sasāra-dharmair avimuhyamāna smtyā harer bhāgavata-pradhāna – SB 11.2.49).

Once when one of the senior devotee humbly asked His Holiness Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj that how he was able to become so famous a devotee all over the world, Maharaj replied with his trademark uncommon humility that it was because he lived every moment of his life based on the verse 1.6.26 from Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam. This particular verse spoken by Srila Narada Muni reveals the nature of an unflinching servitor of the Supreme Lord.

nāmāny anantasya hata-trapa pahan / guhyāni bhadrāṇi ktāni ca smaran

gāṁ paryaas tuṣṭa-manā gata-spha / kāla pratīkan vimado vimatsara

Thus I began chanting the holy name and fame of the Lord by repeated recitation, ignoring all the formalities of the material world. Such chanting and remembering of the transcendental pastimes of the Lord are benedictory. So doing, I traveled all over the earth, fully satisfied, humble and unenvious.”

Anyone who comes in touch with His Holiness cannot go away without the impression that Kṛṣṇa consciousness is all common sense, practical, logical and simple. The one shloka which Maharaj had in his heart even till his winding up pastimes was SB 1.5.40, the instruction of Srila Narada Muni to his disciple Srila Vyasadev on the power of the pure subject matter of the transcendental pastimes of the Supreme Lord and how it is satisfying both to the general mass as well as great learned men.

tvam apy adabhra-śruta viśruta vibho / samāpyate yena vidāṁ bubhutsitam

prākhyāhi dukhair muhur arditātmanāṁ / sakleśa-nirvāṇam uśanti nānyathā

Please, therefore, describe the Almighty Lord's activities which you have learned by your vast knowledge of the Vedas, for that will satisfy the hankerings of great learned men and at the same time mitigate the miseries of the masses of common people who are always suffering from material pangs. Indeed, there is no other way to get out of such miseries.”

Maharaj urged everyone that the preaching of Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam with emphasis on its practical aspect is the one and only way to mitigate the miseries of common people who are suffering from the material pangs. His instructions ranged from organizing one’s own shaving kit, washing one’s one clothes to living a life without a tinge of expectation from anyone.

Maharaj firmly emphasized that without organizing our material lives in a perfect manner, there is no question of progressing spiritually.



Maharaj is unflinchingly attached to the lotus feet of Srila Prabhupāda and studied His Divine Grace’s books very deeply. With his compassionate, powerful, intense, pure and earnest preaching and encouragement, Maharaj could impress upon the living entities to translate all the instructions of scripture into real life experiences by changing the behavior for good.

Maharaj is of the firm belief that Srila Prabhupada’s literatures are so powerful that by the force of this literary influence, a revolution can be brought in the lives of the conditioned souls and thus save them from the miserable conditions. Maharaj’s appreciation and attachment to Srila Prabhupada’s transcendental literature is so much that Maharaj says that if it had been possible, Prabhupāda would have physically taken out his heart and put it in these books.

At about 3.25 pm on 25th January 2010, our beloved spiritual master, H H Mahavishnu Goswami entered into his final pastimes in this mortal world and left us all in great grief of separation at the Bhaktivedanta Hospital, Mira Road, Mumbai, India. Those who had the good fortune of meeting him, soon became aware that the Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam was indeed his very life and soul. In a very simple and sublime manner he would provide anyone practical guidance in their lives based on the teachings of the Bhāgavatam, and with this he has awakened so many souls to the importance of the amala purana Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam.

These teachings are organized and conveyed in this book so that future generations may benefit from H H Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj’s unique insight and intimate association of the Bhāgavatam. May he live forever by his divine instructions in the hearts of his sincere followers.

We offer our deepest respect unto His Holiness Mahavishnu Goswami’s lotus feet for kindly guiding us on the path back to the Supreme One. Now more than ever, his divine instructions are the only shelter for his disciples and all sincere souls seeking to reunite with the Supreme Lord Kṛṣṇa.

Introduction



His Holiness Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj (1920-2010) was of Gujarat origin and was born in the outskirts of Bombay in 1919 into an eight generation Vaishnava family. He was highly educated having obtained a masters degree in both Sanskrit and English and is equally conversant in Marathi, Gujarati, Hindi, Urdu and the Gujarathi dialect Kachhi. In his childhood Maharaj was always curious to seek transcendental knowledge about the Supreme Lord Sri Krsna. His mother would force him to offer his dhoti to the Lord before using it. But she could not explain him as to why he should be offering it. He would never get satisfying answers to his questions. So at the tender age he began studying the holy scriptures of Srimad Bhagavad-gītā and Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam in earnest. His burning desire to realize God was finally answered, when he met Srila Prabhupada, the founder acharya of the International Society of Kṛṣṇa Consciousness (ISKCON). At that meeting Prabhupāda noted that upon meeting friends, we ask them how their business is, how their family is, but this he said was a waste of time. If we really cared about our friends, then we meet them, we should inquire as to how far they have progressed in the matter of stopping the cycle of repeated birth and death.

Prabhupada’s pure preaching touched Maharaj’s heart, and awakened his enthusiasm for self-realization. He began intensifying his spiritual endeavors and began practicing Kṛṣṇa Consciousness. Sometime later he was introduced to Prabhupada, by devotees, as a Sanskrit scholar. Upon hearing this, Prabhupāda exclaimed, “Oh, a Sanskrit scholar, then you should take sannyas”. These word of Prabhupāda always remained in Maharaj’s heart. In 1991 Maharaj, after successfully performing his worldly obligations to his family, renounced the world and took the order of sannyas. For years on, he continued to serve Srila Prabhupada, by carrying on his legacy in preaching devotional service of Supreme Lord Krsna, as enunciated in Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam and Srimad Bhagavad-gītā. Maharaj has tirelessly circled the globe 10 times in 10 years, inspiring people from all walks of life, wherever he went. He is renowned for his powerful preaching, uncompromising in delivery of the teachings of Gita and the message of Srila Prabhupada. In Bhagavat saptahas around the world, notably in Kurukshetra and Vrindavana, he has lectured for upto 6 hours daily, on Bhāgavatam, for 7 continuous days, before fully captivated audiences. Despite his advanced age and frail health, Maharaj continued to tirelessly travel around the world, preaching the message to follow teachings of Lord Krsna, through Srila Prabhupāda books and to increase the quality of our devotional service so as to become, genuine servants of the servants of the Lord.

For many Maharaj was a humble and loving Vaishnava, who has made them follow the teachings of the Supreme Lord and realize the true value of human life. Still others cannot help but be completely and helplessly touched by Maharaj’s love and compassion. In today’s age His Holiness’s love and humility coupled with his profound wisdom and realization, have brought many fallen souls to the lotus feet of Prabhupāda and the Supreme Lord. In 2001 from 29th September to 6th October, under the auspicious of ISKCON Sydney, His Holiness Mahavishnu Goswami decided to deliver Srimad Bhagavat Saptah, in Sydney, Australia, giving powerful and heartfelt discourses, over 8 continuous days, to a fully captivated audience in Statville Town Hall. Following is the recording of the great saint.


Table of Contents

Bhagavat Saptah i

A Week with a Saint i

Dedication and Gratitude iii

Significance of Puruṣottama māsa and Simple Vedic Life 23

What is our duty in this age? 25

How to become very simple? 26

How Puruṣottama month became auspicious? 26

How to get manifold results from our pious activities? 28

Don’t waste your valuable human existence 28

How to perfect the mind and speech? 28

How avoiding mental concoction saves time? 29

Significance of Temporary Human Existence 31

What should be our main concern? 31

What is the purpose of this temporary human existence? 31

How to make best use of Puruṣottama māsa? 32

What one should be completely satisfied with? 32

What one should never be satisfied with and why? 32

How to come out of the material rut? 33

How to be completely fixed in a constantly changing world? 34

How Vedic calculation helps increase our faith? 34

How fruitful are our attempts to avoid death? 35

Medicine for this age 36

Medicine for old age 36

Change your life 37

Hear, Study and Contemplate 37

Heart is meant for Kṛṣṇa 38

Understanding Kṛṣṇa’s Vigraha 39

Powerful Effect of Harināma 40

Magical effect of Darshan 41

Chant sincerely like Valmiki 42

How study of scriptures will take us away from anxiety? 43

What is the work of a preacher? 43

Greed is a horrible thing 44

Understanding Kṛṣṇa changes our life completely 46

Secret of devotional service 47

Day 2 50

Dissatisfaction: Cause and Solution 51

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam is pure history 52

What is the cause of our dissatisfaction? 53

What was Narada Muni’s solution to Vyasadeva dissatisfaction? 55

Pleasing Kṛṣṇa pleases everyone 56

How to reduce our difficulties and become completely satisfied? 60

Maharaj Parikshit Punishes Kaliyuga 63

Global remnants of Vedic culture 63

What are the four pillars of sinful life? 64

How to improve the fabric of our existence? 65

What are the ill effects of money? 66

How to avoid the ill effects of wealth? 67

What is real wealth? 67

A Devotee Executes Kṛṣṇa’s Plan 69

From where do good qualities come? 69

What comfort can 5-star hotel provide? 70

Who is the secret doer? 71

What is use of blaming others? 73

Is this world my permanent place? 75

Maharaj Parikshit Fasts unto Death 77

What three things Maharaj Parikshit asked from Sukadeva Goswami? 77

What is the art of living? 78

Maharani Kunti’s Prayers 80

How we are saved at every step and every second of our existence? 80

What is the solution to our miseries? 81

What is our duty? 81

Who exists everywhere and secretly does everything? 81

How can we remember Kṛṣṇa? 83

Dhruva Maharaj 84

What did mother Suniti instruct the hurt Dhruva Maharaj? 84

Story: Sadhu and the dog 85

Don’t poke your nose in Kṛṣṇa’s business 85

Completely purify your mind 86

How tolerating saves time and brings you closer to Kṛṣṇa? 87

Dhruva Maharaj Meets Narada Muni 88

How to attain Kṛṣṇa? 88

Pray to Kṛṣṇa like mother Kunti 89

Everything in relation to Kṛṣṇa is spiritual 90

Verses that will take you back to Godhead 91

Bhisma Pitamah: Steady in Troubles 93

What is the secret of success? 93

How our problems can bring us closer to Kṛṣṇa? 93

Story: Kṛṣṇa lifts Govardan hill to protect His devotees 94

What is the solution to our problems? 95

Story: Santanu conditional marriage with Ganga 96

Story: Bhisma early life 97

How tolerance and constant rememberance of the Lord helps us? 98

Story: Devavrata declared king by Shantanu 99

How to have stable intelligence in the midst of sorrows? 101

Day 3 106

Keshava Keshava Kukiye 107

What is the benefit of feelingly uttering the names of Kṛṣṇa? 108

How to become fearless? 109

Developing firm Faith 112

Why can’t we have faith in sastras? 112

Why is reciting verses important? 113

How to recite verses properly? 113

What is the difference between atheist and theist? 114

How excessive sense gratification is misguiding? 115

How to wake up early? 116

Why kill yourself before death by worrying? 117

Tolerate 120

Seeing Kṛṣṇa through scriptures 122

Be careful about mental concoctions 122

Be careful about watering down the confidential pastimes 123

Try to purify your life 123

Hand out the worries to Kṛṣṇa 124

Have steady intelligence and listen to scriptures 124

Perform prescribed duties honestly and keep hearing scriptures 125

Chant and be regulated 127

Lord Brahma struggles to find the truth 128

Chant while you can 128

Respect parents and get their blessings 130

Lord brahma’s prayers 133

Atma cannot live independently 133

Smelling Lord’s lotus feet by the scriptures 135

Lord’s name is greater than Lord 136

Story: Compassionate sadhu and horse thief 137

How we can remove miseries? 138

Story: Within misery we chant very nicely 138

Kṛṣṇa is there, but we are not there for Him 139

Maṅgala-ārati and naam sankirtan 141

Maṅgala-ārati is enlivening 141

Nama-sankirtanam pleases Kṛṣṇa 142

Kapila Muni instructs Devahuti 144

How a living entity takes birth? 144

Prayers of the unborn child 146

Symptoms of live society 150

First live symptom: Murthi Puja 150

Dwaraka temple gets a poojari 150

Is murthy is idol or transcendental form of the Lord? 151

Second live symptom: Prasadam Distribution 152

Third live symptom: Study of scriptures and Preaching inside and outside the temple 152

Appeal to the youths: Don’t get lost or frustrated 153

Our psychiatrist is Kṛṣṇa 153

Study the scriptures 154

Painful process of birth 155

Prayers of the unborn child (Jantu) continued 155

Please determine to make this birth your last birth 156

What is the meaning of Kṛṣṇa and how He acts? 156

Why we should not cross the Laskman Rekha of BBC? 157

In Srila Prabhupāda words 157

Day 4 159

Understanding Detachment 160

Importance of recitation of Sanskrit slokas 160

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam and Bhagavat Gita shows the way to Kṛṣṇa 162

Understanding the temporary nature of material existence 162

Understanding the permanent 163

What are the types of temporary detachment? 164

What is real detachment and how to develop it? 165

Wake Up and Understand the Permanent 166

Understanding how our body is together 166

How to control anger? 167

Can we be proud of this body? 167

How Kṛṣṇa’s touch cleans your body? 168

Bodily woes continues, old age, disease and lamentation 168

Simple living and high thinking 169

Why we need strong temples? 169

How to know who is real guru? 169

What is this (temporary) body really? 170

Eat fresh prasadam 170

Simply be connected to Kṛṣṇa 171

Srila Prabhupāda points out the Supreme Truth is Kṛṣṇa 171

Consciousness is for Kṛṣṇa 172

Lessons from the Life of Priyavrata 173

Why we need to be austere? 173

Why we need to be humble? 173

Why happens when we have faith in Kṛṣṇa? 173

Why happens when we turn away from Kṛṣṇa? 174

What is the benefit of coming to Kṛṣṇa? 175

Key to relieve our miseries is in our hands 175

The benefit of being satisfied 176

What is the way to find out Kṛṣṇa? 176

Be innocent like four Kumaras 177

Perform austerity in your ashram 177

Are we Kṛṣṇa conscious or chapatti conscious? 178

Story: Immature Guru 179

Don’t disturb your setup 181

Just chant feelingly 181

Must retire at sometime 182

Renunciation will make you very happy 183

Be sincere like Srila Prabhupāda 183

Lessons from Lord Ṛṣabhadeva 185

What is our duty? 185

Avoid undue attachment 186

Day 5 188

Worship Nothing other than Kṛṣṇa 189

Lord is Always Fully Satisfied 193

How to behave with others? 193

Run after the completely satisfied 194

How can you become completely satisfied without anything? 194

This body is on lease, don’t break the lease conditions 195

Don’t catch dog’s tail 195

Jaya and Vijaya Stop the Four Kumaras 197

Purify your life with fiery devotional service 197

Attachment leads to discrimination 198

Story: Jaya and Vijay cursed by four Kumaras 198

Death of Hiranyaksha 199

Hiranyakashipu plays havoc 200

Always check whether Hari satisfied 200

Hiranyakashipu consoles his relatives 201

Make it Your Priority to Just Serve Krsna 202

Don’t entertain miseries, entertain devotional service 202

How immortality is established? 203

Take the jewel of Bhāgavatam to increase your faith 204

Hiranyakashipu’s Son, Prahlad Learns in Mothers Womb 206

Hiranyakashipu starts terrorizing 206

Ṣaṇḍa and Amarka try to teach Prahlada 206

Prahlada learns on mother’s womb 207

Srila Prabhupāda takes us out of the material rut 207

Prahlada is Narada disciple 208

Teachings of Bhakta Prahlad 209

Wake up early for maṅgala-ārati 209

Basic religiosity is the monopoly of Bharat Varsha 210

What is the art of living material life? 211

Nine ways of Bhakti 212

Our movement needs training schools 213

Take care of your self interest 213

Srila Prabhupāda movement gives real education 214

Please lead simple life somehow or other 215

What is not required in devotional service? 216

Be wide hearted and welcome everyone to devotional service 217

Day 6 219

All Glories to Lord Sri Rama, the Renouncer 220

Rāma is bestower of bliss 222

In renunciation there is more happiness 223

Be equal in misery or happiness 224

How to get rid of envy? 226

Parents must be Respected and Served 228

Ravana Unlimitted Lusty Desires 229

Ravana’s fights with Kubera and wins a chariot 229

Ravana’s cursed by chaste Vedavati 230

Ravana cursed again by Parvati 231

Be grateful to Rāma and don’t get intoxicated by little prosperity 232

Lessons from the Life of Sri Ram 234

One verse children must remember 234

Sita Rāma pastimes at Panchavati near Nasik 235

Build temples for future generation 235

Story: Rāma builds bridge to cross over ocean to Lanka 236

Protect yourself by performing mangal-ārati and be merciful by preaching 237

How simple life helps us? 238

Bhajan: Sri Rāma Candra kripalu bhajmann 239

How to enter into the pastimes of Kṛṣṇa 239

Mother Teaches Vedic Culture 243

Kirtan and verses 243

[Maharaj lovingly sings Srila Prabhupāda Pranati and a beautiful kirtan.] 243

Listen and learn everything 246

Two types of knowledge of Vedic mother 248



It is very easy to have purified consciousness 248

Perform Devotion with Determination 250

Determination of Dhruva Maharaj 250

Story: Determination of Kacha 251

Determination of Srila Prabhupāda 253

Change Your Lifestyle for Good 254

Teachings of mother Kunti 254

How children can be happy? 255

How elders can be happy? 255

Take the king of knowledge and change your life for the better 256

How the youths can contribute? 257

Learn about Kṛṣṇa from Lord Brahma 258

What are the seven laws controlling living entity? 258

Make use of vast shastric knowledge at your disposal 258

Kṛṣṇa’s existence is completely spiritual 259

Please run after the auspicious 259

Story: Don’t be a hypocrite 260

Transcendental qualities of Sri Kṛṣṇa and why we need to understand it 260

Story: Birth of Devaki’s son, Lord Sri Kṛṣṇa 262

Day 7 266

Get out of the Life of Pa-Varga 267

Kirtan: Jaya Radha Madhava and Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa he 267

How to get rid of our miseries and become fearless? 268

Can we follow on Srila Prabhupāda’s footsteps for a while? 270

Why one should take the path of apa-varga and not the pa-varga? 271

Please study Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 273

Quality of a devotee is that he picks up the fallen and does not kick 274

Surrender to Lord and lovingly sing the verses 275

Lessons from the Life of Narada Muni 276

Story: Rukmini Invites Durvasa for Prasadam 278

Story: Kṛṣṇa Ranchorji Pastimes 282

Why ne need to follow the regulative principles? 283

Come to Srila Prabhupāda? 283

Kalyavana extra prowess makes him foolishly eager to fight with Kṛṣṇa 283

How to capture Kṛṣṇa? 284

Kalyvana tries to capture Kṛṣṇa 284

Ranchorji “escapes” from battlefield 285

Humility Attracts the All Attractive 287

Unlimited pastimes of sweet Kṛṣṇa 287

Protect your consciousness 287

Story: Pralambha tries to kill Balarama 288

Importance of Seva and Katha 288

How to develop all good qualities? 290

How Vaishnavas attain good qualities and become kalpatarus? 291

Story: The proud brahmana and the humble cobbler. 292

Be humble like Ambarisha Maharaj 294

Pralamba gets killed by Balarama 295

What is death like? 296

Satrajit and the Syamantek Jewel 298

Satrajit gets the jewel and becomes proud 298

Satrajit’s brother wears the jewel 299

Kṛṣṇa accused of killing Satrajit’s brother for the jewel 299

Three doors to hell 300

In anger Jambavan fights with Lord Kṛṣṇa 300

Kṛṣṇa returns to Dwarka with the Jewel 301

Srila Prabhupāda showed us the practical side of highest spiritual principles 302

Pandavas and the lac house 303

Satrajit was murdered 304

Satyadhanva killed by Kṛṣṇa 305

Test for Chapter 1 308

Test Answer for Chapter 1 310

Index of Verses 312

Day 1

Chapter 1




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