Qualifications to Satisfy the Lord - Part 3

Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev.

This is in conclusion of the beautiful discourse by our beloved spiritual master HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj on the Srimad Bhagavatam verse 4.11.13,

titikṣayā karuṇayā maitryā cākhila-jantuṣu
samatvena ca sarvātmā bhagavān samprasīdati

The Lord is very satisfied with His devotee when the devotee greets other people with tolerancemercyfriendship and equality.

In the previous offerings we saw the explanation by Maharaj about titikṣayā and karuṇayā.

1. Tolerance Satisfies Krishna.
2. Merciful Attitude Pleases Krishna.

Today we will hear from Maharaj about friendship - maitryā and samatvena - equality.

3. Be friendly and Equipoised: Then second line gives you the third quality; maitryā cākhila-jantuṣu. maitryā, you must be friendly, friendly to each other. This is the best quality. Now there are three qualities here in two lines. Repeat - titikṣayā karuṇayā, maitryā cākhila-jantuṣu. ca means definitely. akhila means all. jantuṣu means living entities, definitely friendly to all living entities. If you are friendly to all living entities, how can you fully cut the neck of the chicken and put the dead body and stuff it into your throat? You can't do it. And if you do it, if you stuff those dead bodies into your stomach what are you going to get? They are rotten dead bodies. They may be colored or medicated in the meat factories or whatever it is but they can't improve. The nice wrapping doesn't improve the content. The contents are dirty. Please try to shun from these activities. When are you going to repay for these things? And apart from sins we are getting completely contaminated. The whole of our life, the whole of our society, the whole of your family pattern is completely destroyed. We don't see the satisfied living entities in countries where people eat meat although they have all the riches at their disposal. That society which has no place for Krishna in their life, it is completely rotten. It is highly the mercy of the Lord, because of His merciful attitude towards the living entities, He sent Prabhupada in his old age all the way from Vrindavana to New York otherwise I can't imagine what would have happened. Please take this opportunity and cultivate these qualities.

titikṣayā karuṇayā maitryā cākhila-jantuṣu

Then the third line; samatvena means equal, equal to all living entities, ca sarvātmā - towards every soul we are equal, whether he is poor, rich, whether he is knowledgeable of uneducated, whether he is small or big. We don't make any difference at all. We are completely equal to all living entities; samatvena ca sarvātmā. sarva means all. ātma means soul. And if you follow these four qualities, titikṣayā karuṇayā, maitryā cākhila-jantuṣu, samatvena ca sarvātmā, bhagavān samprasīdati, then the Lord is satisfied. 

And there is an easy way to remember this verse. You take mercy, which is the first quality to satisfy the Lord, take out 'M'.  And then equality, take the 'E'.  'M-E'. Then friendly to all living entities 'F'.  'M-E-F'  And then tolerance, T. 'MEFT'. If you remember, "MEFT"  M-E-F-T, what does it stand for? [Mercy, Equality, Friendly to all living entities and Tolerant] and practise it then Jaya! - Completely satisfy Krishna. Smile and you’ll be happy. Study the scriptures, you will be very successful. (Maharaj soulfully recites the verse and devotees repeat it after him).

Very nice!  Do you remember now?  So if you cultivate these four qualities, Lord will be completely satisfied otherwise He will be angry with you.  He will smash your head. (laughter) You have to cultivate these four qualities. Jai Srila Prabhupada ki Jai!  

Our heartfelt thanks to Maharaj for these powerful instructions. Srila Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj Gurudev ki Jai.

Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Kalacakra Krsna das.