Obedience is the Key to Goloka - Part 1

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

Nowadays the word obedience is forgotten in our day to day life. The obedience of children to parents was prevalent atleast to some extent few decades ago, but as Kali yuga progressed, it has become a misnormer to the society. Every parent wishes their child to lead a honest and righteous life. And in order to train them properly, they sometimes chastise them, so that children realise their mistake and come to right path. But nowadays parents don't have the freedom even to chastise or punish the child for their mistakes. Children are educated to complain about the parents any time. This is not a good sign. Parents have full right to chastise the children to correct them because it is their responsibility. Each one of us know how much the care and concern that our parents showed on us, have now helped us to reach this stage in our life. If not for their guidance, we would have been lost. Our beloved spiritual master HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj says that by obedience to elders and parents we achieve everything. He says the marriages sustained in those days because of obedience to elders and the word divorce was never even uttered. Because in those days everyone was living a Vedic way of life. They were obedient to their elders, spouse respected each other and marital relationship was considered as a sacred bond in which both husband and wife cared for each other.

But now Vedic life is completely forgotten and people are completely absorbed in TV and cinema culture. When the parents are absorbed in their own enjoyment, the children also become bereft of moral values. Even marriages have become a business. The bride and groom are more worried about the wealth they would get out of the marriage, than about the character of the life-partner. Also such marriages easily crumble down as they neither obey the parents and cooperate with each other, nor have any place for spirituality in their lives. Children are carried away and misled by whatever they see in TV and cinema and as a result it increases the disobedience rampantly in our present society. Therefore the whole society is in chaos and is suffering in anxiety without any peace of mind. So the next question that comes is what we should do to correct this situation under this circumstances. We have got no other way except to take shelter of the teachings of the topmost Vedic literature - Srimad Bhagavatam.

Srimad Bhagavatam unfolds the real definition of obedience and its characteristics. Manu being the father of mankind and who is the source of our existence, exhibits this wonderful quality and that is the reason we are called manushya. Brahma being pleased with the implicit obedience of Manu, glorifies Manu for his wonderful characteristics of obedience in two verses SB 3.13.9-10:

brahmovāca
prītas tubhyam ahaṁ tāta svasti stād vāṁ kṣitīśvara
yan nirvyalīkena hṛdā śādhi mety ātmanārpitam

etāvaty ātmajair vīra kāryā hy apacitir gurau
śaktyāpramattair gṛhyeta sādaraṁ gata-matsaraiḥ

Lord Brahmā said: My dear son, O lord of the world, I am very pleased with you, and I desire all blessings for both you and your wife. You have without reservation surrendered yourself unto me with your heart for my instructions.

O hero, your example is quite befitting a son in relationship with his father. This sort of adoration for the superior is required. One who is beyond the limit of envy and who is sane accepts the order of his father with great delight and executes it to his full capacity.

In these two verses we will see the characteristics of obedience. We will meditate on the following 6 characteristics and try to inculcate this obedience in our lives.

1. Without reservation (nirvyalīka)
2. Beyond the limit of envy (gata-matsaraiḥ)
3. Surrender with your heart for my instructions (hṛdā ātmana arpitam)
4. Sane person accepts the order of the Superior with great delight (gṛhyeta sādaraṁ)
5. Executes it with fully capacity (kāryā śaktyā)
6. Adoration of the Superior (apacitir gurau)

Krishna willing, we will discuss each one of these characteristics in detail in the ensuing offerings.

Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Sajjana Priya Krishna das
Abu Dhabi.