Obedience is the Key to Goloka - Part 5

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

This is in continuation of the series titled, "Obedience is the Key to Goloka" wherein we were discussing on the nature and characteristics of obedience, based on Srimad Bhagavatam verses 3.13.9 and 3.13.10. In previous offering we saw that

1. We should simply obey the superiors without reservation (nirvyalīka)
2. We should stay beyond the limit of envy (gata-matsaraiḥ)
3. We should surrender with our heart for instructions from superiors (hṛdā ātmana arpitam)

Now we shall meditate on the next characteristic of obedience.

4. Sane person accepts the orders of the superiors with great delight - (gṛhyeta sādaraṁ): Manu was implicitly accepting the order of Lord Brahma with great delight. Uddhava is the perfect example of accepting the order of the Lord with great delight. Krishna is planning to leave the material world, naturally Uddhava wants to accompany the Lord. But the Lord says that, "I instruct you to go to Badrikashram and meet Vidura to tell that I remembered him." It is not delightful as we can see from the Srimad Bhagavatam verse 3.4.21, but still Uddhava did it for the sake of the Lord.

so ’haṁ tad-darśanāhlāda- viyogārti-yutaḥ prabho
gamiṣye dayitaṁ tasya badaryāśrama-maṇḍalam

My dear Vidura, now I am mad for want of the pleasure of seeing Him, and just to mitigate this I am now proceeding to Badarikāśrama in the Himālayas for association, as I have been instructed by Him.

Uddhava's separation from the Lord was unbearable, and therefore he started to Badrikashrama in obedience to the Lord's order because the order of the Lord and the Lord Himself are identical. As long as one is engaged in the execution of the order of the Lord, there is no factual separation from Him.

Just one day before his coronation, Lord Ram was asked by Dasaratha Maharaj to go on exile to the forest for fourteen years. Lord Ram, accepted the orders of his father with great delight, offered obeisances to his father and all his mothers and immediately left the palace. He did not even show the slightest amount of discomfort or displeasure in his face. Also in case of Bhishmadev we see that even though Krishna placed him in the opponent side, Bhishmadev delightfully accepted that role and fought against the Pandavas in Kurukshetra. It is not a pleasing thing to fight against people whom we love, and what to speak of his own beloved Lord? But Bhishmadev was malleable to the will of Lord and let Him use him in whatever way the Lord wanted.

We accept the order what we like with great delight and we reject those we don't like and thereby we become choosy in accepting the instructions of the spiritual master or the Lord. We conveniently say that order is not practical to apply. Order means accept without any reservation. Therefore unless we cultivate characteristics of executing order without any reservation, envy and with fully surrender from the heart , it is impossible to accept the order of spiritual master and the Lord with great delight.

Krishna willing we will see the other characteristics of obedience in the ensuing offering.

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