Hare Krsna Prabhus & Matajis
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Gurudev & Srila Prabhupada.
Such nice point Devaki Nandan Prabhuji has made on the nature of a sincere worker in Krsna Consciousness -
Indeed the real barometer for the measurement of success for a devotee is that he 'is remains unaffected by whatever good or evil he may obtain, neither praising it or despising it" (BG 2.57).
On board Jaladuta going to America, Srila Prabhupada submits a prayer unto the lotus feet of Krsna - "In spite of my shortcomings, O' Lord, You have somehow or other brought me here to speak about You. Now it is up to You, my Lord, to do with me as You like."
When Srila Prabhupada was successful in preaching the glories of Lord Krsna - he still remained aloof from the success and any prestige that came with success. He writes in the purport to Bhag 7.14.41 "Although a brahmana or Vaisnava is worshiped as being as good as the Supreme Personality of Godhead, such a devotee always remains a faithful servant of the Lord and never tries to enjoy the prestige that might accrue to him from being the Supreme Lord’s representative."
What about when things are not going our way ?
When Vrtrasura is fighting in the battle with Indra, he very well knows that Lord Visnu had taken Indra's side and therefore his death is eminent. Indra was infatuated with the desire to kill Vrtrasura so that he enjoy the opulence of the heavenly planets without any disturbance. Vrtrasura however was not at all interested in such enjoyment. And therefore he accepted even the so called defeat ordained for him by his beloved Lord by fighting courageously and dying a glorious death in the battlefield.
Srila Prabhupada in the purport writes, "Indra wanted to gain victory over Vrtrasura and thereby become happy, but that would not at all be happiness. By killing Vrtrasura, Indra would not actually gain; he would remain in the material world for repeated birth and death. Vrtrasura, however, would go to the spiritual world. Therefore victory was destined for Vrtrasura, not for Indra."
Such is the formula for real victory - with a transcendental vision a we must penetrate the material calculations of success and defeat. This is possible when one is always fixed in Krsna Consciousness.
We pray that the Lord and His unalloyed devotees bestow their mercy upon us and always guide us personally - may we all realise that we are very insignificant tiny part and parcel of Krsna and are entirely dependent of Krsna's mercy for His disposition. May we all in all circumstances remain His servant, steady in execution of rendering loving service unto Him always and without any exception.
Viraja Krsna das
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