Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances! All Glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev!
Our constitutional position is described as servants of the Supreme Lord Krishna. In the material world we don't have a very pleasing conception of the word "Servant" because generally the servants are not treated nicely and are most of the times exploited by the master. Recently during the period of recession in the Gulf countries, we saw that so many employees were given their termination letters at the gate, without any intimation and so many had families, children were studying in the middle of the academic year, and they were completely bewildered by this de-personalized corporate 'use and throw' culture - being not even allowed to enter the office which they had served for so long. But when it comes to Spiritual world, the connotation is different and unless we understand this, we may not be able to accept our position as servants. It is for this reason that we have to keep on hearing the transcendental qualities of our beloved Supreme master as described in scriptures like Srimad Bhagavatam, Ramayana Mahabharata etc.
In Srimad Ramayana we find that after Ravana is killed, Vibhishana was crowned, Lord Rama was in a hurry to get back to Ayodhya. This is because Bharata had said that he wouldn't sustain life for even a moment beyond the fourteen years. So in order to travel quickly, Lord Rama took the Pushpaka plane which Ravana had stolen from his brother Kuvera. As Lord Rama was getting on to the plane along with Sita mata, he saw the monkeys and very kindly asked them to accompany Him in the plane. When the plane was flying over Kishkinda, the Kingdom of the monkeys, Lord Rama ordered the plane to land and when the monkeys were feeling sad due to the pain of separation from the Lord, Lord Rama, remembering all their sacrifices and feeling very grateful, kindly invited the monkeys along with their wives and children to join them in their journey to Ayodhya.
How much the Lord was thinking about the families of the monkeys when actually He is in a hurry to reach Ayodhya so that Bharata would not sacrifice his life. This mindfulness and thoughtfulness for the persons who serve Him and also towards their families, shows the magnanimous nature of the Lord. Who would not love to be a servant of such a loving, thoughtful, compassionate master?
That is why in Srimad Bhagavatam Sri Uddhava states in 11.29.4:
My dear infallible Lord, it is not very astonishing that You intimately approach Your servants who have taken exclusive shelter of You. After all, during Your appearance as Lord Ramacandra, even while great demigods like Brahma were vying to place the effulgent tips of their helmets upon the cushion where Your lotus feet rested, You displayed special affection for monkeys such as Hanuman because they had taken exclusive shelter of You.
Sri Uddhava in Srimad Bhagavatam 11.7.18 describes how a perfect master the Lord is:
tasmad bhavantam anavadyam ananta-paaram
sarva-jnam ishvaram akuntha-vikuntha-dhishnyam
nirvinna-dhir aham u he vrjinaabhitapto
narayanam nara-sakham sharanam prapadye
Therefore, O Lord, feeling weary of material life and tormented by its distresses, I now surrender unto You because You are the perfect master. You are the unlimited, all-knowing Supreme Personality of Godhead, whose spiritual abode in Vaikuntha is free from all disturbances. In fact, You are known as Narayana, the true friend of all living beings.
In Mukunda-mala stotra text 17, King Kulasekhara describes the advantages of serving the Lord as against the frustrations of a material master.
naathe nah purushottame tri-jagataam ekaadhipe cetasaa
sevye svasya padasya daatari pare naaraayane tishtati
yam kancit purushaadhamam katipaya-graameasham alpaartha-dam
sevayai mrgayaamahe naram aho mudhaa varaakaa vayam
Our master, the Personality of Godhead Narayana, who alone rules the three worlds, whom one can serve in meditation, and who happily shares His personal domain, is manifest before us. Yet still we beg for the service of some minor lord of a few villages, some lowly man who can only meagerly reward us. Alas, what foolish wretches we are!
May we be enlightened by the mercy of our spiritual master to lovingly be engaged in the service of our loving affectionate Perfect Master, Supreme Lord Krishna.
Thank you very much.
Yours in the service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev
Vaijayanti mala devi dasi
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