Bhakti is Unconditional

Bhakti is Unconditional

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Sudarshana devi dasi

Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,

Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva.

In Srimad Bhagavatam verse 2.2.5 Sukadev Goswami says,

ciraani kim pathi na santi dishanti bhikshaah
naivaanghripaau para-bhrtah sarito 'py ashushyan
ruddhaa guhaah kim ajito 'vati nopasannaan
kasmaad bhajanti kavayo dhana-durmadaandhaan

"Are there no torn clothes lying on the common road? Do the trees, which exist for maintaining others, no longer give alms in charity? Do the rivers, being dried up, no longer supply water to the thirsty? Are the caves of the mountains now closed, or, above all, does the Almighty Lord not protect the fully surrendered souls? Why then do the learned sages go to flatter those who are intoxicated by hard-earned wealth?"

In the above verse the word bhajanti is translated as "flatter". The real object of glorification is Supreme Lord. He alone is the ultimate shelter of all surrendered souls. He alone is capable of giving whatever is needed for us. So one need not go in for any other shelter or glorify anyone else. Srila Prabhupada very nicely explains in his class on the above verse that the root word for bhajanti is bhaja - which means to do service. Serving the Supreme Lord is the natural constitutional position of the spirit soul. So the needs of the material body - like food clothing and shelter cannot hamper bhakti. 

Sukadev Goswami says that by wearing whatever old clothes that are found discarded in the street, one's clothing is taken care. One can quench thirst by drinling water from the river, take shelter in caves provided by Krishna. The word para-bhrtah is referred to anghripaah - one who takes food using its legs - trees. Para-bhrtah means maintaining others. Srila Prabhupada very nicely explains how tree doesn't eat its own fruits - Rather it bears fruits for others to eat. It gives shade for others - although it stays all its life standing in scorching sun or cold winter. When such a well-wisher like trees are provided by Krishna, one need not worry about the requirements of food as well. 

Since all our basic requirements are very nicely taken care by Supreme Lord, our duty is to simply glorify Him, serve Him. His Divine Grace says, "So service is not an ordinary thing. So this is, this service is unimpaired, unchecked by any material condition." This rare opportunity to serve the Supreme Lord is only available in this human birth. So let us pray unto the lotus feet of Sri Guru and Gauranga that we don't fall prey to illusion and waste this rare opportunity wherein we can do unconditional bhakti.

Hare Krishna.
Thank you very much,
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Sudarshana devi dasi