Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances! All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev!
We have been meditating on glorifying the Lord in the offerings titled, "108 Ways of Glorifying the Lord". In the last few offerings, we were seeing few of the glories of the Lord mentioned in verse 16 of Isopanishad. We continue to explore verse 16 and will also move on to verse 17.
pūṣann ekarṣe yama sūrya prājāpatya
vyūha raśmīn samūha tejo
yat te rūpaṁ kalyāṇa-tamaṁ tat te paśyāmi
yo ’sāv asau puruṣaḥ so ’ham asmi
O my Lord, O primeval philosopher, maintainer of the universe, O regulating principle, destination of the pure devotees, well-wisher of the prajapatis (progenitors of mankind), please remove the effulgence of Your transcendental rays so that I can see Your form of bliss. You are the eternal Supreme Personality of Godhead, like unto the sun, as am I.
vāyur anilam amṛtam athedaṁ bhasmāntaṁ śarīram
oṁ krato smara kṛtaṁ smara krato smara kṛtaṁ smara
Let this temporary body be burnt to ashes, and let the air of life be merged with the totality of air. Now, O my Lord, please remember all my sacrifices, and because You are the ultimate beneficiary, please remember all that I have done for You.
We shall continue to meditate on the next glorifications - "Well-wisher of prajaapatis" and "Ultimate beneficiary of all sacrifices."
Glorification 23 - The Lord is well-wisher of the prajaapatis: All the great personalities who increased the population in the beginning of the creation are called Prajaapatis. Brahma is also known as Prajaapati, as were some of his later sons. Svayambhuva Manu is also known as Prajaapati, as is Daksha, another son of Brahma. A well-wisher is a person who wishes well for another person and only thinks good for that person. The Lord is referred here as prajaapatya or well-wisher of the prajaapatis. Like any parent, the Lord always thinks good for all the living entities. If the kids do not obey their parents the parents may get frustrated or annoyed with their kids and may even shun them. But the Lord is so merciful that even if some living entities do not obey Him or ignore Him or try to forget Him, He does not forget or shun the living entities. In fact at every stage the Lord wishes well for them and hopes that one day they will turn towards Him and regain their original constitutional position. As mentioned in Bhagavad Gita verse 5.29, Lord Krishna is the supreme well-wisher of the conditioned souls as well as the demons, for He gave salvation to all the demons who came to kill Him in Vrindavana; therefore Krishna's welfare activities are absolute, for whether He annihilates a demon or gives protection to a devotee, the result of His activities is one and the same. It is said that the demon Putana was elevated to the same position as that of Krishna's mother. When Krishna kills a demon, the demon is supremely benefited, as much as a pure devotee is benefited by always being protected by the Lord. Whenever His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada would write a letter to anybody including his disciples he would sign at the bottom of the letter as, "Your Ever Well Wisher". A real well wisher is one who thinks about the ultimate good of a person. In today's world if our friends help us materially or support us, we believe them to be our well-wishers. But one who thinks about our ultimate good and helps us to go back to Krishna is a true well-wisher. In that regard Srila Prabhupada can be said as the true well wisher of the mankind. He has built a society where everybody can come together and endeavor to reach our ultimate destination - back to Krishna.
Glorification 24 - The Lord is ultimate beneficiary of all sacrifices: In verse 17 the Lord is termed as 'krato' or ultimate beneficiary of all sacrifices. The Lord is also termed as Yajneshvara which has the same meaning. This is also further ratified in the verses 5.29 and 9.24 of Bhagavad Gita - "A person in full consciousness of Me, knowing Me to be the ultimate beneficiary of all sacrifices and austerities, the Supreme Lord of all planets and demigods, and the benefactor and well-wisher of all living entities, attains peace from the pangs of material miseries. I am the only enjoyer and master of all sacrifices. Therefore, those who do not recognize My true transcendental nature fall down." Sacrifice means to accept the supremacy of the Lord and thereby perform acts by which the Lord may be satisfied in all respects. There are different countries in different parts of the world, and each and every country may have different types of sacrifice to please the Supreme Lord, but the central point in pleasing Him is ascertained in the Bhagavatam. The atheists do not believe in the existence of God, and they do not perform any sacrifice for the satisfaction of the Lord. The atheists think that I am the doer and I am the proprietor of all that I survey. This is a misconception. As soon as one thinks in this way the trouble begins and hence one cannot be really happy. Srila Prabhupada explains this very nicely, "Just like in any company, there are so many people working. Everyone understands that they are acting for the proprietor of the company and that whatever profit is made belongs to the proprietor. Under this premise everything works perfectly fine. But if the cashier thinks, 'Oh I have got so much money, I am the proprietor', then the company can't function properly. If we understand that, "I am a very rich man. I have got so much bank balance. I can use it for my sense gratification", that is kaama. But if we understand that "Whatever I have got, it belongs to Krishna," then I am liberated person. You'll have the same money under your custody. It doesn't matter. But as soon as you think that, "I am the proprietor of this wealth," then you are under the influence of maya. And as soon as you think that "Krishna is the proprietor of all these things," then you are free". As mentioned in Bhagavad Gita 3.9, "One who tries to enjoy the results of his activities becomes bound by the results. One who offers the results or profits to the Supreme Personality of Godhead, however, does not become entangled in the results." This is the secret of success. The prescribed method of sacrifice for Kali-yuga is sankirtan yagna or the chanting of Holy names of Lord Krishna. By chanting the Lords names and offering the results of our work to the Lord we can cross the cycle of birth and death and also attain pure devotional service at the lotus feet of the Lord.
Krishna willing, we shall continue our journey of glorifying the Lord in the upcoming emails.
Thank you very much.
Yours in the service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev,
Wellington, New Zealand.
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