Lessons from Mother Yashoda - Part 5

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

This is in conclusion of the previous topic, "Lessons from Mother Yashoda" wherein we were meditating some of the lessons we could learn from Srimad Bhagavatam verses 10.9.1 through 10 . In the previous offering we saw the following points:

1. Personal endeavour in devotional service.
2. Never forget Krishna. Always remember Krishna by singing His glories.
3. Perspire for Krishna.
4. Swiftly run after Krishna.
5. Art of dealing with the children.

We will see the concluding point as below,

6. Persistently endeavoring with steady determination: Yashoda mata after hearing various complaints about the naugtiness of her child and also personally witnessing the destruction done by the Lord by breaking the pots and creating a mess in the house, decided to bind Him by the ropes. Krishna's waist is very thin and with a small rope she wants to bind Him. But she found the rope was two fingers short. Then she bought another rope, which was also two fingers shot and she went on joining so many ropes but still the shortness could not be overcome. Inspite of repeated failures her endeavour did not stop and in fact she was laboring hard to tie the ropes and found them two fingers short. She was smiling and was stuck with wonder. Normally our nature is that the moment we chant one round, we expect that Krishna should respond to us 100 times. We want everything easy, including the Lord. As soon as we take up devotional service, we expect that all our desires have to be fulfilled immediately and if Krishna did not respond, then we get upset and depressed. Initially we come to Krishna consciousness for peace of mind and happiness and after a few years and once we are branded as senior, then we endeavour very hard for name and fame and nothing else. Gross desires are somewhat evaporated by devotional service, but subtle desire for pratishta, pooja etc are always lurking in our heart. Once there is no reciprocation from the Lord for this subtle desires, we tend to drift away from devotional service and look for opportunities where these can be obtained and our real determination of bhakti takes a back seat. We become unsteady in our sadhana and endeavour. Our real motive for coming to Krishna consciousness is to get purified of all material contamination and tread the path of pure bhakti to the Lord. But in comparison Srimad Bhagavatam tells that how much endeavour Yashoda mata did with steady determination and the result of such sincere endevour is wonderful given in these two verses. (SB 10.9.18 and 19). The Lord becomes subordinate to the love of His pure devotees,

sva-mātuḥ svinna-gātrāyā visrasta-kabara-srajaḥ
dṛṣṭvā pariśramaṁ kṛṣṇaḥ kṛpayāsīt sva-bandhane

evaṁ sandarśitā hy aṅga hariṇā bhṛtya-vaśyatā
sva-vaśenāpi kṛṣṇena yasyedaṁ seśvaraṁ vaśe

Because of mother Yashoda's hard labor, her whole body became covered with perspiration, and the flowers and comb were falling from her hair. When child Krishna saw His mother thus fatigued, He became merciful to her and agreed to be bound. O Maharaja Parikshit, this entire universe, with its great, exalted demigods like Lord Shiva, Lord Brahma and Lord Indra, is under the control of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Yet the Supreme Lord has one transcendental attribute. He comes under the control of His devotees. This was now exhibited by Krishna in this pastime.

All these verses are very logically given for us to meditate and contemplate upon through this pastime and Yashoda mata is giving a wonderful way of pure bhakti. Just as Krishna appeared for Yashoda Mata, Krishna has appeared in our lives in the form of holy names, Srimad Bhagavad Gita and Srimad Bhagavatam, Their Lordships in the form of deities. Then comes real test of sustaining in Krishna consciousness and attain pure Krishna bhakti and that is where we always make blunders. So Yashoda mata gives two vital lessons for us.

a. Swiftly run after Krishna's glories and kirtans instead of our glories.
b. Persistent endeavour and steady determination.

Our persistent endeavour is to improve our quality of our bhakti and devotional service in terms of change in our behaviour and character and that requires very steady determination, even-though we may fail many times. Maharaj said that this is the real struggle and we have to do it and it is good. As the mountains are not deterred by heavy rains and thunder, our steady determination should not be compromised on account of repeated failures. Repeated failures are stepping stones for success. Even we fail in this endeavour there is no loss as this can be continued in our many lives to come whereas material failure cannot be reversed in one life.

It is very easy to analyse and offer to granthraj and the real test comes to me when I try to apply in my life or otherwise it is just a ritual spiritual exercise of my mind and intelligence and nothing more. I therefore pray at the lotus feet of of Mother Yashoda, Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev to shower their choicest blessings so that I resolve to change my character, behaviour and pursue uninterrupted bhakti towards the Lord.

Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev,
Sajjanapriya Krishna das
Abu Dhabi.