Steadiness in Devotional Service - Part 3

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

This is in continuation of the previous topic, "Steadiness in Devotional Service", wherein we were meditating on the wonderful verses spoken by Sri Narada Muni to Dhruva Maharaj, describing the form and glories of Supreme Lord. In the previous offerings we saw that in order to become steady in devotional service,

a) We should surrender to Krishna, fully dependent on Him without any reservations.
b) Lord is tolerance personified and is mercifully tolerating our inebrieties. Remembering this we should learn to be tolerant to other living entities.

Now let us continue to hear more from Narada Muni about the description of the Lord. In Srimad Bhagavatam verse 4.8.48 and 49 Narada Muni glorifies the Lord as follows,

kirīṭinaṁ kuṇḍalinaṁ keyūra-valayānvitam
kaustubhābharaṇa-grīvaṁ pīta-kauśeya-vāsasam

kāñcī-kalāpa-paryastaṁ lasat-kāñcana-nūpuram
darśanīyatamaṁ śāntaṁ mano-nayana-vardhanam

The entire body of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Vasudeva, is decorated. He wears a valuable jeweled helmet, necklaces and bracelets, His neck is adorned with the Kaustubha jewel, and He is dressed in yellow silk garments. The Lord is decorated with small golden bells around His waist, and His lotus feet are decorated with golden ankle bells. All His bodily features are very attractive and pleasing to the eyes. He is always peaceful, calm and quiet and very pleasing to the eyes and the mind.

Krishna is the source of all beauty and hence His form is matchless. The pure devotees of the Lord are blessed with direct audience of the Lord. So what they describe is not something imaginary. Those who sincerely listen to their descriptions, with unflinching faith will also be able to see the Lord. In his wonderful purport to verse 4.8.46 of Srimad Bhagavatam, His Divine Grace very nicely clarifies this point. He says, "The description given by Narada Muni is not imaginary. The form of the Lord is understood by the parampara system. Mayavadi philosophers say that we have to imagine the form of the Lord, but here Narada Muni does not say that. Rather, he gives the description of the Lord from authoritative sources. He is himself an authority, and he is able to go to Vaikunthaloka and see the Lord personally; therefore his description of the bodily features of the Lord is not imaginationSometimes we give instructions to our students about the bodily features of the Lord, and they paint Him. Their paintings are not imaginary. The description is given through disciplic succession, just like that given by Narada Muni, who sees the Lord and describes His bodily features. Therefore, such descriptions should be accepted, and if they are painted, that is not imaginative painting."

Spiritual world is inconceivable realm for ordinary souls like us. The paintings of Supreme Lord and His associates done by disciples of Srila Prabhupada attract people all over the world even to this day. In India atleast we can say for sure that almost every household has atleast one of those paintings. Because of his pure devotion Srila Prabhupada was able to direct his disciples to draw such wonderful paintings inspite of the fact that they had no clue of Vedic culture. Just like how Narda Muni is compassionately helping Dhruva Maharaj, in this Kali yuga, Srila Prabhupada due to his insurmountable compassion is helping suffering souls like us by giving us the gift of devotional service. If not for his mission, we would never have known about Mahamantra, Gita or Bhagavatam. He has dedicated his whole life in helping the people to chant, hear, study and speak about the Lord. As an acarya he has also shown how to practice the scriptural injunctions in the daily life. On this auspicious occasion of the His Divine Grace's appearance day, let us whole-heartedly thank him for all that he has given us. Following his footsteps, if we sincerely listen to descriptions of the Lord, then we will also be able to meet the Lord.

Jagat Guru Srila Prabhupada ki Jai! Srila Gurudev ki Jai!

Thank you very much. 
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev,
Kalacakra Krsna das and Sudarshana devi dasi.