Steadiness in Devotional Service - Part 5

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 the following points which will help us 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.
c) Lord's beauty is matchless and by sincerely hearing His glories from pure devotees, we will be able to meet the Lord. 
d) Lord is śāntaṁ - calm, quite and peaceful. When we practice tolerance and satisfaction, then we also become śāntaṁ

Now let us continue to meditate on some more qualities of the Lord as described by Narada Muni in verse 4.8.50 of Srimad Bhagavatam,

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

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.

 We see that in the verses starting from 4.8.45 through 4.8.49 Narada many times glorifies the pleasing nature of the Lord -

SB 4.8.45 - prasanna-vadane - pleasing face
SB 4.8.46 - nṛmṇaṁ transcendentally pleasing in all respects
SB 4.8.49 - mano-nayana-vardhanam -  very pleasing to the eyes and mind

Our beloved spiritual master H H Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj says, that Lord Krishna smiles at everyone. He would give the example of how different kinds of people come to temple to take darshan of Lord and irrespective of whether the person is a thief, rogue or criminal Krishna always smiles. Whether people glorify Him or blame Him, He smiles. Apart from His matchless transcendental, beautiful features, His smile makes Him very attractive and easily approachable by all. Now we can in no way compete with beauty of Lord. So to be pleasing to all, does not mean that we need to be very beautiful. Irrespective of the fact that whether we are ugly or good-looking, Lord has blessed a great gift to all human-beings and that is the ability to smile. It takes lesser number of muscles to smile than to frown. So it is always better to have a smiling face. If we go with a morose face then Maharaj encouraging us to smile says, "Why is your face like rotten banana? Look at Krishna's face - He has nice water-melon like face. How nicely He is smiling! Please, please we don't want rotten banana faces. We want water-melon like face." Maharaj also quotes the below Hindi couplet,

chār mile - chousaṭ khile bīs rahe kar joḍ
hari se harijan mile nāche sāth karoḍ

When devotees see each other their face blooms with joy and they fold their hands and offer obeisances. When Lord's devotees meet Him - the seven crore hair follicles in their body start dancing out of ecstatic joy.

When we meet any living entity we should be really thankful to Lord for that opportunity. Instead if we frown at each other, then the relationship gets all the more strained. There is a nice saying that smile is a small curve which can straighten up so many things. Also smile is free of cost. We don't lose anything by smiling. Infact it makes us as well as the people whom we interact with feel better. We might have experienced that when we are in critical condition in hospital, a small smile from nurse or doctor or anyone around us, psychologically gives us some hope and courage. Can we imagine how worse it will be if people frown at us in that condition? Just like how staying in hospital is miserable, every living entity is suffering in this material world. So a gentle smile and pleasing words will be like a oasis in this desert. Maharaj always quotes the below verse from shastras.

priya vākya pradānena sarve tuṣyanti jantavaḥ      
tasmāt tadeva vaktavyam vacane kim daridratā

By speaking pleasing words, all the living entities are satisfied. Therefore always speak sweetly, why are you so poor in your sentences?

As practising devotees it is all the more important for us to imbibe this quality of having a pleasing demeanor to all as that will give courage and hope to the living entities whom we meet and will also inspire them to take to the process of bhakti.

Krishna willing we will continue to meditate on the other glorious qualities of the Lord as described by Sri Narada Muni to Dhruva, so that we can become steady in devotional service.

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