Lessons from the Twenty-four Gurus - Part 34

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

Due to Krishna's arrangement, we could not continue on this series of offering last month. We seek forgiveness for the same. By the grace of Maharaj, Srila Prabhupada and Krishna, we shall continue with the topic, "Lessons from the Twenty-four Gurus" and we will see the second song of the prostitute Pingala, one of the gurus from whom the avadhuta brahmana learnt the important lesson of detachment.

The feeling of 'being loved' actually gives us real happiness and confidence in life. It actually gives us the impetus to love that beloved more and more. It is not possible from a material perspective to keep loving someone who does not reciprocate in kind. When we love someone we naturally want that love to be reciprocated. But more often than not, we always see that it does not happen. Strange enough, both the parties feel the same way - that they love more than being loved. How is it possible? The only reason is that we have forgotten to reciprocate Lord's love towards us. 

There is a difference between saying "The Lord is dear to me" and "I am dear to the Lord". In the first sentence, we imply that I am loving the Lord more. In the second sentence, we imply that the Lord is loving us more than we loving Him. The latter statement is the real fact. We are not at all loving Him. At the best, we are afraid of Him or materially motivated to grab something from Him. Otherwise, there is no question of our doing samsara dhava's, or om namo bhagavate vasudevaya's or mahaprasade govinde's. But the Lord is loving us so dearly that irrespective of whatever we are, whether we love Him or not, He continues to love and care for us. Just by thinking every moment how much the Lord loves us itself will advance our bhakti in leaps and bounds.

Pingala sings in SB 11.8.31:

santaṁ samīpe ramaṇaṁ rati-pradaṁ
vitta-pradaṁ nityam imaṁ vihāya
akāma-daṁ duḥkha-bhayādhi-śoka-
moha-pradaṁ tuccham ahaṁ bhaje ’jñā

I am such a fool that I have given up the service of that person who, being eternally situated within my heart, is actually most dear to me. That most dear one is the Lord of the universe, who is the bestower of real love and happiness and the source of all prosperity. Although He is in my own heart, I have completely neglected Him. Instead I have ignorantly served insignificant men who can never satisfy my real desires and who have simply brought me unhappiness, fear, anxiety, lamentation and illusion.

Pingala sincerely laments for serving sinful men of this world without paying attention to Supreme Lord who is staying within us. 

"The Lord is staying so near (samipe) to us as Paramatma. He is the most dear (ramanam). He is the one who gives actual love and pleasure (rati pradam). He is also the bestower of all the prosperity (vitta pradam). He is eternally (nityam) situated within our heart."  But due to so many anarthas which blind our eyes like smog, we fail to see the Lord and neglect His presence. Serving the Lord will give us so much bliss and He alone can reveal to us what real love is. Such a person we have neglected completely (vihaaya).

She further says - "On the other hand out of complete ignorance (ajnaa) I was worshipping most insignificant men (tuccham) who cannot satisfy my real desires (akaama dam), who is the source of unhappiness (duhkha), fear (bhaya), anxiety (aadhi), illusion (moha-pradam) and lamentation (shoka)." We also keep running around from place to place in search of happiness and love. Since there is danger in every step in this world, we are bound to face only unhappinessfearanxietyillusion and lamentation.

It is nice to remember all that we get from the living entities around us through the acronym - UFAILIf you run after the living entities for love and pleasure, 'u' fail. If you run after the Supreme Lord for love and pleasure (who gives them to us irrespective of all our anarthas) then you succeed. In Srimad Bhagavatam verse 10.84.31, Narada Muni says

sannikarṣo ’tra martyānām anādaraṇa-kāraṇam
gāṅgaṁ hitvā yathānyāmbhas tatratyo yāti śuddhaye

 In this world familiarity breeds contempt. For example, one who lives on the banks of the Ganges might travel to some other body of water to be purified.

This is very true not just with the Supreme Lord but also with His dear devotees. Many a time we don't realise the value or greatness of the great acaryas and Vaishnavas when they are physically present with us. Not realising the value of their presence, we take them for granted, ignore or out of familiarity even do the offence of finding faults with them. But once they leave the world, then we repent for not making the best use of their invaluable association. The Supreme Lord is present not only within our hearts but also within the hearts of all living entities. So remembering this, if we treat all living entities lovingly then we will become eligible candidates to Goloka by the mercy of Guru and Krishna. If we neglect Krishna present in our heart and hearts of others, then the result is "U FAIL" - unhappinessfearanxietyillusion and lamentation

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