Foreseeing

9th Nov 2011
Sudarshana devi dasi

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

Recently I was reading the book Hare Krishna Explosion wherein HG Hayagriva Prabhu explains the initial struggles and hardships which were undergone by the devotees in procuring the New Vrindavan land in West Virginia for lease of 99 years. Going through the difficulties which devotees faced during those days and the discouraging conversations they had with the land owner, I felt that it would never be possible for the devotees to procure the land. But we can see how His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada, encouraged the devotees and insisted them to keep trying again and again. Seeing the sincere desire of His pure devotee, Lord Krishna then changed the whole situation miraculously in such a way that the land-owner reluctantly and helplessly agreed to give the lease for 99 years to the devotees. Delighted by this news, when the devotees inform His Divine Grace about this, Srila Prabhupada who is an eternal well-wisher not just for the current generation, but for generations to come, asked them - "What happens to the property after ninety-nine years?" When Hayagriva Prabhu replied - "I don't know. We won't be around then", Srila Prabhupada said, "But the Society will. There must be an agreement that at the end of the lease, the property will go to us."

Here we find how His Divine Grace is genuinely anxious that even after 99 years, whether they are physically present or not, the future generation should take advantage of the temple and the farm community. Many times when we are doing some service, we lack this broad vision or foreseeing nature. But it is very important that we develop this attitude in any service which we are doing for the Supreme Lord. Srila Vyasadev had foreseen that men in Kaliyuga have less memory and are dull headed and so he mercifully wrote down the shastras. While explaining this to the sages at Naimisharanya, Suta Goswami says in Srimad Bhagavatam verse 1.4.17-18:

bhautikānāṁ ca bhāvānāṁ śakti-hrāsaṁ ca tat-kṛtam
aśraddadhānān niḥsattvān durmedhān hrasitāyuṣaḥ

durbhagāṁś ca janān vīkṣya munir divyena cakṣuṣā
sarva-varṇāśramāṇāṁ yad dadhyau hitam amogha-dṛk

The great sage, who was fully equipped in knowledge, could see, through his transcendental vision, the deterioration of everything material, due to the influence of the age. He could also see that the faithless people in general would be reduced in duration of life and would be impatient due to lack of goodness. Thus he contemplated for the welfare of men in all statuses and orders of life.

Like wise six Goswamis, all the Vaishnava acaryas further wrote so many volumes of literature on spiritual philosophy. Srila Prabhupada has presented the nectar in a language that is easily understandable to the whole world. Out of his causeless mercy, he had spent sleepless nights translating the scriptures. If not for His Divine Grace, we would not have been able to taste even a drop of these nectarean subjects. We should also forever be thankful and grateful to all the wonderful devotees who recorded, transcribed Srila Prabhupada's vaani, foreseeing the importance of passing it on to the next generation. So the lesson we need to get from these great souls is to develop the art of foreseeing and rendering sincere service. Following their footsteps, we should also with great attention listen, record, transcribe Krishna-katha as much as possible. This will not only help our future generation but will also help our own selves in the future. Today our senses are working alright. By the causeless mercy of Guru and Krishna, we are able to see, hear, and write. But there is no guarantee that our senses will be in the same working condition till the end of our life. In his wonderful purport to the above verse, His Divine Grace mentions that, "The unmanifested forces of time are so powerful that they reduce all matter to oblivion in due course." So by the influence of time, if in our old-age we lose our hearing power, then by going through the notes written earlier, we can still be in touch with vaani of great souls. Also, the great advantage in devotional service is that the process and goal are the same. The service of listening, writing, and transcribing Krishna-katha will itself purify us. So for our own benefit and benefit of all others, we should use our senses nicely in listening and writing down Krishna katha.

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