Uninterrupted Service

16th Apr 2024
Sudarshana devi dasi

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

Tomorrow is the most auspicious occasion of appearance day of our dear Lord Ramacandra. In one of the lectures on Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 2, Chapter 9, Srila Prabhupada was mentioning how we should see everything in relation to Lord. Currently we are so bodily conscious that we see everything on the bodily platform - like my body, my wife, my husband, my child, my parents, my team, my society, my city, my country etc...But the right consciousness is to see everything and everyone around us in relation to Krishna. All are parts and parcels of Supreme Lord and during our temporary stay in this materail world, we should just see how we can help each other in serving Supreme Lord, in remembering Him and spreading His glories.

In this rgerad one devotee shared with us a very wonderful pastime of how transcendental were the family members of Lord Sri Ram. When Mother Kaikeyi sent Lord Ram to forest, all His brothers were displeased by her action. Since Lakshmana was present in Ayodhya, he immediately decided to travel with Lord Ram and Mother Sita - with the sole intention of serving Them during their stay in the forest. When Bharata returned to Ayodhya and came to know about the happenings, he was very angry with his mother Kaikeyi. Instead of accepting the royal crown, he decided to go to the forest, request Lord Rama to return back to the kingdom.

When he saw that Lord Rama was firm in his detremination to stay in the forest,he requests Him to give His padukas and using them as representative of Lord Rama, he renders the service of ruling Ayodhya. Also for all the 14 years - he gives up royal life and leads a simple life just like how Lord Rama was in the forest. Later when Mother Sita was abducted by Ravana and Lord Ram along with vanara sena led by Sugriva and Hanuman, wages war with the asuras in Lanka, at one point Lakshmana becomes unconscious due to the brahmastra released by Indrajeet. At that time Hanumanji travels to North, to bring the herbs from the Sanjeveni mountains - While passing through Ayodhya some mystic force dragged him down and there he happened to meet Bharata who inquired who he was and why he was carrying the mountain. When Hanuman told that he was in hurry to return and save Lakshmana, Bharata requested him to convey this news directly to Sumitra mother of Lakshmana. When Sumithra heard the news, instead of crying for Lakshmana's life, she told Hanuman to take her second son Shatrughna along with him, as she was much concerned that the service to Lord Ram should not stop even if one of her son dies. What a great mother she is !

In SB 2.9.3 Sukadev Goswami says,

yarhi vāva mahimni sve parasmin kāla-māyayoḥ
rameta gata-sammohas  tyaktvodāste tadobhayam

As soon as the living entity becomes situated in his constitutional glory and begins to enjoy the transcendence beyond time and material energy, he at once gives up the two misconceptions of life [I and mine] and thus becomes fully manifested as the pure self.

 Every family member of Lord Ram considered themselves as a servant of Lord Ram and their only focus was on how to serve Him. Be it His brothers or His mothers, all of them did not care or mind for their own personal convenience or inconvenience, but were simply focused on serving the Supreme Lord. By constantly hearing and reading about these glorious devotees, let us pray that we also imbibe this quality of seeing everyone and everything in relation to Krishna and have the intelligence to use every opportunity in Lord's service.

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