Elevation to Perfection - Part 4

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

This is the concluding part on the topic -"Elevation to Perfection" based on the nectarean class given by our beloved Gurudev in Singapore based on the verse 3.23.56,

neha yat karma dharmāya na virāgāya kalpate
na tīrtha-pada-sevāyai jīvann api mṛto hi saḥ

Anyone whose work is not meant to elevate him to religious life, anyone whose religious ritualistic performances do not raise him to renunciation, and anyone situated in renunciation that does not lead him to devotional service to the Supreme Personality of Godhead, must be considered dead, although he is breathing.

1. How our Karma (work) should elevate to religious perfection. 
2. How religious perfection should lead to renunciation. 
3. How renunciation should lead to loving devotional service to the lotus feet of the Lord.

2. How religious perfection should lead to renunciation.
Maharaj was quoting a beautiful verse from Mukundamala-strotra (verse 14), regarding the supreme greatness of the Lord.

pṛthvī-reṇur aṇuḥ payāḿsi kaṇikāḥ phalguḥ sphulińgo laghus
tejo niḥśvasanaḿ marut tanutaraḿ randhraḿ su-sūkṣmaḿ nabhaḥ
kṣudrā rudra-pitāmaha-prabhṛtayaḥ kiṭāḥ samastāḥ surā
dṛṣṭe yatra sa tārako vijayate śrī-pāda-dhūli-kaṇāḥ

Once our saviour has been seen, whole earth becomes no greater than a speck of dust, all the waters of the ocean become mere droplets, the totality of fire becomes a minute spark, the winds become just a faint sigh, and the expanse of space becomes a tiny hole. Great Lords like Rudra and Grandfather Brahma becomes insignificant, and all the demigods becomes like small insects. Indeed, even one particle of dust from our Lord’s feet conquers all.

We are all on tottering platform running after fruitive works. Understand the power of the holy names. Nobody was preaching in the past, but everybody was knowing about Krishna’s greatness. In kaliyuga we have to convince our mind about the greatness of Krishna. So again, the scriptures are there. Please confirm your own self and make your faith very strong in Krishna and that is required for renunciation. Otherwise you will never renounce. There will be so many tricks of the mind to hold on to our possessions. Till we are alive we may possess something. As soon as we are dead, people will inquire about our deposits. Living entities grab. To avoid these things, it is better not to have anything, or otherwise be magnanimous. It is easy to say, but difficult to follow. But without this there is no other way. Whether you are stingy or magnanimous, you will be forced to leave everything and that is the art of foreseeing.

So, before time affects us, please come to the serious study of scriptures. There is no way to avoid time except devotion. Death does not approach us means, your body will have to go, but you will be at ease and not baffled.

He is so great that with a spark He is maintaining the whole manifestation beyond our power of expression. Hence, He has to be experienced. This experience will be there when there is meditation of His holy names. By thinking about the greatness of the Lord, He will make us ignore the material formalities or otherwise to chant the names of the Lord in the roads is not possible. We should realize our limited capacity and be humble.

3. How renunciation should lead to loving devotional service to the lotus feet of the Lord.
Once we understand the greatness, we are attracted to Him, and we start worshipping Him. Once this idea is completely fixed in our mind, worship is there. There is no carelessness in renunciation. Everything must be performed immaculately.Prescribed duties must be performed. Don’t look for fruitive results. This tendency will give the renunciation. Worship will follow. Otherwise "jīvann api mṛto hi saḥ" - "Although breathing we are dead." Don’t follow this. In the end complete satisfaction will be there. Always see that whether the activity is satisfying yourself and other living entities.

I am very grateful to HG Devakinandan Prabhuji, who gave us Video CD nectar of Srimad Bhagavatam flowing from our beloved Gurudev lotus mouth or otherwise it is not possible to share this rare nectar.

It is imperative to understand that all the lectures of our beloved Gurudev is not merely knowledge but profound realisation and this needs to be shared in this forum and it will serve as the one and only saviour for us and the next generation. I beg humbly that all the devotees who associate with our beloved maharaj to share those profound realisations in this forum for the ultimate benefit of all. Even one percent application of this profound realisation would make our lives successful (both materially and spiritually).

Please forgive me for my inadequacies on my inability to transcribe the nectar of Maharaj perfectly.

Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Sajjana Priya Krishna das 
Abu Dhabi.