The Best Choice

14th Jan 2009
Nayana Priya devi dasi

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

We always have the choice to go for the good or the bad, depending on the guidelines directed by the Paramatma. Correct alternatives taken by us, at the right time, makes us different from the rest of the world.

We have the choice of being greedy. But "greedy for what?" is what matters to us. Greed for taking Krishna's names and glorify Him and His devotees OR being greedy for the unnecessary things in the world (which doesn't matter to us the least, but we matter for them the most).

Choice for being forgiving or revenging in nature.We can always opt for more forgiving ones rather taking revenge on someone. Thinking bad for someone is always on our minds, but what should make us apart from others, is the act to forget and forgive, which is difficult at start but gradually becomes easy by Krishna's mercy.

Choice is ours that we lament or go on with our future. We keep wasting half of our life span,thinking what we missed or what could have been better. Calculating all the misses and losses, worsens the situation. We have the preference of being austere or being lazy.

Finally Krishna has given us intelligence and independence to think and follow what is the best. It may seem difficult choice, but in the long run, we would definitely realize that every difficult step taken would reap a best result. With patience and tolerance, we can add spiritual assets to our deteriorating lives.

There is a beautiful verse from Bhagavad Gita, wherein Lord Krishna has given Arjuna the little independence to make the best choice. BG 18.63 says,

iti te jñānam ākhyātaṁ guhyād guhya-taraṁ mayā
vimṛśyaitad aśeṣeṇa yathecchasi tathā kuru

Thus I have explained to you knowledge still more confidential. Deliberate on this fully, and then do what you wish to do.

yathecchasi tathā kuru - "As you like, you may act" indicate that God does not interfere with the little independence of the living entity. Srila Prabhupada strongly emphasises that "By right discrimination, one should agree to act according to the order of the Supersoul."

Arjuna is being directly ordered by the Personality of Godhead to fight. The choice was finally left upon him whether to follow Lords instruction or disobey Him. But finally, Arjuna gathered the courage to go for the right and surrender unto the Supersoul seated within his heart.

What makes pure devotees different from all of us, is all the best and difficult choices that they make initially, following the instructions of Krishna thoroughly.

May Lord Krishna, Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva give the strength and intelligence to do right choice so that I can elevate my miserable condition in all respects.

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