Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva.
Chanting of the holy names, studying Srimad Bhagavatam and Srimad Bhagavd Gita involves transcendental vibrations. To perceive this transcendental vibration is very difficult for neophytes like me. Many times, we enjoy kirtans sung in new tunes. But when sung in normal tunes we may not. This shows that we are not truly relishing the transcendental vibration of the holy names. This difficulty can be overcome by being satisfied in our material things. In this connection, I would like to share one important shloka which our Guru Maharaj had instructed us when we were in Rajkot last month.
To relish the transcendental vibrations we should remember the verse S.B 8.19.26.,so that our mind is focussed on the vibrations.
yadṛcchā-lābha-tuṣṭasya tejo viprasya vardhate
tat praśāmyaty asantoṣād ambhasevāśuśukṣaṇiḥ
A brahmana who is satisfied with whatever is providentially obtained is increasingly enlightened with spiritual power, but the spiritual potency of a dissatisfied brahmana decreases, as fire diminishes in potency when water is sprinkled upon it.
Tej means spiritual potency. The spiritual potency increases as we are satisfied in our situation. We should be completely satisfied and never blame anything. We are suffering for our own activities which we have done. bhuñjāna evātma-kṛtaṁ vipākam - (SB 10.14.8) This is our condition. For the reactions of our activities we suffer. Either enjoyment or miserable condition. This is vipākam (reactions to our activities). Once we come to this conclusion then we close the material accounts by being satisfied. If we are not satisfied then material accounts continue, but then we don't want to continue our material accounts. It must be stopped or reduced to a minimum. This is santosh.
We are waiting to see the Lord at the time of death, whatever condition we are in - whether we are sinful or not. The devotees are not scared of death instead they are happy to see the Lord. That's why their spiritual potency does not decrease. On the contrary, the spiritual potency increases because of santosh. To get santosh we should accept the material things as they are, and again that which cannot be changed should be accepted as such.
In Niti shastras it is mentioned,
santoṣa triṣu kartavyaḥ sva-dhāre bhojane dhane
santoṣa triṣu na kartavyaḥ svādhyāya japa dānayoḥ
One should be always satisfied with these three things - their spouse, the food, and the amount of wealth they obtained. One should never be satisfied with these three things - the amount of scriptural study, the amount of chanting and the amount of charity they performed.
In these three things we should be satisfied - sva-dhāre, bhojane, dhane. We should be satisfied with our life partner, food and money - For satisfaction gives all opulences. If we are dissatisfied in these three things, then our spiritual potency decreases. This is asantosh. Then we start hankering. With this hankering we cannot relish the transcendental vibrations. The gist is that in order to relish the transcendental vibration we should be satisfied completely. These instructions should continuously remain in our mind, so that this material account is completely closed.
I pray to the Lotus feet of our Gurudev, Prabhupada and Sri Krishna that I remain satisfied in all aspects so that I could relish the transcendental vibrations.
Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Savita devi dasi
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