Passing on the Legacy

17th Oct 2004
Vraja vihari Krishna das

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

We are very fortunate to have the association of our Gurudev, HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj during this week in Abu Dhabi and to get spiritually inspiring nectar of instructions from him. 

He has given lot of stress on passing the devotional service to the younger generation and has encouraged the younger boys and girls to take Krishna Consciousness sincerely. We already see lot of young boys and girls who got benefit of his instructions and are already in advanced stage of devotional service. As stated in Bhagavatam 7.6.1,

śrī-prahrāda uvāca
kaumāra ācaret prājño dharmān bhāgavatān iha
durlabhaṁ mānuṣaṁ janma tad apy adhruvam arthadam

Prahlada Maharaja said: One who is sufficiently intelligent should use the human form of body from the very beginning of life, in other words, from the tender age of childhood - to practice the activities of devotional service, giving up all other engagements. The human body is most rarely achieved, and although temporary like other bodies, it is meaningful because in human life one can perform devotional service. Even a slight amount of sincere devotional service can give one complete perfection.

As can be seen from above verse, the devotional service should be started from tender age of childhood, which is very easy to mold in the right direction. As stated by Gurudev in his lecture, if one does not take the benefit of this human life to progress in devotional service, there is 100% chance that one will be degraded in the next life and it will start with the lowest level of species and then one has to transmigrate to 8,400,000 forms of life. If you see the rate of degradation of this Kaliyuga, the human life after 8,400,000 forms of life looks very frightening and horrible. 

Hence as mentioned in Bhagavad Gita 2.40; Svalpam apy asya dharmasya trāyate mahato bhayāt: "Even a little advancement on this path can protect one from the most dangerous type of fear", one has no choice but to surrender to Lord Krishna and follow His and his devotees' instructions to uplift one's life and make proper use of this human life. Also one must pass devotional service to the younger generation as aptly mentioned by Maharaj.

Your servant, 
Vraja Vihari Krishna das 
Abu Dhabi.

Moderator's Note: HG Vraj Vihari Prabhu is a 'man of few words' but there is a whole lot to tell about him. He lives in Abu Dhabi and is very sincere and very regular in attending satsang programs. He has three kids - two daughters and one son and all of them are very nicely situated in Krishna consciousness. He is working in a computer firm and is very shrewd. He has a very calm, cool and composed nature, doesn't speak unnecessarily but is very interested in doing service and also very deeply studies Prabhupada's shastras.