Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble pranams. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev.
Krishna Consciousness - The first time, when I came across this word, I used to wonder why they used the word "consciousness". Over a period of time I started realizing that we perform some prayer or worship sometime during the day and then we completely forget the Lord for the rest of the day and we are completely absorbed in so many daily activities. Many times even while standing in front of Diety, mind keeps wavering and thoughts dwell upon the activities that are going to happen during the day. His Divine Grace has blessed us with this "Krishna Consciousness" movement inorder to bring us back to our senses - and to make us conscious of our eternal position as servant of Supreme Lord.
The following is an extract of conversation between Srila Prabhupada and his disciples - as presented in Srila Prabhupada's Lilamrta- Volume - 5, Chapter 38
Nanda-kumar: Srila Prabhupada would tell us to go bathe in the ocean. "Go to the beach," he would say. So one day I asked him, "Srila Prabhupada, whenever I go down to the beach, the sun is warm on my body, the water feels so good, the sand-it seems like such a comfortable material situation. How should I understand your reason for asking us to go to the beach? I know the spiritual master never gives the disciple anything that will cause him to become materially attached but always gives him whatever he needs to remember Krishna. But when I go to the beach, it seems I just enjoy my senses. How can I relate that to Krishna? How can I understand that this instruction is for my spiritual benefit?"
Prabhupada said, "The sun is there-Krishna is the light of the sun. The ocean is there-Krishna is the taste of water. You are surrounded by Krishna. How can you forget Krishna? He is all around you."
Pancajanya: I was a new devotee, and I asked Prabhupada, "What about swimming, Srila Prabhupada? Is that not maya?" Prabhupada said, "Lord Caitanya used to go swimming all the time. He used to play ball. So you can go and swim. Just make sure you remember Krishna."
Lord Krishna has very explicitly told us in Bhagavad Gita 7.8 as below:
raso 'ham apsu kaunteya prabhaasmi shashi-suryayoh
O son of Kunti, I am the taste of water, the light of the sun and the moon.
The Supreme Lord is present everywhere. Just because we are not conscious we cannot deny His presence. So irrespective of time place and situation we are in, if we are always able to remember Krishna - then we are in right direction. It is not the activity that we do matters so much, rather it is the consciousness with which we do the activity that really matters!
Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev,
Sudarshana devi dasi.
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