Be Busy as a Bee

8th May 2005
Sudarshana devi dasi

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

Laziness and Procrastination are two deadly enemies of our devotional life. We should never develop habit of abstaining or postponing  our duties - be it prescribed duties or daily sadhana. An idle mind is devil's workshop. We should never remain idle. In Srimad Bhagavad Gita 3.4 Lord Krishna says,

na karmaṇām anārambhān naiṣkarmyaṁ puruṣo ’śnute
na ca sannyasanād eva siddhiṁ samadhigacchati

Not by merely abstaining from work can one achieve freedom from reaction, nor by renunciation alone can one attain perfection.

Every creation of the Lord has a special quality - and when we notice the honey-bees , we can see how they busily collect the nectar from the flowers and accumulate them in the honey-comb. Similarly we should always, sincerely endeavor to get the nectar of Hari-Katha and fill our mind with the same. Even if we have completed all our prescribed duties and daily regular sadhana for the day, we should avoid spending idle time.

In his letter to Mukunda Prabhu on May 6 1968, Srila Prabhupada writes, "Every disciple should always remain busy in some work for Krishna. We shall not allow to remain vacant our mind, and if the mind is always filled up with Krishna Consciousness activities, there is no chance of Maya to sit on the mind and force us to act under her spell."

Whatever we give to Krishna, He returns it back multiple times. So if we spend our time in sincere devotional service, He blesses us with lot of time and so we would never have to say  that we don't have time for anything. He arranges in such a way that we get sufficient amount of time for every activity.

Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev,
Sudarshana devi dasi.