Humility

17th May 2005
Prabhupadananda das

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

Srimad Bhagavatam 1.19.11 explains about the humbleness of King Parikshit,

anye ca devarṣi-brahmarṣi-varyā
rājarṣi-varyā aruṇādayaś ca
nānārṣeya-pravarān sametān
abhyarcya rājā śirasā vavande

There were also many other saintly demigods, kings and special royal orders called arunaadayas [a special rank of raajarshis] from different dynasties of sages. When they all assembled together to meet the Emperor [Parikshit], he received them properly and bowed his head to the ground.

King Parikshit received all the saints, saintly demigods, kings and rajarshis respectfully and he bowed down his head to the ground showing his submissiveness. In Caitanya Caritamrta, Madhya Lila 13.60 states:

rājāra tuccha sevā dekhi’ prabhura tuṣṭa mana
sei ta’ prasāde pāila ‘rahasya-darśana’

Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu had been very satisfied to see the King accept the menial task of sweeping the street, and for this humility the King received the mercy of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. He could therefore observe the mystery of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu's activities.

Lord Jagannatha was astonished to see the transcendental dancing and chanting of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, and He stopped His car just to see the dancing. The seer and the dancer were one and the same Supreme Person, but the Lord, being one and many at the same time, was exhibiting the variegatedness of His pastimes. By the mercy of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, the King could understand how the two of Them were enjoying each other's activities.

The word humility signifies lowliness or submissiveness and it is derived from the Latin humilitas or from humus, i.e. the earth which is beneath us. Personal humility carries the notion of lowering or abasing oneself in such a manner as to attain a place of lowliness. Perhaps the best way to understand humility is attempting to see ourselves through Lord's eyes rather than our own."Humility is not denying the power or gifting you have, but admitting that the gifting is from Lord and the power comes through Him and not from you."

The false ego existing in a person takes him away from humbleness. In the Fourth Canto of Srimad-Bhagavatam, Twenty-second Chapter, verse 39, wherein Sanat-kumara says, "My dear King, the false ego of a human being is so strong that it keeps him in material existence as if tied up by a strong rope. Only the devotees can cut off the knot of this strong rope very easily, by engaging themselves in Krishna consciousness. Others, who are not in Krishna consciousness but are trying to become great mystics or great ritual performers, cannot advance like the devotees. Therefore, it is the duty of everyone to engage himself in the activities of Krishna consciousness in order to be freed from the tight knot of false ego and engagement in material activities."

"There was a great devotee of Lord Caitanya known as Kholaveca Sridhara, who was a very poor man. He was doing a small business selling cups made from the leaves of plantain trees, and his income was almost nothing. Still, he was spending fifty percent of his small income on the worship of the Ganges, and with the other fifty percent he was somehow living. Lord Caitanya once revealed Himself to this confidential devotee, Kholaveca Sridhara, and offered him any opulence he liked. But Sridhara informed the Lord that he did not want any material opulence. He was quite happy in his present position and wanted only to gain unflinching faith and devotion unto the lotus feet of Lord Caitanya. That is the position of pure devotees. If they can be engaged twenty-four hours each day in devotional service they do not want anything else, not even the happiness of liberation or of becoming one with the Supreme. (ref: Nectar of Devotion).

Hari Bol !
Srila Prabhupada ki Jai! Srila Gurudev ki Jai!

Your humble servant,
Prabhupadananda das
Abu Dhabi.