Independence or Dependence

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

In pursuit of happiness, life in our modern civilisation is centred around being independent in all aspects of living. Srila Prabhupada in his purport to the following verse (SB 1.8.37) explains how this kind of life results in miseries . On the other hand by total dependence on Lord Krsna one can overcome all difficulties of life.

On the eve of Lord Krsna's departure, Queen Kunti prays,

apy adya nas twam sva krtehita prabho
jihasasi svit suhrdo nujivinah
yesam na canyad bhavatah padambujat
parayanam rajasu yojitam hasam

O my Lord, you have executed all duties Yourself, Are you leaving us today, though we are completely dependent on Your mercy and have no one to protect us now when all kings are at enmity with us?

Srila Prabhupada explains that in the material world, to be dependent on the mercy of someone else is the utmost sign of misfortune....The material disease is due to thinking of becoming independent of everything. But the cruel material nature does not allow one to become independent. The false attempt to become independent of the stringent laws of nature is known as material advancement of experimental knowledge.  Those who try to become falsely independent of the Lord are called anatha or without any guardian, whereas those who are completely dependent on the will of the Lord are called sanatha or those having someone to protect them. Therefore we must try to be sanatha so that we can always be protected. By the deluding power of external material nature we forget that the material condition of life is the most undesirable perplexity....But the highest goal of human civilisation is to work hard under the guidance of the Lord and become completely dependent on Him.  The Pandavas were the ideal executors of this standard of civilisation.  

From time to time all of us experience many perplexing conditions, and the best way is to be completely dependent on the will of the Lord and thereby overcome all difficulties of  material existence by becoming a sanatha.  The Bhagavad-gita therefore directs us (7.19) that after many, many births one fortunate person becomes aware of the fact that Vasudeva is all in all and the best way of leading one's life is to surrender unto Him completely.

Your humble servant,
Sila Sampana Krsna das
Sydney.