Steadiness in Devotional Service - Part 2

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

This is in continuation of the transcription of the inspiring class given by our Godbrother HG Devakinandan Prabhuji on Bhagavad Gita verse 2.41. In the previous offering we saw the below point.

1. Chant and be peaceful.
2. Bhakti has no boundaries.  

Now let us continue to hear further.

vyavasāyātmikā buddhir ekeha kuru-nandana
bahu-śākhā hy anantāś ca buddhayo ’vyavasāyinām

Those who are on this path are resolute in purpose, and their aim is one. O beloved child of the Kurus, the intelligence of those who are irresolute is many-branched.

Srila Prabhupada gives a beautiful definition for faith in the purport to above verse. He says, "Faith means unflinching trust in something sublime." He also says, "If Krishna is satisfied by one's actions, then everyone will be satisfied. Service in Krishna consciousness is, however, best practiced under the able guidance of a spiritual master who is a bona fide representative of Krishna, who knows the nature of the student and who can guide him to act in Krishna consciousness. As such, to be well versed in Krishna consciousness one has to act firmly and obey the representative of Krishna, and one should accept the instruction of the bona fide spiritual master as one's mission in life."

3. Stick to one - ekeha kuru-nandana: This verse actually has given us all the answers as to how to become determined in Krishna consciousness. The way to become determined in Krishna consciousness is not to be many branched. This is very important point. My Guru Maharaj always gave this example. You know before the marriage, in case of arranged marriages, the boy or the girl, what do they do? Parents arrange, they select a few people. Then they say, "You go and see 2 or 3, choice number 1, 2 or 3". Then the girl or boy goes to see. Then after seeing, may be not so sure. Choice 1 is 80%. Choice 2 is 75% and choice 3 is 90%. But all of them have some things. So day and night the boy or girl thinks. Should we choose this one or that? Then they ask the father, "Can I do round 2 of interview?" And may be round 2 is there and they get a little bit of understanding and may be for the whole week, the boy or girl is thinking of few boys or few girls. That is the only time we are permitted to think of few boys or few girls. (laughter) That is before marriage. After marriage, no question. But before marriage we think of few of them. So at that point, Bhagavatam and Bhagavad Gita says that we are many branched. We have to be at that point, because we are not sure. 

But the moment we decide, that night or that day, "He may be 75%. But that 75% is quality. So I am going to take 75%." So we tell our father or mother - "choice b." And then may be that person also says, "She is alright." Then what do they do? They fix us up. After fixing they get married. Now after marriage, they don't go to sleep thinking, "I should have taken choice a". (laughter) After 2 weeks they don't think, "My God, I should have taken choice c - This is bad choice". We don't think that way. If we think that way, then our marriage can never be stable. Isn't it true? It will always be unstable. Same thing is true with devotional service. Same thing. Very easy to understand. We may go everywhere, looking for happiness, we go to this person, that person, this devata, that devata, this personality, that personality - But Bhagavad Gita, Bhagavatam all our shastras make it very clear. If you really want to become peaceful and advance in bhakti, if you want to become advanced in your consciousness away from this body, then you should decide once and for all - ekeha kuru-nandana. You please become fixed at the lotus feet of Krishna.

Krishna willing we shall continue to hear more nectar from Prabhuji in the subsequent offerings.

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