Steadiness in Devotional Service - Part 3

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. 
3. Stick to one - ekeha kuru-nandana.

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.

4. Be chaste in bhakti: The word 'vyavasāyātmikā buddhi' used in the above verse means chaste. Chastity, Maharaj said, is a virtue which is celebrated even in this material world. Is it not true? When someone is chaste, then you know that person is tejas. Why was Mandodari, the wife of Ravana was considered one of the most powerful women? Because till the end, for her, her husband was only Ravana. She should have been the first candidate for divorce. (laughter) Think about it. She should have been the first candidate. But she was not. And at the end, if you read the ninth Canto of Srimad Bhagavatam, when Ravana was dying on the battlefield and when he died, it was Mandodari who led the prayers of lamentation. She lamented, "You had so many things, so many virtues my Lord. But why did you have to run after something else that did not belong to you?" Ravana was many branched and therefore he could not simply see Lord Ram as the object of worship, because his desires were everywhere. 

Because we are not simply focused on Krishna, we waste the time in our lives. We are here, we are there, here and there. Just like how we tell unmarried children, "How long you are going to take to get fixed up?". We ask and they say, "I don't know whether it is going to be alright?" It is like the man who was on the beach for whole day, seeing the children play on the water. The children came out and asked him, "Uncle, why you are sitting there all the time?" He said, "I am just waiting for the waves to stop and then I will jump into the water." But frankly speaking the waves will never stop and you will never be completely convinced that Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead, until you practise the process. Isn't it true? We always have people coming and asking us, "How do you know it is Krishna?" We only say, "How do you know that it is not Krishna?". You won't know either way. The only way to test the theory is to practise it.

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.