Steadiness in Devotional Service - Part 6

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 points.

1. Chant and be peaceful.
2. Bhakti has no boundaries. 
3. Stick to one - ekeha kurunandana.
4. Be chaste in bhakti.
5. Don't waste time - Just do it.
6. The Three D's.

We were also looking into the pastime of Dhruva Maharaj. We shall continue to hear as to how Suniti consoled her son when he came crying to her.

6. The Three D's: Suniti could have told to Dhruva, "No. I am also the wife. What is this non-sense? But do you know what the mother told him? The mother told him, "She is right. She is right." Which part is she right? "That you have to pray to Krishna." See the mood of the devotee. When devotee hears something bad, he sees something good. This is devotee. He ignores the part that is bad. So Suniti said, "She is correct. Only by the agency and plan of Lord Krishna, you can sit on your father's lap. She is right. She is right." I remember one time, one of our godbrother was very upset because he was sitting in a program somewhere and one devotee there made a powerful statement that Srimad Bhagavatam is only meant for those who are in Maya. Which means those who are in maya are the only ones who will read Srimad Bhagavatam. So he was very upset and he told us and we told our Guru Maharaj. "Maharaj, this is too much. Bhagavatam is the highest scripture and someone is saying that you have to be in maya to read Bhagavatam. And Maharaj shook his head and said, "It is correct, Devaki". I asked, "Why Maharaj?"  Maharaj said, "Because we are in maya, all the more we should read Bhagavatam, because Bhagavatam will take you out of the maya." 

Great devotees have this ability to see good, even when it is bad. That it is why it is told in the purport of verse 2.41 that, "In order to be determined, we have to follow the instructions of the great devotees, follow the instructions of our spiritual master. That is the secret to be determined." Who was the first spiritual master for Dhruva? His good mother. Now mother gives him second instruction - "Dhruva, I know you are very upset. I am also very upset. But let's do one thing. The only person who could clear our feelings of upset, who can mitigate our miseries is the Supreme Personality of Godhead. You go now and meditate on Him and only He can give you peace." This is the best guidance of spiritual master. The moment, the mother gave him this, Dhruva Maharaj's determination increased. In his heart, he wanted to pray to Krishna, because he wanted to obey his mother. He accepted the instructions of his mother. We should be determined to accept the instructions of the spiritual master and to accept the instructions of the senior devotees. If that determination is used, to accept instructions, it is well placed. If you are determined not to follow the instructions of the spiritual master, then that determination is misplaced. It is useless. So Dhruva's determination was well-placed and because of mother's influence and blessings, he goes to the forest.  

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

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