Steadiness in Devotional Service - Part 7

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 have been hearing the pastime of Dhruva Maharaj, how with determination Dhruva went to the forest on the advice of his good mother, Suniti. Now let us continue to hear further.

6. The Three D's: When Dhruva Maharaj goes to the forest, Narada Muni hears about it. In those days no social media, no internet. Narada Muni didn't get any WhatsApp text from Krishna saying, "Hey listen, somebody is walking out to the forest, 5 year old boy, Look out for him." (laughter) Nothing like that. Why? Because Bhagavatam and Bhagavad Gita says the moment any living entity wants to come to Krishna with ekeha - determination which is single, then Krishna as caitya Guru in the heart, Paramatma immediately will know that this devotee is sincere. "What am I going to do for him? I will give him the guidance of another pure devotee". Krishna suggested in the heart of Narada Muni to go. See in those days, no internet was needed. Today internet means you are caught in the net. Where do you go? or google. www means world wide web. There is a web and that web will catch you. This is something we have to remember. So internet, world wide web, these things catch us. They don't free us. But because devotees believe in Krishna, Krishna suggested Narada Muni to go and guide this person.

So Narada Muni goes and sees in the forest this 5 year old child, very determined. 5 year old boy, will you send your sons to the forest? Will your sons go to the forest? No. (laughter) May be that is a better question. We won't go. No prasadam. Why to go there. But Dhruva Maharaj is ekeha kuru-nandana. But what was his motive? His motive was not bhakti. No. His motive was that, "I want a kingdom, bigger than my father, so that I don't want to sit on the lap of my father. I will be better than my brother." So motive was not right. But ekeha kuru-nandana was there. He was determined that he can only get this from the Supreme Personality of Godhead. So that part, 50% was already correct. Now Narada Muni is coming. Narada Muni is telling, "My dear Dhruva - you are just 5 years old. Please don't waste your time. This is not the age to remember Krishna. There is a retirement age. At that time you can come to the forest. You are a boy. Now go and play something. Don't waste your time. And don't you know that whatever you want is all destined. You will just get whatever you are destined to get. So why waste your time?" Dhruva Maharaj was very straight forward. Those who are determined, they are also honest. He tells Narada, "My dear Narada muni, I am kshatriya. These kshatriyas, we feel the pinch when somebody insults us. So I want a kingdom bigger than my brother. If you can help me there, then help me. Give me a honest way to achieve what I want."

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.