Steadiness in Devotional Service - Part 8

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 kuru-nandana.
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 and his meeting with Narada Muni in the forest. Now let us continue to hear further.

6. The Three D's:  One who is determined and who has been touched by a pure devotee like Suniti, they develop the good qualities without even realising it. That is why Guru Maharaj always told us, "Your behaviour changes without you realising it when you obey me and when you obey the shastras." They automatically change and not the other way round. That is why in Krishna consciousness we don't have character building seminars. We build on the faith of Krishna and then all character comes. Now Dhruva Maharaj has already told him, "This is what I want." Narada Muni had actually put him to a test. Before a guru decides to give a disciple dikṣa - he has to test him. Is he serious or not serious? But now Narada Muni knew that this boy is very serious. He is 5 years old. But highly mature. And most important thing is vyavasāyātmika buddhi - his intelligence is focussed on one object and that is Krishna. So Narada Muni knew that Dhruva has passed his test. So he said, "My dear Dhruva, I have now initiate you in the path of bhakti. After initiating him, he now tells him, "You chant this mantra Oṁ namo bhagavate  vāsudevāya."  And he gives him specific instructions on how to concentrate on the beautiful forms of the Lord in the heart. 

Dhruva Maharaj accepts every single instruction and now he starts his austerity. He goes to the beautiful forest of Madhuvan and there he stands, even though there is so many many dangers of wild animals, of no food, even though there is nothing favourable there, Dhruva Maharaj had faith in his spiritual master. This is the point of determination and again it is faith. Because he has faith that Narada Muni has told him to stand here now, he knew that he would just be determined to meet Krishna. He was not doubtful. So what happened? In the first month, shastras tell us that Dhruva Maharaj ate only fruits and berries every third day. Can we do that? Oh very difficult. If we get a chance we will eat prasadam three times a day minimum and in between some prasadam snack. Isn't it? Night milk, morning milk etc. But he ate just every third day and that too berries and fruits. In the second month he ate only fruits and leaves, once every 6 days. We can't eat leaves. And in the third month Bhagavatam says he started taking water and that too every 9 days. For us after 9 hours without water, we are finished. In the fourth month, Dhruva Maharaj stopped eating and drinking. He only inhaled air and that also, he inhaled air once every 12 days.

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.