Steadiness in Devotional Service - Part 9

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 the austerities he performed in the forest as per advice of Narada Muni. Now let us continue to hear further.

6. The Three D's: Dhruva Maharaja was ekeha kuru-nandana. There was no bodily conception of life. In the purport, Srila Prabhupada writes that the obstacle to determination is the bodily concept of life. Please remember that. The more you think that you are this body, the less determined you are to do devotional service. The more you criticise, the more you find faults, it is all based of this body. Dhruva Maharaj had no time to criticise. Anyway whom to criticise, nobody in the forest right? There were only animals there and he was just concentrating and finally by the time fifth month came, he was standing on one leg, without movement, mind fully concentrated on Krishna. Bhagavatam tells us that his mind and senses became completely fixed on the lotus form of the Lord in the heart and in that way Bhagavatam says, he captured Krishna. And because he captured Krishna, out of his determination and on the platform of following the instructions of the spiritual master, the entire world began to tremble, because of Dhruva Maharaja's great austerity. Because he was one in his heart with Krishna, his body assumed the weight of the Supreme Lord. And just by his toe poking into the ground, the entire earth was going down.

Because he had closed all his senses the entire 3 worlds became choked up, because he was one in his mind with Krishna. Finally the devatas called up Krishna and said, "Krishna, this devotee boy is highly determined, but before we die, you please save us". And the Lord gets up on Garuda. And Dhruva Maharaj is fixing his mind on Krishna and at the very last moment he has the glimpse of the Lord in his heart. Dhruva Maharaj became ecstatic. That determination has led to darshan. D - Determination and D - Devotional Service and the end result of this is D - Darshan of Krishna. Very Easy now - Three Ds - They are all in a line. And once these three D's are there Dhruva Maharaj became ecstatic. The moment he became ecstatic, Krishna disappeared from his heart and once He disappeared what did Dhruva do? He opened his eyes and who was in front of him? Krishna seated on Garuda. See how the Lord planned everything nicely. He first gave him the taste of Lord's form and as soon as he opened his eyes, the Lord was in front of him.

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.