Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances! All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev!
This is in continuation of the transcription of the inspiring Bhagavad Gita class given by our God brother HG Devakinandan Prabhuji on verse 2.41. In the previous offerings we were hearing the pastime of Dhruva Maharaj. Now we shall continue to hear further.
11. Ways to sustain determination: At the end of Dhruva Maharaja's life, in Bhagavatam when this narration ends, the very important point that we understand is that the planes from Vaikunthaloka, they come to pick up Dhruva Maharaj. Just imagine! When we die who comes to pick us up? Anyone wants to pick you up when you are dead? No. Only the burial people come to pick us up, right? For Dhruva Maharaj, they booked one plane from Vaikuntha, made sure it was ready in time, no driver needed, automatically it comes down. Dhruva Maharaj is about to get into the aeroplane, when Yamaraj himself comes before Dhruva and puts his head below. Dhruva Maharaj is such an exalted personality that he has conquered death. But even though despite the fact that he started the devotional process in a mixed way, because he followed the instructions of his spiritual master, he becomes successful.
Now this episode of Dhruva Maharaj's life is very important. As he is flying in the aeroplane, he is asking the Vaikunthapatis, "I am very happy to go back to Krishna. But where is my mother, because the mother was the person who set me on this path. Where is she?" And the Vaikunthapatis say, "Don't worry. Krishna has arranged everything. See, your mother is in the other plane and she is going before you." Dhruva Maharaj became very pleased and Maharaj ended his points by saying that this is the mood of a devotee who is determined. A devotee who is determined in devotional service is always determined to ensure, that other devotees are always above him and that he is always below them. The kingdom of God is available to the humble and meek, not to the proud, not to the one who thinks, "I am the greatest." No. Dhruva Maharaj sincerely felt that his mother was more advanced and therefor she should go to Goloka first. He was also grateful to his mother, that, "If not for her advice, I would have never gone to see Krishna." And this is how we can sustain our determination, on the platform of gratitude, on the platform of following the instructions of the spiritual master and finally on the platform of always remembering that our goal of existence, must be to remember Krishna and that Krishna must be the only object of our love.
Jai Granthraj Srimad Bhagavatam ki Jai! Jai Srimad Bhagavad Gita ki Jai! Jai Sri Sri Radha Shyama Sundar ki Jai! Jai Srila Prabhupada ki Jai! Jai Srila Gurudev ki Jai!
Krishna willing we shall continue to hear the questions and answers asked by devotees at the end of this class in the concluding part.
Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Sudarshana devi dasi.
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