Steadiness in Devotional Service - Part 15

Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances! All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev! 

This is in conclusion of the transcription of the inspiring Bhagavad Gita class given by our God brother HG Devakinandan Prabhuji on verse 2.41. In the previous offering we have heard many points and learnt nice lessons from the life of Dhruva Maharaj. Now we shall hear the questions asked by devotees to Prabhuji after the class.

Question 1: If Dhruva Maharaj went to Vaikuntha loka, then who is in Dhruvaloka?

Answer: Dhruva Maharaj's polestar continues to be there. But he is no longer physically necessary, to be there in the polestar, because that was a product of his material desire. But the real desire which he finally achieved was the product of determination to go back to Godhead. So the polestar is there. It is a reminder to all of us to remember the greatness of Dhruva Maharaj. But Dhruva Maharaj eternally is serving the Supreme Personality of Godhead. 

Question 2: Dhruva Maharaj had direct darshan of Krishna. By darshan of Krishna, all impurities go. How come he became angry and kill all the Yakshas? 

Answer: How can someone who has taken darshan of Krishna again be influenced by Maya? Very good question. What have we been doing until the curtains were closed?  We were all taking darshan of Krishna also. Because the Deities in the altar, Radha Shyamsundarji is non-different from Krishna. But after taking darshan of Krishna, still we are always ready to fall back into Maya. The reason is that the material world is so powerful that the nature of the material world is to make us forget Krishna. It is the nature of this material world. But Dhruva Maharaj is not actually forgetful of Krishna. Our shastras tell that great personalities like Dhruva Maharaj, Parikshit Maharaj, factually speaking, they never forget Krishna. But if they never forget Krishna and lead a perfect life, how will we learn? Because we are imperfect. That is why Parikshit Maharaj reacted to Shamika Rshi, by putting a garland of dead snake. Actually it was not necessary for him to do that. He is a devotee. But if he did not do that, then two things will not happen. One - we won't have Bhagavatam today and two - we will not learn that how despite the fact that he had done something which was faulty, he rose above the faulty nature to become a perfect devotee. So Dhruva Maharaj's practical realisation of this episode is that we get encouraged by him that despite the fact that we may sometimes go up and down in devotional service, our guidance of our spiritual masters will always keep us on track. Sometimes some movements are there. That is also because of the material modes. Dhruva Maharaja's life is an example to teach us how we can also advance despite obstacles in devotional life. So it is a very practical way not to become discouraged. Otherwise we will say, 'No point in reading Bhagavatam'. Why? 'Because all their lives are perfect.' What relevance is their life to us. But when we read about the life of a devotee, how he is put into difficulty, into challenges, and how he comes out of it, then we take courage from it - "Yes. This is the way. This is how we can overcome the miseries."

Question 3: What according to you is the best way to concentrate the mind upon Krishna. The more I try to concentrate, the more I get distracted.

Answer: Now if I say, "All of you don't think about anything for the next 10 seconds", what does the mind do? It tells us, "Think, Think". This is the nature of the mind. The nature of the mind is that it doesn't want to remember Krishna. Nature of mind is that canchal. It wants to give you problems. It is not the fault of the mind. It is how it is made. It is our fault for taking this sharir (body) and having this mind. It is our fault. The best way to remember Krishna, is to chant His names. When you chant His names, sometimes the mind will go here and there. But don't worry. The progressive chanting eventually will still the mind. It cannot happen over-night. It is a life-long challenge. But then in life, what else is not a challenge. Everything is a challenge. And especially that which is valuable, becomes more challenge. So if we take with good attitude that, "Yes. Mind will give me trouble. But use intelligence." Intelligence is higher than the mind. Use it by chanting - Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare / Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare. By doing so all our material hankerings will go away and our only prayer is to always engage in transcendental devotional service. 

Our heartfelt thanks to HG Devakinandan Prabhuji for this class and our prayers to Srila Gurudev, Srila Prabhupada and Dhruva Maharaj to help us to follow these sublime instructions.

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