Expanding the Influence by Devotional Service - Part 16

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

This is in conclusion on  the topic  "Expanding the influence by devotional service" based on the verse 3.14.48 in Srimad Bhagavatam wherein Kashyapa Muni describes to Diti about the transcendental nature of Prahlad Maharaj. Due to this potency of Prahlad Maharaj he was able to expand his influence on his demoniac colleagues in devotional service. The expanded intelligence manifested in him because of his expanded intelligence and matured devotional service. In the previous offerings we saw few symptoms of expanded intelligence and the below symptoms of matured devotional service. 

a. To remember our constitutional position
b. Six vows to remember Krishna.
c. Firm faith
d. Completely dependent on the Lord.
e. Performing devotional service in all material conditions
f. Cleaning the home and hearts  
g. No hypocrisy
h. Krishna is the purifying force in our lives
i. Sensing the lord presence everywhere
j. Shouting and screaming will spoil our maturity

Now we will continue to see the other symptoms as follows

k. Bhagavatam or Bhagavata is the place of pilgrimage: Srila Prabhupada has written to one devotee, "I was staying in Vrindavana already. But I left Vrindavana and I am in America now. But for me, it is Vrindavana because I am always with Bhagavad Gita, Bhagavatam and chanting." Wherever the Bhagavatam/Bhagavata is there, then that will be the place of pilgrimage. This should be our conviction always. Darshan is not only for Deities. Srimad Bhagavatam is shastra darshan. This is non different from Deities. So simply by studying Srimad Bhagavatam, having darshan of Bhagavatas we will feel enthused, just as we feel enthused when we see the Deities in temple. This is maturity in devotional service. It is confirmed in Srimad Bhagavatam 1.13.10 wherein Yudhishtir Maharaj says to Mahatma Vidura,

bhavad-vidhā bhāgavatās tīrtha-bhūtāḥ svayaṁ vibho
tīrthī-kurvanti tīrthāni svāntaḥ-sthena gadābhṛtā

My lord, devotees like your good self are verily holy places personified. Because you carry the Personality of Godhead within your heart, you turn all places into places of pilgrimage.

l. Continuous Study and Sadhana: Maharaj was saying in one of his lectures We should not stop with one reading of Srimad Bhagavad Gita and Srimad Bhagavatam we should do it again and again.  Otherwise like Humayun - he was conquering the countries. Once he conquered one country, he stopped, thinking that he has conquered. In the mean time the country was lost. We should do nityaṁ bhāgavata-sevayā. Regularly we must do study. Other treatments are not required. This is maturity. The material world is full of sense gratification and therefore we are swimming against it. The sadhana of our chanting and studying books is the movement of our hands and legs in water and the moment we stop swimming, we will swept away by the current. Unless our sadhana is strong it is very difficult to progress nicely in Krishna consciousness. This study will constantly hammer the nature of this temporary miserable world and make us serious and sober. Once we endeavour in our sadhana, Krishna will reciprocate nicely for our devotional service. This is confirmed in Srimad Bhagavatam 2.8.3, "Persons who hear Srimad-Bhagavatam regularly and are always taking the matter very seriously will have the Personality of Godhead Sri Krishna manifested in their hearts within a short time."

m. Envisaging death: This is the most difficult aspect of maturity and this will definitely make our saner in our dealings. As Maharaj says everyday should be envisaged as the last day, then we will never commit blunders in our relationship. This is not easy aspect of maturity and it flows only through mercy from Guru, pure devotees and Krishna. Prabhupada was in death bed and still his Krishna consciousness was completely perfect and he was able to dictate purports to Srimad Bhagavatam and those purports are really wonderful and purifying our consciousness.

As far as I am concerned I am yet to realize these in my day to day lives and still struggling in sadhana and conviction that Srimad Bhagavatam or Bhagavata is the place of pilgrimage. I therefore pray to my dearest spiritual master and Krishna to give me the mercy to realize this in my lives and that is the only way I can try to become matured in devotional service.

Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Sajjana Priya Krishna das
Abu Dhabi.