Always Remember Krishna - Part 17

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

This is in continuation of the previous offerings titled, "Always Remember Krishna" wherein we were meditating on Arjuna's experiences once Krishna returned to Goloka. In previous offerings we meditated on the blessings recollected by Arjuna and his response to the difficult inquiry of Yudhishtira Maharaj about the well-being of Yadus. 

Today let us meditate on Srimad Bhagavatam verse 1.15.27, wherein Arjuna is practically showing us how to deal with separation from Lord or one's Guru.

deśa-kālārtha-yuktāni hṛt-tāpopaśamāni ca
haranti smarataś cittaṁgov indābhihitāni me

Now I am attracted to those instructions imparted to me by the Personality of Godhead [Govinda] because they are impregnated with instructions for relieving the burning heart in all circumstances of time and space.

So long Arjuna was lamenting that since Krishna had left him, he was feeling lonely. But that feeling of separation from the Lord itself is so transcendental that even in separation he was united with Lord, simply by thinking of Him. Pleased by Arjuna's sincerity, Krishna as Paramatma reminded him of the wonderful instructions which He gave him on the battlefield of Kurukshetra. 

1. All time and space: The word deśa means place, kāla means time. The instructions given by Krishna are useful for Arjuna not only in the battlefield. But they proved to be useful for him even after Krishna left for His abode. Srila Prabhupada wonderfully says in his purport to above verse, "The Lord left behind Him the instructions of the Bhagavad-Gita not for the benefit of Arjuna alone, but also for all time and in all lands." His Divine Grace beautifully glorifies Gita as follows, "The problem which arose in the heart of Arjuna on the Battlefield of Kurukshetra was solved by the teachings of the Bhagavad-Gita. Again, after the departure of the Lord from the vision of earthly people, when Arjuna was face to face with being vanquished in his acquired power and prominence, he wanted again to remember the great teachings of the Bhagavad-Gita just to teach all concerned that the Bhagavad-Gita can be consulted in all critical times, not only for solace from all kinds of mental agonies, but also for the way out of great entanglements which may embarrass one in some critical hour."

Almost all of us in this world suffer due to several kinds of mental agonies and embarrassments. Whatever be the problem, Gita has solution for it all. This is an important lesson we should learn from Krishna. We have seen practically that in the life of our beloved spiritual master HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj. Even when Maharaj used to suffer due to asthma or breathlessness, Maharaj immediately takes shelter of Gita and Holy Names. And soon after hearing/chanting the verses from Gita, Maharaj's health also would be back to normal.

Another lesson is that Krishna was guru for Arjuna and Arjuna as a true and sincere disciple, remembered the glories of Lord and Lord's instruction even after Krishna disappeared from his material vision. Similarly we should always see Guru Maharaj through his instructions (vāni) for it is not always possible to have association of vapuḥ.

Krishna willing we shall continue to hear more from Arjuna in the subsequent offering.

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