The nature of the soul is that it should serve the Supreme Absolute Truth, Lord Sri Krishna. Soul as part and parcel of Krishna has nothing else to do. We need to understand this point. As soon we go against our nature of lovingly serve Krishna, we are in miserable condition.
"As long as a person is fully in cooperation with the wishes of the Lord, guided by the bona fide brahmanas and Vaishnavas and strictly following religious principles, one has no cause for despondency" .
how can we factually feel ourselves to be less than a blade of grass which is completely different in nature than us ? While I was reading some memories of Srila Prabhupada in the beginning days of the Hare Krishna movement in the Lower East Side in New York , I found a very simple and practical way of implementing this instruction in our lives.
He is adrshta rupa - one whose form is not seen by material eyes). So we should see Him through our ears (srutekshita) and not our eyes. And when we make this chanting/singing a ritual, we cannot experience Him even after years of chanting".
We understand from the authorities and the scriptures that our existence at every moment is dependent on the Supreme mercy of Shri Krishna. His companionship in the form of Supersoul (Paramatma) is constant and His efforts and mercy to deliverus from this material mire is also constant.
"Mother Ganges is worshiped by the water of the Ganges; a devotee takes a little water from the Ganges and offers it back to the Ganges. When the devotee takes the water, mother Ganges does not lose anything, and when the water is offered back, mother Ganges does not increase, but in this way the worshipper of Ganga is benefited."
Narada muni understands the waiting time as an opportunity to preach. So he made use of that time to perform devotional service. Whereas for demons and non-devotees, this same time appears as the personified death.
You will understand practically that all the realizations will come to us only when we are alone with Bhagavatam, completely dedicating ourselves to the intense study of this literary incarnation of Krishna ."
To find relief and happiness we look here and there, try so many things, but so few of us get to the root cause of our suffering. In the Bhagavad-gita 3.3.7, Krishna explains that lust is the true enemy of this world and the root of our distress.
As far as the Lord and His eternal associates are concerned there is no real difference between their appearance and disappearance because in either case our important function is to remember their glorious deeds and pastimes that were revealed to us out of causeless mercy.
There is nothing inauspicious because whatever you have done sincerely, that is recorded in the book. In the Krishna's book. Krishna has got accountant. He keeps nice account of the activities of His devotees. That's a fact.
The faith and determination of Maharaj is so staunch that the earthquake did not stop him from carrying out the originally decided plan of the foundation stone laying ceremony for the construction of a beautiful stone temple for Sri Sri Rukhmini Dwarkadish.
To put in simple words, we cannot relish the pastimes of the Lord unless we 'under' stand them. 'under' standing in the real sense means 'to stand-under'. Stand-under implies that we should stand under something or somebody. We cannot stand under 'nothing'. So that something or somebody is Shastras or Guru.
In impure consciousness one thinks of himself as the Lord of the universe, but in purified consciousness one thinks himself the eternal servant of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Putting oneself in that position of eternal servitorship to the Supreme Lord and working for him perpetually, one actually becomes completely satisfied.
'You should take advantage of this. And don't indulge in much unnecessary talks. Time should be very properly utilized. 'Aayushaha kshana eko 'pi na labhyaha svarna-kotibihi'. Value of time is so great that one moment of your life lost, it cannot be returned even in exchange of millions of dollars. Therefore every moment should be properly utilized.
In the Vedas it is said, nityo nityaanaam cetanaash cetaanaam eko bahunaam yo vidadhaati kaamaan. God is giving food to the cats and dogs. Nobody is starving. If you are starving, that is your blessing.
Therefore the devotional service to the Lord must be pure in quality i.e without the least desire for material enjoyment. One should therefore accept the superior quality of occupation in the form of devotional service of the lord without any tinge of unnecessary desire, fruitive action and philosophical speculation. This alone can lead one to perpetual solace in his service.
No arrogance should be in our behaviour, but surrender with humility. Arrogance is not needed because we harm ourselves. Everybody has his own orbit, so we don't interfere. Everyone has his own ticket and station, so we have to tolerate
We completely forget the fact that it is out of His causeless mercy that the Lord has allowed us to be engaged in His service and all the facilities are supplied by Him alone. We are all being continually kicked by the laws of the Lord's illusory energy at every step, just like the donkey got the whipping from his master, because we are greatly puffed up by the borrowed plumes.
There is a famous paradox question put forth by a well-known scientist named Stephen Hawkins in order to challenge the omnipotency of God. Generally atheists use this kind of challenge to insist that God is not omnipotent and He does not exist. The question goes like this.
Our activities must be so transcendentally saturated that the Lord will be kind enough to look upon us favorably and engage us in His transcendental service, then only can the sense be satisfied completely and be no longer troubled by material attraction.