In the 16th chapter of Srimad Bhagavatam first canto, there is a conversation between personality of religion in the form of a bull and mother earth in the form of a cow. Mother earth in the form of a cow was agrieved because of the torture of Kali personified and in that state also she remembers so wonderfully the Supreme Personality of Godhead.
We know that God is omnipresent and omni-potent. But still we indulge in both good and bad activities in our day to day life. We should not be under the false conception that whatever bad things we are doing will be left unnoticed nor would our pious actvities nullify the effects of impious activities.
One should not give up the nine process of devotional service recommended, which is performed in nine different ways (Sravanam,Kirtanam,Visnoh, Smaranam,Pada-Sevanam, Archanam, Vandanam, Dasayam, Sakhyam, Atma Nivedanam).
Hare Krishna! Please accept my humble obeisances! All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Gurudev!
All of us have the ultimate desire to go back to Godhead inspite of our present condition. It is like buying a lottery ticket and hoping to become a multimillionaire. Our endeavour is insignificant, but still, we expect the maximum result. But Krishna clearly states that if we want to reach His abode, we have to satisfy certain conditions as mentioned by Him in Bhagavad Gita 8.6
Every one of us, being a part and parcel of Supreme Lord have certain special qualities and are good at doing certain things. We should always remember that whatever qualities we possess are bestowed by Him and should never become proud or start thinking that we could do everything alone.
A sincere devotee, after surrendering to Supreme Lord, admitting his inability and accepting that there cannot be any other means for his salvation, must remember Him in all his actions and accept whatever happens, is as per His will.
Studying Bhagavat-gita repeatedly brings out so many new ideas and realizations every time. I came across a very interesting point about the real meaning of responsibility while meditating on a couple of verses - one spoken by Arjuna and another by Lord Krishna on the same point but different point of views.
Cleanliness is next to Godliness. Krishna is Param pavitram -Supreme Pure . So inorder to approach Him, we should be clean both inside and outside. While listing out the qualities of people with divine nature, Lord Krishna says in Bhagavad Gita - "abhayam sattva sam-shuddi".
Prabhupada's ill health continued. He wrote to one of his disciples:- "I was sick for four or five days; now I am a little better but the disease is prolonging in a different way. I cannot sleep at night more than 2 hours and during the day sometimes I am feeling some dizziness.
Transcend is to go over. Just like a vehicle on the road is controlled by traffic signal of red, green and yellow we are controlled by the 3 modes of nature. Where as helicopter is above the signal, so we have to catch the helicopter of Devotional service.
If we consider the example of the bird Jatayu, when mother Sita was kidnapped by Ravana, Jatayu knew that he will not be in a position to protect mother Sita from the clutches of Ravana. Inspite of this knowledge, the insignificant bird put all his efforts to rescue her.
His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada has shown his excellence in all types of service to Lord. Once on a ekadesi day, the devotee who used to cook came late thinking it was fast day. So, Srila Prabhupada started cooking prasadam.
Lord Sri Ramacandra is so kind and merciful to His devotees that He is very easily satisfied by a little service rendered by anyone, human or not. Hence He is glorified by Hanumanji as su-krtanjnam meaning 'one who is easily made greatful'.
There are several simple anecdotes and incidents which are so instructive and at the same time relishing to read. Here is one such anecdote by Srila Prabhupada wherein he stresses on the importance of doing sincere seva to the Lord no matter how insignificant it may be.
These words are spoken by Ravana's wife Mandodari on his death. Although Ravana was very fortunate (maha-bhago) in terms of opulence, power and knowledge but because of unsatiable lust for another man's wife he was destroyed. Here again Krsna's statement of Bhagavat gita proved true.
Chanting is the maha sadhana, the only practice for this dark age of quarrel, to realize God and attain perfection in life, but everyday I look for an answer from within. Am I doing my sadhana that nicely? Am I really able to control my senses only towards Krsna.
In his book "Teachings of Queen Kunti", Srila Prabhupada says, "All the commanders on the Battlefield of Kurukshetra were maha-rathas. Many of them are mentioned in Bhagavad-Gita. Bhisma, Karna, and Dronacharya were especially great commanders.
Once Durvasa Muni with his ten thousand disciples came to Pandavas place after Draupadi had taken her prasadam and cleared the vessel for the day. Durvasa Muni and his disciples were feeling very hungry. Durvasa Muni told Yudhishtira to keep the prasadam ready and went to take bath in the river.
Srimad Bhagavatam has explanation for every perplexing question that we come across. One such question which I normally come across is, whenever I say that I am a vegetarian, my meat eating colleagues used to retard that don't you know that the vegetables that you are eating do also have life?
This material world is full of danger at every step, as confirmed in Srimad-Bhagavatam, "padam padam yad vipadaam na teshaam [SB 10.14.58] ". So for those who don't have perfect spiritual knowledge this place becomes a bewildering and perplexing place to stay.
The chanting of the Holy names of the Lord is the best medicine and this can cure all the diseases.This is truth and nothing but the truth. The shastras give us practical instructions and if we disobey them, we lose our 'ease' and become 'diseased'.
Param brahma - Supreme Truth :- Whatever Krishna says, it happens always. In B.G verse 11.32 Krishna declared that soldiers on both sides with the exception of Pandavas would be killed. At the end of Kuruksetra war, all the soldiers including Pandavas sons were killed.
We all know that Krishna is merciful. If one is favored by even a slight trace of mercy of Krishna he can understand Krishna very well. The Lord descends to attract the fallen conditioned souls to His loving service.
We find from this verse that King Puranjana was engaged in unregulated sense enjoyment and thus suffered on that account.What could have mitigated and given him relief from material pains? We have the answer in Bhagavad Gita verse 6.17
Once there was an expert mountain climber who wanted to climb the highest mountain and to glorify himself he decided to do it all alone. He started to climb the mountain all alone and in the eagerness to cover as much as possible in one day, he forgot that it was getting late.
Once when a saintly person was passing, on his way he met a prince, the son of a king and he blessed him saying, "My dear prince may you live forever." Later, the sage met a saintly person and said to him "You may either live or die."
Srila Prabhupada had faced so many reverses in the initial stages when he was trying to spread the message of Lord Caitanya - both in India as well as in Unites States. When I was going through the letters in Vedabase written by His Divine Grace during those years - it made me wonder how much patient and determined he was.
"The Krishna consciousness movement is meant to give perfect knowledge to human society. By this knowledge one can understand who he is, who God is, what the material world is, why we have come here, why we must undergo so much tribulation and misery, and why we have to die. "