Every time we have a desire, we behave in a certain way. If the desire is to serve Krishna and His devotees, we are disinfected. If the desire is to show our name and fame, then we are infected. We cannot be silent. We will talk. Whatever that comes out of the tongue is going to be painful, going to be sharp, going to be harsh and instead of causing peace amongst the devotees, it will cause agitation and disturbance of the mind. That shows that we are not really taking darshan of Krishna.
Of the many lessons which we can learn from the life of His Divine Grace, one of the most important lesson we need to learn from the above incident is that we should always earnestly and sincerely pray for the mercy of previous acaryas and should always keep alive the intense desire to serve the spiritual master
Whenever we are in the mood of speculation, whatever we perform or do cannot be backed up or authorized by Bhagavatam, by our spiritual master, by Bhagavad gita or by the senior devotees or by the system of Parampara.
Just like how dogs are faithful and loyal to their masters, we should also be truthful and loyal to our Guru and sincerely follow his instructions. That is the only hope for us to be delivered from the dark world of neiscence.
We are committing so many offences in the course of our devotional service, but with all that if we are still able to continue to attend the programs, continue to read Bhagavatam, continue to serve devotees, continue to chant our rounds, continue to have darshan of the deities, then we have to realize that it is purely out of the causeless mercy of the Lord, just like a loving parent always giving us another chance to correct ourselves.
Krishna is not bothered about our wealth and opulence if we are not claiming proprietorship over it. That is why He says that if a devotee continues to enjoy his opulences or gets them back after losing, it is His very special mercy. Infact being the husband of the Goddess of fortune, He would be able to bestow upon us both material and spiritual benedictions beyond our imagination.
Whenever we are hurt by others, we should try to meditate on their good qualities. By doing so we can get rid of the hatred on them. We should give up revengeful attitude and see Krishna's hands even when others hurt us, and reciprocate by doing good to them. If we cannot do good to them, at least keep quiet and wish good for them.
All the members of the family of the Pandavas were completely dependent on the protection of the Lord, and therefore the Lord protected all of them in all circumstances. The Lord protects everyone, but one who depends completely upon Him is especially looked after by the Lord. The father is more attentive to the little son who is exclusively dependent on the father
The automatic way not to be separated from Krishna is to continuously hear about Krishna, continuously chant about Krishna, and continuously repeat Krishna’s glories and other devotee’s glories. If we can’t do all these, at least we should become nandanti – take pleasure in others repeating Krishna’s glories.
when we are listening to Bhagavatam. We are not envious of each other, when we are doing service for Krishna. Why? Because we have no time to be envious. For us to be envious, we must have time. As Maharaj used to say, to fall sick also we need time. We need time to fall sick, we need time to see the doctor; we need time to take medicine.
Bhagavatam tells us that by the time we come back to understand what the goal of life is, the time is up. But that time Krishna is forgotten. We become remorseful, we regret and unfortunately because of friendship, love and society, again we forget Krishna and again we continue.
Sometimes in devotional service, when we become proud of our prowess in devotional service, it can become very easy for us to be in the disguise of devotees. But factually speaking, we are not really dependent on Krishna. Because otherwise why will we be still disturbed in devotional service? This point is very important for us to remember.
The reason we are not peaceful and really happy is because we are separated (khanditah) from Krishna because of the fact that we chose to be independent. The best and the easiest way to connect with Krishna is to pray to the Lord that, "please do not ask me to take material benefits from You.
It is practically very difficult to give up material desires on our own. But devotional service is such a sublime process that even if we have many anarthas in us, simply by performing the devotional service, we will be purified without any other extraneous endeavour.
He conquers the world, who patiently puts up with the abuse of his neighbour. He who controls his anger as a horseman controls his unruly horse is indeed a charioteer and not he who merely holds the reins, but lets the go hither and thither, wherever it wanted.
Just like the GSM (Global Service for Mobile communication) connection enables us to contact anybody in any part of the world without any restriction, in the same way the GSM connection of being Gentle, Submissive and Malleable to our Glorius Spiritual Master will enable us spread the message of Krishna consciousness in a pure way, all over the world without any restriction.
One must be equipoised. The sun gives its light to all the places, to the rich or the poor, to the foolish or the intelligent, the valley or the mountain, in an equipoised manner. It does not discriminate. This absence of discrimination is an important quality we have to cultivate and see every living entity as a part and parcel of the Supreme Lord.
What do we see? We should see Srimad Bhagavatam. What do we see in people? We should see the hand of Krishna in people. What do we see in life? We should see the hand of Krishna in our life. What do we see in our difficulties? We should see the hand of the Lord making us remember Him in difficulties. This is Srimad Bhagavatam.
What does Srimad Bhagavatam say about the material world? Material nature is temporary. Your body is temporary. So how can your difficulties be permanent? Think about it. You go around preaching that your body is temporary. And are you not very happy that your difficulties are also temporary? Forget about the difficulties. Just be with Krishna. Smile
Maharaj said that those who are agitated, they are not studying Srimad Bhagavatam. They are using Srimad Bhagavatam. If we are really praying and honouring Bhagavatam, we will not become agitated and if we do become agitated on account of onslaughts of material nature, we will automatically have the presence of mind, by the inspiration of the Lord in the heart, to approach Bhagavatam immediately.
It does not matter whether you get a chance to preach Bhagavatam or not. That is a by-product and that is up to Krishna. But what is up to you in your hands, is your desire to study Bhagavatam. That is what Krishna wants to see.
Even though we may be reading Srimad Bhagavatam, but if we read Bhagavatam to find a solution to our material lives, and if we forget that the purpose of Srimad Bhagavatam is always to be chaste to Krishna, then we miss out on the point.
Maharaj always emphasized to us that one must become chaste in devotional service and just like a woman is chaste to her husband and she becomes very powerful and a man becomes very powerful because he is chaste to his wife, then how much more we will be imbued with the blessings of Srimad Bhagavatam and Krishna, if we become chaste only to Them, because Bhagavatam and Krishna are non different.
So everyone in every stage is experiencing some kind of the pain or other. But most of the time when we interact with living entities, we forget this and end up blaming, scolding, criticising and fighting with each other. There by we are simply adding pain to their already painful existence.
If wealth is lost, nothing is lost. If health is lost, something is lost. But if character is lost, everything is lost. So we should keep a constant check on our behaviour and remove the weeds of bad habits right from the beginning itself.
To honor the spiritual master means to carry out his instructions word for word. As a man cannot separate his life from his body, a disciple cannot separate the order of the spiritual master from his life. If a disciple follows the instruction of the spiritual master in that way, he is sure to become perfect.
Whereas those words which do not chant the glories of the Lord are considered as shava shobhanaa mataah - decoration on a dead body. And those who are attracted to the words devoid of the glories of the Lord are as good as dead bodies.
It is described in Paraashara-sutra, that the Lord is the greatest in wealth, greatest in fame, greatest in knowledge, greatest in renunciation, greatest in beauty, greatest in strength. One who is greatest in all six opulences is the greatest.