In Srimad Bhagavatam canto 5, chapter 5, the Supreme Lord Rshabadev gives many wonderful messages to His sons about the do's and don'ts of devotional service.Every shloka in this verse is worth meditating upon and needs to be practised in our day to day life
Things will keep happening with us at different levels depending upon our prarabdha (past life karmas), but Lord will definitely come to protect us if we completely trust Him. Let our prarabdha karma do its own work and we do our own work of trusting, depending, loving Krishna without any conditions.
These glorious character of Yudhishtira Maharaj were perfectly in line with the principles of Srimad Bhagavatam. By his tolerance, endurance, obedience and respect to elders he won over the hearts of even those who were inimical to him.
The conclusion is that, Lord Krishna is the Supreme and nothing ever happens without the sanction of the Lord. Hence, the term 'Supreme Personality of Godhead' is very appropriate for Krishna and can be only used for Him.
All the acharyas have lived their life as per the Lord's instructions in Gita and that is why they were so dear to Lord and were able to accomplish so much in such a less time. If we try even 1% of what our acharyas have done in their entire life, then it can be called as success of our life..
After attaining the human form of life, one should make this spiritual investment under the guidance of the pure devotees of the Lord, since the human body with all the senses and faculty of advanced intelligence is very suitable for God realization. When they're in good working condition if we engage them in devotional service, we can accrue permanent spiritual assets which can take us back to the Lord's eternal abode.
Maharaj in his notes writes that this entire episode tells us that Krishna consciousness is a fact. Actually speaking, there is no endeavor because it is pleasing all the way and anyone who takes up even a little bit of this Krishna consciousness they will become purified. When we do devotional service, devotional service surpasses us.
When you come to Krishna consciousness you find that there is no need for any endeavor because chanting is simple, prasadam is very easy, sitting down and listening to kirtan and katha is very natural. This is because it is a fact.
The more simple we are in our life, the more Krishna conscious we become. That is a fact. The simpler you are in your life, the less complicated you are as a person. Is it not true? Very often we find that complications are there because we have too much stock with us.
There is nothing in between us and Krishna. The only thing that is between us and Krishna is the fact that we cannot accept Him as our supreme Lord. There is no other reason. There is no condition in which we have to approach Krishna.
Everyone is worried about something or other. Worried about losing job, losing relations, losing relatives, losing house, losing financial stability or debts. One who is not married is worried about what kind of spouse he/she will get.
Our human culture must improve. And it is all practical. Otherwise even God's names will not help you really. The behavior must improve. On one side, the behavior should be completely sublime and then you are at ease. With that ease, you please come to Krishna. Krishna will accept you.
The more simple you are, the more you are attached to the scriptures, the more you will be free. The more you are attached to these clutches of kali yuga you will be caught somewhere. Please, please, try to save yourself from these unwanted nets.
In all the species of existence, we have slept, have eaten food, mated and produced children everywhere and now we are doing the same thing. So what is the difference between animal life and human life? Please try to recognise this. Here you are having higher intelligence.
In no faith it is insisted that we should cross the limits of God's instructions. If you cross the limit you are nowhere. As it is the material life is miserable and we make it more miserable by our sinful activities. How are we going to improve our standard of life?
By regulated eating you will be able to avoid a bit of misery. Even then you are in misery. Because the aging is there. Nobody can avoid. You are aging. I am aging. Everybody is aging without exception. There is no exception for this. But here Bhagavatam again gives a clue how to minimise the aging.
Devotional service can be performed everywhere. It is available everywhere. It is not here only or at home only. Nobody is monopoly. Everybody can perform. Those who are born, have the birth right to perform it.
As soon as we are connected through His names to Him, then we are completely satisfied. This is the real satisfaction. Otherwise, you do anything and everything, you will never be satisfied. And we many times are so foolish to run after the bodily necessities and unknowingly we ignore the spiritual side. And as soon as we ignore, we are not satisfied at all.
When you are neither American nor Indian nor brahmana nor shudra, you are pure spirit, then you can see. They want to remain with this designation-body and want to see God. That is not possible. To enter fire you have to become fire. Otherwise, it will not be possible to enter fire
In our day to day lives also, when people blame or criticise us, if we simply bend down and accept the blame and criticism silently, then there will not be any break in devotional service. On the other hand when we counteract to the blame, we will become agitated, lose our peace of mind and gradually lose taste in chanting and bhakti.
Many a times when we are doing some service, we lack this broad vision or foreseeing nature. But it is very important that we develop this attitude in any service which we are doing for Supreme Lord. Srila Vyasadev had foreseen that men in Kaliyuga have less memory and are dull headed and so he mercifully wrote down the shastras.
Kali yuga is so bad that all of us are put in such condition of enmity as the quality of 'para-sukha-duhki' (pained to see other's joy) and 'para-duhka-sukhi' (rejoicing at other's miseries) has become very prominent.
Prabhuji emphasized on the fact that unless we become factually convinced of the Lord's opulence and greatness it is very difficult to become fixed and serious in devotional service and to get rid of the anarthas. Hence we should not neglect to understand fully how great Krishna is, for by knowing the greatness of Krishna one will be able to be fixed in sincere devotional service.
Fruitive mentality and modes of material nature is the sum total of material world. Therefore the material world is cruel because everybody is in the grip of material modes and fruitive mentalities. We are sitting on this powerful influence which is engulfing the whole world.
In order to have the taste for holy names, we have to study Srimad Bhagavatam and in order to develop taste for studying Srimad Bhagavatam we should chant the Holy Names sincerely. These are like two rails of the railway track without which our devotional service train, will not move towards the desired destination of Krishna.
From today we will make a solemn promise to Krishna that whenever we see Him, we should always be remembering that our main business in devotional service is to glorify Him and not ourselves and to be loving in our relationship with each other and serve each other.
If Krishna wants to become the servitor of the devotees, the devotee does not have to ask Him to do that. He will do it Himself. Arjuna never asked Krishna to become charioteer. So we do not have to worry about whether Krishna will take care of us.
If you are grave, that means you know you are going to die. When you know you are going to die, and do nice deity worship then you become happy. But when you know you are going to die and you continue to fulfill your material desires, then every time you fulfill your material desires, you are already dying to be born again in another material body which is a product of that desire