While studying Srimad Bhagavatam recently, a beautiful verse in the 1st Canto 6th chapter led to some introspection of my behavior as an aspiring devotee. The verse is SB 1.6.33, spoken by Srila Narada Muni to Srila Vyasadev while narrating his previous life:
pragaayatah sva viryaani / tirtha paada priya shravaah
aahuta iva me shighram / darshanam yaati cetasi
In Bhagavad Gita first chapter we find some of the verses wherein the names of different warriors who took part in the battlefield are all being mentioned. The devotees thought that chanting Mahamantra or Krishna's name is all auspicious.
I was listening to a lecture of Srila Prabhupada wherein he mentioned that one should not over-endeavor for one's living. His Divine Grace says that we should find a work according to our nature. Such work can be done easily, without any effort.
While explaining the word "Yashoda" our beloved spiritual master HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj says, yasha means "fame" and da means "to give". So Yashoda means the glorious person. Yashoda is glorified everywhere because she glorifies Krishna.
It is said that face is index of the mind. So many times, simply by looking at someone we would be able to know whether a person is happy or sad or angry. While a smiling face is pleasing to look, angry face is terrifying and not welcome by others.
Material things are temporary and destructive: "The thing is with our mind, however hard we try, we cannot concentrate on anything in this world, what to talk of spiritual matters, which are not really visible to our skin eyes. These are called carma cakshu - eyes of the skin. As it is seen from Srimad Bhagavatam, all that we see with the skin eyes, has no endurance. It cannot continue.
In life we face both favourable and unfavourable circumstances. But however displeasing or undesirable the situation is, whatever we get or not get is very much what we deserve, for it is all sanctioned by the all powerful Supreme Lord, who never does any kind of injustice.
Also for Vedanta shruti, Maharaj said to note that it particularly refers to Bhagavad-Gita and Bhagavatam. Such shastras repeatedly reveals to us about our original position and the relationship with Supreme Lord, temporary nature of the material world, the beauty of Lord and His eternal abode.
This one principle if we remember from Srimad Bhagavatam, our intelligence is completely cleared. Material matters must not be impediments in devotional service but they definitely are, because of our differentiation attitude.
"Whole of lifetime goes in for trickle of happiness. And then again there are so many sickness we incur, so many ineberieties we incur. Just to give birth to child in material body, it is a death experience. It is not an easy joke.
"Once you mature in devotional service, automatically when you are advancing, these matters will be clear. Seemingly they appear like illicit connections because we are habituated to illicit connections. So we see everything as illicit.
"As we very well know, this material world is just a part of the whole thing. It is very tiny part. More than this is spiritual creation and everything is created by Him and even then, He is enjoying Himself in His own abode which is known as Goloka Vrindavan.
When you do a menial service to purify your heart, people may call you "show off"; Do it anyway. When we get some criticiscm for whatever seva we do, instead of becoming morose and stopping the service, we should honestly introspect our mood of service, pray to Guru and Krishna for help in purification and then continue with service.
Please, please -These are all temporary. However hard we try, we cannot cling onto our own body. What to talk of possessions? And we are in great illusion that, "This is mine, this is mine, this is mine..