Three Most Important Questions - Part 1

Three Most Important Questions - Part 1

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Vaijayanti mala devi dasi

Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,

Please accept my humble obeisances! All Glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev !

We are all aspiring to be surrendered devotees at the lotus feet of the Lord. But many times we are unable to practically understand what it means to be a surrendered devotee. The following is a letter written by Srila Prabhupada in which he very wonderfully mentions the secret of surrender to Lord Krishna.

"They do not know the secret of surrendering to Krishna. Such surrendered devotee sees thateverything is part of Krishna's plan, that whatever is meant to be, I am doing that, so let me do it with my full attention to every detail, let me become absorbed in such service, never mind what it is, but let all other considerations be forgotten and only my desire to do the thing best for Krishna's alone pleasure be my motive." [Letter to HH Jayapataka Maharaj, December 1972]

This is such a wonderful piece of instruction and every word is worth meditating and contemplating. One very striking point is that 'everything is part of Krishna's plan, that whatever is meant to be, I am doing that, so let me do it with my full attention to every detail, let me become absorbed in such service." One of the meaning is that we should be in the "present" or "Now" on whatever service we have been allotted by the Lord.  In that service we must be focussed, attentive, mindful and thus invest our consciousness instead of being restless, discontented, vacillating, inattentive and confused.  Whatever service we are doing, is what we are meant to be doing. Whatever person with whom we are, we are meant to be with them. Whatever position or family or situation or circumstance we are in, are all meant for us, arranged by the Lord for the moment. If we can accept all these as part of Krishna's plan and take this one instruction to our heart, our lives will be completely transformed. In this regard I came across a nice story I share here:

Once upon a time, a King got up in the morning with the following three questions on his mind.

What is the most important person?
What is the most important time?

What is the most important karma?

In the royal court, he asked his ministers and other courtiers. Some said the king was the most important person, the time of one’s death was the most important time, and serving one’s religion was the most worthwhile karma. Many others had different answers but the King was not satisfied with the responses. 

Finally, his chief minister suggested that the King should visit a sage who lived in the top of a certain mountain. Promptly, arrangements were made and the king was on his way with his entourage. It was a steep climb and a few hours later he found himself outside the cave of the yogi. As was the custom, he left his sword outside the door, prostrated before the sage and posed his questions. In response, the sage took him to the edge of a cliff, a nearby high point overlooking the entire kingdom. The king was looking at his vast dominion and feeling good about his life thus far, when he was interrupted by a voice behind him. "Turn around" it said. The king turned back and saw the sage pointing the sword at King’s heart, just a few millimetres away. “O King!” the sage continued “Do you know now, who is the most important person, what is the most important time, and what is the most important karma? “

The king was startled. After his heart skipped a beat, a calm feeling swept over his entire being and his eyes twinkled. He bowed as much in reverence as affirmation. The sage handed back the sword. The king expressed his gratitude and went back to his palace. The courtiers asked him the next day if he got a satisfactory answer and if so they were quite eager to know as well, they said.

Krishna willing we shall see the answers to the three questions in the ensuing offering.

Thank you very much,
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev,

Vaijayanti mala devi dasi,

Abu dhabi.