High-Kuntha to Vaikuntha - Part 3

High-Kuntha to Vaikuntha - Part 3

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Sudarshana devi dasi

Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva.

This is in continuation of the previous offering titled, "High-kuntha to Vaikuntha" wherein we were meditating on verses 3.15.17 through 21 of Srimad Bhagavatam which very nicely describes the nature of residents of Vaikuntha dham. In order to experience Vaikuntha atmosphere even in this material-world (high-kuntha) we have to imbibe the following qualities from residents of Vaikuntha. In the previous offering we saw the below point.

1. Give first preference to devotional service.
2. Always eagerly and submissively hear Krishna katha.

3. Say no to envy: In Srimad Bhagavatam verse 3.15.19, while describing the glories of Vaikuntha dham to the demigods, Lord Brahma further says in verse 3.15.19

mandaara-kunda-kurabotpala-campakaarna-
punnaaga-naaga-bakulaambuja-paarijaataah
gandhe 'rcite tulasikaabharanena tasyaa
yasmins tapah sumanaso bahu maanayanti

"Although flowering plants like the mandaara, kunda, kurabaka, utpala, campaka, arna, punnaaga, naagakeshara, bakula, lily and paarijaata are full of transcendental fragrance, they are still conscious of the austerities performed by tulasi, for tulasi is given special preference by the Lord, who garlands Himself with tulasi leaves."

Srila Prabhupada very nicely mentions in the purport to the above verse, "The most important thing about the spiritual world is that there is no envy among the devotees there. This is true even among the flowers, which are all conscious of the greatness of tulasi. In the Vaikuntha world entered by the four Kumaras, even the birds and flowers are conscious of service to the Lord."

The residents of Vaikuntha, be it flowers or birds or insects, they appreciate and respect each others' service. If some one is doing nice service to Krishna, they feel happy, because their goal is also to please Krishna. They don't have any self-centered motives to gain personal name or fame. And so they don't envy others. Those who are envious don't have entry into Vaikuntha. So how to be non-envious? Srila Prabhupada mentions in the purport to above verse that the residents were conscious of service to the Lord. When we start concentrating and giving importance to service to the Lord, instead of our ownselves, then we will be able to get rid off envy. But when we are envious of others, we feel agitated and we start thinking ill of others and plan to harm them. Engaged in all these useless plans, we tend to forget our real goal of life and stop whatever small service we were doing and spoil our lives as well.

That is why Prahlad Maharaj offers this wonderful prayer in Srimad Bhagavatam verse 5.18.9, "May there be good fortune throughout the universe, and may all envious persons be pacified. May all living entities become calm by practicing bhakti-yoga, for by accepting devotional service they will think of each other's welfare. Therefore let us all engage in the service of the supreme transcendence, Lord Sri Krishna, and always remain absorbed in thought of Him."

In his wonderful purport to verse 5.18.9 of Srimad Bhagavatam Srila Prabhupada very nicely mentions how khala or envy is worse than poisonous snake. He says, "One kind of khala, the snake, can be pacified simply by mantras or by the action of a particular herb (mantraushadhi-vashah sarpah khalakena nivaaryate). An envious person, however, cannot be pacified by any means. Therefore Prahlada Maharaja prays that all envious persons may undergo a change of heart and think of the welfare of others." 

So may we engage our body, mind and soul in service of Supreme Lord and by so doing, let us give up all envy, respect and appreciate each others' service and and start thinking of each others' welfare.

Hare Krishna
Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Sudarshana devi dasi.