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 describe 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. So far we saw 3 points. Now let us see further.
4. No distraction or deviation from devotional service: In Srimad Bhagavatam verse 3.15.20, while describing the glories of Vaikuntha dham to the demigods, Lord Brahma further says
yat sankulam hari-padaanati-maatra-drshtair
yeshaam brhat-kathi-tathaah smita-shobhi-mukhyah
krsnaatmanaam na raja aadadhur utsmayaadyaih
"The inhabitants of Vaikuntha travel in their airplanes made of lapis lazuli, emerald and gold. Although crowded by their consorts, who have large hips and beautiful smiling faces, they cannot be stimulated to passion by their mirth and beautiful charms."
In the previous offerings we learnt how the residents of Vaikuntha always give first preference to devotional service and eagerly hear and chant the glories of the Lord. Since they don't have tinge of envy and appreciate each others' service, there is no interruption in their service to the Lord. So whatever opulence that are present around them, whether it is is fragrant flowers, dazzling jewellery or beautiful women, nothing can distract their service attitude. Srila Prabhupada mentions nicely in the purport that, "The residents of Vaikuntha have a better standard of pleasure, so there is no need of sex pleasure."
Even in case of Namacarya Srila Haridas Thakur's life we see how although prostitute tried her best to distract him, he did not give up his service of chanting his stipulated rounds for the day. And he somehow tricked her to daily wait and hear the Holy names. If Haridas Thakur wished he could have left the place, gone to some other quite place and chanted peacefully. But instead he took the risk of staying back and by his purity, he could bring a change in her heart. In the end she gave up her illicit ideas and accepted him as his guru and started chanting the Holy Names. Such is the power of pure devotees of the Lord, who are always engaged in serving Him. They don't worry about their personal inconveniences, but they purify the sinful souls just by their presence and create Vaikuntha atmosphere wherever they reside.
His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada also could have spent his old-age peacefully and blissfully in Vrindavan or Nawadwip in India. But at the age of 70, he took the risk of travelling to the West, not caring for his own personal comforts, just to help suffering souls come back to lotus feet of Krishna. Today on this auspicious occasion of Gaura Purnima, it is good to recollect what His Divine Grace had written in his diary on March 6 1966, when he was staying alone in US. "According to Mayapur Panjika, today is Adhivas day of Gour Purnima. Devotees at Vrindaban and Nabadwipa are enjoying the celebration. I am here alone without any devotee companion. But I have come here to serve the Lord and not for personal happiness. I am prepared to live in hell even if I am able to serve the Lord. Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu wanted that His mission should be propagated all over the world and that is my objective. I do not mind the inconvenience personally felt."
Indeed because of the sacrifice of that great mahatma, now millions of people in every nook and corner of the world are able to celebrate Gaura Purnima, chant the holy names of Lord and taste the nectar of bhakti. Jagat Guru Srila Prabhupada ki Jai ! Patitapavan Gauranga Mahaprabhu ki Jai !
Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Sudarshana devi dasi.
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