Nondeceptive Penance - Part 6

Nondeceptive Penance - Part 6

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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! 

This is in continuation of the previous offerings transcribing the class by our beloved God brother HG Devakinandan prabhuji on Srimad Bhgavatam verse 2.9.4.

13. Turn towards the Lord to be peaceful: Srila Prabhupada writes in his purport to Bhagavad Gita 2.22, "The Vedas, like the Mundaka Upanishad, as well as theSvetaasvatara Upanishad, compare the soul and the Supersoul to two friendly birds sitting on the same tree. One of the birds (the individual atomic soul) is eating the fruit of the tree,and the other bird (Krishna) is simply watching His friend. Of these two birds—although they are the same in quality—one is captivated by the fruits of the material tree, while the other issimply witnessing the activities of His friend. Krishna is the witnessing bird, and Arjuna is the eating bird. Although they are friends, one is still the master and the other is the servant.Forgetfulness of this relationship by the atomic soul is the cause of one's changing his position from one tree to another, or from one body to another. Both the Mundaka Upanishad (3.1.2) and Shvetaasvatara Upanishad (4.7) confirm this:

samaane vrkshe purusho nimagno
'nishayaa shocati muhyamaaah 
jushtam yadaa pashyaty anyam isham
asya mahimaanam iti veeta-shokah

"Although the two birds are in the same tree, the eating bird is fully engrossed with anxiety and moroseness as the enjoyer of the fruits of the tree. But if in some way or other heturns his face to his friend who is the Lord and knows His glories—at once the suffering bird becomes free from all anxieties."

As long as the bird is engaged in eating the fruits, the bird is sometimes happy and sometimes sad. This is causing dusthita mati-oscillation and nobody likes a situation where there is always ups and downs. This is because of absorption in eating the fruits. How many times Maharaj told us, "When you are sick, do not take prasdam. Just fast and you will become peaceful." But we hear the mind and suffer and then regret. As a well-wisher, the Lord does not abandon us but is waiting very patiently for us to turn our face towards Him. He does not scold us either because we are already suffering. The day we turn our face to the eternal transcendental form of Krishna, which comes from the austerity of not attaching ourselves to the fruits of this material world, that day, without deception we become peaceful. This is the science of atma tattva. We can only become peaceful if we do not ask the husband in the story mentioned earlier, the silly question, "Will you save me or your mother?" You will actually become peaceful when you prepare how to swim so that you do not wait for your husband or anyone else to save you. You learn to swim on the platform of devotional service. Then that devotional service becomes the boat in this material world and the material world itself becomes like water in the hoof print of a calf. Srimad Bhagavatam very beautifully describes in 10.14.58, how Brahmaji approaches and takes shelter ofKrishna

samaashritaa ye pada-pallava-plavam 
mahat-padam punya-yasho muraareh 
bhavaambudhir vatsa-padam param padam 
padam padam yad vipadaam na teshaam

"For one who has accepted the boat of the lotus feet of the Lord, who is the shelter of the cosmic manifestation and is famous as Mukunda, or the giver of mukti, the ocean of thematerial world is like the water contained in a calf's footprint. param padam, or the place where there are no material miseries, or Vaikuntha, is his goal, not the place where there isdanger in every step of life." 

Here Brahmaji accepts devotional service to Krishna as the only shelter without deception. Devotional service is non-different from Krishna. Devotional service is the be all and end all of our existence. Everything else that comes out of devotional service is a byproduct. 

14. Avoid Attachment, Aversion and Deception: Maharaj said, "Whenever we are attached to something, we should ask ourselves whether we are attached to it because of our liking or because it pleases spiritual master and Krishna. If it pleases spiritual master and Krishna, please be attached to it. At the same time, do not be averse to anything." Maharaj very famously said, "We do not hate anyone. We do not love anyone. We are happy with everyone on the strength of serving them for the pleasure of Krishna. That is our transaction in the material world. Anything other than this creates disturbance." When there is aversion and deception, how can there be attraction for Krishna? Then instead of becoming daasaanudas, we become servant of our senses. The greatness of the acharya Srila Madhavendra puri that attracted Krishna's mercy was that he was neither attached nor averse. Madhavendra puri's non deceptive nature made Gopinathji steal sweet rice for him. He ran away from name, fame and popularity, but Madhavendra puri's name and fame went before him and this is Krishna's glorification of His devotee. Maharaj said that we do not have to run after name and fame and they automatically run after a devotee, because a devotee does not want them. If a devotee wants name and fame, he drags name and fame with him and because of that he loses bhakti. 

Prabhuji went on to explain how bhakti makes everything easy and the same shall be transcribed and offered in the ensuing mail, Krishna willing.

Thank you very much
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev
Vaijayanti mala devi dasi
Chennai.