Dear Prabhujis and Matajis,
Hare Krishna. Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev..
We will continue with our discussion on the topic, "Access In Need". Yesterday we saw the important quality of 'Traveling all over the earth (gām paryaṭan)'. We will continue to reflect further on this quality.
3. Art of forgetting the help we render:
c) Traveling all over the earth (gām paryaṭan): We saw how Srila Narada muni teaches us that always moving around from place to place will help us keep our devotional service fresh. One other Mahajana who exhibited the same quality was Srila Sukadev Goswami. He was completely absorbed in Bhagavatam and was detached from everything material. He moved about freely all over the world like an innocent child. While traveling around, by Krishna's arrangement he came to the spot where Parikshit Maharaj was fasting to death and spoke Srimad Bhagavatam in response to the King's inquiries. When he finished speaking, he did not expect or ask Parikshit Maharaj to gift him his kingdom, his treasury or other such material opulence. He simply got up and left to continue his journey. This is gām paryaṭan. No expectation of reward or recognition whatsoever. So we should learn from Sukadev Goswami that our time with any living entity ends the moment we give them Krishna. Then Krishna takes over. Any moment spent further waiting for reciprocation or reward will adversely affect us.
Actually when we expose ourselves to different experiences of this world by gām paryaṭan, we can be spiritually nourished by different forms of Krishna.. Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur has sung nicely, "keśava tuya jagad vicitra - Oh my Lord Keshava, Your creation is colorful and full of varieties." This is a beautiful realization and we can realize it all the more when we do gām paryaṭan with the various objects and the varieties of living entities of this world. One of the biggest advantages of moving on physically and mentally is that we get a chance to perceive Krishna everywhere in different forms and that is the greatest benefit of gām paryaṭan.
Sometimes one may wonder, "When I have so many responsibilities how can I keep moving around. I am not a sannyasi or an avadhuta. How can I do gām paryaṭan?" Actually, this gām paryaṭan need not be only physical movement. If we cannot move on physically, we should move on mentally from a certain living entity, by continuously giving the treasure of Krishna consciousness to new living entities. In the worst case, even if we can't change the living entities with whom we interact all our lives (like in the case of Mahatma Vidura who had to spend all his time with Dhrtarashtra), we can do gām paryaṭan by 'treating the living entities fresh and new' every time we meet, in other words, entering into a new and fresh world of relationship with those persons, forgetting the past uneasy interactions. Many times Dhrtarashtra would chastise Vidura and shunt him out of the palace. Then he will later regret it and send someone to call back Vidura. Without any trace of hurt in his heart, Vidura would return back to his brother and start his relationship fresh. This way we can do gām paryaṭan even when we cannot move away from the places or people.
We conclude our reflection on gām paryaṭan with a beautiful realization from our Guru Maharaj HH Mahavishnu Goswami on the verse BG 5.26:
kāma-krodha-vimuktānāṁ yatīnāṁ yata-cetasām
abhito brahma-nirvāṇaṁ vartate viditātmanām
Maharaj said, "yatī means saintly person.. But another word 'yāti' is there. yāti means 'to go'. yati should be always going. He should not stay in one place. That is yatīs qualification. If he stays in one place, maya will catch him. yatīnāṁ - Saintly person should always be on the move. Preaching or whatever. Yatī means always yāti. Always he is on the move. If he is that way, then yata cetasaam i.e., he will have full control of the mind. Always join this yati with yāti. That is the definition of the yati. If you want to be saintly person, you have to be on the move. The water if it moves continuous, it is pure. As soon as it is stagnant, it is dirty. Same thing happens with our condition. As soon as stagnancy is there, attachment develops. So yatīnāṁ yata-cetasām, these two words are very beautiful. The yatī, if they stop yāti, then yata-cetasām (control of the mind) is impossible."
Krishna willing we will continue to meditate on this topic in the subsequent offering.
Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev,
Kalacakra Krsna das.
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