Nondeceptive Penance - Part 7

Nondeceptive Penance - Part 7

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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 conclusion of the previous offerings transcribing the class by our beloved God brother HG Devakinandan prabhuji on Srimad Bhagavatam verse 2.9.4

15. Bhakti makes things easy: In Dwaraka many people were lining up to see Krishna. Krishna was giving charity in such a way that He was not even waiting to take the items in the right hand. He gave with His left hand also. Narada muni on seeing this asked the Lord, "Why You are giving with left hand? It is not auspicious." Krishna said, "the mind is so rascal that before I change my mind, it is better to give away in charity". Deception means we pause, "Should I give?" Hesitation means deception. We must adjust ourselves in the material world in such a way that we do not even think twice before performing service. Take up the service first and worry later on how to perform it. Srila Madhavendra Puri did that and everything followed. Krishna asked some people to wait in the waiting room. Narada muni asked Krishna why He was asking some people to wait? Krishna said, "These people are asking me for bhakti. So those who are asking for bhakti, they have to go to the waiting room. Everything else I am ready to give them. But when I give them bhakti, I have to give Myself to them. So I have to full heartedly surrender to that devotee." That is why when bhakti is taken up, everything is easy. When bhakti is not taken up, everything is difficult. In Adi lila 14.1:

kathancana smrte yasmin / dushkaram sukaram bhavet 
vismrte viparitam syaat / shri-caitanyam namaami tam

"Things that are very difficult to do become easy to execute if one somehow or other simply remembers Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu. But if one does not remember Him, even easy things become very difficult. To this Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu I offer my respectful obeisances. "

16. Devotional service is to be performed with full honesty: We should not have deception in the heart. Then with full honesty, we will perform devotional service. Brahmaji prays in SB 10.14.3

jnaane prayaasam udapaasya namanta eva 
jivanti san-mukharitaam bhavadiya-vaartaam 
sthaane sthitaah shruti-gataam tanu-vaan-manobhir 
ye praayasho 'jita jito 'py asi tais tri-lokyaam

Lord Brahma said, "O my Lord Krishna, a devotee who abandons the path of empiric philosophical speculation aimed at merging in the existence of the Supreme and engages himself in hearing Your glories and activities from a bona fide sadhu, or saint, and who lives an honest life in the occupational engagement of his social life, can conquer Your sympathy and mercy even though You are ajita, or unconquerable." 

a) We must abandon speculation: When there is a problem in the world, see and accept the hand of Krishna, instead of speculating. When we accept Krishna, we accept who Krishna is and that is atma tattva. We know that Krishna is sat cit anand. Krishna knows better than I know. So He knows exactly what is to be given to me at what time. Till then why should I worry? Brahmaji was therefore peacefully performing tapasya for 1000 devata years which pleased Krishna and He revealed His eternal transcendental form. So when one comes to the pages of Srimad Bhagavatam, we have to reject motives other than to glorify the Lord. Then without delay, the reality which is Srimad Bhagavatam will be revealed to us. 

b) The way to see Krishna's form is to hear about Him from a bonafide devotee. In Srimad Bhagavatam 3.9.11 this is confirmed by Brahmaji. 
 

tvam bhakti-yoga-paribhaavita-hrt-saroja 
aasse srutekshita-patho nanu naatha pumsaam 
yad-yad-dhiyaa ta urugaaaya vibhaavayanti 
tat-tad-vapuh pranayase sad-anugrahaaya

"O my Lord, Your devotees can see You through the ears by the process of bona fide hearing, and thus their hearts become cleansed, and You take Your seat there. You are so merciful to Your devotees that You manifest Yourself in the particular eternal form of transcendence in which they always think of You."

c) We have to engage ourselves which as Maharaj says is having Srimad Bhagavatam in one hand and broom in the other hand. The broom helps us to clean and also to beat our mind for its unwanted tendencies. So service is very important. But that service is to be performed in the mode of detachment. The way to come out of our misidentification is very wonderfully described in Srimad Bhagavatam verse 3.7.12 

sa vai nivrtti-dharmena / vaasudevaanukampayaa 
bhagavad-bhakti-yogena / tirodhatte shanair iha

"But that misconception of self-identity can be diminished gradually by the mercy of the Personality of Godhead, Vasudeva, through the process of devotional service to the Lord in the mode of detachment.

For one who is detached, there is neither attachment nor aversion. This leads to control of senses and control of senses means prasadam adhigaccati - attracting the mercy of the Lord. Krishna becomes sold out by devotional service. Krishna who declares Himself svarat- supremely independent in the start of Bhagavatam, towards the end declares that, "I have no independence" - aham bhakta paradheenah

d) The concluding point is that we must lead an honest life in the occupational engagement of social life. Maharaj says that Krishna becomes conquered by how honest you are with Him and with your life. Those who fail in this world, because they are honest, they are victorious. Those who win in this world, because they deceive, they are losers. We are in all ways losers in the material world because death puts an end to everything. But do not become a failure in devotional service.

Our heartfelt thanks to HG Devakinandan prabhuji for these valuable points we should try to imbibe in our lives.

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