Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev.
While studying the first canto, I came across this simply wonderful verse always worth remembering (SB 1.2.6)
sa vai pumsaam paro dharmo / yato bhaktir adhokshaje
ahaituky apratihataa, yayaatmaa supraseedati
"The supreme occupation [dharma] for all humanity is that by which men can attain to loving devotional service unto the transcendent Lord. Such devotional service must be unmotivated and uninterrupted to completely satisfy the self."
Best practical living example of the above verse which we experience daily are parents. Parents care for the children is
1. Unmotivated - ahaituki: No expectations from the child especially in the younger age.
2. Uninterrupted - apratihataa: The love and service parents provide for the children are never interrupted.
If there is some interruption or motive then there will be havoc/disaster in the family and it will have a very negative effect on the child's future. Many years back when I was a brahmacari, an elderly grhastha devotee told me something I could not understand at that time. He said that only when you become a parent, you will be able to understand to some extend how much Lord loves us as His eternal children. In this regard I came across the following short story.
A little boy came up to his mother in the kitchen one evening while she was fixing supper, and handed her a piece of paper that he had been writing on. After his Mom dried her hands on an apron, she read it, and this is what it said:
For cutting the grass: $5.00
For cleaning up my room this week: $1.00
For going to the store for you: $.50
Baby-sitting my kid brother while you went shopping: $.25
Taking out the garbage: $1.00
For getting a good report card: $5.00
For cleaning up and raking the yard: $2.00
Total owed: $14.75
Well, his mother looked at him standing there, and the boy could see the memories flashing through her mind. She picked up the pen, turned over the paper he'd written on, and this is what she wrote:
For the nine months I carried you while you were growing inside me: No Charge
For all the nights that I've sat up with you, doctored and prayed for you: No Charge
For all the trying times, and all the tears that you've caused through the years: No Charge
For all the nights that were filled with dread, and for the worries I knew were ahead: No Charge
For the toys, food, clothes, and even wiping your nose: No Charge
Son, when you add it up, the cost of my love is: No Charge.
When the boy finished reading what his mother had written, there were big tears in his eyes, and he looked straight at his mother and said, "Mom, I sure do love you." And then he took the pen and in great big letters he wrote: "PAID IN FULL".
We will never know how much our parents worth till we become a parent. Lets be a giver not an asker, especially with our parents. there is a lot to give, besides money. Just like how parents love is unmotivated and uninterrupted, similar manner Guru and Krishna shower their causeless mercy upon us, in our journey back home. So as good disciple and children, it is our duty not to be callous or neglectful of the same. We must never forget the pure love (unmotivated and un-interrupted love) of our spiritual master which he showers on each one of us eternally. Let us also try to behave the same way with every living entity we come across and indeed this would please Gurudev the most, more so then dry mental reading of Srimad Bhagavatam and other scriptures.
Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Murlidhara Krsna das,
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