Lessons from Mother Yashoda - Part 1

Lessons from Mother Yashoda - Part 1

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Sajjanapriya Krishna das

Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva. 

Few days ago the festival of Deepavali was celebrated. It is the day wherein Lord Sri Krishna was tied in the wooden mortar by Yashoda mata. Also this is the day of victorious entry of Lord Rama into Ayodhya after the war with Ravana. Also this month is called 'Damodar'. Damo means rope and udara means stomach. One who is tied around the stomach is called Lord Damodara. This month is like season offer Krishna has given as He knows the mentality of people in Kaliyuga. With all these concessions, we are not taking up to lovingly chant His Names and therefore He has to give lot of discount sales on devotional service and take away the sins of performers. This pastime of the Lord being tied to a mortar by His mother is a very fascinating pastime and year after year we hear the same pastime but it is always fresh and enlivening. Yashoda mata particularly teaches us how to attract the mercy of Krishna quickly by unflinching devotional service. There are specifically 3 verses which gives the very easy way to attract the mercy of the Lord. Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 10, Chapter 9 describes this pastime very wonderfully and Srila Prabhupada summarises this chapter as follows. 

"While mother Yashoda was allowing Krishna to drink her breast milk, she was forced to stop because she saw the milk pan boiling over on the oven. The maidservants being engaged in other business, she stopped allowing Krishna to drink from her breast and immediately attended to the overflowing milk pan. Krishna became very angry because of His mother's behavior and devised a means of breaking the pots of yogurt. Because He created this disturbance, mother Yashoda decided to bind Him." 

shri suka uvaaca 
ekadaa grha daasishu / yashodaa nanda gehini 
karmaantara niyuktaasu / nirmamantha svayam dadhi 
yaani yaaniha geetaani / tad baala caritaani ca 
dadhi nirmanthane kaale / smaranti taany agaayata

Sri Sukadeva Goswami continued: "One day when mother Yashoda saw that all the maidservants were engaged in other household affairs, she personally began to churn the yogurt. While churning, she remembered the childish activities of Krishna, and in her own way she composed songs and enjoyed singing to herself about all those activities." 

1. Personal endeavour in the devotional service: Mother Yashoda wanted to collect the milk from the cows, make it into yogurt and churn it into butter personally, since she thought that her child Krishna was going to the houses of neighbourhood gopas and gopis to steal butter because He did not like the milk and yogurt ordinarily prepared. She did not delegate the service, but personally endeavored for the same. Our tendency is to delegate and be lazy. Krishna is free but not cheap. Our endeavour is important. Soul inside our body has to endeavour alone in devotional service and not that somebody's devotional service will give benefit to us. We should not delegate chanting also to our wife and think that we are in devotional service. Laziness is inherent in us and this has got to be rooted out very seriously. 'sva-ceshtitam', serious personal endeavour is very important. We have to study and preach and not delegate preaching also and if we do it, how can we have the mercy of the Lord. We may hear for so many years but unless we preach we cannot solidify our knowledge. Maharaj says those who read they don't understand and those who preach they understand. Preaching is the best service to the Lord. 

Krishna willing we shall learn some more lessons in the subsequent offering. 

Thank you very much. 
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Sajjanapriya Krishna das, 
Abu Dhabi.