Lessons from Mother Yashoda - Part 2

Lessons from Mother Yashoda - Part 2

Sajjanapriya Krishna das

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

This is in continuation of the previous topic, "Lessons from Mother Yashoda" wherein we were meditating some of the lessons we could learn from Srimad Bhagavatam verses 10.9.1 and 2.In the previous offering we saw the importance of personal endeavour in devotional service. Now let us continue to learn other lessons.

2. Never forget Krishna: Srimad Bhagavatam 10.9.2 describes, "While churning, she remembered the childish activities of Krishna, and in her own way she composedsongs and enjoyed singing to herself about all those activities." Srila Prabhupada writes in the purport: "While churning the butter, mother Yashoda was singing about the childhoodactivities of Krishna. It was formerly a custom that if one wanted to remember something constantly, he would transform it into poetry or have this done by a professional poet. Itappears that mother Yashoda did not want to forget Krishna's activities at any time. Therefore she poeticized all of Krishna's childhood activities, such as the killing of Putana, Aghasura,Sakatasura and Trnavarta, and while churning the butter, she sang about these activities in poetical form. This should be the practice of persons eager to remain Krishna conscioustwenty-four hours a day. This incident shows how Krishna conscious mother Yashoda was. To stay in Krishna consciousness, we should follow such persons." 

The scriptures like Vishnu purana insist that 

sa haanis tan mahac chidram / sa mohah sa ca vibhramah 
yan-muhurtam kshanam vaapi / vaasudevam na cintayet

"If even for a moment remembrance of Vaasudeva, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, is missed, that is the greatest loss, that is the greatest illusion, and that is the greatest anomaly." 

Haani means failure. Failure is because of three adjectives - maha chidram greatest loss, maha moha greatest illusion , maha vibrahmah greatest anomaly. If we forget Krishna in our lives, then it is natural we are in illusion and illusion means we commit mistakes, imperfect senses and cheating propensity. Therefore any activity we do is defective and therefore it isgreat anamoly. The greatest danger of human life is forgetfulness of Krishna. How to remove the forgetfulness? Krishna gives the way in Bhagavad gita 18.57, "In all activities just depend upon Me and work always under My protection. In such devotional service be fully conscious of Me." But unfortunately we depend on our mind, intelligence and ego in executing our office work or devotional service and always makes blunders and regret later that why we are not dependent on Krishna. Here Mother Yashoda teaches us the way to remember the Lord byalways glorifying the Lord's activities. While doing our other activities, we can remember the verses, sing kirtanas and meditate on the instructions of the scriptures, converse to each other about the Lord and that is the way we always remember the Lord. Our beloved spiritual master H H Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj has taught us how the the slokas should be sung lovingly in various meters. The transcendental sound has got hypnotic effect in our lives. By reciting, the texture of our skin improves. Maharaj's face never shrunk even at 90, it was always chubby and blooming. This is the secret. So many things happen by singing the verses to the Lord. Learning the verse by heart becomes easy by geya, our bhaava is improved and pronounciation becomes perfect and easy and it is captivating the heart. The transcendental sound is powerful and Krishna Himself is wandering in these verses (adrshta rupa vicarsiuru svanah - 5.18.26) and is captivating the heart. Last but not the least, Krishna enjoys the verses sung in proper lyric as we see from Srimad Bhagavatam verse 3.8.6 

muhur grnanto vacasaanuraaga- / skhalat-padenaasya krtaani taj-jnaah 
kireeta-saahasra-mani-praveka- / pradyotitoddaama-phanaa-sahasram

"The four Kumaaras, headed by Sanat-kumara, who all knew the transcendental pastimes of the Lord, glorified the Lord in rhythmic accents with selected words full of affection andlove. At that time Lord Sankarshana, with His thousands of raised hoods, began to radiate an effulgence from the glowing stones on His head." 

Here the words 'anuraaga' meaning 'with great affection' and 'skhalat padena' meaning 'in symmetrical rhythm' are very important. When the verses are sung with greataffection and in symmetrical rhythm we see that Lord Sankarshana becomes extremely pleased and He radiates effulgence. This is the perfect way to please the Lord that our Guru Maharaj hastaught us. If the Lord can be pleased simply by our singing of the verses in the proper lyric, which our beloved Maharaj has taught us with care and love, why do we not try this? Let uscarry on the legend of learning the lyrics handed over to us by acaryas like the Shad Goswamis, Srila Prabhupada and our beloved Guru Maharaj for the pleasure of the Supreme Lord. Mother Yashoda was singing to herself. No audience was required and she did not even know that her son is Supreme Personality of Godhead. No glamour for Yasoda mata since no maid servant is there to appreciate her singing because she is singing for the pleasure of the Lord and remembering her son's glories. We should be ready to preach alone and to ourselves. We have to relish ourselves and then only we can give it to others. Brahma did the penance without any sanga for 1000 celestial years except the waves and wind. He did it for the glorification of the Lord and the Lord came. Since it was for glorification of the Lord it has got tremendous effect and when Krishna is pleased naturally we will also become pleased. 

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.