Let Us SHINE in Bhakti - Part 2

Let Us SHINE in Bhakti - Part 2

Sajjanapriya Krishna das

Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,

Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev.

We are continuing on the topic of "Let us SHINE in Bhakti" wherein we were meditating one some of the divine qualities mentioned in verse 1.6.26 of Srimad Bhagavatam and were remniscing how our beloved spiritual master H H Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj showed us these qualities in practice. 

namaany anantasya hata-trapah patan 
guhyaani bhadraani krtaani ca smaran 
gaam paryatams tushta manaa gata sprhah 
kaalam prateekshan vimado vimatsarah

"Thus I began chanting the holy name and fame of the Lord by repeated recitation, ignoring all the formalities of the material world. Such chanting and remembering of the transcendental pastimes of the Lord are benedictory. So doing, I traveled all over the earth, fully satisfied, humble and unenvious."

By Maharaj's grace we found a nice acronym (SHINE) to remember these 5 divine qualities -

S - Satisfied fully in any condition of life - tushta manah 
H - Humble - vimadah 
I - Indifferent to material formalities - hata trapah 
N - No tinge of material desires - gata sprhah 
Enviouness does not exist at all - vimatsarah 

We have discussed the first three qualities in previous offering and by Gurudev's mercy we will discuss the remaining two qualities in this offering.

N-No tinge of material desire - gatah sprhah: When we are completely satisfied, humble and indifferent to material formalities, then no material desires will crop in our heart. Material desires make us bankrupt and so we are not shining and cheerful. We make one devotee chant 16 rounds and claim that we are the greatest preachers of the world and think that without us no programs can run smoothly. Our preaching also has motivated desire that everyone should fall at our feet and appreciate us for taking a nice class. Our only desire is to earn name and fame. Srimad Bhagvatam warns us that we are not coming here for name, fame or other glorification. We come here to glorify the Lord and His pure devotees. Maharaj does not have any tinge of desire. Maharaj says that we have to pray to Krishna constantly to apply Srimad Bhagavatam in our lives or otherwise study of Srimad Bhagavatam will be for name and fame and nothing else

Even after building the wonderful temples in Dwarka and Rajkot, his bhajan kutir is just one room less than 7ft X 10 ft. Maharaj was emphasizing the point that in our devotion to the Lord we have our own motives and therefore our motive remains polluted and there is no increase of love for Krishna at all. Our desires need to be stopped and our only desire is to ask for service to His lotus feet only and not even liberation from this material world. If we have our own desire, Lord is very merciful to satisfy our material desires which are unlimited, but however He will not allow us to reach His lotus feet at all. Unless our devotional service is unmotivated, purity of mind will not be achieved and thereby potency will not manifest in our devotional service. The so called material potency exhibited by us is also because of mercy of Lord Sri Krishna. But however with our tiny mundane potency we want to take the credit ourselves and not to give credit to the the Lord at all. Maharaj was refering the purport to Srimad Bhagavatam verse 1.5.12, wherein Srila Prabhupada says - "The bona fide enjoyer of the fruitive work is the Personality of Godhead, and thus when it is engaged for the sense gratification of the living beings, it becomes an acute source of trouble."

H G Devakinandan prabhuji glorifying the unmotivated devotional mood of Maharaj recollected how in Dwaraka, Maharaj and two other disciples (including HG Devakinandan prabhuji) were sitting in the vacant land without any roof. Prasadam was cooked in open. Maharaj sat along with the devotees and started reading Srimad Bhagavatam in open land for 3 weeks. Devaki prabhuji asked that whether we can move to a hotel or some shelter so that it will be convenient for Maharaj. Maharaj said,"If you want convenience, you can go to room, but I am here in Dwaraka to glorify Dwarakadish through the pages of Srimad Bhagavatam and if He is pleased, He may give us shelter but I will continue to glorify Him through the pages of Srimad Bhagavatam". After 3 weeks, one man came to Maharaj and told that his mother has left a land and building with 8 guest rooms to be given to a pure devotee of Krishna who does not hanker for Lakshmi. He felt Maharaj is the right person to take this place as he heard from different sources in Dwaraka that here is a vaishnava who is simply attached to serving and glorifying the Supreme Lord Krishna and nothing else. Maharaj then looked at his disciples and told the potency of Srimad Bhagavatam and how by studying it without any motive or desire, the Lord reciprocates beyond our imagination. 

There is also a wonderful letter written by Srila Prabhupada to one of his disciples on simple devotional service. 

New York
My dear Sudama,
Please accept my blessings. I beg to acknowledge receipt of your letter dated November 14, 1972, and I have noted the contents with care. Yes, we shall base our preaching work on Lord Caitanya's formula: Sankirtana. After all, He is God, and if He recommends, what is the question of failure? That is not possible. If we simply stick to this programme as I have done it since the beginning, namely, kirtana, preaching, kirtana, distribution of prasadam--if you do like this only, that will be sufficient. Of course, you may make the kirtana as nice as possible, with dancing, many kholes, karatalas, conches, and if you preach sincerely, anyone will listen and become convinced. The potency of Krishna Consciousness movement does not come from some outward showing, no, it is the transcendental sound vibration of Hare Krishna Mantra and the words of Bhagavad-Gita, Srimad-Bhagavatam, like that. So now go on and develop the things in this spirit, that will be nice. We are not interested to attract millions of men to see some show. Better we attract one sincere soul to join us in ecstatic chanting and hearing, that will be of real value. And distribute books, as many as possible. If anyone hears something philosophy from us, that will help him. But if he purchases one book that may turn his life. So selling books is the best preaching activity. Sell books, hold the kirtana in public places like schools and colleges, preach--if you practice these things, and try to improve them more and more simply by your practicing sincerely, that simple programme will please Krishna the most and you will see that very soon.

Hoping this will meet you in good health.
Your ever well-wisher,
A.C. Bhakti Vedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada

EEnviousness does not exist at all - vimatasarah: Srimad Bhagavatam says that if we want Krishna to occupy our heart very soon, it is quite clear that two things are required "nirmatsara" and "dharmah projitah kaitava atra paramo" - 100% pure in heart. 

Maharaj is completely pure in Krishna consciousness, that's why everytime he sings jaya radha madhava it is so much full of bhaava. Unless one has completely got rid of enviousness, real love for Krishna does not manifest. Envy is one quality with which we cannot enter Vaikunta. To remove envy, Maharaj gives a wonderful example of "waiting room consciousness". Maharaj says, " When we are in a railway station waiting to go Punjab by Punjab mail, we don't bother about people going to Rajkot, Chennai, or Bangalore. We look for our train and board it. Therefore we should have the conception, that we are in a railway waiting room and as soon as the train comes, we are off never to meet again. Somebody in the waiting room may have nice bedding, nice ornaments and nice suitcases etc. We may be sitting on a bench and don't have much things. But still we do not envy them because we know that we are only waiting for the train and as soon as the train comes, we are going to leave. It is difficult for a man with lot of paraphernalia to get into the train whereas if we do not have anything, it becomes easy for us. We may be waiting for 2 hours or it may be for 17 years. But time element has no value at all. It is all the same. The actual point is that, we have to leave the place. No body can stick to this body and it has to be forsaken at the end. We have to develop the waiting room consciousness before we develop Krishna consciousness. If this consciousness is developed, then we will not discriminate, or be mean minded and envious of others prosperity. This idea has to be digested and has to sink into us or otherwise we cannot progress an inch in devotional service." 

I therefore pray to the dust of the lotus feet of our most munificent personalities Srila Gurudev and Srila Prabhupada so that I should try to apply these qualities in my day to day life and purify my whole existence. 

H H Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj ki jai ! HDG Srila Prabhupada ki jai ! 

Thank you very much.
Yours in the service of Srila Prabhupada and Gurudev,
Sajjanapriya Krishna das,
Abu dhabi.