Devotion in Separation - Part 2

Devotion in Separation - Part 2

Manohar Suvarna

Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
lease accept my humble obeisances! All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev! 

 This is in continuation of previous offering titled, "Devotion in Separation", wherein we saw how Pandavas felt the pain of separation as Lord Sri Krishna was leaving Hastinapur. Today, we will see the glorification of Lord Sri Krishna by ladies of Hastinapur at the time of departure of Lord to Dwaraka.

2. Purify Existence: When Lord Krishna was leaving Hastinapur, all types of drums were played to honour Him. Flowers were showered on Lord, out of love, by royal ladies who were gathered on the terrace. Absorbed in the thought of the transcendental qualities of the Lord, ladies on the roofs of all the houses began to talk about Sri Krishna. Amazingly, the ladies of the houses of Hastinapur speak like sages who have experienced Lord Krishna, and His glorious activities. Ladies said that Krishna is original Personality of Godhead who existed before the creation and living entities are His part and parcel. They say that the living entities were all created by His Supreme will and were put under the influence of the material nature. Ladies wonderfully glorify Lord Sri Krishna in Srimad Bhagavatam verse 1.10.23

sa vaa ayam yat padam atra surayo
jitendriyaa nirjita-maatarishvanah
pashyanti bhakty-utkalitaamalaatmanaa
nanv esha sattvam parimaarshtum arhati

"Here is the same Supreme Personality of Godhead whose transcendental form is experienced by the great devotees who are completely cleansed of material consciousness by dint of rigid devotional service and full control of life and the senses. And that is the only way to purify existence."

 Every moment, we are living with full of anxieties, fear and lamentation because of contaminated consciousness. Unless it is cleaned, we cannot experience Krishna. Ladies of Hastinapur say that Krishna can be realised only by rigid devotional service. The word 'rigid' indicates the determination and faith which are required in devotional service. However, this task is easier said than done because we are driven by our senses. Our senses instead of being under our control, gets dragged hither and thither. However, nothing is impossible when we attempt to do it remembering Krishna. Ladies say that is the only way to purify existence.

Srila Prabhupada in his purport to above verse says "Devotional service is not inaction. Anything done in the service of the Lord becomes at once purified of its material nature. The material conception is due to ignorance only.? There is nothing beyond Vasudeva. The Vasudeva conception gradually develops in the heart of the learned after a prolonged acceleration of the receptive organs. But the process ends in the knowledge of accepting Vasudeva as all in all. In the case of devotional service, this very same method is accepted from the very beginning, and by the grace of the Lord all factual knowledge becomes revealed in the heart of a devotee due to dictation by the Lord from within. Therefore controlling the senses by devotional service is the only and easiest means."

 Srila Prabhupada gives the example of how even yogic process followed by Vishvamitra also failed to help him keep his senses under control. Only by relishing the higher taste of bhakti, we will be able to get rid of lower tastes. Namacarya Srila Haridas Thakura, Ambarish Maharaj are examples of pure devotees of the Lord, who could keep their senses in control and this was possible only because of their rigid devotional service. Let us also engage our senses in service of the master of senses.

Krishna willing, we will learn more about what the ladies of Hastinapur  say about Lord Sri Krishna in the next offering.

Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Manohar Suvarna
Abu Dhabi