Bhagavata Dharma - Part 24

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

This is in continuation of the series, "Bhagavata Dharma" wherein we are learning few lessons from the conversation between Maharaja Nimi and the Navayogendras as mentioned in the 11th Canto, 2nd Chapter of Srimad Bhagavatam. So far we have heard the first question by Maharaja Nimi and the detailed answer given by Sri Kavi, one of the Nava Yogendras for that question. The second question from Maharaja Nimi was about the nature of different types of devotees and how to become dear to Krishna. We saw this second question in the last offering on this topic.

Sri Havir, one of the Navayogendra brothers responded to the above question through verses 11.2.45 through 55 of Srimad Bhagavatam. In this offering we shall meditate on the answers given by Sri Havir in verse 11.2.47 of Srimad Bhagavatam.

1. Nature of Advanced Devotees (Bhāgavata Uttama): In verse 11.2.45 of Srimad Bhagavatam Sri Havir describes the nature of advanced devotees.

śrī-havir uvāca
sarva-bhūteṣu yaḥ paśyed bhagavad-bhāvam ātmanaḥ
bhūtāni bhagavaty ātmany eṣa bhāgavatottamaḥ

Sri Havir said: The most advanced devotee sees within everything the soul of all souls, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Sri Krishna. Consequently he sees systematically everything in relation to the Supreme Lord and understands that everything that exists is eternally situated within the Lord.

Our normal tendency is to be good to people who do good to us and to return evil for evil. But the primary symptom of a uttama adhikari or first class devotee of the Lord is to see Krishna in everyone and to see everything in relation with Supreme Lord. So they always remain praśānt, unagitated in mind and completely peaceful. They remain blissful at all times and they distribute the bliss without any reservation to whomever comes in touch with them. They don't discriminate between rich/poor, young/old, beautiful/ugly or good/bad people. Their only goal is to simply help all the suffering souls in the material world, in their journey back home, back to Godhead. In Bhagavad Gita verse 5.18 and 19 Lord Krishna very nicely mentions the nature of such advanced devotees as follows. "The humble sages, by virtue of true knowledge, see with equal vision a learned and gentle brahmana, a cow, an elephant, a dog and a dog-eater [outcaste].Those whose minds are established in sameness and equanimity have already conquered the conditions of birth and death. They are flawless like Brahman, and thus they are already situated in Brahman."

Acharyas like Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva are epitomes of the above verse. Since they see everyone and everything in relation to Krishna, they are very loving and merciful in their dealing with others and they engage everyone and everything expertly and carefully in the service of Lord. We remember how our beloved spiritual master HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj was always particular that Krishna's resource - be it water, electricity or small rubber-band should not be misused. Even while writing notes in his diaries, Maharaj will not waste any space and use it to the fullest extent in Krishna's service.

Krishna willing we shall continue to hear more from Sri Havir on the nature of different types of devotees in the subsequent offerings. 

Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Sudarshana devi dasi.