Time for Krishna Consciousness

3rd Mar 2008
Sudarshana devi dasi

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

Many times, we keep complaining that we are not finding time for sadhana. Krishna has given 24 hrs in a day for all of us. There is no partiality in this regard. Out of these 24 hours we need to spend minimum of 3 hours in chanting and reading scriptures. But why are we not able to spend even this minimum time for the Lord?  The following shloka and Srila Prabhupada's powerful purport explains us the reason for the same.

While explaining the glories of Dhruva Maharaj to Viduraji, Maitreya Muni says in Srimad Bhagavatam 4.9.36

maitreya uvāca
na vai mukundasya padāravindayo
rajo-juṣas tāta bhavādṛśā janāḥ
vāñchanti tad-dāsyam ṛte ’rtham ātmano
yadṛcchayā labdha-manaḥ-samṛddhayaḥ

The great sage Maitreya continued: My dear Vidura, persons like you, who are pure devotees of the lotus feet of Mukunda [the Supreme Personality of Godhead, who can offer liberation] and who are always attached to the honey of His lotus feet, are always satisfied in serving at the lotus feet of the Lord. In any condition of life, such persons remain satisfied, and thus they never ask the Lord for material prosperity.

The basic problem is due to our dis-satisfaction. We keep craving for more and more material comforts. We fail to realize our real priorities in life and keep spending our time and energy in fulfilling our material desires. Then in the end we keep cribbing that we don't have time for bhakti. We may even justify that it is not possible for us to be desireless. To clarify our doubts, Srila Prabhupada in his purport to the above verse, gives a clear meaning for "niṣkāma". "One has to discharge his devotional duties without being disturbed by the coming and going of material circumstances. This desirelessness for material prosperity is called niṣkāma. One should not mistakenly think that niṣkāma means giving up all desires. That is impossible. A living entity is eternally existent, and he cannot give up desires. A living entity must have desires; that is the symptom of life. When there is a recommendation to become desireless, it is to be understood that this means that we should not desire anything for our sense gratification. For a devotee this state of mind, niḥspṛha, is the right position. Actually every one of us already has an arrangement for our standard of material comforts. A devotee should always remain satisfied with the standard of comforts offered by the Lord, as stated in the Īśopaniṣad (tena tyaktena bhuñjīthāḥ) [Īśo mantra 1]. This saves time for executing Krishna consciousness."

The more we give time for Krishna in our lives, the more opportunities He would provide us for serving Him. But if we keep saying no time for Krishna now, then at the end of our life, He will also not have time for us. May we remember this and make the best use of available time in serving the Supreme Lord.

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