Bless and Bliss

10th Mar 2008
Sudarshana devi dasi

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

Bliss can be experienced only when we are engaged in loving devotional service of Supreme Lord Krishna. But such bliss is possible only when we obey elders and receive their blessings as well. While explaining the life of Pracetas (sons of King Pracinabarhi), Maitreya says to sage Vidura in Srimad Bhagavatam 4.24.19 as follows:

maitreya uvāca
pracetasaḥ pitur vākyaṁ śirasādāya sādhavaḥ
diśaṁ pratīcīṁ prayayus tapasy ādṛta-cetasaḥ

The great sage Maitreya continued: My dear Vidura, because of their pious nature, all the sons of Prācīnabarhi very seriously accepted the words of their father with heart and soul, and with these words on their heads, they went toward the west to execute their father's order.

In his purport to the above verse Srila Prabhupada says - " In this verse sādhavaḥ (meaning "pious" or "well behaved") is very important, especially at the present moment. It is derived from the word sādhu. A perfect sādhu is one who is always engaged in the devotional service of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Prācīnabarhi's sons are described as sādhavaḥ because of their complete obedience to their father. The father, king and spiritual master are supposed to be representatives of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, and as such they have to be respected as the Supreme Lord."

If we attempt to engage ourselves in bhakti, after disobeying or dis-pleasing elders, then definitely we would not be able to experience any bliss. Elders are definitely more experienced than us and there could not be better teacher than experience. So we should not neglect their valuable instructions, rather  try our level best to imbibe the same. By doing so we would be pleasing Lord Hari as well and when He is pleased there is no lack for bliss in our life.

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