Darshan - Part 1

18th Sep 2016
Vaijayantimala devi dasi

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

By the unlimited causeless mercy of our spiritual masters, Srila Prabhupada and the Supreme Lord, many of us have either deities or pictures of the Lord at home and we have the fortune that first thing in the morning, we are having darshan of the Lord. Since we do this every day, we have the tendency to take it for granted and do not realize the value of this opportunity and the fortune bestowed on us.

In the amazing pastime of Lord Vamana bestowing mercy on Bali Maharaj, we see that the Lord asks Prahlada Maharaja also to go to the Sutala planet and be there with his grandson Bali Maharaj. While instructing this, the Lord very nicely says in Srimad Bhagavatam 8.23.10

nityam drshtaasi maam tatra / gadaa-paanim avasthitam
mad-darshana-mahaahlaada / dhvasta-karma-nibandhanah

The Supreme Personality of Godhead assured Prahlada Maharaja: "You shall be able to see Me there in My usual feature with conchshell, disc, club and lotus in My hand. Because of your transcendental bliss due to always personally seeing Me, you will have no further bondage to fruitive activities."

Srila Prabhupada writes in the purport, "Karma-bandha, the bondage of fruitive activities, entails the repetition of birth and death. One performs fruitive activities in such a way that he creates another body for his next life. As long as one is attached to fruitive activities, he must accept another material body. This repeated acceptance of material bodies is called samsaara-bandhana. To stop this, a devotee is advised to see the Supreme Lord constantly. The kanishta-adhikari, or neophyte devotee, is therefore advised to visit the temple every day and see the form of the Lord regularly. Thus the neophyte devotee can be freed from the bondage of fruitive activities."

When King Citraketu Maharaj had darshan of the Lord he experienced complete purification and in his purport to Srimad Bhagavatam verse 6.16.31 Srila Prabhupada writes, "The word tad-darshana-dhvasta-samasta-kilbishah is very important in this verse. If one regularly sees the Supreme Personality of Godhead in the temple, one will gradually be disinfected of all material desires, simply by visiting the temple and seeing the Deity. When one is freed from all the results of sinful activities, one will be purified, and with a healthy mind, completely cleansed, he will increasingly make progress in Krishna consciousness."

Krishna willing, we will continue further on this topic in the subsequent offering.

Hare Krishna.
Thank you very much,
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev,
Vaijayantimala devi dasi
Abu Dhabi.