Power of Pure Devotional Service

Power of Pure Devotional Service

Sudarshana devi dasi

Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Mathajis,

Please accept my humble pranams. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Gurudev.

Usually the curse of brahmana is so powerful that it is sure to affect the person who was cursed. But pure devotees of the Lord are transcendental to such curse or praise. The Supreme Lord lives in the core of their Heart and so they meditate only on serving Him. So be it hell or heaven, material world or spiritual world, blame or appreciation, rain or sunshine they are always of steady mind. The life of Ambarish Maharaj is a perfect example of this. In Srimad Bhagavatam verse 9.4.48, Sukadev Goswami while explaining the glories of Maharaj Ambarish to Parikshit Maharaj says,

praag dishtam bhrtya-rakshaayaam / purushena mahaatmanaa
dadaaha krtyaam taam cakram      / kruddhaahim iva paavakah

"As fire in the forest immediately burns to ashes an angry snake, so, by the previous order of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, His disc, the Sudarshana cakra, immediately burnt to ashes the created demon to protect the Lord's devotee."

Even a venomous snake looses its power in front of a blazing fire. Similarly Durvaasa Muni's pride was smashed by the fiery devotional service of Ambarish Maharaj. It is very interesting to note how Ambarish Maharaj remained un-disturbed even when Durvaasa muni cursed him and attempted to kill him by sending a demon. Srila Prabhupada has nicely glorified this wonderful nature of Ambarish Maharaj in his purport to the above verse - "As a pure devotee, Maharaja Ambarish, although in such danger, did not move an inch from his position, nor did he request the Supreme Personality of Godhead to give him protection. He was fixed in understanding, and it was certain that he was simply thinking of the Supreme Personality of Godhead in the core of his heart. A devotee is never fearful of his death, for he meditates on the Supreme Personality of Godhead always, not for any material profit, but as his duty. The Lord, however, knows how to protect His devotee. "

Ambarish Maharaj did not try to defend him either through speech or action. His mentality was so much inclined to service to the Lord, that he did not even request for Lord's protection. On the contrary, when Sudarshana cakra appeared Durvaasa Muni - fled in all directions, to all worlds in an attempt to protect himself. Inspite of being a powerful mystic yogi, Durvasa Muni, became powerless as he had offended Ambarish Maharaj. Offence at the feet of a Vaishnava is more dangerous than an offence at the lotus feet of the Lord. Offence at the feet of the Lord is easily excused by the Lord Himself but offence at the feet of a devotee is never excused by the Lord. Service to pure devotee is like an asset and would help one advance in bhakti whereas offences committed to Vaishnava would direct us to the gateways of hell. As aspiring devotees we must remember this lesson from the above pastime and never commit the blunder of blaspheming a devotee - either by our thoughts, speech or deeds. Instead we should use these abilities provided by Him in  His service under all circumstances. This alone would burn out the anarthas in our heart and by Krishna's grace would gives as patience and understanding to remain peaceful even under trying situations.

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