Conditioned souls

Conditioned souls

Sudarshana devi dasi

Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Mathajis,

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

In one of his lectures, our spiritual master, H.H.Mahvishnu Goswami Maharaj  humorously explains the reason why Srila Prabhupada called us "conditioned" souls. 'We have so many conditions even for performing bhakti. We demand, peaceful, serene surroundings for chanting. We want everything to go on smoothly and blame the surroundings when we don't perform our sadhana well. If the surroundings where we live are chaotic then we stop performing our regualr sadhana.'  All these conditions would do no good to us.

In Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 9 Chapter 6 titled "The downfall of Saubhari Muni", Saubhari Muni says in verse 50,

aho imampashyata me vinaasham / tapasvinah sac-carita-vratasya
antarjale vaari-cara-prasangaat / pracyaavitam brahma ciram  dhrtam yat

"Alas! While practicing austerity, even within the depth of the water, and while observing all the rules and regulations practiced by saintly persons, I lost the results of my long austerities simply by association with the sexual affairs of fish. Everyone should observe this falldown and learn from it"

We find that even while performing austerities within the depth of water - where no human-beings could disturb him, Saubhari Muni fell a prey to the actions of the fish and his mind was disturbed.  So the place does not matter. If our mind is not  inclined to Krishna, then it is possible to easily get corrupted even when we live in a holy dham. On the other hand, those who have completely surrendered unto Lord's lotus feet unconditionally, would  be able to perform their sadhana un-disturbed even in the most disturbing circumstances.

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