Best Medicine

Best Medicine

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Hrshikesh Krsna das

Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Mathajis,

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

The medical science of all ages have been trying to cure the diseases from which continue from time immemorial. But the result is that all of us continue to suffer in spite of great advancement in medical science in all ages. We never try to find out that what is the best medicine, which can cure us from all miseries. Our acharyas and most dependable friend (Krishna) have always shown us the way to find the best medicine. But due to our ignorance and contamination due to association of mode of material nature we do not follow the path shown by guru, sadhu and shastras.

Bhagavad-gita is the best medicine prescribed by supreme doctor Krishna Himself. Since Krishna is Nit-nutan (Ever-Fresh), the words emanating from the Lord's lotus mouth are also Nitnutan. While reading the introduction, I read the following paragraph written by His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada.

"The spirit of Bhagavad-gita is mentioned in Bhagavad-gita itself. It is just like this: If we want to take a particular medicine, then we have to follow the directions written on the label. We cannot take the medicine according to our own whim or the direction of a friend. It must be taken according to the directions on the label or the directions given by a physician. Similarly, Bhagavad-gita should be taken or accepted as it is directed by the speaker Himself."

The word medicine written by Srila Prabhupada in above paragraph revealed to me the best medicine we always look for i.e. Bhagavad-gita itself and the best doctor Lord Krishna Himself is prescribing the best medicine to Arjuna. But before getting prescription, one has to diagnose the disease and reasons for it. Lord Krishna does that very neatly and gradually in the entire Bhagavat-gita by revealing the reasons for our material disease.

We all are suffering from the bhavrog (disease of material existence) but do not realize it. But Krishna forcefully tells Arjuna that the whole material is house of miseries dukhalayam. The symptoms of this disease are janma-mrtyu-jara-vyadhi-dukha-dosanudarsanam (BG 13.9). So Bhagavad-gita is not only the diagnosis for our disease but also its best medicine. Lord Krishna, being the supreme transcendental doctor, diagnoses the disease and also prescribes the best medicine. The best way to have permanent cure to this bhavrog, is to surrender to Him and the process is very simple, which can be followed by everyone. Lord Krishna gives His prescription in BG 18.65 as follows:

man-manaa bhava mad-bhakto / mad-yaajee maam namaskuru
maam evaishyasi satyam te / pratijaane priyo 'si me

"Always think of Me, become My devotee, worship Me and offer your homage unto Me. Thus you will come to Me without fail. I promise you this because you are My very dear friend."

Therefore our duty is to take this medicine and best process is to glorify the Lord by chanting His names Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Hare, Krishna Krishna Hare Hare; Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare.

This best medicine is not only specified in Bhagavad-gita but is also strongly recommended by all other scriptures. When we suffer from any disease, we are ourselves responsible for the disease. Similarly our past sinful activities and desire to enjoy separately from Krishna is responsible for the bhavrog. The only solution for this age is nama sankirtan.

I pray at the lotus feet of our Guru Maharaj and Srila Prabhupada to show mercy on all of us to have love and bhaava for Krishna nama.

Guru maharaj ki jai! Srila Prabhupad ki jai!! Harinam ki jai!!!

Thank you very much,
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Gurudev,
Hrshikesh Krsna das
Abu Dhabi