The Six Vows

The Six Vows

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Kalacakra Krsna das

Dear Vaishnavas,

Hare Krishna. Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva.

Recently one of my god-brother H G Artha-bandhu Krishna das, who got initiated from our Guru Maharaj in Rajkot, shared with us a beautiful shloka that Maharaj educated him on. Unfortunately we do not have the source of this verse but the verse itself is very simple and powerful. Maharaj told Artha bandhu prabhu that during initiation we have to take six vows which we should follow for the rest of our life - and it is described in this verse as follows:

naanyad vadaami na shrunomi na ca cintayaami
na smaraami na bhajaami na ca aashrayaami
bhaktya grhita caranaambujam antarena
sri srinivasa purushottama dehi daasyam

"I will not speak of any topics, nor will I hear any topics, nor meditate on any subject, nor think of any subject, nor worship anyone, and nor take shelter of anyone else other than the Supreme Lord Sri Krishna. Let me capture His lotus feet tightly in the core of my heart by performing sincere devotional service unto Him and I pray earnestly to the Supreme Personality of Godhead in whom resides the goddess of fortune, to make me His unalloyed servant, eternally."

The six vows that we should take are:

1. naanyad vadaami - I will not speak of anything other than Krishna's topics.
2. na shrunomi - I will not hear of any topics other than Krishna's.
3. na cintayaami - I will not meditate on any subject other than Krishna's.
4. na smaraami - I will not think of anybody except Krishna.
5. na bhajaami - I will not worship anyone but Krishna.
6. na aashrayaami - I will not take shelter of anyone but Krishna.

When we take these six vows seriously and try to follow it as much as we can, then we will definitely get lasting peace and bliss in this life itself. It is the lack of hearing, speaking and meditating of the transcendental topics of Krishna, that is making us weak spiritually and go mental. We have loads of time to talk about our own katha but not a few minutes in a day to talk about Krishna-katha. Then what is the point in cribbing that Krishna is not reciprocating? The shastras, especially Srimad Bhagavatam and Bhagavat-gita are full of the transcendental topics on Krishna but it is our lack of interest in meditating on those transcendental pastimes that is not taking us out of the lower modes of material nature and we continue to suffer in this world.

Let me therefore sincerely pray unto the lotus feet of my spiritual master to give me the strength to follow these powerful vows and keep myself focussed in sincere devotional service unto the Supreme Lord Krishna.

Thank you very much
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Kalacakra Krsna das