Care and Attention

Care and Attention

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Sudarshana devi dasi

Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Mathajis,

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

Irrespective of the type of activity we are doing, either at work or regular household chores, we must do them with great care and attention . Krishna consciousness definitely includes detachment from material activities. But as H.H. Mahavishnu Maharaj always say, "Detachment does not mean carelessness. It means doing things with great care" . When we do our prescribed duties correctly we will be at peace and would be able to concentrate more on our sadhana.

The following statement by His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada, in his letter to Sriman Batu Gopala Prabhu on Feb 1 1973 , has quoted,"We must all become ideal in our character and then people will be very impressed with such purity. A devotee is faultless . He has no flaws". As the proverb goes, "Practice before you preach".  If we are not perfect ourselves , our preaching will also be fake and ineffective . As the Lord quotes in Bhagavad Gita - verse 3.22 and 3.23,

na me paarthaasti kartavyam trishu lokeshu kincana
naanavaaptam avaaptavyam varta eva ca karmani

O son of Paartha, there is no work prescribed for Me within all the three planetary systems. Nor am I in want of anything, nor have I a need to obtain anything—and yet I am engaged in prescribed duties.

yadi hy aham na varteyam jaatu karmany atandritah
mama vartmaanuvartante manusyaah paartha sarvashaha
 

For if I ever failed to engage in carefully performing prescribed duties, O Paartha, certainly all men would follow My path.

As stated above, the Supreme Lord being the master of all creation has no prescribed duties to be done . But still Lord has mentioned that He is engaged in them carefully. The word "atandritah" mentioned in the above verse means with great care and attention.  When our Supreme Father is engaged in His prescribed duties (although He has no need to perform),  how much more essential it is for us (His children)  to perform our duties with great care and attention ?

I pray at the Lotus feet of  Gurudev, His Divine Grace and Sri Krishna so that the feelings of complacency and lethargy are wiped off and I do all my duties carefully.

Thank you very much,
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada,
Sudarshana devi dasi.