A Step-by-Step Process for Constant Devotional Service

A Step-by-Step Process for Constant Devotional Service

GopalKrishna das

Hare Krsna Prabhujis and Matajis,

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

The Supreme Personality of Godhead Krsna mentions in Bhagavad Gita 10.10 that:

teshaam satata-yuktaanaanm bhajataam priti-purvakam
dadaami buddhi-yogam tam yena maam upayaanti te

"To those who are constantly devoted to serving Me with love, I give the understanding by which they can come to Me".

But what does "constantly devoted" mean? And how does one get the understanding by being constantly devoted? Srila Prabhupada in Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 1, Chapter 2 Verse 16 to Verse 21, gives the answer by revealing the following step-by-step process (I am giving a gist of the translations here):

Verse 16: Serve pure devotees and get the affinity to hear messages of Vasudeva (One of the best ways to do devotional service is to listen and follow the instructions of a pure devotee thereby pleasing him).

Verse 17: Upon getting an urge to hear, Krsna cleanses desire for material enjoyment from the heart of the devotee.

Verse 18: By regularly serving pure devotees and hearing Bhagavatam (i.e. hearing the messages) all that is troublesome to the heart is almost completely destroyed and loving service to Krsna is established as an irrevocable fact.

Verse 19: As soon as love is established, the effects of nature's mode of passion and ignorance disappear from the heart of the devotee and he becomes completely happy. 

Verse 20: In this mode of unalloyed goodness and being enlivened by devotional service the devotee gains positive scientific knowledge of Krsna.

Verse 21: Thus the knot in the heart (ahankAra) is pierced and we begin to see our constitutional position that we are not this body but spirit soul and the supersoul who is his master.

In this way one can be constantly devoted unto the Supreme Lord Hari. Narada Muni personally explains in SB 1.5.23-32 how the above process worked for him personally. 

And this is one reason why H H Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj has highlighted the importance of this second chapter of Bhagavatam first canto. Srila Prabhupada gives his punching statement is Verse 16 that "By serving the servants of the Lord, one gradually gets the quality of such servants, and thus one becomes qualified to hear the glories of God. The eagerness to hear about God is the first qualification of a devotee eligible for entering the kingdom of God."

Srila Prabhupada also refers to Bhagavad Gita (18.68 and 69) in Verse 16 where the Lord declares that no one is dearer to Him than one who risks everything to preach His glories and in return He guarantees pure devotional service.

So the best way to understand the mysteries of Krsna is to preach His glories. Because as H H Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj says, "If you have to give class you have to prepare meticulously by preparing notes and following the MRTR (Memorize, Recite, Think and Realize) process".

I sincerely pray to our spiritual master and Srila Prabhupada to shower their mercy on all of us to give us the strength and determination to follow this eternal process to continue with our preaching efforts in different parts of the world.

Hare Krsna!
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada
Gopalkrsna das