Buddhi Yoga

Buddhi Yoga

Suniti devi dasi

Dear Prabhujis and Mathajis,

Hare Krishna! Please accept our humble obeisances! All Glories to Srila Prabhupada and Gurudev!

Once there was a materialistic person named Charu Datta who was under the shelter of guru but was not serious to know the Absolute truth. Always he use to wait for gurus instructions and use to give his mental speculations. The guru was aware of all this but he did not say anything. Once the Guru was traveling on a horse with Charu Datta. After covering a certain distance, the Guru's hat fell down. But the Charu Datta did not lift it. Surprised, the Guru asked him the reason for not lifting the hat. The disciple answered that the Guru had not asked him to do so. The Guru then warned him to pick up anything that fell down from the horse and give it to him. The horse, after a certain distance, passed stool. The Charu Datta lifted it up and offered it to the Guru. Irritated, the Guru chastised him that he had no common sense. The disciple then told the guru that all that was very confusing and requested him to prepare a list of items to be picked when they fall down. The guru then prepared a long list of items such as spectacles, carries bag, shirt, stick, etc and gave it to the disciple.

Suddenly some wild animals crossed the horse. The horse got scared and jumped up. As a result, the Guru fell down along with some items. Seeing this, the Charu Datta checked the list and picked up all the items that were mentioned in the list. Finally the guru was found lying on the ground. He asked the disciple why wasn't he helping him get up to which the disciple replied, "Guruji, your name is not mentioned in the list!!"

Krishna instructed in B.G. 10.10:

tesham satata-yuktanam bhajatam priti-purvakam
dadami buddhi-yogam tam yena mam upayanti te

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

Srila Prabhupada says in his purport, "When a person knows the goal of life but is addicted to the fruits of activities he is acting in Karma yoga. When he knows that the goal is Krishna but he takes pleasure in mental speculations to understand Krsna, he is acting in jnana-yoga. And when he knows the goal and seeks Krsna completely in Krsna consciousness and devotional service, he is acting in Bhakti-yoga or buddhi-yoga which is the complete yoga. This complete yoga is the highest perfectional stage of life."

Krsna supplies the intelligence only if we are really eager to serve Him or His representative. Doing the seva according to our own whims and fancies is not real service. Real eagerness to serve means, before even the guru asks us for service, we identify his need and do that to please him. Or when we are serving our deities at home, we look after Them understanding that They are real persons, not some dumb dolls. We have to feed Them regular offerings, do proper worship at the right time and lovingly take care of Them. The main idea to bear in mind while serving is that even our attitude, interest and intelligence to perform that seva is coming from Guru and Krsna. By establishing this fact strongly in our minds, we will be in a position to constantly pray to Them for their mercy to carry out Their orders intelligently.

Yours in the service of Srila Prabhupada,
Suniti devi dasi