Touching Krishna's Kingdom - Part 1

Dear Prabhujis and Matajis,
Hare Krishna! Please accept my humble pranams! All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva!

I am trying to share herewith a few of the points from the nectarean lectures given by Maharaj in June 2009 when Maharaj was here in Abu Dhabi on his way back to India from London. Maharaj was discussing the various qualities we have to develop so that we can enter into the Kingdom of Krishna. I am trying to post herewith a few of the points according to my limited understanding.

We should all ultimately come to the conclusion ‘krishnāt param kim api tattvam aham na jāne’- "I do not know any truth beyond Krishna". In order to come to this conclusion, so many things have to be sorted out. Then we can reach His abode or dhama. In Srimad Bhagavad gita the Lord very wonderfully states in 2.51,

karma-jaṁ buddhi-yuktā hi phalaṁ tyaktvā manīṣiṇaḥ
janma-bandha-vinirmuktāḥ padaṁ gacchanty anāmayam

By thus engaging in devotional service to the Lord, great sages or devotees free themselves from the results of work in the material world. In this way they become free from the cycle of birth and death and attain the state beyond all miseries [by going back to Godhead].

karma jam- that which is born out of karma or fruitive activities
buddhi-yuktā hi – by serious devotional attitude
phalam tyaktvā - the fruits of the work have to be relinquished
manīṣiṇaḥ - those who are genuinely intelligent

If we relinquish the fruits according to our circumstances, then the result is great.

janma bandha - from the vicious circle of birth and death in which we are entangled vinirmuktāḥ - it is not only muktā but vinirmuktāḥ which means it is a special liberation by which we will never again get into this entanglement.

So first the fruitive activities are there (karma jam) and in between buddhi yuktā - the serious devotional attitude is there. As soon as that attitude is cultivated, renunciation is there because there is no ignorance. In the beginning we are so much attracted to our wife that we are ready to sacrifice anything for her or she may be ready to sacrifice for us. But by buddhi yuktā, the attachment is transferred from material silly bodies to transcendence. How this is done? Because we are manīṣiṇaḥ- we have thought over it and have come to the conclusion.

We understand two things about the material world:

1. This is all temporary - So what should be our perception and approach?
2. This is full of miseries - So how to get rid of these miseries?

These two points are discussed below:

1. This is all temporary:
Srimad Bhagavatam teaches us in 11.7.7:

yad idaṁ manasā vācā cakṣurbhyāṁ śravaṇādibhiḥ
naśvaraṁ gṛhyamāṇaṁ ca viddhi māyā-mano-mayam

My dear Uddhava, the material universe that you perceive through your mind, speech, eyes, ears and other senses is an illusory creation that one imagines to be real due to the influence of maayaa. In fact, you should know that all of the objects of the material senses are temporary.

The eternal principle is very nicely described in simple terms in the above verse. This one verse settles the matter. It is all ‘naśvaraṁ’- temporary. It can never become permanent however we may try. This is Krishna’s command. He has driven the nail that this is all naśvaraṁ and we also have the experience that everything is lost in a moment. If we always remember the temporary mature, we will behave alright. We do not have any time with us. It is very nicely said in the shastras:

gate śoko na kartavyo bhaviṣyaṁ  na cintayet
vartamāneṣu kāleṣu pravartante vicakṣaṅāḥ

The past is already gone and there is no use worrying about it. The future is not in our hands and hence we cannot think about it. the intelligent persons make use of the present time that is available.

We have to make best use of the present. Time and again we have seen that without the mercy of the Lord, not even a blade of grass moves. By His will, everything is temporary. I have assumed and accepted (gṛhyamāṇaṁ ca), out of my foolishness that my bank balance is permanent, my wife will be eternally young, so on and so forth. Instead of becoming mature over a period of time, we again become ignorant like small kids running behind sense gratification.

With devotional attitude, we should learn to take the reverses of material world as they come. Only if we digest that this is temporary, we can come to the conclusion ‘krishnāt param kim api tattvam aham na jāne’.

If we understand this, we can touch Krishna’s dhaam. Janma bandha vinirmuktāḥ (getting liberated from the vicious circle of birth and death) is not the end. The end is ‘padam gacchanty anāmayam’ (reaching His abode). In one verse we are taken from the gross material life (karmajam) to the transcendence (anāmayam padam). This is Bhagavad gita and no other literature can give us this. Hence Bhagavad Gita should be in our throats. Don’t ever leave Srila Prabhupada’s Bhagavad gita. By repetition and by understanding the verse we will get them. Don’t get fed up that 'I am not getting it'. We have to be fed up with the material world, not with Bhagavat-gita! How much bondage we have here? It is a great wonder that all our blood pressure is normal, our blood is red. We have all eaten, slept, taken bath. If we have not taken bath, we cannot tolerate each other. Water is His energy and if we do not touch His energy we cannot live. Those who have not taken bath, they are sleeping because the jivan shakti's (water's another name is jivan) touch is not there. In addition to all these bondages that we must eat, sleep and bath, we have additional bondages that I want air conditioner, I want to be in Chennai etc., with all these conditions padam gacchanti anāmayam (reaching His Kingdom) is impossible. 

The points from Maharaj’s lecture on the second point of getting rid of the miseries shall be posted in the ensuing mail, Krishna willing. 

Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Vaijayantimala devi dasi
Abu Dhabi.