Real Unity

12th Jan 2004
Devakinandan das

Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obesiances.  All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev! 

It is the nature of the living entity to be a social animal - and that is why all over the world, we see that people try to unite for so many causes. In Srimad Bhagavatam, 4th Canto 30th Chapter, the Pracetas, the sons of King Pracinabarhi, obeyed their father and carried out great austerities to satisfy the Supreme Lord within the seawater. At the end of 10,000 years the Supreme Lord appeared before them and among other things, nicely made this point in the 4.30.8 verse of this chapter, 

śrī-bhagavān uvāca
varaṁ vṛṇīdhvaṁ bhadraṁ vo yūyaṁ me nṛpa-nandanāḥ
sauhārdenāpṛthag-dharmās tuṣṭo ’haṁ sauhṛdena vaḥ

The Supreme Personality of Godhead said: My dear sons of the King, I am very much pleased by the friendly relationships among you. All of you are engaged in one occupation - devotional service. I am so pleased with your mutual friendship that I wish you all good fortune. Now you may ask a benediction of Me.

In the purport, Srila Prabhupada makes special mention of such relationship between the devotees and says: The unity of the individual souls attempting to satisfy the Supreme Lord or rendering service to the Lord is real unity. In the material world, such unity is not possible. Even though people may officially unite, they all have different interests.

So, as long as we, aspiring to be devotees make the focus of our relationship with each other to render devotional service to the Lord, such a relationship will always be blessed by the Lord. If however, we become intimate with our and each other's personal interests, and not the Lord's, then that intimacy is detrimental to our devotional service, for that is no different than the relationships based on material friendship. 

In 3.27.7, this point is established by Kapila Dev to Devahuti when He says: 

sarva-bhūta-samatvena nirvaireṇāprasaṅgataḥ
brahmacaryeṇa maunena sva-dharmeṇa balīyasā

In executing devotional service, one has to see every living entity equally, without enmity towards anyone yet without intimate connections with anyone. One has to observe celibacy, be grave and execute his eternal activities, offering the results to the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

So, we are all together for one purpose - united in our efforts to devote our lives to the Lord and His devotees. To that extent, if we are engaged in loving dealings with each other for that purpose, then there is no intimacy otherwise it becomes a subtle form of attachment and distraction from our "eternal activities". 

While we may be fixed in our goal, even then, sometimes, even in a society like ours, as Srila Prabhupada points out in the purport to 4.30.8, Even in a society of Krsna consciousness, members sometimes appear disunited due to their having different opinions and leaning towards material things. Actually, in Krsna consciousness there cannot be two opinions. There is only one goal: to serve Krsna to one's best ability. If there is some disagreement over service, such disagreement is to be taken as spiritual. Those who are actually engaged in the service of the Supreme Personality of Godhead cannot be disunited in any circumstances.So, we should learn somehow with the grace of guru and Krsna to rise above our petty frailties and unite for the right and only cause - devotional service! The result? 

Srila Prabhupada says, This makes the Supreme Personality of Godhead very happy and willing to award all kinds of benediction to His devotees, as indicated in this verse.

All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Devakinandan das
Singapore.