Srila Prabhupad Punch

27th Feb 2004
Sudarshana devi dasi

Hare Krsna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev.

I was going through some of the letters by Srila Prabhupada in Vedabase and came across this nice punch line in one of his letters.

"Go on serving sincerely. Your success is your sincere desire to serve Krsna."

In this material world, success is always determined by how much wealth a person possesses or how many followers he has etc. But in the spiritual realm, all these material qualifications are considered hurdles unless they evoke a sincere desire to serve the Lord. Kunti Maharani prays so very nicely in her prayers thus:

SB 1.8.26
janmaiśvarya-śruta-śrībhir edhamāna-madaḥ pumān
naivārhaty abhidhātuṁ vai tvām akiñcana-gocaram

My Lord, Your Lordship can easily approached, but only by those who are materially exhausted. One who is on the path of material progress, trying to improve himself with respectable parentage, great opulence, high education and bodily beauty, cannot approach You with sincere feeling.

In this verse "edhamāna-madaḥ" means progressively increasing intoxication. Maharaj says very nicely in his lectures - Sri Madan-mohanji can be approached only by those who are devoid of mada (intoxication) and moha (illusion). That is why His name is mada-na moha-na (no intoxication and no illusion).

In the above punching statement in his letter Srila Prabhupada shows us what is real success in spiritual life. We may do lot of activities or programs or read a lot of books etc. But in the end if we ourself did not develop a sincere service attitude towards Lord Krsna, then it means we are not successful in our spiritual life.

On the other hand, if we sincerely surrender to the Lord and become eager to serve Him, He being Hrsikesa directs our senses and enables us to serve Him with enthusiasm and spread His glories all over the world. Srila Prabhupada's life is the best example for this as it was only by his sincere devotion that he could make the mission of Lord Caitanya spread all over the planet despite his old-age and so many other difficulties. Seeking his blessings, let us all aspire to serve the Lord in the best possible way.

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