Achieving Success in our Occupation - Part 8

Achieving Success in our Occupation - Part 8

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Vaijayanti mala devi dasi

Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,

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

This is in continuation of the previous offering transcribing the class by our beloved God brother HG Viraja Krishna prabhuji in Chennai on Brahma's prayers for creative energy (Srimad Bhagavatam verses 3.9.22-25). We were hearing from Prabhuji on Srimad Bhagavatam verse 3.9.24. Now let us continue to hear further.

10. The greatest reward is to work for Krishna: In Mukunda mala stortra  Mantra 17, Kulasekara alwar very nicely prays

naathe nah purushottame tri-jagataam ekaadhipe cetasaa
sevye svasya padasya daatari pare naaraayane tishtati

yam kancit purushaadhamam katipaya-graamesham alpaartha-dam
sevaayai mrgayaamahe naram aho mudhaa varaakaa vayam

"Our master, the Personality of Godhead Narayana, who alone rules the three worlds, whom one can serve in meditation, and who happily shares His personal domain, is manifest before us. Yet still we beg for the service of some minor lord of a few villages, some lowly man who can only meagerly reward us. Alas, what foolish wretches we are!"

The greatest reward is to work for Krishna. In this connection, Srila Prabhupada tells the story of a man whose burning desire was to serve the greatest person. The man was born into a small village, where he became attracted to serving the village chief. He was very happy in this capacity and tried to please the chief in many ways. But one day a district governor visited the village, and the servant came to understand that his local chief was also a servant—of the governor. He then asked to be transferred to the service of the greater master. The governor accepted him into his service, and the man was again satisfied trying to please his new master. But then he saw that the governor was paying taxes and offering obeisances to the king. The man who wanted to serve the greatest managed to transfer himself into the king's direct service. Now he was completely satisfied, and the king treated him as a favorite servant. But one day the man saw that the king went off alone into the woods to worship and serve an ascetic. The king's servant later approached that guru and addressed him, "You must be the greatest person of all, because even the king serves you. Please let me be your servant." The ascetic replied that he himself was the lowly servant of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Krishna. The perpetual servant then asked where he could find Krishna, and the guru directed him to the nearest Krishna temple. With an ardent desire the servant went to the temple and received a direct indication from the Deity that he was indeed accepted as His servant. Finally, the aspiring servant of the greatest reached his goal, a position as the servant of the Supreme Personality of Godhead.  

Prabhuji went on to explain the way to receive guidance from the Lord and Krishna willing, the same shall be offered in the next mail.

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

Vaijayanti mala devi dasi,

Abu dhabi.