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 saw the explanation on SB 3.9.24 wherein Lord Brahma is praying not to be deviated from the vibration of the Vedic hymns in the course of performing the services.
11. Way to get guidance: Srila Prabhupada translated dharma as supreme occupation. Occupation means your profession. When we remain under the shelter of the hladini shakti, the internal potency of the Lord, then guidance is there. If we do not chant Krishna's names we are no longer under the shelter of Krishna's divine nature and the results are awful. Maharaj gives the historical pastime of Akbar and Birbal. Birbal was a minister in the court of Akbar. Birbal, apart from his sharp intellect, was also a devotee of Lord Rama. Akbar had a special regard for Birbal. Akbar would openly ask Birbal to clarify his impulsive - and very often strange doubts. Once they both travelled through a dense forest. In the course of the journey, both were totally exhausted and famished. So they decided to rest under the shade of a tree for a while before continuing their journey. It was getting dark and both men had not had anything to eat or drink. Their food supplies had dried up too. Akbar was very hungry. He wanted to look around the place to see if he can find a house to get some food. He induced Birbal to follow suit. But it was time for Birbal to chant the Holy Names of the Lord and being in the midst of doing so, he turned down Akbar's request. Akbar looked at Birbal and said, "Mere chanting of the names of the Lord would not fetch you food. You have to put in your efforts.... You cannot achieve anything without self effort."
Birbal declined to come and continued chanting. Akbar left Birbal in the pursuit of pacifying his belly. In a little while he spotted a house. The inmates of the house were overjoyed to see their king coming to their very doorstep for food. They treated him to the best of their capacity. Akbar finished his meal and took a little food for Birbal too and left the house to meet Birbal. He met Birbal and gave him the food. He told him, "See Birbal, I told you... I took some efforts for the food and I got it. You were just sitting and chanting Rama Nama, and you did not get any food." Birbal ignored his scoffing and partook the food given by Akbar. After he finished the meal, he looked up at Akbar and said, "I have just now experienced the power of chanting the Holy Name, like never before. You are the ruler of the land. But today even the king had to beg for food. But you look at me. I was just chanting Rama Nama here and the Rama Nama made the king himself to get me food, that too by begging. So I got the food, just by sitting here and chanting Rama nama without any other special efforts. Such is the power of Rama Nama!!"
Of course we have to work hard in devotional service but we have to work hard on the basis of chanting. Without chanting we should not be going to work. Otherwise we have to endeavor so much. If we chant and go to work, Krishna will give us the introspection, he will give us a cool head to handle conflicts at work, He will give us a nice disposition that we are at peace with everyone. So we have to pray maa ririshishta nigamasya giraam visargah - In the course of my material activities I may not be deviated from the vibration of the Vedic hymns."
Prabhuji went on to explain the last prayer in SB 3.9.25 and we shall see the same in the next offering , Krishna willing.
Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Gurudev and Srila Prabhupada,
Vaijayanti mala devi dasi,
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