Fixing the Mind on Krishna - Part 1

Fixing the Mind on Krishna - Part 1

Sudarshana devi dasi

Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,

Please accept my dandavat pranams. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Gurudeva. 

This is a humble effort to transcribe the nectarean class of our beloved spiritual master H H Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj on Caitanya Caritamrta Adi-lila verse 2.117 on the occasion of the disappearance of Krishnadas Kaviraja Goswami, author of the great literature Caitanya Caritamrta.

Today being the disappearance of Krishnadas Kaviraja Goswami, it is very much essential to know under what circumstances Caitanya Caritamrta is written. He was nearly 92 years old. His eyesight was failing because as the age advances and everyone of us are advancing in age, the diseases start from the nine gateways which we have in our body. Out of nine gateways, seven are situated in our face. Two eyes, two ear-holes, two nostrils and mouth - These are the places where diseases start. And two more - reproductive organ and evacuating organ. These are the nine places where diseases start as soon as the age advances. If we pass our youth recklessly, irregulated life, then diseases take hold of our body very soon. If your body and youth is nicely regulated from the beginning, if you have prasadam in time, you have sufficient rest, always you get up early in the morning, go to bed early - Early to bed and early to rise is the way to be happy healthy and wise. If we pass your youth like this, the diseases will start late or if we are very lucky they might not start at all. The devotee of the Lord always prays to the Lord to give him/her these three things.

anaayaasena maranam / vinaa dainyena jivanam
dehi me krpayaa krsna / tvayi bhaktim acancalam  

The first thing the devotee asks is anaayaasena maranamMaran is death. Death should be anaayaas - instant. Just now we are here and we are gone. That type of death is what a devotee always wishes. Doesn't want to get caught in the wheel-chairs and invalidity etc - Devotee doesn't wish to have that and so this is the first thing they ask. And many times the lucky living entities they sleep and do not get up at all. Or they may have heart-failures. That doesn't mean we have to consume more butter and cheese and have heart failures. (laughter) This type of death is desirable. Otherwise death is a very horrible phenomena. It is much much more painful than whatever pain we have experienced throughout our life. And that is why devotees pray to the Lord, "Please give me instant death." vinaa dainyena jivanam - And till we are alive, we should be self-sufficient. We should be able to do our own duties. That is the second thing the devotees ask and the third thing is very important - dehi me krpayaa krsna / tvayi bhaktim acancalam  - "You give me Your unflinching devotional service." These are the three things devotees ask. But many times according to our karmas and according to the will of the Lord we are bound to suffer. That is how Kaviraja's eyesight was completely failing. He was not able to even see properly. And in that condition he has written this great literature. It is full of knowledge - much more than ocean - ocean of knowledge. 

Krishna willing we shall hear more nectar from Maharaj in the subsequent offerings.

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