Expanding the Influence by Devotional Service - Part 4

Expanding the Influence by Devotional Service - Part 4

Sajjanapriya Krishna das

Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,

Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Gurudeva. 

We are continuing on the topic, "Expanding the influence by devotional service" based on the verse 3.14.48 in Srimad Bhagavatam. We were meditating on the transcendental quality of Prahlad Maharaj which enabled him to expand his influence on his demoniac colleagues in devotional service. This expanded influence quality manifested in him because of his 

1. Expanded intelligence 

2. Matured devotional service.

In the previous offerings we saw few of the symptoms of expanded intelligence like abhayam or fearlessness. We also saw how such devotees depend only on Krishna and always respect and serve their parents irrespective of whether the parents take to devotional service or not.  Now let us continue to meditate on few more symptoms.

d. Considering Guru as non-different from Krishna: Prahlad Maharaj wonderfully while praying to Lord Narasimhadev in the famous verse 7.9.28 of Srimad Bhagavatam explicitly conveys his heart to the Lord so wonderfully that how he cannot leave the service of his spiritual master.


evam janam nipatitam prabhavaahi kupe
kaamaabhikaamam anu yah prapatan prasangaat
krtvaatmasaat surarshinaa bhagavan grhitah
so 'ham katham nu visrje tava bhrtya sevaam

"My dear Lord, O Supreme Personality of Godhead, because of my association with material desires, one after another, I was gradually falling into a blind well full of snakes, following the general populace. But Your servant Narada Muni kindly accepted me as his disciple and instructed me how to achieve this transcendental position. Therefore, my first duty is to serve him. How could I leave his service?"

Srila Prabhupada's transcendental purport to the above verse is worth meditating and contemplating. "As will be seen in later verses, even though Prahlada Maharaja was directly offered all the benedictions he might have desired, he refused to accept such offerings from the Supreme Personality of Godhead. On the contrary, he asked the Lord to engage him in the service of His servant Narada Muni. This is the symptom of a pure devotee. One should serve the spiritual master first. It is not that one should bypass the spiritual master and desire to serve the Supreme Lord. This is not the principle for a Vaishnava..Therefore Prahlada Maharaja proposed that he engage in the service of Narada Muni. He never proposed that he engage directly in the service of the Lord. This is the right conclusion. Therefore he said, 'so 'ham katham nu visrje tava bhrtya-sevaam' - "How can I give up the service of my spiritual master, who has favored me in such a way that I am now able to see You face to face?" Prahlada Maharaja prayed to the Lord that he might continue to engage in the service of his spiritual master, Narada Muni."

e. Never get misguided under any circumstances: Prahlad Maharaj's teachers were teaching purusharthas and glorification of his own father instead of the Lord. He did not follow. He humbly remembered Narayana and was never misguided. He was determined to the instructions of his spiritual master even though he was not personally present. In order to avoid the misguidance we have to take the resolution in our heart that we will never leave Srila Prabhupada's books at any time. Our beloved spiritual master H H Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj use to say that what we cannot get from Srila Prabhupada, we cannot get it from anywhere. No other person in the history of Vedic literature has written the word to word meaning, purports translations. 100 lives is not enough to read and understand Srila Prabhupada's books. Where is the time for other books? It is important to relish the nectar ourselves and also distribute the same to others. By ignoring Prabhupada's books we are committing suicide. He is lovingly take us to to Krishna. How much he would have thought about in writing the word mahaatama as 'expanded intelligence.' We have to just appreciate his writings and we will be purified and what to talk of implementing his purports in our life. Nothing like that.  

Krishna willing we will continue on the next wonderful quality of how to execute mature devotional service and their symptoms in the ensuing offering.

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

Sajjanapriya Krishna das