Fixing the Mind on Krishna - Part 4

Fixing the Mind on Krishna - Part 4

Sudarshana devi dasi

Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,

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

This is in continuation of the transcription of 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 Krishna das Kaviraja Goswami, author of the great literature Caitanya Caritamrta. In the previous offering we heard from Maharaj about 

1. The three wishes of devotees. 

2. Bhagavatam and Caitanya Caritamrta are non-different.

3. Be Simple.

Now let us continue to hear further.

4. Don't be lazy: Our attention is, because of simple life, we get so much time and that time has to be utilised 100% in learning the scriptures and relishing the devotional activities. Please do the service very seriously. The co-operation is the word to be engraved in our mind. Without co-operation, these communities could not go on. So please fully co-operate. Do your service very sincerely and rest of the time, every second of your existence, has got to be utilised in order to understand the beautiful scriptures. With whole hard labour these acaryas have presented it before us. Srila Prabhupada has done a great job in giving us this lieratures and referring so many verses and purports. With this we shall go to the verse which we want to discuss.

siddhaanta baliyaa citte / naa kara alasa
ihaa ha-ite krsne / laage sudrdha maanasaa 

"A sincere student should not neglect the discussion of such conclusions, considering them controversial, for such discussions strengthen the mind. Thus one's mind becomes attached to Sri Krishna."

In the first para of the purport Srila Prabhupada says, "There are many students who, in spite of reading the Bhagavad-Gita, misunderstand Krishna because of imperfect knowledge and conclude Him to be an ordinary historical personality. This one must not do. One should be particularly careful to understand the truth about Krishna. If because of laziness one does not come to know Krishna conclusively, one will be misguided about the cult of devotion, like those who declare themselves advanced devotees and imitate the transcendental symptoms sometimes observed in liberated souls. Although the use of thoughts and arguments is a most suitable process for inducing an uninitiated person to become a devotee, neophytes in devotional service must always alertly understand Krishna through the vision of the revealed scriptures, the bona fide devotees and the spiritual master. Unless one hears about Sri Krishna from such authorities, one cannot make advancement in devotion to Sri Krishna. The revealed scriptures mention nine means of attaining devotional service, of which the first and foremost is hearing from authority. The seed of devotion cannot sprout unless watered by the process of hearing and chanting. One should submissively receive the transcendental messages from spiritually advanced sources and chant the very same messages for one's own benefit as well as the benefit of one's audience."

There are so many things discussed here in this first para. The first point is that one should study the scriptures under the guidance of expert devotees, sadhus and saintly persons and the spiritual master. Then only we can come to the right conclusion. The best warning is given in one sentence here - "If because of laziness one does not come to know Krishna conclusively, one will be misguided about the cult of devotion". We are following devotional service and as it is it becomes difficult to convince the mind about the authenticity of devotional service. We stay here for years together. But there is a flicker of doubt in the mind always and it drags us away from these things. 

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