Steadiness in Devotional Service - Part 4

Steadiness in Devotional Service - Part 4

Date
18th Apr 2014
Author
Sudarshana devi dasi

Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva.

This is in continuation of the transcription of the inspiring class given by our Godbrother HG Devakinandan Prabhuji on Bhagavad Gita verse 2.41. In the previous offering we saw the below point.

1. Chant and be peaceful.
2. Bhakti has no boundaries. 
3. Stick to one - ekeha kurunandana.
4. Be chaste in bhakti.

Now let us continue to hear further.

5. Don't waste time - Just do it: There is a famous story which my Guru Maharaj liked it very much. There was a mango tree with nice juicy mangoes. Three men were under the tree waiting for the mango to drop. They were waiting, waiting and nothing happened. Then all of a sudden there was a breeze and the myna bird sat on the branch. The moment it sat, the branch dropped, the breeze moved the branch and the mango dropped to the floor. The three men were ekeha kurunandana - their only thinking was on the mango. They were very chaste. Their chastity was in the mango. Now that the mango dropped, what should they do? Pick it up, divide and eat it. They were about to eat it. Then the first man said, "My friend, Before you eat, let me ask you, what was the reason for the mango dropping? We waited the whole day. What happened?" The second man said, "Very simple. Myna bird sat on the branch. Its weight pushed the branch down and the mango dropped." The third man said, "I disagree. It was the gust of the wind. Wind was the one which came few seconds before the bird came and it was the one which actually made the mango drop. First man, holding the mango said, "I disagree with both of you. It was a combination of the gust of wind and the myna bird's weight and so the mango dropped." 

So they started discussing and discussing, leaving the mango down. One small boy came by. He saw three mature men, ekeha kurnandana, they were discussing, determined, very determined, resolute in the purpose - Mango is down and the men are discussing. Now what does the child do? Picks up the mango. What is the mango for? Is it for discussion? (laughter) He picks up the mango, bites it and says 'this is best mango'. And he takes the mango away. So after three men are fully satisfied with the chaste mind, about how they should divide the mango, how they should taste the mango and why the mango dropped in first place, by the time they looked down, there was no mango. Is this how you want to lead your lives? We just waste the time, 'Is it Krishna? Is it not Krishna?'. No. Just we chant. Just we take up the practice. After 1 week if you don't like Krishna, we have nothing to say. After 1 week if you say, "hmm..Krishna is not for me." What can we tell you? We can't tell you anything. But we are very confident, that after one week, you will come back and say, 'This is it. This is the way'. And if you still feel it is not the way, after we feed you prasadam at the end of this program, you will definitely say, 'This is the only way'. (loud laughter). Now how do you be determined that once you have captured the goal, you should keep it in the heart. That way of being determined means, that in our heart there should only be place for one. One object of worship and that is Krishna. Just like in our hearts we have place only for those we love, higher than all those we love is the object of all love and that is Krishna.

Krishna willing we shall continue to hear more nectar from Prabhuji in the subsequent offerings.

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