Steadiness in Devotional Service - Part 5

Steadiness in Devotional Service - Part 5

Date
20th 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.
5. Don't waste time - Just do it.

Now let us continue to hear further.

6. The Three D's: Everything is coming from Krishna and that is why once we satisfy Krishna, everyone becomes satisfied. Sometimes people ask me, "Prabhu, you say that shastras say that if you satisfy Krishna, everyone will be satisfied. I am trying to satisfy Krishna. But my wife is not satisfied with me, my children are not satisfied with me. So how can this be true?" The answer is very simple. That means we haven't satisfied Krishna yet. Don't blame anyone else. You know why? Because when we come to Krishna, we want to actually satisfy our senses. When Ravana came to take Sita, he wanted to satisfy his senses. He did not want to do arati for Sita Mata. No. That was not in his mind. He wanted to enjoy Sita Mata. And when Sita Mata saw Mandodari in Ramayana, what does She say? She says, "My God, Ravana must be blind. Because Mandodari is greater than the goddess of fortune. She is more chaste than me and she looks 100 times more better than me. This Ravana must be a mad man that he cannot be chaste to her."

Krishna is the most beautiful object of worship. Something must be really wrong with us, if we cannot make Him the center of our lives. Isn't it true? Something must be seriously wrong, because we lack the faith. We lack faith because we don't have the determination to continue our Krishna consciousness. Determination is the most important factor in devotional service. That is why both starts in "D" - Devotional Service and Determination. And the best way Bhagavatam tells us to know the example of one who is determined is to remember the great pastime of Dhruva Maharaj. King Uttanapada had two wives, Suniti and Suruchi. Dhruva Maharaj was born of Suniti and Uttama was born of Suruchi. So one morning when Dhruva's brother Uttama sat on his father's lap, Dhruva Maharaj also wanted to sit on his father's lap. And because Suniti and Dhruva were not favourable to the king, the king did not want Dhruva to sit on his lap. He was not so inviting. Dhruva was told by his step-mother that, 'you don't deserve to sit on the father's lap. Because you have to born in my womb, to be of that position', because she was that much favoured by the father. So Dhruva Maharaj becomes very upset. What does he do? He goes to his mother Suniti and asks her, "Is it really true that I cannot sit on the lap of my father?" And she says, "Yes. It is very true, because the father likes your step-mother very much." "Is it very true mother, that step-mother Suruchi said, that 'you better pray very hard to the Supreme Personality of Godhead that you will take birth in my womb and then you can sit in your father's lap." To that extent she said, So is it true that I have to pray very hard to Krishna and then I can sit on my father's lap?"

Krishna willing we shall continue to hear more nectar from Prabhuji on Suniti's response to Dhruva in the subsequent offerings.

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