Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva.
Once we had a class with our beloved spiritual master H H Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaja on the Bhagavatam and we read the wonderful purport of His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada (Srimad Bhagavatam verse 3.29.45) wherein Maharaja emphasized the following lines. "The phenomenal world is created, maintained and destroyed by the finger signal of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Therefore a devotee does not desire anything in this material world. A devotee desires only to serve the Supreme Personality of Godhead. This servitude exists eternally; the Lord exists eternally, His servitor exists eternally, and the service exists eternally."
If the connection (yoga) with Krishna is not there, we tend to view our duties as chores. Bhakti-yoga means that we connect ourselves with Krishna by pushing ourselves to meditate that we work every day, on route, simply by the finger signal of Krishna. Krishna is already doing everything – now we need to play our part in the relationship!
In the same way as said in the Bhagavatam (5.23.3) – that all the planets rotate on the wheel of Time (kaala-cakra aayojitaa) in their respective orbits, tied to the Polar Star (Dhruvaloka) by the Lord's bonds of air (vaayu-vashaah) – all conditioned souls are controlled in their respective duties according to time, tied to their gross and subtle bodies by the same ubiquitous subtle bond that – we have to admit – in reality is Krishna's bond of love for us. It works just like a loving father obliges his son to perform various duties like raising, washing, going to school etc. simply to teach him basic humanity; to be able to sacrifice his own selfish pleasure for the welfare of others. It all has to do with sacrifice. Without doing what we do as a sacrifice for others' happiness, we cannot be happy ourselves. Therefore we have the Vedas.
vedaa hi yajnaartham abhipravrittaah / kaalaanupurvaa vihitaasca yajnaah
tasmaad idam kaalavidhaana shaastram / yo jyotisham veda sa veda yajnaan
"The Vedas have indeed been revealed for the sake of the performance of the sacrifices. However, these sacrifices are dependent on the (various segments of) time. Therefore, only he who knows the science of time, viz., Jyotisha, understands the performance of the sacrifices (fully)." (RVJ 36)
In order to live our lives as a sacrifice for everyone's welfare, which is the reason why Krishna gave us the Vedas, we must be guided by Him who is invisible in our hearts as the Supersoul, and who directs us by the force of time. In the external, sensory world, He sends his representative in the form of a person who has dedicated his life to Krishna's service. Such a pure devotee is acting in full consciousness of the science of time, whose calculations tells us that we currently find ourselves around 5000 years into the age called Kali, which began in 3102 BC. We need this Vedic education about where we are in time in order for us to know actually what to do! Srila Prabhupada says that, "Just as a boy is educated in order to become happy later, one should be educated in this life in order to attain an eternal and prosperous life after death. It is therefore essential that people follow what is given in the shrutis and smritis to make sure that the human mission is successful."
Shruti pertains to Vedas like the Upanishads, and smriti are history-books like the Srimad Bhagavatam. In Bhagavatam, Shukadeva Gosvami says that the age of Kali we are living in is full of faults (kaler dosa-nidhe rajann), and the great seer Shukraacarya says that while performing sacrifices, the only way for us to rectify all these unavoidable faults, is to chant the holy names of Krishna (sarvam karoti nishchidram anusankirtanam tava), as in the Maha-mantra, which is given in the Kali-santarana Upanishad, "Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare / Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare — these sixteen names composed of thirty-two syllables are the only means to counteract the evil effects of Kali-yuga. In all the Vedas it is seen that to cross the ocean of nescience there is no alternative to the chanting of the holy name." (CC Adi 7.76 P)
Krishna willing we shall relish more nectar from the Bhagavatam in regards to time, in the subsequent offering.
Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Amogha-drk Krishna dasa,
Errata: In the previous offerings we had mentioned one line that as per jyotish the day is divided into 30 muhurtas, counted from sunrise to sunset. The most auspicious muhurta is the 15th, which occurs exactly at noon (local mean time) and is called Abhijit."
The correct line is as follows: "As per jyotish the day is divided into 30 muhurtas, counted from sunrise to sunset. The most auspicious muhurta is the 8th, which occurs exactly at noon (local mean time) and is called Abhijit." Our apologies for the mistake.
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