Narada Muni - Father of Devotional Service - Part 18

Narada Muni - Father of Devotional Service - Part 18

Manohar Suvarna

Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,

Please accept my humble obeisances! All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev! 

This is in continuation of the previous offering titled, "Narada Muni - The Father of Devotional Service". In the previous offering, we have seen from the instruction of Devarshi Narada Muni that Lord is the cause of all causes.  Let us continue to hear further instructions from him.

19. Way to satisfy Krishna: In Srimad Bhagavatam verse 4.31.19 Narada Muni instructs us the way to please Krishna.

dayayaa sarva bhuteshu / santushtyaa yena kena vaa
sarvendriyopashaantyaa ca / tushyaty aashu janaardanah

"By showing mercy to all living entities, being satisfied somehow or other, and restricting the senses from sense enjoyment, one can very quickly satisfy the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Janardana."

This verse is one of the favourite verses of Srila Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj. Maharaj had coined the acronym MSC to make us remember the qualities merciful, satisfaction and control of senses mentioned in the above verse. Just like in academics we have this Masters degree, MSc - Master of Science, Maharaj insisted that we should hanker to get this MSc in this life. Now let us ponder over the 3 important qualities which Devarshi Narada Muni is teaching us in this verse for our own purification.

1) Mercifulness: Generally, we have a tendency of expecting mercy from others in all circumstances and we strongly feel that we deserve that mercy. But when it comes to the point of being merciful to others, we have some reservations. However Narada Muni says that we have to be merciful to all. Lord Sri Krishna is very merciful to all the living entities. Therefore He is pleased when His dear devotees are merciful to all living entities. The words 'sarva bhuteshu' in the above verse makes it very clear. It is not that we are merciful only to people who are favourable to us, or to human beings alone. sarva bhuteshu means all living entities. Srila Prabhupada very nicely mentions in the purport to above verse, "The best way to show mercy is to spread Krishna consciousness...The word sarva-bhuteshu is significant because it appliesImage removed. not only to species of life. The devotee can do good not only to humanity but to all living entities as well. Everyone can benefit spiritually by the chanting of the Hare Krishna maha-mantra. When the transcendental vibration of Hare Krishna even the trees, animals and insects benefit. Thus when one chants the Hare Krishna maha-mantra loudly, he actually shows mercy to all living entities."

2) Being Satisfied: The second quality which Narada Muni mentions in this verse, to please Krishna, is to be satisfied in all conditions. Krishna Himself says this in Bhagavad Gita verse 12.14 santushtah satatam yogi, - one who is always satisfied is very dear to Him. Srila Prabhupada very nicely links the quality of being merciful and being satisfied in the purport to verse 4.31.19 of Srimad Bhagavatam. He says, "To spread the Krishna consciousness movement throughout the world, the devotees should be satisfied in all conditions." When our hearts are dissatisfied and we are full of hankerings, and our own condition is miserable, then we will not be able to be merciful to others. So simply by accepting Krishna's plan whole-heartedly, in all situations, both favourable and unfavourable, we will be able to remain satisfied.

3) Control of Senses: Srila Prabhupada further links the quality of sense-control to that of satisfaction. He says that a devotee remains satisfied both in heaven or in hell because of his constant associationImage removed. with Krishna and that state is achieved by control of his senses. In the concluding line of the purport Srila Prabhupada gives the key as to how we can control the senses - "The senses are automatically controlled when one's mind is engaged in the service of the Lord."

Krishna willing, we will learn more about the Narada Muni's instruction to Pracetas in the next offering.

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

Manohar Suvarna

Abu Dhabi