Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances! All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev!
This is in conclusion of the previous offering titled, "Divine Mercy" wherein we saw that divine mercy does not refer to accumulation or possession of wealth. But when we are bestowed with qualities of fearlessness and are free from lamentation, then that indeed is divine mercy. Let us continue to meditate more on this topic.
Fear about the future and lamentation about the past are two things which keeps harassing us all the time. Fear problem is the most prominent because we are always ignorant of the next problem which is going to happen in the future and we are always uncertain about the future. As long as we identify ourselves with this body and fail to depend on Krishna, we are always fearful because we are constantly worried about our body and our comfortable position in the material world. However comforts do not exist in the material world, because the nature of the material world is to harass us.
Even the most materially opulent people are always in anxiety about the future and lamenting for the past. We see in Srimad Bhagavatam that even the king of heavens, Indra became fearful about losing his position when he heard that Prthu Maharaj is going to perform 100 Aswamedha sacrifice. He immediately planned so many schemes to thwart it, to save his position. Though initially Prthu Maharaj became angry with Indra, he later became pacified on hearing the advice of Brahma and gave up his anger towards Indra. And during the war with Vrtrasura, Indra started lamenting when his thunderbolt slipped from his hand. Even though Vrtrasura's physical form appeared like a demon, he was sure of his death and was completely fearless and in fact he encouraged Indra, by asking him to get out of the lamentation. So how to get rid of fear and lamentation? Srimad Bhagavatam verse 1.7.7 shows us the way.
yasyāṁ vai śrūyamāṇāyāṁ / kṛṣṇe parama-pūruṣe
bhaktir utpadyate puṁsaḥ / śoka-moha-bhayāpahā
"Simply by giving aural reception to this Vedic literature, the feeling for loving devotional service to Lord Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, sprouts up at once to extinguish the fire of lamentation, illusion and fearfulness."
Loving devotional service means serving for pleasure of Krishna, without any motives. Our beloved spiritual master H H Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj says that our devotional service is important, but we are not important. So without keeping ourselves in the center, if we simply Krishna in the center of all our activities and serve Him, then sprouts of bhakti will blossom. But when our bhakti is tainted with material motives we will not be able to get rid of fear and lamentation, even after executing the devotional service for so many years. In all situations if we simply depend on Krishna and accept whatever He arranges for us, then there is no room for fear or lamentation. Srila Prabhupada gives us the sublime solution to this problem in the purport of Srimad Bhagavatam 3.23.7
"For spiritual achievement the easiest path is to take shelter of a bona fide spiritual master and to serve him with heart and soul. That is the secret of success. As stated by Vishvanataha Cakravarthy Thakura in his eight stanzas of prayer to the spiritual master, yasya prasaadaad bhagavat-prasaada, by serving or receiving the grace of the spiritual master, one receives the grace of the Supreme Lord. By serving her devotee husband, Kardama Muni, Devahuti shared in his achievements. Similarly, a sincere disciple, simply by serving a bona fide spiritual master, can achieve all the mercy of the Lord and the spiritual master simultaneously."
Let us simply pray to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva to bestow us this divine mercy.
Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev,
Sajjanapriya Krishna das,
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