Loving Offering - Part 3

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

This is in continuation of the previous offering titled "Loving Offering" wherein we were meditating on the different types of examples which our beloved spiritual master HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj had mentioned in his diary for the verse 9.26 of Bhagavad-Gita. In previous offering we saw that Maharaj gave the below examples.

i) Patram - the example of Draupadi satisfying the Lord by giving Him a small bit of leafy vegetable that was stuck in her akshaya patra.  
ii) Pushpam - elephant Gajendra offering flower to Lord.

Now we shall see further.

iii) Phalam - Maharaj gave the examples of Shabari and Vidura.

Shabari: Shabari was disciple of Matanga Muni. Before returning to Godhead, Matanga Muni instructed her that Lord Ram would come to visit her one day in his ashram. So she was eagerly waiting for the Lord and every day she would clean the ashram, would collect fresh fruits and keep it ready to be offered to Lord. This went on for many years. But Shabari had firm faith in the words of her spiritual master and continued her service with full enthusiasm. When Lord Ram visited her along with his brother Lakshman on His way to Lanka, she was very pleased to offer the fruits to the Lord. In fact, in order to ensure that the best fruits are offered to Lord Ram, she tasted them first before giving to the Lord. While this is not the right way of offering the guest, the Lord understood her supreme bhāva and lovingly accepted them. Maharaj has mentioned in his diary that from then onwards, whenever Lord was invited for having bhoga anywhere, He kept appreciating to all His hosts about the wonderful fruits offered by Shabari.

Vidura: Yamaraj is one of the twelve Mahajans and by curse of Manduka Muni, Yamaraj appeared as Vidura and in this birth he fulfilled his desire of seeing and serving the Lord personally. When Lord came as peace messenger to Hastinapura, both Duryodhana and Vidura invited Him. His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada very nicely narrates this pastime in one of the lectures to Srimad Bhagavatam verse 1.15.35. He says, "Vidura invited Him. Krishna did not go Duryodhana's house, very palatial building. Vidura, a cottage, so He went there. And Vidura being in ecstasy was offering Him some banana. So he was so overpowered by ecstasy that instead of giving the fruit banana, he was giving the skin, and Krishna was eating. So when he came to his senses he saw that "I have given only the skin, and Krishna is eating." So this is bhakti. This is bhakti. Krishna wants that. Krishna can eat anything, either you give the pulp or skin, He can eat anything because He is all powerful and everything is equal to Him."

Here we can see that Lord did not accept the opulent offering done by Duryodhana because he offered without any bhakti-bhāva. Whereas He happily ate the skin of banana offered in loving ecstasy by His dear devotee Vidura.

Maharaj writes in his diary:

tatvetta tihun lok mein bhojan kiye apaar 
ek shabari ek vidur ghar ruch paayo do baar

Krishna who is tatvetta - knower of everything, had bhojan all over the three worlds, several times. But He relished it the most in two places (Vidur's home and Shabari's ashram) because they offered with great love.

Krishna willing, we shall try to meditate on the other offerings in the subsequent offering. 

Hare Krishna. 

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