Loving Offering - Part 5

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 the 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.
iii) Phalam - Shabari and Vidura.   

Now we shall see further.

iv) Thoyam - Maharaj gives the example of Rantideva for offering water. Srimad Bhagavatam says that Rantideva never over-endeavored to earn anything extraneously. He would enjoy whatever he got by the arrangement of providence, but when guests came he would give them everything. Thus he underwent considerable suffering, along with the members of his family. Indeed, he and his family members shivered for want of food and water, yet Rantideva always remained sober. Once, after fasting for forty-eight days, in the morning Rantideva received some water and some foodstuffs made with milk and ghee, but when he and his family were about to eat, a brahmana guest arrived. 

Since he saw Krishna in everyone and everything, without any hesitation he gave him a share of the food. Then he distributed the food to his family members and was about to eat his share. At that time, a shudra came and asked for food. So Rantideva gave a portion of his food to him. Then another guest with his dogs came asked for food and Rantideva  gave the remaining portion of the food respectfully to them. Thereafter when Rantideva was about to drink water - which was available just for one person a candala came and asked for it. Because of his realized transcendental position, he was able to withstand the bodily demands of hunger and thirst and happily offered the water to candala. In Srimad Bhagavatam verse 9.21.12 Rantideva says,

na kāmaye ’haṁ gatim īśvarāt parām
aṣṭarddhi-yuktām apunar-bhavaṁ vā
ārtiṁ prapadye ’khila-deha-bhājām
antaḥ-sthito yena bhavanty aduḥkhāḥ

I do not pray to the Supreme Personality of Godhead for the eight perfections of mystic yoga, nor for salvation from repeated birth and death. I want only to stay among all the living entities and suffer all distresses on their behalf, so that they may be freed from suffering.

Maharaj writes in his diary that because Rantideva saw Krishna in everyone and everything and so the Lord happily accepted the water offered by him to the guests and later gave Him darshan and revealed to him that it was His representatives like Lord Siva and Lord Brahma who came in disguise to test him. Lord Siva and Lord Brahma, being pleased with his elevated bhakti-bhāva, offered him benedictions but it is so beautifully said in SB 9.21.16:

King Rantideva had no ambition to enjoy material benefits from the demigods. He offered them obeisances, but because he was factually attached to Lord Vishnu, Vasudeva, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, he fixed his mind at Lord Vishnu's lotus feet.

Krishna willing, we will continue to meditate further on this topic in subsequent offering.

Hare Krishna. 

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