Give Your Best to Krishna - Part 1

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

In Srimad Bhagavatam Yudhishtir Maharaj while inquiring Arjuna, who had returned from Dwaraka, says in verse 1.14.38

yad bāhu-daṇḍābhyudayānujīvino
yadu-pravīrā hy akutobhayā muhuḥ
adhikramanty aṅghribhir āhṛtāṁ balāt
sabhāṁ sudharmāṁ sura-sattamocitām

 

The great heroes of the Yadu dynasty, being protected by the arms of Lord Śrī Kṛṣṇa, always remain fearless in every respect. And therefore their feet trample over the Sudharmā assembly house, which the best demigods deserved but which was taken away from them.

Just like how Satyabhama wanted to bring parijata flower from celestial planets to Krishna's palace in Dwaraka, in a similar mood, the heroes of Yadu dynasty also wanted the Sudharma assembly which was usually meant for demigods. Srila Prabhupada very nicely mentions in the purport to the above verse, "During the time of Lord Kṛṣṇa’s presence on the earth, the members of the Yadu family forcibly brought the celestial assembly house to earth and placed it at Dvārakā. They were able to use such force because they were certain of the indulgence and protection of the Supreme Lord Kṛṣṇa. In other words, the Lord is provided with the best things in the universe by His pure devotees. Lord Kṛṣṇa was provided with all kinds of comforts and facilities available within the universe by the members of the Yadu dynasty, and in return such servitors of the Lord were protected and fearless."

This again is a very nice quality we should remember when we are doing any service for Krishna - to do the service in best possible manner. When a devotee sincerely tries his best to serve the Lord, the Lord reciprocates in ways which are inconceivable even to that devotee and arranges for the successful execution of the service. 

Srila Prabhupada wanted to do his best to glorify Krishna all over the world. So he did not mind taking the trouble of traveling such a long, tiring voyage. During those trying moments when His Divine Grace suffered heart-attacks and later while crossing over the Atlantic ocean which was always turbulent, Krishna protected Srila Prabhupada's health and also gave His Divine Grace, the transcendental darshan of all the incarnations rowing the ship across the ocean. Later at every step of His Divine Grace's glorious life, we can see how Lord Krishna very dutifully helped him in his mission so much so His Divine Grace could build over 108 temples and establish this great society of ISKCON.

Our beloved spiritual master HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj wanted to have nice stone temple for Sri Sri Rukmini Dwarakadish, so that temple stays for more than thousands of years and remain as inspiration for future generations to take up bhakti. Even though there were threats from local gundas to harm Maharaj, Maharaj bravely continued with his service. He told the gundas, "Its my fortune to leave my body in Dwarka. You are not fighting with me. But you are fighting with Krishna and Krishna never loses in any fight."  Saying so Maharaj did his devotional service in the best possible manner by chanting Mahamantra and studying Srimad Bhagavatam. Both his old-age and related bodily ailments could not in anyway hamper the service Maharaj wanted to offer to Lord. Krishna Himself arranged for all the donors and now we have the glorious stone temple for Sri Sri Rukmini Dwarakadish in Dwaraka dham

Similarly in Rajkot, Maharaj wanted to build marble palace for Their Lordships Sri Sri Radha Neel Madhav. Rajkot has a hot climate and there was lot of drought problem. Inorder that deities don't experience the heat in the summer season, Maharaj was particular that temple should be made of full-marble. Marbles are quite expensive. But Maharaj wanted to give the best comfort for the Deities and again in Rajkot, Maharaj with full enthusiasm performed mangala-arati, japa and study of Srimad Bhagavatam all the time. As a result, "the Glory of Saurashtra" - got manifested couple of years.

All these Mahatmas teach us that we should do our best for Krishna's service. Krishna willing we shall relish continue to relish more nectar from Srila Prabhupada's purport to the above verse in the subsequent offering.

Hare Krishna.
Thank you very much,
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Sudarshana devi dasi