Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva.
This is in continuation of the previous offering titled, "Give Your Best to Krishna" wherein we were meditating on Srimad Bhagavatam verse 1.14.38. In the previous offerings we saw
1) The members of Yadu family, pure devotees, always give best possible thing to Krishna.
2) Best part of day (early morning hours), our life (childhood and healthy body) should be dedicated to Krishna.
3) Best service is to give Krishna to all - in the form of Holy Names, Bhagavad Gita and Bhagavatam.
4) Hand-over everything to Krishna and be fearless.
Now we shall try to meditate on this verse further.
In Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 8, we find the nice example of Bali Maharaj who surrendered himself completely to Lord Vamanadev. Lord Vamana appeared in the sacrificial arena of Bali Maharaj in the form a dwarf brahmana. Bali Maharaj received Him nicely, washed His lotus feet and sprinkled the water on his head and requested Him to ask for charity. Lord asked him for 3 paces of land. Sukracarya knew that dwarf brahmana Vamana is Lord Vishnu and so he forbade his disciple not to give charity. He explained that in subduing others, in joking, in responding to danger, in acting for the welfare of others, and so on, one could refuse to fulfill one’s promise, and there would be no fault. By this philosophy, Śukracarya tried to dissuade Bali Mahāraja from giving land to Lord Vamanadeva.
But Bali Maharaj did not want to cheat Vamandev or withdraw his promise. He knew that at the time of death, all of us would definitely have to be separated from all these material assets. So he wondered why he should not donate the land to the brahmana. The best way to use anything that we are blessed with in this world is to use it in Krishna's service. It could be our body, mind, words, assets. Using these in Krishna's service is the best usage. That's why Sukadev Goswami also very nicely says in 2.4.17, "Let me offer my respectful obeisances unto the all-auspicious Lord Śrī Kṛṣṇa again and again because the great learned sages, the great performers of charity, the great workers of distinction, the great philosophers and mystics, the great chanters of the Vedic hymns and the great followers of Vedic principles cannot achieve any fruitful result without dedication of such great qualities to the service of the Lord."
So Bali Maharaj said that even if dwarf brahmana is Lord Vishnu and has come to punish him, still he would be happy to donate the land as promised as he knew that giving charity to a saintly person was a very rare opportunity. When Vamanadev took the Trivikrama form and covered the lower planetary systems with one step, the higher planetary systems with the second step and asked for third step, Bali Maharaj requested the Lord to place His feet on hs head. In Srimad Bhagavatam verse 8.22.2 Bali Maharaj says,
yady uttamaśloka bhavān mameritaṁ
vaco vyalīkaṁ sura-varya manyate
karomy ṛtaṁ tan na bhavet pralambhanaṁ
padaṁ tṛtīyaṁ kuru śīrṣṇi me nijam
Bali Mahārāja said: O best Personality of Godhead, most worshipable for all the demigods, if You think that my promise has become false, I shall certainly rectify matters to make it truthful. I cannot allow my promise to be false. Please, therefore, place Your third lotus footstep on my head.
In loving reciprocation to the glorious deed of Bali Maharaj, Lord Vamanadev gave him Sutala planet, became his doorkeeper. Lord Vamandev says in Srimad Bhagavatam 8.22.35 - "O great hero, I shall always be with you and give you protection in all respects along with your associates and paraphernalia. Moreover, you will always be able to see Me there."
Srila Prabhupada very nicely says in the purport to verse 8.19.18 of Bhagavatam, "Devotees sacrifice all personal interests to satisfy the Supreme Personality of Godhead, and similarly the Supreme Lord, although having no personal interests, can do anything for the interests of His devotees. One who is full in himself has no personal interests."
Bali Maharaj even when he was rebuked and cursed by his spiritual master, did not falter from giving his best to Krishna and thereby received inconceivable blessings from Lord Vamanadev. May we always remember the lives of these glorious devotees and try to follow in their footsteps.
Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Sudarshana devi dasi.
Errata: In yesterday's offering we had wrongly mentioned that 'Vrajavasis were continuously attacked by demons sent by Krishna.' 'They were actually attacked by the demons sent by Kamsa.' Sincere apologies for the mistake.
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