Qualify yourself - Part 1

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

In Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 1 Chapter 16, while narrating to the sages of Naimisaranya about how Parikshit Maharaj met Kali, Suta Goswami begins to says about the nice manner in which Maharaj Parikshit was ruling. He says in verse 1.16.3

ājahārāśva-medhāṁs trīn gaṅgāyāṁ bhūri-dakṣiṇān
śāradvataṁ guruṁ kṛtvā devā yatrākṣi-gocarāḥ

Mahārāja Parīkṣit, after having selected Kṛpācārya for guidance as his spiritual master, performed three horse sacrifices on the banks of the Ganges. These were executed with sufficient rewards for the attendants. And at these sacrifices, even the common man could see demigods.

In the above verse the words, "śāradvataṁ guruṁ kṛtvā" means "after accepting Krpacarya as spiritual master." Pariskhit Maharaj was a born in a family of pure devotees like Pandavas. He himself was such a great devotee that Lord Krishna blessed him with His transcendental darshan and protection when he was in the womb of his mother. He was entrusted with the rule of the entire planet after the Pandavas retired to the forest. In spite of all these qualifications of great lineage, role of being emperor of the whole planet etc, Parikshit Maharaj accepted Krpacarya as his spiritual master and ruled the country under the guidance of guru and sadhus. So from his example we can understand that how important it is to take shelter of spiritual master and our material positions and designations doesn't matter at all.

Srila Prabhupada very nicely says in the concluding lines of the purport to the above verse, "Even for a king like Mahārāja Parīkṣit there was need of a spiritual master for guidance. Without such guidance one cannot make progress in spiritual life. The spiritual master must be bona fide, and one who wants to have self-realization must approach and take shelter of a bona fide spiritual master to achieve real success."

Since Pariskhit Maharaj was so well-behaved, in the sacrifices he performed - "devā yatrākṣi-gocarāḥ" - even common people could see demigods. In his purport to the above verse Srila Prabhupada says, "The demigods are not generally visible to common men, as the Lord is not visible. But as the Lord, by His causeless mercy, descends to be visible to the common man, similarly the demigods also become visible to the common man by their own grace. Although celestial beings are not visible to the naked eyes of the inhabitants of this earth, it was due to the influence of Mahārāja Parīkṣit that the demigods also agreed to be visible." In his wonderful lecture on the above verse Srila Prabhupada makes it crystal clear that to get the darshan of pure devotees, demigods and Supreme Lord is not a cheap thing and that the place and person should be qualified for the same

Krishna willing we try to meditate more on this topic in the subsequent offering.

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