Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva.
This is in conclusion of the previous topic titled, "Bolo Krishna Bhajo Krishna" wherein we were trying to meditate on the instructions given by our scriptures like Gita and Bhagavatam on what we should talk with others. In the previous offering we saw were meditating on verse 1.16.6 of Srimad Bhagavatam and the need to practice silence and avoid unnecessary topics. Now we shall see further.
athavāsya padāmbhoja-makaranda-lihāṁ satām
kim anyair asad-ālāpair āyuṣo yad asad-vyayaḥ
The devotees of the Lord are accustomed to licking up the honey available from the lotus feet of the Lord. What is the use of topics which simply waste one’s valuable life?
Human life is very very valuable. Our scriptures repeatedly describe this birth as arthadam (full of value, meaningful) and also durlabham (very rare). Srila Prabhupada very nicely says in his lecture on verse 1.16.6 about how we would preserve valuable jewellery. We take extra care to keep it safely, so that we don't lose it. Even jewellery, when lost can be bought again after lot of efforts and again by spending lot of money. But time available now in this human birth can not be got back, even if we hang ourselves upside down or spend crores of money. So we can imagine how great a loss it is if we misuse it or waste it in useless topics. That's why our beloved spiritual master HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj always says, "Wasting time is a greatest crime."
Quoting Canakya Pandit's words
āyuṣaḥ kṣaṇa eko 'pi na labhyaḥ svarṇa-koṭibhiḥ
sa cen nirarthakaṁ nītaḥ kā nu hānis tato 'dhikaḥ
Srila Prabhupada says - It is not possible to regain the time lost by spending crores of gold coins. Also our life span is fixed by our destiny and we cannot increase or decrease a day or even a moment from it. So how careful we must be to spend the available time, when our body is in good condition.
At the same time we should understand the real meaning of silence. Srila Prabhupada while explaining about the word "mauni" in Bhagavad Gita verse 12.18-19 says mauni means to be silent. In his nice purport His Divine Grace further explains - "Silent does not mean that one should not speak; silent means that one should not speak nonsense. One should speak only of essentials, and the most essential speech for the devotee is to speak for the sake of the Supreme Lord."
So silence doesn't mean we should be arrogant and ignore other people. We can see that all the acaryas, the Goswamis, Srila Bhaktivinod Thakura, Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva all were very alert and judiciously spending every moment of their life in Krishna's service. At the same time they ensured that they could also touch the hearts of all the suffering souls who came in touch with them. They would lovingly ask for their well-being and with great compassion and patience they would lovingly guide them spiritually for all the miseries and encourage them to be engaged in Krishna's service.
Considering all these truths from Guru, sadhu and shastras - all we can do is to simply pray and try our best to follow the instruction of Caitanya Mahaprabhu - bolo `kṛṣṇa,’ bhajo kṛṣṇa, koro kṛṣṇa-śikṣā - "Chant "Krsna!", worship Krsna, and teach others about Krsna"
Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Sudarshana devi dasi.
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