Protector of the Surrendered

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

In Bhagavad Gita verse 17.28 Lord Krishna says,

aśraddhayā hutaṁ dattaṁ tapas taptaṁ kṛtaṁ ca yat
asad ity ucyate pārtha na ca tat pretya no iha

Anything done as sacrifice, charity or penance without faith in the Supreme, O son of Prtha, is impermanent. It is called asat and is useless both in this life and the next.

In Bhagavad Gita 4.40 also Krishna insists the effects of lack of faith as follows.

ajñaś cāśraddadhānaś ca saṁśayātmā vinaśyati
nāyaṁ loko ’sti na paro na sukhaṁ saṁśayātmanaḥ

But ignorant and faithless persons who doubt the revealed scriptures do not attain God consciousness; they fall down. For the doubting soul there is happiness neither in this world nor in the next.

We may do so many austerities, sacrifices, charities and so many services. But if that is done without faith in Krishna then it is all useless. Krishna also says that it is impermanent, meaning that we will not be able to continue with that service also. When we have faith in Supreme Lord, then we can even move mountains. But when we start doubting Him, we will not be able to even lift our hand. This reminds us of the wonderful transcendental seva of flag hoisting done on the temple dome in Jagannath Puri dham. This seva happens daily in the evening. Right from age of 8 years old, the devotees are trained for this seva. The devotees engaged in this seva are called Garuda sevaks as they climb the dome, praying for the mercy of Garuda. The flag is hoisted on top of the Sudarshan chakra situated on the top of the temple dome, which itself is 214 feet high. This is a manual process. There is no ladder or lift or escalator or elevator. The sevak wraps the huge flags around him and simply climbs up the dome and by grace of Jagannath they hoist the flag and come down. Whether it is rainy day or sunny day or stormy day, there is no interruption in this seva. 

Once a 15 year old devotee was doing this seva on a rainy day. The people watching him thought that it is very slippery and so surely this boy is going to be in trouble. But he effortlessly climbed up, hoisted the flag and came down. When the people asked him how he did it, he replied - "I am not hoisting the flag. It is Jagannath who is doing it!" Indeed this simple and sublime faith is what empowering these devotees to do the service continuously. Every time when I see this seva, all I can remember is Srila Prabhupada's wonderful purport to verse 3.31.18 - "By the transcendental energy of the Lord, everything is possible." Some time ago it seems the devotee who was climbing up the dome, slipped. Seeing him fall, the on-lookers standing around shouted in unison, "Jai Jagannath!". Immediately from nowhere a monkey appeared on the dome caught hold of him by his hand, placed him on the dome and then walked away!! How can the Lord forsake His dear devotees? Indeed in Bhagavad Gita verse 9.31 Lord assures - Kaunteya pratijānīhi na me bhaktaḥ praṇaśyati.

I pray at the lotus feet of Srila Gurudeva and Srila Prabhupada kill the demons of doubt in the heart and fill it with simple and sublime faith in Supreme Lord.

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