Pleasing Krishna - Part 1

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

In Srimad Bhagavatam verse 4.20.1 Maitreya Muni while narrating to Vidura about the appearance of Lord Vishnu in the sacrificial arena of Maharaj Prthu, says  how Lord mercifully gives His darshan to those who please Him.

maitreya uvāca
bhagavān api vaikuṇṭhaḥ
sākaṁ maghavatā vibhuḥ
yajñair yajña-patis tuṣṭo
yajña-bhuk tam abhāṣata

The great sage Maitreya continued: My dear Vidura, being very much satisfied by the performance of ninety-nine horse sacrifices, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Viṣṇu, appeared on the scene. Accompanying Him was King Indra. Lord Viṣṇu then began to speak.

In any field, we are considered as successful person when we reach the target cent-percent. But in spiritual front, what matters is whether we are able to please Krishna by our attempts to serve Him. Prthu Maharaj wanted to 100 sacrifice. But after 99th sacrifice, Indra became anxious whether his post will be at stake, if Prthu Maharaja completes the 100th sacrifice. So he makes every effort to stop Prthu Maharaja from performing the 100th sacrifice. He steals the horse kept for sacrifice. Prthu Maharaj disappointed by the action of Indra tried to get it back from him. Since this was provoking Indra to do more and more offence Lord Brahma advises Prthu Maharaj to stop with 99 sacrifice. Prthu Maharaj obeys and abides by the advice of Lord Brahmaji instead of being fanatic about reaching his target of 100 sacrifice. This obedience pleases (tushta) the Supreme Lord who is also addressed in the above verse as Yajna Pati (Lord of all sacrifices) and Yajna-bhuk (Enjoyer of all sacrifice). Prthu Maharaj was not hankering for any personal name or fame.

So we have to understand that whatever we do should be pleasing to Krishna. Krishna is pleased when we respect and abide by the words of elders.  Our beloved spiritual master HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj says that obedience is the greatest remembrance of Krishna. Because of abiding by Lord Brahmaji's words, Prthu Maharaj not only got the darshan of the Lord, but was also able to hear from Him. When we stop obeying the advice of elders, we put ourselves in great trouble. Srimad Bhagavatam 10.4.46 Sukadev Goswami says to Maharaj Parikshit.

āyuḥ śriyaṁ yaśo dharmaṁ lokān āśiṣa eva ca
hanti śreyāṁsi sarvāṇi puṁso mahad-atikramaḥ

My dear King, when a man persecutes great souls, all his benedictions of longevity, beauty, fame, religion, blessings and promotion to higher planets will be destroyed.

So instead of doing anything whinsically, it is important that we seek the advice of elders and try to alway abide by their instruction. Such simple deeds in our day-to-day life, pleaes Krishna.

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