Pleasing Krishna - Part 4

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, "Pleasing Krishna" wherein we were meditating on the pastime of the appearance of Lord Vishnu in the sacrificial arena of Prthu Maharaj. In the previous offering we saw that

1. Lord is pleased to give His darshan, when we are obedient to elders.
2. Lord is pleased when we forgive the offence of others.

Now we shall see further.

In Srimad Bhagavatam verse 4.20.4 Lord Vishnu says to Prthu Maharaj

puruṣā yadi muhyanti tvādṛśā deva-māyayā
śrama eva paraṁ jāto dīrghayā vṛddha-sevayā

If a personality like you, who are so much advanced because of executing the instructions of the previous ācāryas, is carried away by the influence of My material energy, then all your advancement may be considered simply a waste of time.

In the above verse vṛddha-sevayā means serving the superiors and  dīrghayā means for a long time. Srila Prabhupada very nicely mentions in the purport that, "Perfect knowledge is acquired from the ācāryas, or liberated souls. No one can be perfect in knowledge without being trained by the paramparā system. Pṛthu Mahārāja was completely trained in that line; therefore he did not deserve to be considered an ordinary man. An ordinary man, who has only a conception of bodily existence, is always bewildered by the modes of material nature."

For ordinary souls who are bewildered by material modes, it becomes necessary to follows ritualistic performances recommended in the Vedas. So  they might have to engage themselves in sacrificies etc. But for people like Prthu Maharaj, there is no need to perform such things. Srila Prabhupada nicely quotes the example of Arjuna in his purport to verse 4.20.5. Arjuna was advised to transcend the Vedic activities. The activities Arjuna was advised to perform were the transcendental activities of devotional service. Lord is pleased when one engages in His transcendental loving devotional service.

Such loving devotional service is above all modes and therefore it iscalled nistraiguṇya. Devotional service to the Lord has nothing to do with the material conception of bodily comfort. So Lord makes it clear to Prthu Maharaj that He is not pleased by ritualistic sacrifices, rather He is pleased by loving devotional service.

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