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 Lord is pleased.
1. when we are obedient to elders.
2. when we forgive the offence of others.
3. Lord is pleased when we engage in loving devotional service and not by Vedic rituals performed to satisfy our senses.
Now we shall see further.
4. Discharging Occupational Duty: In Srimad Bhagavatam verse 4.20.9 Lord Vishnu says to Maharaj Prthu
yaḥ sva-dharmeṇa māṁ nityaṁ nirāśīḥ śraddhayānvitaḥ
bhajate śanakais tasya mano rājan prasīdati
The Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Viṣṇu, continued: My dear King Pṛthu, when one situated in his occupational duty engages in My loving service without motive for material gain, he gradually becomes very satisfied within.
In the above verse the word sva-dharma is worth meditating. sva-dharma refers to one's occupational duties. Depending upon one's varna and ashrama each one of us might be having different sva-dharma. We may be in any varna or ashrama - but we should do our prescribed duties, remembering Krishna and as an offering to Krishna. Occupational duties should be never given up out of laziness. They should be perfomed without any motives - When we do in this mood, Lord will be pleased as a result we would also attain satisfaction. His Divine Grace very nicely mentions in the purport to the above verse, "Discharging one’s occupational duty as a means of rendering devotional service unto the Supreme Personality of Godhead is the ultimate goal of life."
Srimad Bhagavatam verse 1.2.6 also Suta Goswami very nicely explains about what is our supreme svadharma.and the mood in which we have to do it. He says, The supreme occupation [dharma] for all humanity is that by which men can attain to loving devotional service unto the transcendent Lord. Such devotional service must be unmotivated and uninterrupted to completely satisfy the self.
Srila Prabhupada very nicely elaborates in the purport above we can practise this loving service unto the Lord. In this material world everyone is engaged in various professional and occupational duties, but the purpose of such activities should be to please the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Devotional service is very simple, and anyone can adopt it. Let one remain what he is; he need only install the Deity of the Supreme Lord in his house. The Deity may be Rādhā-Kṛṣṇa or Lakṣmī-Nārāyaṇa (there are many other forms of the Lord). In this way a brāhmaṇa, kṣatriya, vaiśya or śūdra can worship the Deity with the results of his honest labor. Regardless of one’s occupational duty, one should adopt the devotional means of hearing, chanting, remembering, worshiping, offering everything to the Lord and engaging in His service. In this way one can very easily engage himself in the service of the Lord. When the Lord is pleased with one’s service, one’s mission in life is fulfilled.
Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Sudarshana devi dasi
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