Pleasing Krishna - Part 7

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. when we engage in loving devotional service and not by Vedic rituals performed to satisfy our senses.
4. when we discharge our occupational duties.
5. when we follow the Lord's instructions.

Now we shall continue further.

6. Please Krishna by pleasing spiritual master:  In Srimad Bhagavatam 4.20.13 we saw how Lord Vishnu is very nicely instructing Prthu Maharaj about how important it is to be equipoised to all, equipoised in happiness and distress, fully control our mind and senses and to do his duty as king and protect the citizens. These instructions not only apply to Prthu Maharaj or kshatriyas - but to all of us.  As Lord says, whererever He has placed us, according to our varna and ashrama we need to do our duties. 

Not everyone of us would be qualified or fortunate enough like Arjuna or Prthu Maharaj to see Lord face to face or get instructions from Him directly. In his unparallelled purport to the above verse, Srila Prabhupada teaches us all conditioned suffering souls, the simple and sublime way in which we can please Krishna. His Divine Grace says, "One has to execute the order of Lord Viṣṇu, whether receiving it directly from Him or from His bona fide representative, the spiritual master.... We have to stick to the principles stated in the Bhagavad Gita vyavasāyātmikā buddhiḥ: Every man’s duty is to receive orders from Lord Kṛṣṇa or from His bona fide representative and take these orders as his life and soul, without personal considerations. Śrīla Viśvanātha Cakravartī Ṭhākura states that one should not care very much whether he is going to be liberated or not, but he should simply execute the direct order received from the spiritual master. If one sticks to the principle of abiding by the order of the spiritual master, he will always remain in a liberated position."

In any condition of life, if we simply do our best to follow the instructions of our spiritual master, then we will not be bothered by whatever troubles we face in this material world and later also. In his wonderful lecture on Gita verse 9.2-3, given in Calcutta on March 8 1972 Srila Prabhupada very nicely says,

yasya prasādād bhagavat-prasādo
yasya aprasādān na gatiḥ kuto 'pi
dhyāyan stuvaṁs tasya yaśas tri-sandhyaṁ
vande guroḥ śrī-caraṇāravindam

So this is rāja-vidyā, rāja-guhyam. This is the secret, guru-kṛṣṇa kṛpāya [Cc. Madhya 19.151]. We should take advantage of this rāja-vidyā, devotional service, and take the mercy of guru and Kṛṣṇa and make our life successful. And it is very easy. It is very easy. Pratyakṣāvagamaṁ dharmyaṁ su-sukhaṁ kartum avyayam [Bhagavad Gita 9.2]. Su-sukham, very easy and, I mean, very pleasing also, to execute devotional service. Very pleasing. Simply we are doing... What are we doing? We are dressing..., śravanaṁ kīrtanaṁ viṣṇoḥ [SB 7.5.23], simply chanting about Viṣṇu, Lord Kṛṣṇa. We are hearing about Kṛṣṇa, we are decorating Kṛṣṇa, we are feeding Kṛṣṇa, offering nice foodstuff, and the benefit is coming to us. When you see Kṛṣṇa so nicely dressed, how it become..., how pleased we become. Kṛṣṇa has got many dress, but if you dress and see Kṛṣṇa, you will become pleased. You will become pleased. Kṛṣṇa does not require your dress or coat. If you offer nicest food to Kṛṣṇa, it comes to you.

Simply by following the orders of spiritual master in a honest manner, we can please our spirtual master and when Guru is pleased Krishna is pleased. But when we displease Guru, there is no hope at all in our life. So as His Divine Grace insists, it is very important for us to hear, absorb ourselves in the instructions of Lord and His bonafide representatives and try our level best to practise the instructions.

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