Pleasing Krishna - Part 8

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.
6. when we please spiritual master.

Now we shall continue further.

In Srimad Bhagavatam Lord Vishnu says as to what happens when Prthu follows the instructions of the authorities who come in parampara. 

evaṁ dvijāgryānumatānuvṛtta-
dharma-pradhāno ’nyatamo ’vitāsyāḥ
hrasvena kālena gṛhopayātān
draṣṭāsi siddhān anurakta-lokaḥ

Lord Viṣṇu continued: My dear King Pṛthu, if you continue to protect the citizens according to the instructions of the learned brāhmaṇa authorities, as they are received by the disciplic succession — by hearing — from master to disciple, and if you follow the religious principles laid down by them, without attachment to ideas manufactured by mental concoction, then every one of your citizens will be happy and will love you, and very soon you will be able to see such already liberated personalities as the four Kumāras [Sanaka, Sanātana, Sanandana and Sanat-kumāra].

 The word dvijāgryānumatānuvṛtta in the above verse means - following the instruction of learned brahmanas. The Lord is very pleased when we follow the instructions of Guru, sadhu and shastras and when we don't act according to our own whims. Bhishmadev while lying on bed of arrows tells Yudhishtir Maharaj - jīvituṁ nārhatha kliṣṭaṁ
vipra-dharmācyutāśrayāḥ - "
You did not deserve to remain alive under those tribulations, yet you were protected by the brāhmaṇas, God and religion."  In his wonderful purport to the above verse, Srila Prabhupada says, "As long as a person is fully in cooperation with the wishes of the Lord, guided by the bona fide brāhmaṇas and Vaiṣṇavas and strictly following religious principles, one has no cause for despondency, however trying the circumstances of life."

 So Lord Vishnu says to Prthu Maharaj that when he abides by religious principle according to the authorities, neither he nor his citizens will be despondent. Everyone will be happy because Lord Krishna is happy. Also Lord blesses Prthu Maharaj that he would get darshan of exalted devotees like Sanat Kumaras. So when we please Krishna by following the instructions of autrhorities, people around us are also pleased and have loving relationship with us. Also by Lord's mercy we would get association of devotees.

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