Pleasing Krishna - Part 9

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 by our behaviour, people around us are pleased, and we get association of devotees.

Now we shall see further.

In Srimad Bhagavatam verse 4.20.16 Lord Vishnu says to Prthu Maharaj

varaṁ ca mat kañcana mānavendra
vṛṇīṣva te ’haṁ guṇa-śīla-yantritaḥ
nāhaṁ makhair vai sulabhas tapobhir
yogena vā yat sama-citta-vartī

My dear King, I am very captivated by your elevated qualities and excellent behavior, and thus I am very favorably inclined toward you. You may therefore ask from Me any benediction you like. One who does not possess elevated qualities and behavior cannot possibly achieve My favor simply by performance of sacrifices, severe austerities or mystic yoga. But I always remain equipoised in the heart of one who is also equipoised in all circumstances.

In the above verse, Srila Prabhupada very nicely translates the word 'guṇa-śīla' as 'by elevated qualities and excellent behavior' and 'yantritaḥ' as 'being captivated'. Lord is extremely pleased by the exalted behaviour of pure devotees like Prthu Maharaj and is willing to give whatever benediction he likes. Lord is not pleased by the number of yajnas (sacrifices) we do, nor by the austerities, nor by mystic yoga. But He is simply pleased by the way we behave and deal with other living entities. In the story of cobbler and brahmana we find that brahmana was expert in austerities, how Lord was pleased with cobbler because of His good behaviour and was dealing and said that he is guaranteed to return to spiritual world in the very birth. Whereas the brahmana although he was very scholarly and austere, he could not get the mercy of the Lord. 

In his wonderful purport to the above verse Srila Prabhupada says, " The Lord openly says that performing great sacrifices or undergoing the austerities of mystic yoga practice cannot satisfy Him. He is pleased only by elevated character and behavior. But these cannot develop unless one becomes a pure devotee of the Lord. Anyone who has developed unalloyed, unflinching devotional service unto the Lord develops his original good qualities as spirit soul. The spirit soul, as part and parcel of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, has all the good qualities of the Lord. When the spirit soul is contaminated by the material modes of nature, one is considered good or bad with reference to the material qualities. But when one is transcendental to all material qualities, all the good qualities come out.

So may we endeavour to engage in sincere devotional service and thereby please the Supreme Lord.

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