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 how Prthu Maharaj was not after any material benedictions. Now we shall see further.
In Srimad Bhagavatam verse 4.20.24 Prthu Maharaj prays
na kāmaye nātha tad apy ahaṁ kvacin
na yatra yuṣmac-caraṇāmbujāsavaḥ
vidhatsva karṇāyutam eṣa me varaḥ
My dear Lord, I therefore do not wish to have the benediction of merging into Your existence, a benediction in which there is no existence of the nectarean beverage of Your lotus feet. I want the benediction of at least one million ears, for thus I may be able to hear about the glories of Your lotus feet from the mouths of Your pure devotees.
Prthu Maharaj is very nicely requesting the Lord to bless him with millions of ears - simply to hear the glories of Lord's lotus feet. Each and every sense organ gifted to us by Lord is His causeless mercy and to engage that in His service is the only right thing to do. We are so keen to hear our own glories or the gossips about others. But all such things only keep us entangled in this material world life after life. Out of nine limbs of devotional service, shravanam or hearing of Krishna katha is the primary step of devotional service for all stages of devotional life. Srimad Bhagavatam 2.3.20 verse declares
bile batorukrama-vikramān ye
na śṛṇvataḥ karṇa-puṭe narasya
When we fail to use our ears in hearing Krishna katha, then it is as good as snake's ear hole.
In Caitanya Caritamrta Madhya lila 2.31, Mahaprabhu says,
kṛṣṇera madhura vāṇī, amṛtera taraṅgiṇī
tāra praveśa nāhi ye śravaṇe
kāṇākaḍi-chidra sama, jāniha se śravaṇa
tāra janma haila akāraṇe
Topics about Kṛṣṇa are like waves of nectar. If such nectar does not enter one’s ear, the ear is no better than the hole of a damaged conchshell. Such an ear is created for no purpose.
Caitanya Mahaprabhu exhibits similar loving feelings in Sikshshtakam. He says,
na dhanaṁ na janaṁ na sundarīṁ
kavitāṁ vā jagad-īśa kāmaye
mama janmani janmanīśvare
bhavatād bhaktir ahaitukī tvayi
O almighty Lord, I have no desire to accumulate wealth, nor do I desire beautiful women, nor do I want any number of followers. I only want Your causeless devotional service birth after birth.
Now-a-days we get so many junk news from all corners of the world through social media, mobiles etc which pollute our consciousness so badly. From Prthu Maharaj we can learn how we should be eager to hear Krishna's glories. Even if we don't have the eagerness to seek the benediction of millions of ears, we should atleast have the sanity not to misuse the two ears which Lord has blessed us in this birth. Our spiritual master HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj always says when we use the senses in Krishna's service, being pleased with us Lord Hrshikesha guarantees that our senses are kept in good condition for longer time so that they can used nicely in His service. On the contrary when we misuse, the senses lose their power soon.
So may we always follow the footsteps of Prthu Maharaj, Caitanya Mahaprabhu and always pray for this benediction of engaging our ears in Krishna's service.
Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Sudarshana devi dasi.
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