Pleasing Krishna - Part 16

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 seeking for millions of ears to hear Lord's glories. Now we shall see further.

Hearing from the bonafide authorities: In Srimad Bhagavatam verse 4.20.25 Prthu Maharaj says

sa uttamaśloka mahan-mukha-cyuto
bhavat-padāmbhoja-sudhā kaṇānilaḥ
smṛtiṁ punar vismṛta-tattva-vartmanāṁ
kuyogināṁ no vitaraty alaṁ varaiḥ

My dear Lord, You are glorified by the selected verses uttered by great personalities. Such glorification of Your lotus feet is just like saffron particles. When the transcendental vibration from the mouths of great devotees carries the aroma of the saffron dust of Your lotus feet, the forgetful living entity gradually remembers his eternal relationship with You. Devotees thus gradually come to the right conclusion about the value of life. My dear Lord, I therefore do not need any other benediction but the opportunity to hear from the mouth of Your pure devotee.

In the above prayer Prthu Maharaj glorifies the Lord as "Uttamashloka". Srila Prabhupada has beautifully translated this word as  "One who is glorified by choice poetry."  smṛtiṁ means remembrance and  vismṛta means forgetfulness.

Since we have forgotten our eternal relationship with Krishna, we are loitering in this material world, birth after birth. And we hardly remember, recognise or appreciate the value of this human birth. As a result we end up hearing and talking about every topic which is not related to Krishna.  But somehow or the other when we start hearing the glories of the Lord from the mouths of pure devotees, we would begin to realise the value of this human birth. There are 8 million four hundred thousand kinds of species in which we can take birth. This human species is the only birth wherein we can hear, sing the glories of Krishna. Even after attaining this human birth, it is very rare to get the opportunity to hear about His glories.            

Such glorifications are very pure and potent that when we hear them from great devotees, we can remember our eternal relationship with Krishna. Remembrance of Krishna is the greatest blessing and forgetfulness of Lord is the greatest misfortune in life. smartavyaṁ satato viṣṇuḥ vismārtavyaṁ na jātucit - We must always remember Krishna and never forget Him - This is the key instruction of all our scriptures. . 

So just like Prthu Maharaj may we also offer our prayers to Lord Uttamashloka and seek His mercy for giving us the opportunity to hear about Him from the mouth of pure devotee. 

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