Pleasing Krishna - Part 17

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 prayed for the opportunity to hear about Krishna from pure devotees. Now we shall see further.

Prthu Maharaj by his personal example is teaching us what should be our mood while we offer prayers unto Supreme Lord. He first made it very clear that material benedictions would come for even people suffering in hell automatically. So we need not ask Lord explicitly for the same. The greatest benediction is to hear the glories of Krishna, from the mouth of pure devotees, very attentively. In the next Bhagavatam verse 4.20.26 Prthu Maharaj prays

yaśaḥ śivaṁ suśrava ārya-saṅgame
yadṛcchayā copaśṛṇoti te sakṛt
kathaṁ guṇa-jño viramed vinā paśuṁ
śrīr yat pravavre guṇa-saṅgrahecchayā

My dear highly glorified Lord, if one, in the association of pure devotees, hears even once the glories of Your activities, he does not, unless he is nothing but an animal, give up the association of devotees, for no intelligent person would be so careless as to leave their association. The perfection of chanting and hearing about Your glories was accepted even by the goddess of fortune, who desired to hear of Your unlimited activities and transcendental glories.

The word ārya-saṅgame means "in the association of advanced devotees."  Prthu Maharaj very nicely glorifies the qualities of the Lord. He says that the Lord is śivaṁ - all auspicious  and suśrava - highly glorified Lord. He goes on to explain how the glories of such all glorious Supreme Lord needs to be heard in the association of pure devotees.

The words yadṛcchayā  and sakṛt in the above verse are worth meditating. Srila Prabhupada very nicely translates the word yadṛcchayā as "somehow or other".  Many times our mind plays so many tricks to stop us or interrupt us from listening to Krishna katha. But yadṛcchayā  - "somehow or other" if we force it to hear the pure transcendental sound vibrations, we will be purified.  sakṛt  means "even once"  So somehow or the other, even once if we get the chance to associate with pure devotees and hear from them then our life become sublime. Our scriptures declare - "lava-mātra sādhu-saṅge sarva-siddhi haya"  - "by even a moment’s association with a pure devotee, one can attain all success." 

Prthu Maharaj very nicely says that we would be in a position to appreciate the value of association of pure devotees only if we are intelligent and not animal paśu. Mother Lakshmi who is always engaged in serving the Lord's lotus feet is always eager to chant and hear the Lord's glories. Mahārāja Pṛthu points out that even the goddess of fortune, who is the constant companion of Lord Nārāyaṇa, specifically wanted to hear about the Lord’s glories, and for the association of the gopīs, who are pure devotees, the goddess of fortune, Lakṣmī, underwent severe austerities.

The importance of hearing the glories of Lord, chanting and association of pure devotees is also very nicely insisted by Kapila Muni in Srimad Bhagavatam verse 3.29.18 

ādhyātmikānuśravaṇān nāma-saṅkīrtanāc ca me
ārjavenārya-saṅgena nirahaṅkriyayā tathā

A devotee should always try to hear about spiritual matters and should always utilize his time in chanting the holy name of the Lord. His behavior should always be straightforward and simple, and although he is not envious but friendly to everyone, he should avoid the company of persons who are not spiritually advanced.

So following the steps of Prthu Maharaj, may we always pray for good association, chanting and hearing the glories of Supreme Lord. 

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