Pleasing Krishna - Part 20

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 Dinavatsala Krishna accepts even our insignificant services unto Him. Now we shall see further.

Devotional Service is the Only Way: Prthu Maharaj after praying to Krishna for the benediction of hearing, chanting Krishna katha in the association of pure devotees and serving Lord's lotus feet, then continues to glorify the effects of serving the Lord's lotus feet. He says in Srimad Bhagavatam verse 4.20.29

bhajanty atha tvām ata eva sādhavo
bhavat-padānusmaraṇād ṛte satāṁ
nimittam anyad bhagavan na vidmahe

Great saintly persons who are always liberated take to Your devotional service because only by devotional service can one be relieved from the illusions of material existence. O my Lord, there is no reason for the liberated souls to take shelter at Your lotus feet except that such souls are constantly thinking of Your feet.

Our beloved spiritual master HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj says that there is no substitute for pure devotional service. Also bhakti is the means and the end. To attain pure devotional service, one needs to engage in devotional service. There is no other shor-cut for that. And by doing that we would be able to transcend the three modes of material nature. The words sādhavo or satāṁ in the above verse refers to saintly persons and by doing padānusmaraṇād - constantly remembering the lotus feet of Lord, they were able to transcend the modes of material nature.  Suta Goswami also says in Srimad Bhagavatam verse 1.2.25,

bhejire munayo ’thāgre bhagavantam adhokṣajam
sattvaṁ viśuddhaṁ kṣemāya kalpante ye ’nu tān iha

Previously all the great sages rendered service unto the Personality of Godhead due to His existence above the three modes of material nature. They worshiped Him to become free from material conditions and thus derive the ultimate benefit. Whoever follows such great authorities is also eligible for liberation from the material world.

So all we need to do is to simply follow the footsteps of these great sages - engage ourselves in devotional service and thereby transcend the modes. Lord Krishna Himself assures in Bhagavad Gita verse 14.26

māṁ ca yo ’vyabhicāreṇa bhakti-yogena sevate
sa guṇān samatītyaitān brahma-bhūyāya kalpate

One who engages in full devotional service, unfailing in all circumstances, at once transcends the modes of material nature and thus comes to the level of Brahman.

In his wonderful purport to the above verse Srila Prabhupada says, "One should not be disturbed by the activities of the modes of nature; instead of putting his consciousness into such activities, he may transfer his consciousness to Kṛṣṇa activities. Kṛṣṇa activities are known as bhakti-yoga – always acting for Kṛṣṇa."

Whatever we hear, speak, remember has an impact on our consciousness. So it is always good to remember the concluding line of the translation to Srimad Bhagavatam verse 3.16.37 -  "What purpose can we serve on His behalf by deliberating on the subject?"  If the answer serves Krishna's purpose then we can proceed else as Srila Prabhupada advises we have to transfer our consciousness to Krishna's activities or bhakti yoga. That is the only way to become free from material conditions.

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