Pleasing Krishna - Part 22

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 heard from Prthu Maharaj that material benedictions are all useless. Now we shall see further.

In Srimad Bhagavatam verse 4.20.31 Prthu Maharaj beautifully concludes his prayers to Lord Vishnu by seeking a very nice benediction. He says

tvan-māyayāddhā jana īśa khaṇḍito
yad anyad āśāsta ṛtātmano ’budhaḥ
yathā cared bāla-hitaṁ pitā svayaṁ
tathā tvam evārhasi naḥ samīhitum

My Lord, due to Your illusory energy, all living beings in this material world have forgotten their real constitutional position, and out of ignorance they are always desirous of material happiness in the form of society, friendship and love. Therefore, please do not ask me to take some material benefits from You, but as a father, not waiting for the son’s demand, does everything for the benefit of the son, please bestow upon me whatever You think best for me.

This is the best benediction we can ask from Lord. Many a times we fail to realise what is really needed for us. With our puny brain, we foolishly desire and believe that we would become happy by getting some benefit here. We don't even bother to check if we ever deserve for it also. Sometimes a sick child might hanker for some eatable which is not good for his/her health. Just like how caring parent will not provide the child all that it hankers for, but would provide only what is beneficial for the child, the Supreme Lord also gives only what He thinks is best for the devotee. So Prthu Maharaj requests the Lord never to provoke him any more to ask for material benefits, but to just give whatever He thinks is best for Him. 

This is very special prayer because our beloved spiritual master HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj says that this was the prayer which he was meditating continuously when he was suffering from stroke in the year 2000. When doctors and others around were wondering whether Maharaj will be able to survive, as a pure devotee of Lord, Maharaj just offered this prayer to the Supreme Lord and said that if the Lord so desires, He can take Maharaj at that time itself, else He could let him stay so that he could continue with his service. Being a surrendered soul, Maharaj did not force any prayer, but simply asked Lord to do whatever He thought was best for Him. And within few weeks by causeless mercy of Supreme Lord, Maharaj got himself discharged from hospital, went straight to Bhakti Vedanta Manor to take darshan of the Lordships. Later Maharaj gave a wonderful class on the above verse and then spent 10 more glorious years of preaching Bhagavatam all over the world. 

Srila Prabhupada went to West to preach Krishna consciousness as per the order of his spiritual master. While traveling to America on board the Jaladuta ship, he composed Markine Bhagavata Dharma wherein His Divine Grace prays to the Lord to help him in his mission - if Lord likes. He does not enforce that Lord should do what he wants, but just places a earnest request, fully surrendered to Lord's will. "O Lord, I am just like a puppet in Your hands. So if You have brought me here to dance, then make me dance, make me dance, O Lord, make me dance as You like. I have no devotion, nor do I have any knowledge, but I have strong faith in the holy name of Krsna. I have been designated as Bhaktivedanta, and now, if You like, You can fulfill the real purport of Bhaktivedanta."

So the lesson we should remember from the examples of these great souls like Srila Gurudev, Srila Prabhupada and Prthu Maharaj is that Lord knows what is best for us and so we let Him direct us in all situations.

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