Pleasing Krishna - Part 23

Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva.

This is in conclusion 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 Prthu Maharaj asking the Lord to bestow whatever He thinks is best for him. Now we shall see further.

Our spiritual master HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj always says that in Bhagvatam the prayers offered by devotees are very powerful. But when we study them, we should also study the verses before and after the prayers. The verses before the prayers, will help us understand the mood of the devotee, the circumstances in which he/she is offering the prayers. The verses after the prayers will help us understand how Krishna reciprocated to the devotees after He heard those prayers. So it is important for us to meditate on those verses as well. So in Srimad Bhagavatam verses 4.20.32-33

ity ādi-rājena nutaḥ sa viśva-dṛk
tam āha rājan mayi bhaktir astu te
diṣṭyedṛśī dhīr mayi te kṛtā yayā
māyāṁ madīyāṁ tarati sma dustyajām
tat tvaṁ kuru mayādiṣṭam apramattaḥ prajāpate
mad-ādeśa-karo lokaḥ sarvatrāpnoti śobhanam

The great sage Maitreya continued by saying that the Lord, the seer of the universe, after hearing Pṛthu Mahārāja’s prayer, addressed the King: My dear King, may you always be blessed by engaging in My devotional service. Only by such purity of purpose, as you yourself very intelligently express, can one cross over the insurmountable illusory energy of māyā. My dear King, O protector of the citizens, henceforward be very careful to execute My orders and not be misled by anything. Anyone who lives in that way, simply carrying out My orders faithfully, will always find good fortune all over the world.

So herein we can understand, 

1.what Krishna considers as the best benediction for us - mayi bhaktir astu te - be blessed by engaging in My devotional service. To be engaged in Krishna's service is the greatest fortune in our life. Many a times we fail to realise the value of this and take the service opportunities for granted. But as Krishna Himself says - sincerely engaging in Krishna's service is the only way for us to overcome the insurmountable illusory energy. Losing taste for service, forgetfulness of Krishna - these are the greatest misfortune in life.

 2. tvaṁ kuru mayādiṣṭam apramattaḥ - be very careful to execute My orders and not be misled by anything. Krishna assured Prthu Maharaj that simply by following His instruction there will always be good fortune for him. Our spiritual master HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj also insists that obedience is the greatest remembrance of Krishna and that obedience would result in our progress in devotional service. On the other hand disobedience will lead to destruction. The best examples are Pandavas and Kauravas. Pandavas always obeyed Krishna and His devotee. So they were successful in all their endeavours. On the other hand Kauravas not only disobeyed Krishna and His devotees, but were also misguided by Shakuni etc. So ultimately all of them were destroyed. 

 Maitreya Muni while narrating the pastimes of Prthu Maharaj then goes on to say how the Supreme Personality of Godhead amply appreciated the meaningful prayers of Mahārāja Pṛthu. And after being properly worshiped by the King, the Lord blessed him and decided to depart.

 As Maharaj says simply by repeating the prayers offered by such great souls like Prthu Maharaj, and sincerely attempting to follow his footsteos we can please Krishna.

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