Presence of Krishna - Part 3

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

This is in continuation of the previous topic titled, "Presence of Krishna" wherein we we saw that 

1) we can realise the presence of Krishna by purifying our consciousness and His presence instills fearlessness in us.
2) when Krishna resides in our hearts, nothing material touches us. 

Now we shall see further.

3) Residence Vs Accomodation: Srila Prabhupada gives the following nice definition for dhāma in his purport to Srimad Bhagavatam verse 10.2.17 "Dhāma refers to the place where the Supreme Personality of Godhead resides." - The word "resides" is worth meditating. Residence is used mostly for a place where we are "at home" and also living permanently.  Whenever we are visting some place temporarily - we find some accomodation to stay. So in that sense we can say that accomodation is referring to a place where we are staying temporarily - So we just try to adjust ourselves to whatever facilities are available there. Most of the times, we don't feel completely "at home" there. 

So when Krishna comes to stay - our heart should be like a place of residence for Him and not one of accomodation. If we have so many anarthas also residing in our heart - then we would be trying to accomodate Krishna along with them.  But when heart is clean, then Krishna will love to reside in it freely forever. How to make our hearts clean so that Krishna can reside in it? Srimad Bhagavatam shows us the way

saṅkīrtyamāno bhagavān anantaḥ 
śrutānubhāvo vyasanaṁ hi puṁsām 
praviśya cittaṁ vidhunoty aśeṣaṁ 
yathā tamo ’rko ’bhram ivāti-vātaḥ

When people properly glorify the Supreme Personality of Godhead or simply hear about His power, the Lord personally enters their hearts and cleanses away every trace of misfortune, just as the sun removes the darkness or as a powerful wind drives away the clouds. 

4. Purpose of Going to dhāma
When Lord resides in the heart of pure devotees, they can convert even a ordinary place into holy place. In Srimad Bhagavatam 1.13.10 Yudhishtir Maharaj nicely glorifies Vidura when he returns to Hastinapur after visiting pilgrim places. 

bhavad-vidhā bhāgavatās tīrtha-bhūtāḥ svayaṁ vibho
tīrthī-kurvanti tīrthāni svāntaḥ-sthena gadābhṛtā

My lord, devotees like your good self are verily holy places personified. Because you carry the Personality of Godhead within your heart, you turn all places into places of pilgrimage.

So wherever pure devotees go, they turn it into dhāma as they are always carrying the Lord in their hearts and engaging themselves in chanting and singing Lord's names, glories. What should we do when we go to dhāma is very nicely taught by Srila Prabhupada through his wonderful purport to verse 1.13.10 of Srimad Bhagavatam. If anyone visits a holy place, he must search out the pure devotees residing in such holy places, take lessons from them, try to apply such instructions in practical life and thus gradually prepare oneself for the ultimate salvation, going back to Godhead. To go to some holy place of pilgrimage does not mean only to take a bath in the Ganges or Yamunā or to visit the temples situated in those places. One should also find representatives of Vidura who have no desire in life save and except to serve the Personality of Godhead. The Personality of Godhead is always with such pure devotees because of their unalloyed service, which is without any tinge of fruitive action or utopian speculation. They are in the actual service of the Lord, specifically by the process of hearing and chanting. The pure devotees hear from the authorities and chant, sing and write of the glories of the Lord.

When we follow the footsteps of these great souls, our hearts would also become dhāma wherein Krishna would love to reside forever.

Krishna willing we shall continue to meditate more on this topic in the subsequent offering.

Hare Krishna.
Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Kalacakra Krsna das and Sudarshana devi dasi