Bhagavata Dharma - Part 15

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

This is in continuation of the series, "Bhagavata Dharma" wherein we are learning few lessons from the conversation between Maharaja Nimi and the Navayogendras as mentioned in the 11th Canto, 2nd Chapter of Srimad Bhagavatam. In the previous offerings we saw Maharaja Nimi inquired the Navayogendras what is the supreme good and how to engage in devotional service to the Lord? In response to above question, Kavi one of the Navayogendras began to explain how 

1. Devotional service unto lotus feet of Supreme Lord alone can give one fearlessness.
2. Lord has recommended bhakti and as soon as one adopts the process prescribed by the Lord even ignorant people can easily know Him.
3. Those who have adopted bhakti will never make blunders in life, in any condition.

Today we shall try to meditate on the other explanations given by Kavi, for the above question. 

Answer 1 (Continued): 

4. Way to Engage in Devotional Service In Srimad Bhagavatam verse 11.2.36 Sri Kavi beautifully explains as to how we should engage in devotional service.

kāyena vācā manasendriyair vā
buddhyātmanā vānusṛta-svabhāvāt
karoti yad yat sakalaṁ parasmai
nārāyaṇāyeti samarpayet tat

In accordance with the particular nature one has acquired in conditioned life, whatever one does with body, words, mind, senses, intelligence or purified consciousness one should offer to the Supreme, thinking, “This is for the pleasure of Lord Nārāyaṇa.”

The word svabhāvāt in the above verse, meaning, 'according to one's conditioned nature' is worth meditating. Just like how all five fingers in the hand are not of the same size, each one of us by the mercy of Lord are blessed with different abilities and talents. Some may be good in cooking, some in serving, some in singing, some in dancing, some in business, some in constructing temples, some in carving, painting, drawing and the list goes on. Whatever be the talent gifted to us by the Lord, if we utilise it 100% in the service of Lord for His pleasure, then that brings meaning to our existence. This verse is very similar to the instruction given by Lord Krishna in verse 9.27 of Bhagavad Gita, "Whatever you do, whatever you eat, whatever you offer or give away, and whatever austerities you perform—do that, O son of Kunti, as an offering to Me."

In Bible there is a story on how a widow offers two copper coins worth less than a penny, in the money box in the temple. There were many rich men as well who were making their offerings in the money box. Seeing the offerings Jesus said, "This poor woman put in more than the rich people did. The reason is because the rich people still have much money left. But this woman only had two coins. She did not have any more money. The rich people only gave part of what they had. She gave all of what she had."

Lord is omniscient and He very well knows how much we have, how much we are offering Him, with what attitude we are offering Him and how much we are holding back without willing to offer to Him. It is not the actual offering that matters, but the love with which the offering is made, that alone pleases Krishna. In the last line of the above verse, 'nārāyaṇāyeti samarpayet tat', meaning, 'This is for the pleasure of Lord Narayana', Kavi is telling us the mood with which we should offer everything to Krishna.

This verse also reminds us of the loving offering done by five year old devotee, HG Kishore Chandra Prabhu (Malhar) from Abu Dhabi, for Sri Sri Radha Neel Madhav temple construction. He just had 470 dirhams in his savings. He did not think of giving just a portion of it to temple and keep some for his personal use. He just gave everything and also gave it with so much love saying that he is doing it for the pleasure of Srila Gurudev and Sri Sri Jagannath Baladev Subhadra. All glories to him. 

We pray that some day we get at least a drop of the simple, loving, innocent devotion of this little child, and offer this life genuinely in service of Guru and Krishna. Krishna willing we shall continue to learn more about Bhagavata Dharma from the answers given by Sri Kavi to Maharaja Nimi in the subsequent offerings.

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