Be Prepared - Part 27

14th Jun 2022
Sudarshana devi dasi

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, "Be Prepared" wherein we were trying to meditate on some of the pearls of wisdom shared by His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada in his lectures on Srimad Bhagavatam verse 2.1.1-4. In previous offerings we heard from Srila Prabhupada that Krishna is our only constant companion and Supreme controller and so we should always hear, chant and remember His glories.

Now we shall hear further.

In his wonderful lecture in Delhi on November 8, 1973 His Divine Grace very nicely says that in our life in this material world, at every stage we keep preparing ourselves for the next stage. As a small child, he/she prepares to attend school. Then as they grow old, they need to prepare themselves to go to high school, then we prepare ourselves to go to college While we are in college, we prepare ourselves to get job, then we prepare ourselves for next ashram - grahastha and so on. At every stage we can notice that our body keeps changing. Right from birth we are encaged, but the size and appearance of the cage keeps changing. After we die, again there is change of body. So it is very important to prepare ourselves for the life after death.

Answering to Parikshit Maharaj's question on what is the duty of all people, Sukadev Goswami says in Srimad Bhagavatam verse 2.1.5

tasmād bhārata sarvātmā bhagavān īśvaro hariḥ
śrotavyaḥ kīrtitavyaś ca smartavyaś cecchatābhayam

O descendant of King Bharata, one who desires to be free from all miseries must hear about, glorify and also remember the Personality of Godhead, who is the Supersoul, the controller and the savior from all miseries.

His Divine Grace very nicely insists that all we need to do is to "hear" about Krishna using the "ears" He has blessed us. This is śrotavyaḥ. When we do this perfectly, then we will naturally do the next step - kīrtitavyaś - glorifying Krishna wherever we go. If we simply hear and do not glorify Him, share about Him with others, then we will not be able to go to the next step - smartavyaś -- remembering HIm. As a perfect acarya His Divine Grace practised what he preached and always encouraged others also to carry on the legacy of preaching.

You have to understand. How you will understand? By hearing. God has given you the ear. If you simply hear, if you simply hear...There is no question of education. It is not that one who is not educated, he will not understand what is God. He will understand, because the ear is there. Śravaṇaṁ kīrtanaṁ viṣṇoḥ [SB 7.5.23] = Viṣṇu, of Lord, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, you hear. Therefore we are opening so many branches, just to give people the chance of hearing. And as soon as you perfectly hear, the next position will be to glorify. Just like these European, American boys = First of all they heard. Now they are preaching. Śravaṇaṁ kīrtanam. Because they have perfectly heard, therefore they are very enthusiastic. They are going all over the world. They are preaching. And so śrotavyaḥ kīrtitavyaś ca. If one has actually heard, known about God, then next stage will be he will be very much enthusiastic to speak to others. That is preaching. Śrotavyaḥ kīrtitavyaś ca smartavyaḥ. Smartavya means remembering. Unless you remember what is God, what is His form, what is His quality, what is His pastimes, what are His activities, what are His entourage---everything about God---if you hear... Just like if you hear Bhagavad-gītā, you understand everything, what is God. And that is our only duty.

Remembering Krishna is very very important. As the famous slogan goes - "Always Remember Krishna, never forget Krishna." Remembrance of Krishna means associating with Him. And by mercy of Sri Guru and Gauranga, if we are able to remember Him at the end of life, then we have sure ticket to Goloka. 

Krishna willing we shall hear more nectar from Prabhupada in the subsequent offering.

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