The Science of Mercy - Part 5

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

This is in conclusion of the previous offering titled, "The Science of Mercy" wherein we are trying to share the points from the class by HG Devakinandan Prabhuji in Trivandrum in April 2013, on Srimad Bhagavatam verse 4.9.8.

tvad-dattayā vayunayedam acaṣṭa viśvaṁ
supta-prabuddha iva nātha bhavat-prapannaḥ
tasyāpavargya-śaraṇaṁ tava pāda-mūlaṁ
vismaryate kṛta-vidā katham ārta-bandho

O my master, Lord Brahma is fully surrendered unto You. In the beginning You gave him knowledge, and thus he could see and understand the entire universe, just as a person awakens from sleep and visualizes his immediate duties. You are the only shelter of all persons who desire liberation, and You are the friend of all who are distressed. How, therefore, can a learned person who has perfect knowledge ever forget You?

So far we have heard the below points.

1. Krishna is our master.
2. The proper etiquette in devotional service.
3. Our only business is to glorify Krishna and the devotees.
4. Perseverance of the penance is the royal way to Krishna.
5. Spiritual awakening and enlightenment.
6. We can never forget our obligation to the Lord.

Here we see the concluding point.

7. Lord's mercy comes in the form of encouragement: We have to understand and accept that we can never know Krishna's plans. When you try to know Krishna's plans, you are defeated and then you become disturbed. When you are peaceful and humble, you see the hand of Krishna. The first point in the science of mercy is to say that, "I do not know what Krishna's plan is." The second point is a devotee is convinced that, "he is nobody". That is the mood of Brahmaji. Because he said that he is nothing, actually he became something. When we say, "we are something", actually we become nothing. Maharaj says that when we take credit for something, then we have to pay back with interest. So a devotee does not take credit for anything. A devotee genuinely believes that he is nothing. And he naturally becomes humble. When a devotee is grateful and humble, Lord's mercy comes in the form of encouragement to perform more bhakti. Nobody encourages us more than Krishna, Srila Prabhupada and our spiritual master. In material life, we may appear as failure for others. But as long as we are under shelter of Krishna, we never fail.

Srila Prabhupada writes in his purport, "The more a devotee engages himself in the devotional service of the Lord, the more encouragement is supplied by the energy of the Lord. In the Bhagavad-gita the Lord says that to those who are constantly engaged in devotional service with love and affection, the Supreme Personality of Godhead gives intelligence from within, and thus they may make further progress. Being so encouraged, the devotee can never forget, at any moment, the Personality of Godhead. He always feels obliged to Him for having achieved increased power in devotional service by His grace."

Our heartfelt thanks to HG Devakinandan Prabhuji for sharing these valuable realizations.

Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev,
Vaijayantimala devi dasi
Abu Dhabi.