Become Krishna's Instrument

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

The Supreme Lord Sri Krishna treats all living entities equally for He is the Supreme father. Due to His causeless mercy, both demons and devotees get liberated by His transcendental touch. In his book, 'Laws of Nature' His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada very nicely mentions the destination reached by devotees and that of the demons. He says, "Krishna's planet and the Vaikuntha planets are beyond the Brahman effulgence and that only devotees can enter those spiritual planets. The jñānīs, the mental speculators, practice severe austerities to enter the Brahman effulgence. But the demons who are killed by Krishna are immediately transferred to that Brahman effulgence. So just consider, Is the place that is given to the enemies of Krishna very covetable? If my enemy comes to my house, I may give him some place to stay, but if my intimate friend comes, I give him a much nicer place to stay. So this Brahman effulgence is not at all covetable. In this way, the devotees are above the karmīs, jñānīs, and yogīs. The devotees' place is the highest because only by devotion can one understand God." In Bhagavad Gita verse 18.55 Lord Krishna says,

bhaktyā mām abhijānāti yāvān yaś cāsmi tattvataḥ
tato māṁ tattvato jñātvā viśate tad-anantaram

One can understand Me as I am, as the Supreme Personality of Godhead, only by devotional service. And when one is in full consciousness of Me by such devotion, he can enter into the kingdom of God.

The following is a short story about the flute (Venu) service to Krishna. Once Gopis in Vrindavan curiuosly asked the flute, "How do you maintain yourself to remain constantly near and dear to Lord Krishna? What is the secret? Please tell us." The flute replied, "First of all, I became straight then I became hollow internally. Over my body I made six holes and fully surrendered to Lord Krishna and gave up kāma, krodha, lobha, mada, moha and mātsarya completely. I know that I have no value without Krishna's touch and I fully depend on His mercy and when Krishna blows me, the transcendental vibrations passes through me and the entire world gets the message of Bhagavat Dharma."

So we learn the following lessons from the flute.

1. We must be simple and straight-forward in our dealings with others.
2. We must not have any corners in our heart or carry any baggage.
3. We must sincerely attempt to give up lust, anger, greed, pride, envy, illusion.
4. We must surrender to Krishna and sincerely pray to Him to use us as His instrument to spread His glories to others.

Then we will be able to approach the Lord. As Srila Prabhupada says, "Except for devotional service, there is no possibility of understanding the Absolute Truth. Any other process is imperfect because it is based on speculation."

We celebrate so many festivals like Janmashtami, Damodar month etc. Such festivals are very good opportunity for us to serve the Lord as we get an opportunity to serve Lord Krishna with great love and affection. He also gives opportunity for us to approach the new living entities and give them the gift of Krishna consciousness. In the wonderful purport of Srimad Bhagavatam verse 9.4.64, Srila Prabhupada says, "Not only does the Supreme Personality of Godhead enjoy the company of His devotees, but because He is unlimited He wants to increase His devotees unlimitedly. Thus, He descends to the material world to induce the nondevotees and rebellious living entities to return home, back to Godhead. He requests them to surrender unto Him because, unlimited as He is, He wants to increase His devotees unlimitedly. The Krishna consciousness movement is an attempt to increase the number of pure devotees of the Supreme Lord more and more. It is certain that a devotee who helps in this endeavor to satisfy the Supreme Personality of Godhead becomes indirectly a controller of the Supreme Lord."

It does not matter whether the people whom we invite join the program or not but Krishna is more pleased with the attempt rather than the result. Jatayu in his attempts to protect Mother Sita from Ravana, lost his life. In fact he could not save Sita from Ravana. But still Lord Ram did the final rites for Jatayu and considered him as his father even though from material angle of vision it will appear as though Jatayu failed in his service to protect Sita. Lord was simply satisfied by Jatayu's sincere attempts. Krishna sees the endeavor and not the result and it is upto to Him to give the mercy.

We sincerely pray at the lotus feet of Lord Krishna, Srila Prabhupada and Gurudev to bestow their mercy upon all of us so that we can have an opportunity to approach Krishna with pure love and devotion and by His mercy give this gift of Krishna bhakti to others as well.

Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev,
Tushta Krishna das & Suniti devi dasi