The Open Secret for Spiritual Success - Part 11

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

This is in conclusion of the previous offering - "The Open Secret for Spiritual Success" wherein we were meditating on Srimad Bhagavatam verse 2.1.12. We heard from Khatvanga Maharaj about the importance of detaching from material things and surrendering to Krishna. Now we shall see further.

While explaining about the glories of the kings born in the dynasty of Amshuman, Sukadev Goswami says in Srimad Bhagavatam verse 9.9.48

iti vyavasito buddhyā nārāyaṇa-gṛhītayā
hitvānya-bhāvam ajñānaṁ tataḥ svaṁ bhāvam āsthitaḥ

Thus Mahārāja Khaṭvāṅga, by his advanced intelligence in rendering service to the Lord, gave up false identification with the body full of ignorance. In his original position of eternal servitorship, he engaged himself in rendering service to the Lord.

In the above verse the words, vyavasito buddhyā means fixing our intelligence firmly on the Supreme Lord. If one's intelligence is not steady, there is havoc in the society. Intelligence is steady only when we are in line with the instructions of Supersoul and the soul. Steady intelligence helps one to fix the restless mind on the Supreme Lord and when mind is controlled in this manner, then automatically senses also become pacified and relieved by engaging in Lord's service. 

Srila Prabhupada very nicely translates the words nārāyaṇa-gṛhītayā as completely controlled by the mercy of Nārāyaṇa, the Supreme Personality of Godhead; Actually our endeavour must be there to serve the Supreme Lord, then rest everything is completely controlled perfectly by the all merciful Lord. Without His mercy, it is not possible to have steady intelligence and give up body-consciousness. Sukadev Goswami while narrating to Parikshit Maharaj about Gajendra's prayers of surrender, says in Srimad Bhagavatam 8.3.1

śrī-bādarāyaṇir uvāca
evaṁ vyavasito buddhyā samādhāya mano hṛdi
jajāpa paramaṁ jāpyaṁ prāg-janmany anuśikṣitam

Śrī Śukadeva Gosvāmī continued: Thereafter, the King of the elephants, Gajendra, fixed his mind in his heart with perfect intelligence and chanted a mantra which he had learned in his previous birth as Indradyumna and which he remembered by the grace of Kṛṣṇa.

Because Gajendra, fixed his mind on Supreme Lord, the Lord mercifully made him remember the mantras which Gajendra had studied in the previous birth. In devotional service nothing goes as waste. Every single detail we learn in this life, every single moment of seva we do - everything is accounted. So wasting time is indeed a greatest crime. As His Divine Grace very nicely mentions in his purport to verse 9.9.42 of Srimad Bhagavatam, "When one’s mind is attached to Kṛṣṇa (mayy āsakta-manāḥ), one can fulfill the mission of life in one human birth. If one misses this opportunity, one does not know where he is going, how long he will remain in the cycle of birth and death, and when he will again achieve the human form of life and the chance to return home, back to Godhead. The most intelligent person, therefore, uses every moment of his life to render loving service to the Lord."

 May we always remember the golden words of Srila Gurudev, His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada and Sukadev Goswami and sincerely endeavour to use every available moment in Krishna's service. 

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