Krishna Eka Sharanam - Part 3

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, "Krishna Eka Sharanam" wherein we were meditating on verses 2.3.9 and 10 of Srimad Bhagavatam. In the previos offering we saw that

1. For every unfulfilled material desire, we will get another body.
2.One who wants to become akama - no material desire should take up to devotional service.
3. Lord Krishna knows what is best for us and so in any condition it is best for us to pray to Him.

Now let us see further.

In his wonderful lecture on Srimad Bhagavatam verse 2.3.10, Srila Prabhupada very nicely says how this kama or desire is there for us even at the stage of dying. Particularly those who are karmis, never want to die. His Divine Grace quotes his experience of seeing a dying man requesting the doctor to extend his life for four years. Our beloved spiritual master HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj used to tell this tendency as - jijīviṣe - urge to live long. But no matter whatever we may desire, we cannot skip or escape from death. His Divine Grace says, "Is it possible to prolong life? Not for a second even. When you are destined to die, you must die. Mṛtyuḥ sarva-haraś cāham [Bg. 10.34]. This death is Kṛṣṇa. You cannot defy Kṛṣṇa; that is not possible. Kṛṣṇa says, mṛtyur aham, sarva-haraś ca."

Without any exception - every one of us have to die. Even the most powerful demons like Hiranyaksha, Hiranyakashipu, Ravana and so many others had to die. What to speak of insignificant people like us? Prabhupada also quotes the example of Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, who was so reluctant to leave the post until death. He tried so many best medical treatments, but when his death was for sure, he still had the desire to die as Prime Minister. All these material designations have no significance in our life after death. The only designation which we need to hanker to possess life after life is to be sincere servant of Lord and His devotee. 

Those who are jnanis have desire for liberation or merging with the Supreme. But bhaktas don't desire anything other than pure devotional service. In this regard His Divine Grace gives the example of Ambarish Maharaj-Durvasa Muni and Prahlad Maharaj-Hiranyakashipu. Durvasa Muni although being a great yogi, could travel up to Vaikuntha to see Lord, but could not stay there because of his offence towards Ambarish Maharaj. On the other hand Ambarish Maharaj remain unpertirbed even when a demon was sent by Durvasa muni to kill him. Hiranyakashipu did so much penance to get the boon of immortality from Lord Brahma. When Brahmaji said that he is incapable of giving such a boon, he tried to ask a very smart boon which he thought would guarantee immortality. But Prahlad Maharaj even when attempted to be killed in various horrible ways by demoniac father and his men, remain undisturbed.  So we can see that devotees are fully dependent on Krishna and simply desire only to be engaged in Lord's service. His Divine Grace says, "Even the yogīs are not so powerful as the devotees. Why? Because devotee's fully surrendered to Kṛṣṇa. Fully surrendered means, "If Kṛṣṇa likes, He will save me; otherwise, I don't try for myself. I have to simply serve Kṛṣṇa. That's all." And Kṛṣṇa takes charge of your saving."

Krishna willing we shall meditate further on the above topic in the subsequent offering.

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