Krishna Eka Sharanam - Part 4

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.
4. Death is inevitable. So instead of hankering for temporary designations, better to hanker for eternal designation of being servant of Lord.

Now let us see further.

His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada very nicely explains in his lecture as to how pure devotees, who are akama are very peaceful. Whereas others are always lacking peace of mind. Quoting from Caitanya Caritamrta Madhya lila 19.149

bhukti-mukti-siddhi-kāmī---sakali 'aśānta'
kṛṣṇa-bhakta---niṣkāma, ataeva 'śānta'

Srila Prabhupada explains how karmis want to enjoy, jnanis want to merge with the Lord, yogis want to get some siddhi. Because of all these wants, they are always anxious. Where as devotees of Lord Krishna have no material wants and so they are peaceful.

Our beloved spiritual master HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj  says a very nice quote about these "wants".  khape means wantKape means cut downkhape khape je kape / inke jag jape - "Those who cut down their wants and lead a simple life will be glorified all over the world."  Srila Prabhupada himself is the best example of this verse. Because he did not want anything for himself and was always simply wanting to glorify the Supreme Lord as instructed by his spiritual master, now he is being glorified all over the world.

But unfortunately it is so difficult for us to cut our wants on our own. So what could be done? The pages of Bhagavatam teaches us that if we are full of anarthas, we have so many desires, still we lose nothing by going to Krishna and taking His exclusive shelter. Krishna might not give all that we want, but He would defintely give all that we need and by His touch, we would simply be purified of all contaminations and anarthas in our heart. In the pastime of Diti and Indra also we find this nice lesson, that Diti wanted to get a son to kill Indra and Indra wanted to somehow or other nullify the plans of his aunt Diti. Herein we see the nice intervention of Kashyapa Muni who advises his wife Diti to follow devotional service and worship Krishna. Indra also in the pretext of serving his aunt Diti and comes and stays with her. And in the end we can see how both their hearts got cleansed because of their attempts to serve the Lord and His devotees.

His Divine Grace very encouraginly says in his lecture - "This chance is there. Even with your kāma, desires, you execute devotional service, make connection with the Supreme Lord, a time will come, you'll become akāmaḥ, no more... A time will come. Therefore it is recommended. Not that sarva-kāmaḥ goes to Kṛṣṇa and simply bothers Him, "Give me this, give me this." No. Let him talk like that, "Give me this, give me that," Kṛṣṇa will see to that. But by devotional service, if he comes in contact with Kṛṣṇa seriously, then time will come, he will become akāmaḥ. Therefore it is recommended. Not that it is advised that you go to Kṛṣṇa and ask all nonsense from Him. That is not pure devotion. Pure devotion is akāmaḥ---nothing. Na dhanaṁ na janaṁ na sundarīṁ kavitāṁ vā jaga... [Cc. Antya 20.29, Śikṣāṣṭaka 4]."

So in any stage of life let us take shelter only of Supreme Lord Krishna - Krishna Eka Sharanam and purify our existence.

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