Do not Neglect -Part 5

4th May 2015
Sajjana Priya Krishna das

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

This is in continuation of the previous offering titled, "Do not Neglect" wherein we are discussing on the consequences of neglecting Krishna and His pure devotees, as detailed in the pastime of Jaya and Vijaya being cursed by the Sanat kumaras in 3rd Canto 16th Chapter of Srimad Bhagavatam. In the previous offering we were meditating on the wonderful ways in which Lord reciprocates to His devotees, when they genuinely repent for their mistakes. Now let us see further.

b) Reassurance to servitors: Lord knew the repentant hearts of His door-keepers. Many a times, knowingly or unknowingly we commit mistakes. After some time, we realise and repent for it. That repentance should also lead to change in our behaviour, else we become morose. How to purify ourselves so that the impurities do not touch us again? In Srimad Bhagavatam verse 3.16.6 Lord very mercifully shares the best way of purification.

sadyaḥ punāti jagad āśvapacād vikuṇṭhaḥ
so ’haṁ bhavadbhya upalabdha-sutīrtha-kīrtiś
chindyāṁ sva-bāhum api vaḥ pratikūla-vṛttim

Anyone in the entire world, even down to the candala, who lives by cooking and eating the flesh of the dog, is immediately purified if he takes bath in hearing through the ear the glorification of My name, fame, etc. Now you have realized Me without doubt; therefore I will not hesitate to lop off My own arm if its conduct is found hostile to you.

Lord is reassuring his servitors Jaya and Vijaya, not to worry about the curse, and that they can be immediately purified by the process of  hearing the glorification of His name and fame. In his wonderful purport to the above verse His Divine Grace mentions, "Anyone who takes to Krishna consciousness is understood to be fully purified. He is at least engaged in the process of purification, and if he sticks to the principle of Krishna consciousness he will very soon be fully purified. The conclusion is that if one takes to Krishna consciousness with all seriousness, he is to be understood as already purified, and Krishna is ready to give him protection by all means. The Lord assures herein that He is ready to give protection to His devotee even if there is need to cut off part of His own body."

Krishna willing we shall continue further on this topic in the subsequent offering.

Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Sajjana Priya Krishna das
Abu Dhabi.