No One is Indispensable

18th May 2015
Vaijayantimala devi dasi

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

Once an aggressive go-getter passionate type businessman went to the doctor for some physical discomfort and the advice the doctor gave, involved spending a lot of time. So the businessman told the doctor what an enormous amount of work he had to do and that he had to get it done right away or else things will fall apart. He said with great nervousness, "I take my briefcase home every night and it is packed with work." The doctor asked him, "Why do you take work home with you at night?" The businessman fumed, "Because I have to get it done." The doctor asked, "Can't someone else do it or help you with it?". "No!", the man snapped "I am the only one who can do it. It must be done just right, and I alone can do it as it must be done, and it has to be done quickly. Everything depends upon me." "If I write a prescription, will you follow it?" asked the doctor.

This, believe it or not, was the prescription. His patient was to take off a half-day a week, and spend that half-day in cemetry (crematorium). In astonishment, the patient demanded, "Why should I spend a half-day in cemetry?" "Because" answered the Doctor, "I want you to wander around and look at the gravestones of men who are there permanently. I want you to meditate on the fact that when you get there permanently, the world will go on just the same and as important as you are, others will be able to do the work you are now doing."

The position of the above businessman is all our position and to get rid of this mentality, our beloved Gurudev HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj gives us the example of how dog walking between the legs of a bullocks which are pulling the cart, falsely feel proud as if they are pulling the cart. Maharaj says, "At the best we are those dogs, as we are not pulling the cart at all. Everything is being done for us by Krishna. Everything, you consider your own body. You don't have any control over your body... From the day we are born, our heart is non-stop working. And it is working in a rhythm. And if there is something wrong, in that rhythm means our health is not good. Either we have high pressure or low pressure or we have heart attacks or so many things. Since we are born, till our death, who does it? We don't have control over our heart even. We don't have control how the blood is supplied all over our body. And all this is being continuously done by Lord for us. We don't have to do anything, but just take beads in our hands. If you don't have beads you have marks on your fingers. Start chanting "Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare / Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare" In order to get rid of our unnecessary anxieties and worries Maharaj quotes the following traditional verse:

yat bhāvi tat bhavati eva yat abhāvyam na tat bhavet
iti niścita buddhīnām cintā na bādhate kvacit

What has to happen, will definitely happen. What is not supposed to happen, that will never happen. For one who has fixed his intelligence in this eternal truth, anxiety will never disturb him.

So there is a nice poem, we can remember: 

Sometime, When you're feeling important
Sometime, When your ego's in bloom
Sometime, When you take it for granted
That you're the best qualified in the room
Sometime, When you feel that your going
would leave an unfillable hole
Just follow these simple instructions
And see how it humbles your soul
Take a bucket and fill it with water
Put your hand in it up to the wrist
Pull it out and the hole that's remaining
Is the measure of how you'll be missed.
The moral in this quaint example
Is do just the best that you can
Be proud of your'self' but remember
No one is indispensable.

But Vaishnava acharyas like Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva have been indispensable for millions of souls in this earth, because they had accepted the fact that no one is indispensable, and made Guru and Krishna as indispensable object of loving service in their lives. So let us always try to remember our helpless dependence on our Lord and chant His Holy names with love and affection. 

Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev,
Vaijayantimala devi dasi
Abu Dhabi.