The Best Mode of Worship - Part 3

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 transcribing the class by Maharaj in Minneapolis. In the last offering we heard the below two points. 

1. We survive only by Krishna's mercy.
2. Be saintly in behavior.

3. Don't tolerate the sufferings of others: Krishna says in  Srimad Bhagavatam 9.4.68,

sādhavo hṛdayaṁ mahyaṁ sādhūnāṁ hṛdayaṁ tv aham
mad-anyat te na jānanti nāhaṁ tebhyo manāg api

The pure devotee is always within the core of My heart, and I am always in the heart of the pure devotee. My devotees do not know anything else but Me, and I do not know anyone else but them.

Sadhu is not that with beard, jata or whatever. There is no need of changing clothes or anything. If you change, so far so better. But if you can't, don't worry. Be sadhu. Be simple. Be honest man and be with the suffering mass. Don't tolerate the suffering of other living entities. That is the nature of mother and father. They can't tolerate their children suffering. If children are suffering due to illness, then even in midnight they will run to the hospitals. They will even give their own life to save their children. That is known as mother and father. Mother and father are not decorations that at 18 years of age they drive the children out. No. The children are completely helpless. Children may have difficulties. It is the duty of the mother and the father to stand by them, to help them, to encourage them. This is tapyante loka tāpena and that is param ārādhanaṁ. It is the best mode of worship. Krishna says that, 'You want to worship Me. Don't go to the deities and put some rice or whatever. You please convert this devotional service in to your own day to day behavior'. And that is how we have to behave. Otherwise we are making show of devotional service. Show will not continue for long. Show may be for three hours. Isn't it? If I am taking the part of Ravana, for 3 hours I may pretend that I am Ravana. I can't be like that for a long time. So be genuine about these things. Be honest to your own self. 

Don't tolerate the sufferings of others. These are all our children, we are all elders. When there is suffering, all of you should come together and relieve the suffering of the person. It will go away. Again the person in turn will help to relieve somebody else's suffering and this is how the group can go on and this is the Krishna conscious group. That is why we are coming into association. It is not only come and eat prasadam and go away. No. This is the purpose of it. This is the purpose of performing chanting also. We are chanting why because we are transforming ourselves to being a nice devotee. So far we are animals. We did not care for suffering of anybody. How can you eat when the other living entity is suffering? Please, please please.. Because we very well know that every living entity is part and parcel of Krishna. This is what Krishna says. If we really trust this, is it not our duty to go to the living entities and relieve their suffering? Srimad Bhagavatam again says that this is param ārādhanaṁ. That is the best mode of worship.

Maharaj went on to explain how transcendence is the source of our maintenance and Krishna willing, we shall see the same in the next offering.

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