The Best Mode of Worship - Part 4

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.

4. Source of maintenance is transcendence:  Krishna says to Uddhava in Srimad Bhagavatam verse 11.29.19,

ayaṁ hi sarva-kalpānāṁ sadhrīcīno mato mama
mad-bhāvaḥ sarva-bhūteṣu mano-vāk-kāya-vṛttibhiḥ

Indeed, I consider this process—using one's mind, words and bodily functions for realizing Me within all living beings—to be the best possible method of spiritual enlightenment.

Krishna says, "I have shown so many ways to attain Me. But please remember this one way is the best way". And what is that one way? mad-bhāvaḥ sarva-bhūteṣu. "In all the living entities, you must see Me. That is the best way to attain Me." It is not that we differentiate here and there, here and there and you relax in a sofa set and the other living entity is suffering. No. We may perform penance. We may forgo our eating. That is how this Rantideva, half the plate he gave away to the brahmin. Then he wanted to break the fast again. Another beggar came. 'I am hungry since last 3 months.' So whatever was left, Rantideva gave it to him. Then the children and wife had the food. Then a chandala walked in with 12 dogs and said, 'me and my dogs are very hungry. So please give me something to eat. We are hungry since last 6 months.' So Rantideva took his wife's food and children's food and gave to them. In the end again one shudra came. At that time Rantideva had only water to drink to break the fast. The shudra came and said that, 'I am very thirsty. I want water.' Rantideva gave the water to him. This is how he got rid of everything and he starved again.

We are not going to die, till Krishna wants us to die. Krishna rākhe māre ke? If Krishna wants us to survive, who is going to kill us? But we are committing a great blunder by thinking that the source of income and the source of maintenance is one. Our thinking is that if we have source of income, we will survive. This is a completely wrong philosophy. Wrong fact. Source of income may be there. But money cannot circulate the blood in the body. People are staying in America. Do your dollars help you to circulate the blood? Who is doing that? Everything comes to Krishna. So source of maintenance is transcendence. Source of income, we may arrange. But with all the heavy income and exhaustive money all the big men they die. That is our experience. Where are the presidents of America gone? They had plenty of income. After them train of presidents have vanished. And those who are at the moment here, they are also going to vanish. So source of income and source of maintenance are completely different. As soon as you understand this, you will develop the merciful attitude.

Maharaj went on to explain how we can attract Krishna's mercy and Krishna willing, the same shall be offered in the next mail.

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