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, "Surrender unto His Lotus Feet" wherein we were meditating on Srimad Bhagavatam verse 2.6.7 and about elephant king Gajendra surrendering to Lord's lotus feet when being attacked by crocodile in the lake.
Now we shall see further.
In Srimad Bhagavatam verse 8.3.1, Sukadev Goswami says
evaṁ vyavasito buddhyā
samādhāya mano hṛdi
jajāpa paramaṁ jāpyaṁ
Śrī Śukadeva Gosvāmī continued: Thereafter, the King of the elephants, Gajendra, fixed his mind in his heart with perfect intelligence and chanted a mantra which he had learned in his previous birth as Indradyumna and which he remembered by the grace of Kṛṣṇa.
The life of Gajendra is very inspiring one as we can see that even in the body of elelphant, he was able to recollect and chant the mantras which he had learnt in his previpus birth as King Indradyumna. Srila Prabhupada very nicely mentions in the purport of this verse as to how important it is for us to chant mantras and prayers daily as we are blesses with this rare and precious human birth.
His Divine Grace says, "It is imperative, therefore, that all devotees in Kṛṣṇa consciousness practice chanting some mantra. Certainly one should chant the Hare Kṛṣṇa mantra, which is the mahā-mantra, or great mantra, and also one should practice chanting cintāmaṇi-prakara-sadmasu or the Nṛsiṁha strotra (ito nṛsiṁhaḥ parato nṛsiṁho yato yato yāmi tato nṛsiṁhaḥ). Every devotee should practice in order to chant some mantra perfectly so that even though he may be imperfect in spiritual consciousness in this life, in his next life he will not forget Kṛṣṇa consciousness, even if he becomes an animal. Of course, a devotee should try to perfect his Kṛṣṇa consciousness in this life, for simply by understanding Kṛṣṇa and His instructions, after giving up this body one can return home, back to Godhead. Even if there is some falldown, practice of Kṛṣṇa consciousness never goes in vain."
In the above verse, the word jāpyaṁ is translated by Prabhupada as "mantra he had learned from great devotees" and anuśikṣitam is translated as what he has practised in his previous life. So as KIng Indradyumna he learnt the mantras from great devotees and he also practised them. Such practice of chanting mantras and shlokas helps one even in the present birth itself. Th Holy Names help one to remember Krishna at the time of death, If one is able to hear and chant the Holy Name of Krishna, then He or she becomes liberated from all material clutches in this birth itself.
In spiritual life nothing goes in vain. Lord is so merciful that He makes a note of every single thought, every single word and every single act we do and when He is very pleased by one's devotion, by His causekess mercy, He helps one to remember Him at the right time both in this life time as well as in the future. Such remembrance guarantees one to get a better destination. Our beloved spiritual master HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj also insisted everyone to chant the Mahamantra irrespective of the fact that they were young and old, rich and poor people. Herein we can see the magnanimous nature of Gurudev and Prabhupada - how much they were eager to liberate the suffering conditioned souls from prison of material entanglement.
So lesson to be learnt from Gajendra is that whatever we learn from great devotees in this lifetime, we should practise it in the present human birth. This simple act of obedience of chant the Mahamantra and other shlokas from Bhagavatam and Bhagavad Gita, daily will please the Lord and help us to remain always in His shelter.
Krishna willing we shall meditate further on this topic in the subsequent offering.
Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva
Sudarshana devi dasi
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