The Transformation - Part 1

12th Apr 2024
Vaijayantimala devi dasi

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

It is the experience in many of our lives that when we are going through some difficult situations in life and we sincerely sit to hear the Bhagavad Gita or Srimad Bhagavatam classes, we find that whatever is spoken in the class, is absolutely meant for us and for our own situation and we feel that all our questions within our heart are answered. If we convey this experience to other devotees, surprisingly they will also say that the particular class was meant for them only. This way Krishna gives direction to so many living entities with fitting consolations and solutions, each applying individually to all, through one class. When I was just thinking about this, I came across a very interesting story whiich I am sharing here.

Once there was a very old King. He had organized a festival in his palace to which many other Kings were invited. The King’s spiritual master had also come to the palace from the forest to participate in the festival. In that celebration, there was a dance performance by professional dancers. Everyone was very much absorbed in the dance performance. The whole night had passed and it was about to be dawn. The accompanying artists who were playing the various musical instruments, were feeling very sleepy and tired and this was observed by the dancer. In order to alert them to remain awake and not to spoil the performance when it is about to end, having done so well all this time, she sang the following  verse.

atīto bahu kālo re kincit evāvasishyate
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śana mātrasya dośena mā bhava tvam kalankitah

This means that “ Hey! A long time has passed. Only very litle time is remaining. By committing a mistake in the last minute, don’t become polluted or subject to be condemned.”

Various personalities in the King’s court understood the verse in different different ways according to their own situations and mentalities.

The artists who were playing the instruments became alert and they gave up their sleepiness and started playing the instruments very nicely.

The King’s spiritual master, offered respects to the dancer who chanted the verse with great gratitude within his heart.

The princess gave her invaluable necklace as her gift to the dancer.

The prince offered his crown to the dancer.

Seeing the respect and honour being conferred upon the dancer by all these personalities, the King was very much amazed and he told the dancer “How is it that an ordinary dancer like you got so much gifts just by chanting a verse?”

On hearing this, the eyes of the King’s guru were filled with tears. He told the King,”Don’t tell her that she is an ordinary dancer. Today she is my Guru. She has opened my eyes. I have been spending all my time in the forest worshipping Lord Shri Krishna. When I am approaching my final years of my life, I have spoiled all my austerities and penances by watching this dance performance. That is what she indicated through the valuable and instructive verse she spoke. Today, I shall go back to the forest and continue with my devotional services at the lotus feet of the Lord, instead of wasting my  precious time."

It is said - "Life is short, Don't shorten it further by wasting time." When we indulge in unregulated sense-enjoyment, it is bound to lead us to disease which in turn will impact the duration of our active, healthy life in this body. Since time is non-different from Krishna, wasting time means we are ignoring or neglecting Krishna. So whenever our mind tricks to post-pone our daily sadhana, let us hammer the mind with the truth that, "Tomorrow never comes." It is said,

kāl bhajanthā āj bhaj, āj bhajanthā ab
do pal mein pralaya hoyegi, phir bhajegā kab

Whatever devotional service you planned to do tomorrow, do today, what devotional service you planned to do today, start it now, for there will be a devastation in a few moments, then when will you do it?”

Krishna willing we shall see the transformation that took place in others in the ensuing offering.

Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Vaijayantimala devi dasi
Chennai.