Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble pranams. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev.
We keep saying that in happiness and distress, we should be of steady mind. But when it comes into practice in day to day life, we follow the story of the sadhu who advised the farmer not to worry when farmer's son died, but kept lamenting when his own goat passed away. When things don't go the way we want, I have realized that I was performing bhakti in a mechanical manner, mostly meditating on the day to day problems, without any tinge of love for serving Lord or sense of gratitude. How to perform sincere devotional service irrespective of the challenges we face in day to day life?
The magnanimous Supreme Lord very nicely provides us the solution to the above question, through the following verse, 10.7 in Bhagavad Gita.
etāṁ vibhūtiṁ yogaṁ ca mama yo vetti tattvataḥ
so ’vikalpena yogena yujyate nātra saṁśayaḥ
One who is factually convinced of this opulence and mystic power of Mine engages in unalloyed devotional service; of this there is no doubt.
Unless we understand the greatness of Supreme Lord, we would not be serious in devotional service. We take things for granted and fail to thank and appreciate His glories. In his purport to the above verse, Srila Prabhupada very nicely explains - "Generally people know that God is great, but they do not know in detail how God is great. Here are the details. If one knows factually how God is great, then naturally he becomes a surrendered soul and engages himself in the devotional service of the Lord. When one factually knows the opulences of the Supreme, there is no alternative but to surrender to Him. This factual knowledge can be known from the descriptions in Srimad-Bhagavatam and Bhagavad-Gita and similar literatures."
The greatness of Lord needs to be reiterated in our mind, with the help of these scriptures. Else we are so forgetful of the Lord's mercy, that we fail to realize His greatness and the importance of surrendering to Him. His Divine Grace very clearly states, "All this particular knowledge is required in order to increase one's interest in the loving devotional service of the Lord. One should not neglect to understand fully how great Krishna is, for by knowing the greatness of Krishna one will be able to be fixed in sincere devotional service."
I pray at the lotus feet of Supreme Lord Krishna, that I always remain fixed in devotional service, remembering His greatness and never be neglectful of His instructions.
Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev,
Sudarshana devi dasi.
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