Living the Present

16th Feb 2008
Sudarshana devi dasi

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

We should always be in the present moment. Lamenting about the past or being anxious about the future would not take us an inch further. By such activities we only loose the valuable present moment. So we should be cautious not to waste our time in such activities. Nowadays people become so anxious about their health, that they keep visiting doctors for general check-up, even when their bodies are functioning normally. Such general check-ups are all simply waste of time and should be avoided. There is a saying, "Never trouble trouble, until trouble troubles you". So as long our bodies are working normally, why to go in for unnecessary checkups wasting our time and money ?

Same holds true regarding the curiosity of people to know about their future. People waste so much money on astrology to know about their future. Astrologers are also normal human beings and hence they are also prone to make mistakes. It is not possible for anyone to predict our future accurately. And even if they are predicting the same, is it possible for them to do anything against Krishna's plan?  It is just mere waste of time. We are not going to gain anything useful out of it.

While responding to his disciple, H.G Devamaya devi dasi on 9 Jan 1975 in Mumbai, Srila Prabhupada writes, "Regarding astrology, you should not listen to any of these so-called astrologers. Strictly avoid. Don't even see them. What is the use of seeing them? Astrology is meant for the materialist, but a spiritualist does not care for the future. Everything is dependent upon Krishna. So where is the necessity of astrology? The devotees' principle is, let there happen anything as Krishna desires. Let me remain sincere devotee, that's all. Pure devotee is never interested in this astrology."

In Bhagavad Gita Chapter 7 verse 26, Lord Krishna says

vedāhaṁ samatītāni vartamānāni cārjuna
bhaviṣyāṇi ca bhūtāni māṁ tu veda na kaścana

O Arjuna, as the Supreme Personality of Godhead, I know everything that has happened in the past, all that is happening in the present, and all things that are yet to come. I also know all living entities; but Me no one knows.

As it is clear from the above verse, Krishna is master of all astrologers - Supreme Lord who knows everything. So all we need to do is just have complete faith on Him and depend on Him alone. There is no need to run behind doctors and astrologers and waste our time, rather we need to spend the present moment in Krishna conscious activities.

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