The Glorious Process - Part 1

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

Our beloved Gurudev, HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj always insists that in kali yuga we are surcharged with faithlessness everywhere and if we are not to fall a victim, it is essential that we daily hammer ourselves with the scriptural instructions with great faith and attention. In Srimad Bhagavatam, in the concluding verses of Uddhava Gita, Lord Sri Krishna very wonderfully glorifies the path of Bhakti Yoga or devotional service and as aspiring devotees, it is very enlightening and enhancing our faith in the process of devotional service. There are three verses in SB 11. 29. 20 – 22, the Lord very wonderfully glorifies the process and says that this is the essence of spiritual knowledge. We will try to see these three verses in these offerings.

1. There is not even the slightest loss by taking to the process of bhakti yoga: It is our natural desire that any endeavour we do, we want to see that it is useful and it does not put us into a loss or waste of time or energy. So the guarantee that there is not even the slightest loss in this process is a great motivating force for us to take up the path of Bhakti yoga. The Lord says in SB 11.29.20,

na hy aṅgopakrame dhvaṁso mad-dharmasyoddhavāṇv api
mayā vyavasitaḥ samyaṅ nirguṇatvād anāśiṣaḥ

My dear Uddhava, because I have personally established it, this process of devotional service unto Me is transcendental and free from any material motivation. Certainly a devotee never suffers even the slightest loss by adopting this process.

Here we see the glory of the process of bhakti yoga in that,

a) This process is personally established by the Lord (mat dharma).
b) This process is transcendental (nirguṇat).
c) It is free from material motivation.

Because of being established by the Lord, because of being transcendental and being free from material motivation, it is an assurance from the Lord that a devotee never suffers even the slightest loss by adopting this process. In Srimad Bhagavad Gita the Lord gives the same assurance when He says in Bhagavad Gita verse 2.40 "In this endeavor there is no loss or diminution, and a little advancement on this path can protect one from the most dangerous type of fear."

Srila Prabhupada is nicely explaining in the purport, "Activity in Krishna consciousness, or acting for the benefit of Krishna without expectation of sense gratification, is the highest transcendental quality of work. Even a small beginning of such activity finds no impediment, nor can that small beginning be lost at any stage. Any work begun on the material plane has to be completed, otherwise the whole attempt becomes a failure. But any work begun in Krishna consciousness has a permanent effect, even though not finished. The performer of such work is therefore not at a loss even if his work in Krishna consciousness is incomplete. One percent done in Krishna consciousness bears permanent results, so that the next beginning is from the point of two percent, whereas in material activity without a hundred percent success there is no profit. Material activities and their results end with the body. But work in Krishna consciousness carries a person again to Krishna consciousness, even after the loss of the body. At least one is sure to have a chance in the next life of being born again as a human being, either in the family of a great cultured brahmana or in a rich aristocratic family that will give one a further chance for elevation. That is the unique quality of work done in Krishna consciousness."

Krishna willing, we shall see the glories of devotional service as uttered from the lotus mouth of the Lord, in the ensuing offerings.

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