Favorable Decisions

Dear Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva.

We all know that in this material world, by nature's own way the complete system of material activities is a source of perplexity for everyone. The world situation is such that perplexities of life automatically appear, without our wanting such confusion. No one wants fire, and yet it takes place, and we become perplexed.

One such situation which we come across very often is being put in to a situation where we have a choice of either opting for performing some devotional service for the satisfaction of our spiritual master (and the Lord) or pursuing some material pursuit for the satisfaction of persons who are not devotionally inclined.

Without fail, we succumb to the pressure of friends, relatives, colleagues etc in the process of trying to satisfy them, which may or may not be successful. As the saying goes "We cannot satisfy everybody every time."

We fail to understand that the moment we take to Krishna Consciousness, the Lord through his external potency tests our sincerity and he put us in a situation where we have to take decisions. We may choose to take a favorable decision or an unfavorable one or abstain from taking any decision (thinking that Krishna is in control and he will take decisions on our behalf).

The question to ask ourselves is, do we really have a choice?

As Prabhupada explains in Srimad Bhagavad Gita 2:7 One should not, therefore, remain in material perplexities but should approach a spiritual master. And it is for this very reason our beloved Gurudev constantly reminds us that everything is there in the pages of Srimad Bhagavat-gita and Bhagavatam. And it is only when we decide not to be a miser and be a bit generous on ourselves by digging in to the pages of Bhagavatam at least for sometime everyday that the secret of living life is revealed to us.

In Srimad Bhagavatam 4:10:1 Prabhupada gives a solution on how to take decisions in such perplexing situations in his purport:

It appears that Dhruva Maharaja married after being installed on the throne of his father and after the departure of his father to the forest for self-realization. It is very important to note in this connection that since Maharaja Uttanapaada was greatly affectionate towards his son, and since it is the duty of a father to get his sons and daughters married as quickly as possible, why did he not get his son married before he left home? The answer is that Maharaja Uttanapada was a rajarshi, saintly king. Although he was busy in his political affairs and duties of government management, he was very anxious for self-realization. Therefore as soon as his son Dhruva Maharaja was quite worthy to take charge of the government, he took this opportunity to leave home, just like his son, who, without fear, left home for self-realization, even at the age of five years. These are rare instances from which we can see that the importance of spiritual realization is above all other important work. Maharaja Uttanapada knew very well that to get his son Dhruva Maharaja married was not so important that it should take preference to his going away to the forest for self-realization.

The important word to meditate upon is "very anxious", which has been very nicely benchmarked in SB 6:11:26 by one of the great devotees Vrtrasura, as follows:

ajāta-pakṣā iva mātaraṁ khagāḥ
stanyaṁ yathā vatsatarāḥ kṣudh-ārtāḥ
priyaṁ priyeva vyuṣitaṁ viṣaṇṇā
mano ’ravindākṣa didṛkṣate tvām

O lotus-eyed Lord, as baby birds that have not yet developed their wings always look for their mother to return and feed them, as small calves tied with ropes await anxiously the time of milking, when they will be allowed to drink the milk of their mothers, or as a morose wife whose husband is away from home always longs for him to return and satisfy her in all respects, I always yearn for the opportunity to render direct service unto You."

By being very anxious to serve the Lord we will ensure that we make most of every moment presented to us by the Lord by utilizing it in his service and not for anything else.

As our beloved Gurudev quotes this very instructive verse from the shastras:

shatam vihaaya bhoktavyam / sahasram vihaaya snaatavyam
laksham vihaaya daatavyam / kotim tyaktvaa harim bhajet

Leave hundreds of engagements to honor prasadam, thousands of engagements to cleanse one self, lakhs of engagements to give charity and crores of engagements to chant the holy names of Lord Krishna.

So by not missing any appointments with Krishna we will be recognized by the Lord which in turn will eventually please persons around us. Even if they do not get pleased we ought to remember that we are ultimately not the losers as there can’t be any loss in our pursuit for the highest goal of life.

I humbly bow down to my beloved spiritual master and Prabhupada for their mercy in helping me always take simplistic and favorable decision to please the Lord.

Thank you very much. Hare Krishna!
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Gopal Krsna das
Bangalore