Listen to the Instructions of Your Supersoul

Dear Vaishnavas
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev.

This is how most sinful living entity (I) should constantly pray to Supersoul.

"My dear most friend and eternal companion, please forgive me as I have neglected you so long in so many cycles of 8,400,000 forms. Please, please my dear most friend, I don’t want these cycles anymore".

Unfortunately, only prayers are not enough, there are certain steps to be practiced as well. In the pages of Srimad Bhagavatam we can find what are the steps for pleasing our eternal friend and manage to see/hear Supersoul within our hearts (remembering always the truth that Lord is personified by the sound and unseen by the eyes - SB 1.6.25).

In Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 4, Chapter 28 we find that Queen Vaidharbi became perplexed after her husband King Malayadhvaja (her spiritual master) left the material world. In verse 52, the brahmana inquires her as follows.

brāhmaṇa uvāca
kā tvaṁ kasyāsi ko vāyaṁ śayāno yasya śocasi
jānāsi kiṁ sakhāyaṁ māṁ yenāgre vicacartha ha

The brahmana inquired as follows: Who are you? Whose wife or daughter are you? Who is the man lying here? It appears you are lamenting for this dead body. Don't you recognize Me? I am your eternal friend. You may remember that many times in the past you have consulted Me.

I found that instructions given by Srila Prabhupada in the purport are so practical and sublime and are preparing us for this difficult test in life which everyone of us will have to face some day or the other.

When a person's relative dies, renunciation is automatically visible.
1. Consultation with the Supersoul seated within everyone's heart is possible only when one is completely free from the contamination of material attachment.
2. One who is sincere and pure gets an opportunity to consult with the Supreme Personality of Godhead in His Paramatma feature sitting within everyone's heart.
The Paramatma is always the caitya-guru, the spiritual master within, and He comes before one externally as the instructor and initiator spiritual master. The Lord can reside within the heart, and He can also come out before a person and give him instructions. Thus the spiritual master is not different from the Supersoul sitting within the heart. An uncontaminated soul or living entity can get a chance to meet the Paramatma face to face. Just as one gets a chance to consult with the Paramatma within his heart, one also gets a chance to see Him actually situated before him. Then one can take instructions from the Supersoul directly. This is the duty of the pure devotee : to see the bona fide spiritual master and consult with the Supersoul within the heart. When the brahmana (Supersoul personified) asked the woman who the man lying on the floor was, she answered that he was her spiritual master and that she was perplexed about what to do in his absence. At such a time the Supersoul immediately appears, provided the devotee is purified in heart by following the directions of the spiritual master. A sincere devotee who follows the instructions of the spiritual master certainly gets direct instructions from his heart from the Supersoul. Thus a sincere devotee is always helped directly or indirectly by the spiritual master and the Supersoul.

I remember, once I asked our Gurudev HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj about what are we disciples going to do without you? Maharaj in a very sober mood referred me to this purport and told me “Murli you have to direct your airplane by yourself someday”.

When flying an airplane, one cannot take care of other planes. Everyone has to take care of his own plane, and if there is any danger, no other plane can help another in that condition. Similarly, at the end of life, when one has to go back home, back to Godhead, everyone has to take care of himself without help rendered by another. The help is, however, offered on the ground before flying in space. Similarly, the spiritual master, the father, the mother, the relatives, the husband and others can all render help during one's lifetime, but while crossing the sea one has to take care of himself and utilize the instructions formerly received ”. 1.5.50 purport

We all know that in order to fly an airplane, we require sophisticated navigation and communication systems and that all airplanes always has to be in touch with the control room (Supersoul). Let us all try to communicate/follow constantly our control room (Supersoul), always remembering/following the instructions of our Spiritual master.

Thank you very much.
Your most fallen servant,
Murlidhara Krsna das