Let Krishna Take Charge - Part 5

Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances! All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Gurudev!
This is the concluding part of the previous offerings transcribing the wonderful class by HG Devakinandan Prabhuji in Abu Dhabi on Srimad Bhagavatam verse 4.20.31. 

In the last offering, we saw that best and the easiest way to connect with Krishna is given in the second and concluding part of the verse and that is why Prthu Maharaj prays in this beautiful prayer, "Please do not ask me to take material benefit from You." Thus we pray to Krishna to take charge. If we want Krishna to take charge, we should realize the following: 

a) The three results of being engaged in Krishna’s service
b) Unmotivated devotional service leads to uninterrupted devotional service
c) Our main aim should be to glorify the Lord
d) We should take pleasure in others doing devotional service 

In the last offering, we saw the explanation of the first point. We shall see the explanation of the other points here. 

b) Unmotivated devotional service leads to uninterrupted devotional service: If we really want to take this wonderful prayer in SB 4.20.31 to heart, then we should remember what Prthu maharaj says - "Krishna, You please arrange in such a way that I will not ask any material benefits from You." We may not have the strength. But if Krishna wants, He can give us the strength. If Guru wants, he can give us the strength. All we should do is maam icchaaptum dhanjaya. We should desire. Nothing is in our hands. The only thing Krishna has given us is the aspect of desire. It is only up to us to desire. If we desire, "Let me not ask anything material. Let me be always like an obedient son or daughter, always leaving it to the father", then we will find that our life in devotional service will become very peaceful. Otherwise our life in devotional service is mixed. We come to Krishna consciousness but there is some motive and we want something from Krishna. Because we want something from Krishna which is not spiritual, our devotional service is interrupted. That is why ahaituky apratihata is very important. To the extent our motive is only to glorify Krishna, to that extent, Krishna will always arrange that we perform continuous devotional service. To the extent that we have a motive other than glorifying Krishna, we find always there is a disruption in devotional life. Our minds will give some excuses. "Why should I come for the program? Why wake up for Mangala arati? This week if I don't study Srimad Bhagavatam, that’s okay. One day let me take a break. Let me apply for leave from Bhakti. Whole year I am working hard in devotional service. Surely I am entitled to some material enjoyment." We don’t realize that the moment we do that, then we are not peaceful. We are separated. We end by remembering a similar prayer from another great devotee and he is Citraketu maharaj. He factually says the same thing very beautifully in SB 6.16.46: 

viditam ananta samastaṁ
tava jagad-ātmano janair ihācaritam
vijñāpyaṁ parama-guroḥ
kiyad iva savitur iva khadyotaiḥ

O unlimited Supreme Personality of Godhead, whatever a living entity does in this material world is well known to You because You are the Supersoul. In the presence of the sun there is nothing to be revealed by the light of a glowworm. Similarly, because You know everything, in Your presence there is nothing for me to make known.

Here Bhagavatam gives us a very very graphic image. In the presence of the sun, what light can a glow-worm give? In the night, glow worms give nice light. But in the presence of the sun, the glow worm loses the potency. In the same way, he says, because you know everything Krishna, nothing is to be made known. This should be our mood. 

c) Our main aim should be to glorify the Lord: Whenever we come before Krishna, our mood should be as stated in SB 10.1.4:

nivṛtta-tarṣair upagīyamānād
bhavauṣadhāc chrotra-mano-’bhirāmāt
ka uttamaśloka-guṇānuvādāt
pumān virajyeta vinā paśughnāt

Glorification of the Supreme Personality of Godhead is performed in the parampara system; that is, it is conveyed from spiritual master to disciple. Such glorification is relished by those no longer interested in the false, temporary glorification of this cosmic manifestation. Descriptions of the Lord are the right medicine for the conditioned soul undergoing repeated birth and death. Therefore, who will cease hearing such glorification of the Lord except a butcher or one who is killing his own self?

This is the only reason we come to the program. Not for anything else except to glorify Krishna. That should be our only motive for bhakti. Do not be resentful, but pray to Krishna as Prthu Maharaj is praying, “Let me please have the desire that someday somehow I should become an instrument only to glorify You.” Otherwise, we come to the program to glorify ourselves. Because when we come, we want someone to say "very nice to see you." I give class and when I leave, I want 10 people to tell me, "Prabhu, it’s a very nice class". Then I pretend to be humble and say, "Nothing Prabhu." But in my heart, I say it was a very nice class. So these are not the reasons why we come for bhakti. The only reason why we are born to become devotees is to glorify Krishna. It is stated in the pages of Bhagavatam, instead of keep on asking the father, why don’t we just glorify the father? By glorifying the father, the father becomes much more pleased because He knows we are sincere to understand His greatness. That is all we should be doing. Nothing else. 

d) We should take pleasure in others doing devotional service: Let us end by remembering the wonderful prayer of Kunti Mata in SB 1.8.36:

śṛṇvanti gāyanti gṛṇanty abhīkṣṇaśaḥ
smaranti nandanti tavehitaṁ janāḥ
ta eva paśyanty acireṇa tāvakaṁ
bhava-pravāhoparamaṁ padāmbujam

O Krishna, those who continuously hear, chant and repeat Your transcendental activities, or take pleasure in others’ doing so, certainly see Your lotus feet, which alone can stop the repetition of birth and death.

Kunti Mata tells us the real solution to absorb Prthu Maharaj’s prayer. The automatic way not to be separated from Krishna is to continuously hear about Krishna, continuously chant about Krishna, and continuously repeat Krishna’s glories and other devotee’s glories. If we can’t do all these, at least we should become nandanti – take pleasure in others repeating Krishna’s glories. Otherwise, that part becomes very difficult for us because if someone glorifies Krishna, or does something wonderful in devotional service, we want to shoot the person down. But when we are doing it, we expect everyone to lift us up. When someone is doing very nice in devotional service, then our mood should be, "I am inspired by your devotional service." But still what happens is we say, "he or she is doing nice bhakti, but then….". When we see the faults in others, it is as good as seeing those faults in ourselves. Guru Maharaj always told me, "Devaki, it takes a good thief to know another thief. So if you catch someone stealing, don’t blame that other person. You must come to understand that you can actually recognize his stealing propensity because you have become expert at it yourself."

So take pleasure – nandanti – in other’s devotional service. In that way, we become peaceful. When we do that, what do we see? We see Krishna’s lotus feet and how do we see it? By Krishna’s mercy. Because father knows what is best for this son. Father will give darshan when the son is ready to perform glorification of father and when one sees Krishna’s lotus feet, then Bhagavatam tells us that it stops the repetition of birth and death and once it stops our being born and our dying, then our happiness with our eternal father becomes eternal. 

Prabhuji ended by saying that we should not make this hearing into a ritual. Don’t come because you have to come. Come because you want to glorify Krishna. Then whatever that we hear will never go to pass as a formality but it will become part of our life. What is the value of devotional service, if we do not practice it? 

We thank HG Devakinandan Prabhuji for explaining this wonderful prayer and let us make our best endeavor to practice these instructions.

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