Constant Remembrance

26th Jan 2006
Sudarshana devi dasi

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

While explaining about divinity and divine service to the sages, Suta Goswami says in Srimad Bhagavatam 1.2.14,

tasmād ekena manasā bhagavān sātvatāṁ patiḥ
śrotavyaḥ kīrtitavyaś ca dhyeyaḥ pūjyaś ca nityadā

Therefore, with one-pointed attention, one should constantly hear about, glorify, remember and worship the Personality of Godhead, who is the protector of the devotees.

The word nityadā in the above verse is noteworthy. "Nityadā" means constantly or always. We might wonder how is it possible to practically follow this ?  When we are engaged in our daily duties either at home or work are we remembering Him ?

In one of the  lectures at Kumbha mela -  Srila Prabhupada explains  - "I remember one of our teachers in our school life instructed that if you always think, "I shall pass my examination with distinction,' then you will pass in the first division. If you think, "I shall pass my examination in the first division,' then you will probably pass in the third division. And if you think, "I will somehow or other pass my examination in the third division,' then you will fail. This means that if you expect more than your capacity, then it may be possible that at the time of examination you will pass. So when chanting the Hare Krishna mantra, Caitanya Mahaprabhu has said not that you chant only one hour-no. One should practice, and that practice was shown by Haridasa Thakura (who chanted almost twenty-four hours daily). But because we cannot, therefore we have to engage always in the service of Krishna. That will make you remember Krishna."

Since idle mind is the workshop of the devil, Srila Prabhupada has stressed the importance of keeping ourselves engaged in serving Krishna in someway or the other. Be it household work or official - when we do it as offering to Krishna - we would understand the truth that the house where we are staying in belongs to Him - and  whatever prescribed duties we are performing are all obtained by His grace.

Also it is always good practice to aim and endeavor to serve more than our capacity. Say if we want to wake-up for Mangala-arathi at 4:30am - we can aim to wake-up at 4am. On the contrary if we decide to perform arathi late then we would land up waking later than the time we  planned to perform the arathi.  I am reminded of the story of baby elephant whose legs were chained to a bamboo stick using iron chains so that it does not run away. When it tried initially to free itself, all its attempts were in vain. After few years even though it grew stronger, the elephant gave-up trying to free himself from the clutches of chain as it began to believe that it was beyond its ability. The lesson to be learnt here is even if we fail in our first few attempts - we must not give up our endeavor to serve the Lord  and by His mercy we would be able to serve Him more and as a result  remember Him always.

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