Our Prime Duty

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

In BG 5.12 Krishna says:

yuktaḥ karma-phalaṁ tyaktvā śāntim āpnoti naiṣṭhikīm
ayuktaḥ kāma-kāreṇa phale sakto nibadhyate

The steadily devoted soul attains unadulterated peace because he offers the results of all activities to Me; whereas a person who is not in union with the Divine, who is greedy for the fruits of his labor, becomes entangled.

In this world we are not at peace with ourselves, what to speak of peace with our friends, relatives and neighbours? All these are due to our entanglement in this material world. We have opened so many accounts in this material world - one for our wealth, one for our family, friends and relatives, one for our profession and so on. Because we are always meditating on these accounts and do all we can to let it grow, we are not able to open an account for Krishna. That is why Srila Prabhupada insisted very particularly that we have to close all our material accounts and open spiritual accounts.

We should follow the footsteps of great personalities like Khatvanga Maharaj and engage our mind and senses fully towards Krishna. In this way we can get out of our material entanglement by closing all our material accounts.

Maharaj Khatvanga was invited by the demigods in the higher planets to fight demons. And as a king he fought the battle to the full satisfaction of the demigods. The demigods being fully satisfied with him wanted to give him some benediction for material enjoyment. But Maharaja Khatvanga being very much alert to his prime duty inquired from the demigods about his remaining duration of life. He was informed by the demigods however that his life would last only a moment longer. The king at once left the heavenly kingdom which is always full of material enjoyment of the highest standard and coming down to this earth took ultimate shelter of the all-safe Personality of Godhead. He was successful in his great attempt and achieve liberation. He was successful because he was always alert to his prime duty.

In the purport of the above verse Srila Prabhupada stresses that a fully responsible man should always be conscious of the prime duty of the present human form of life. The activities to meet the immediate necessities of material life are not everything.

Our prime duty is to be fixed in our determination to serve Krishna under any circumstance.

Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev,
Sindhu devi dasi
Abu Dhabi.