How to Please Krishna?

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

Last week H.G.Kalacakra prabuji and H.G.Sudarshana mataji visited us from Bangalore. As they stayed for four days in Chennai, it was a Bhagavatam festival for us. We had more food for our soul. I would like to share about a very important and beautiful sloka from Shrimad Bhagavatam (SB 4.31.19) which we discussed during one of the classes.

dayayā sarva-bhūteṣu santuṣṭyā yena kena vā
sarvendriyopaśāntyā ca tuṣyaty āśu janārdanaḥ

By showing mercy to all living entities, being satisfied somehow or other and controlling the senses from sense enjoyment, one can very quickly satisfy the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Janardana.

Three important actions which when practiced with utmost care will please Lord Krishna. These three actions, i.e., being Merciful to all living entities, being Satisfied and Controlling the senses from sense enjoyment can be easily remembered by the acronym MSC. When Lord Krishna is pleased then that is the highest perfection (saṁsiddhir hari-toṣaṇam). So it is important that whatever occupation we are engaged in, we have to please Lord Krishna by that occupation. Superficially when I read this sloka I had a doubt. What is the difficulty in following this sloka, because I have seen many villagers in our native place in Tamilnadu, who are merciful to others, satisfied with whatever they have and strong control over senses. But when I read the purport by Srila Prabhupada I was able to understand the real meaning of these three qualities.

Srila Prabhupada in his wonderful purport explains very vividly that the best way to show mercy to all living entities is to spread Krishna consciousness. He also says, those who are actually learned, advanced in spiritual understanding, should preach Krishna consciousness all over the world. The topmost example we can see in our life is our beloved Guru Maharaj (and other such pure devotees) who in spite of many difficulties, which we might not even understand, travels all round only to spread Krishna consciousness. This is the real meaning of dayayā sarva-bhūteṣu. At this moment I am obliged to share our happiness when H.G.Kalacakra prabuji and H.G.Sudarshana mataji came to Chennai. Their only intention is to really help us study Srimad Bhagavatam. In spite of their tight schedules, and other difficulties they travel to Chennai just to give us the taste of Srimad Bhagavatam. They take this austerity only to help people like us..

Regarding satisfaction Srila Prabhupada says in BG 10.5, "One should not be eager to gather more and more material goods by unnecessary activity. One should be satisfied with whatever is obtained by the grace of the Supreme Lord."

Then in BG 17.16 he says further as to how one can attain this satisfaction: "Satisfaction of the mind can be obtained only by taking the mind away from thoughts of sense enjoyment. The best way is to divert the mind to the Vedic literature, which is full of satisfying stories as in the Puranas and the Mahabharata."

"Senses are so strong that they forcibly carry away the mind even of a man of discrimination who is endeavoring to control them." (BG 2.60). Even though a person has control over one sense object he may not have over all sense objects unless he is totally in Krishna consciousness. Even the grate sage Vishvamitra was misled by Menaka, although the yogi was endeavoring for sense control through his yoga practice. Then what to speak of puny soul like me? If, therefore, the soul is directly engaged with the Supreme, naturally all other subordinates, namely, the intelligence, mind, and senses will be automatically engaged.

So to please Krishna we have to practice MSC. And to practice, we have to engage ourselves more in reading Srila Prabhupada's books, so that we will come to know the real meaning of MSC. If even this is not going into the mind especially for persons like me, then it is better to take up the advise of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura who says to control the mind one should beat it with shoes many times just after waking up and again before going to sleep. In this way one can control the mind.

I sincerely pray to the lotus feet of our Guru Maharaj and Lord Krishna to give me some taste to read constantly Srimad Bhagavatam and Srimad Bhagavat Gita.

Your humble servant in the service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev,
Savita devi dasi