Yes Sir!

28th Mar 2006
Murlidhara Krsna das

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

The following "Yes Sir" verse reminds me of one incident in my last trip to Rajkot this year.

SB 3.24.13
etāvaty eva śuśrūṣā kāryā pitari putrakaiḥ
bāḍham ity anumanyeta gauraveṇa guror vacaḥ

Sons ought to render service to their father exactly to this extent. One should obey the command of his father or spiritual master with due deference, saying, 'Yes, sir'.

Excerpt from purport:
Two words in this verse are very important; one word is pitari, and another word is guroḥ. The son or disciple should accept the words of his spiritual master and father without hesitation. Whatever the father and the spiritual master order should be taken without argument: 'Yes'. There should be no instance in which the disciple or the son says, "This is not correct. I cannot carry it out." When he says that, he is fallen. The order of the father or the order of the spiritual master must be carried out without hesitation, with an immediate yes. There should be no argument. That is real service to the father and to the spiritual master. Vishvanatha Chakravarta Thakura has stated that the order of the spiritual master is the life and soul of the disciples. As a man cannot separate his life from his body, a disciple cannot separate the order of the spiritual master from his life. If a disciple follows the instruction of the spiritual master in that way, he is sure to become perfect. One may be materially considered an illiterate man, but if he has faith in the spiritual master as well as in the Supreme Personality of Godhead, then the meaning of scriptural revelation is immediately manifested before him (end of purport).

Rajkot story:
We were about to start our trip to Dwarka and were leaving hurriedly as we were getting late for the Ratha Yatra in Dwarka. All of the sudden Maharaj told our god-brother Kathamrta prabhu to stay in Rajkot and secure the building until we came back in the evening. To my great surprise Kathamrta prabhu immediately accepted Maharaj's order with, "Yes Maharaj" (Yes Sir), without asking any question. Nor was there any gesture of disappointment in his face for the sudden change in plan. As we were about to depart, I was still looking at Kathamrta prabhu as my mind was still hoping to find any trace of his disappointment even in his face. On the contrary with the big smile in his face, he offered his obeisances to Maharaj and wished us safe journey. I was so happy, I immediately used the opportunity and spoke to my mind, "See prabhu, just see how humble is our Kathamrta prabhu! How would you react if this would have happened to us my friend? What will you do and say? Of course, I never got any answer from my mind, instead he just turned around and said, "hmm", and I told him, "Rascal you lost this time." (he always tries to find faults in others so he can justify his rascaldom ideas)."

We came back on the same day around 11 pm and we found HG Kathamrta prabhu still awake and guarding the temple. By the mercy of such dedicated devotees like HG Kathamrta prabhu, I also hope that someday, I will be able to put into practice the word - 'Yes Sir'

By the mercy of such dedicated devotees like HG Kathamrta prabhu, I also hope that someday, I also will be able to put into practice the word 'Yes Sir'.

Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev,
Murlidhara Krsna das