Serving or Being Served

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

While reading the 5th Canto of Srimad Bhagavatam, we would realise how wonderful and inconceivable is the Lord's creation. This universe is like a mustard seed when compared to the millions of other universes that are part of His creations created by Him. If this universe itself is like a mustard  then what to speak of our insignificant position? Inspite of this reality, we feel proud in whatever small things we do. We keep forgetting His greatness - fail to surrender to Him and have a false notion that we are serving Him.

In one of his lectures in Shree Shree Radha NeelaMadhav dham in Rajkot, HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj told few thought provoking instructions which I would like to share with all of you. The following is a extract of the same.

Daily morning we go to Him and ask - "Krishna - give me car", "Krishna - give me land", "Krishna - give me house"  etc and Krishna mercifully fulfils the desire and we keep boasting - "I am serving the Lord". We don't serve Him at all. We always worry thousand things about ourselves. Don't be of the conception that we are serving the Lord. Actually we are not serving. But we are being served. We are completely in the illusion that we are serving Him. Unnecessarily do not be puffed up. Menial service is also His mercy. Without His mercy, we cannot either enter or sweep or do anything in the temple.

In a lighter note Maharaj (to remind us the significance of how Krishna is serving us) quipped  - "Mahaprabhu is wrong in saying - 'jīvera svarūpa haya kṛṣṇera dāsa' . It is actually 'kṛṣṇera svarūpa haya jivera das' " . The eternal condition of jiva is to serve Krishna. But Krishna has constantly been serving us and without any gratitude towards Him we claim the glories for serving Him.

Maharaj further said, "If you feel that you are serving then you will be unsuccessful in your service. From today engrave these words in your mind - "You are not doing anything. Krishna is doing everything" . So our duty is to be grateful to Him and surrender unto His lotus feet. Better voluntarily surrender and as you surrender, He reveals, gives the intelligence and ways to serve."

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