Secret of Pleasing the Lord

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

In Srimad Bhagavatam verses 7.7.51-52, while preaching the process of devotional service to his friends, Prahlada Maharaj says,

nālaṁ dvijatvaṁ devatvam ṛṣitvaṁ vāsurātmajāḥ
prīṇanāya mukundasya na vṛttaṁ na bahu-jñatā

na dānaṁ na tapo nejyā na śaucaṁ na vratāni ca
prīyate ’malayā bhaktyā harir anyad viḍambanam

My dear friends, O sons of the demons, you cannot please the Supreme Personality of Godhead by becoming perfect brahmanas, demigods or great saints or by becoming perfectly good in etiquette or vast learning. None of these qualifications can awaken the pleasure of the Lord. Nor by charity, austerity, sacrifice, cleanliness or vows can one satisfy the Lord. The Lord is pleased only if one has unflinching, unalloyed devotion to Him. Without sincere devotional service, everything is simply a show.

Our goal of existence is to please the Supreme Lord and here Prahlad Maharaj very nicely explains as what  pleases Him. There are so many instances wherein we could observe how devotees irrespective of their age, occupation or educational qualification - have pleased the Lord by their unalloyed devotion and firm faith in Him.

There was an illiterate brahmana who, in an attempt to follow the words of his spiritual master used to go through the pages of Bhagavad Gita daily. Though people made fun of his attempts, Mahaprabhu understanding his sincere nature, approached him and asked him why he was crying sometimes. The brahmana replied, "Yes, I am crying because when I take up this book, I see a picture of Krishna driving Arjuna's chariot. Shri Krishna is so kind that He has accepted the position of a servant to His devotee. Therefore when I see this picture, I weep." Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu then immediately embraced the brahmana and said, "You have actually read Bhagavad-Gita."

There is one more instance where in Vidura - very much absorbed in thoughts of Krishna offered Him the skin of banana instead of pulp, when Krishna visited his house. Krishna being omniscient knew his intentions and accepted the offering. - "yo me bhaktyā prayacchati".

In his book, "Teachings of Lord Kapila, the Son of Devahuti", - Srila Prabhupada has explained that, 'It is not that a wealth of education is required. One does not even have to understand the language. The only ingredient needed is bhakti, love. If one becomes a pure bhakta, he will forget all material sense enjoyment. Being a bhakta doesn't simply mean wearing tilaka and robes. One is not a bhakta if he has a taste for material sense enjoyment. A true bhakta wants to satisfy not his senses but the senses of Krishna.'

I pray at the lotus feet of Gurudev and Krishna that I give up my showy insincere attitude and be fixed in devotional service with unflinching faith.

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