21st Nov 2006
Vaijayantimala devi dasi

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

Our Spiritual master HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj was insisting that our whole life should have the devotional tinge. There are two things that always go along with devotional service. They are:

1. Sadāchār
2. Vairāgya

They are the two sides of the same coin. One without the other is useless.

Sadāchār or theistic conduct touches our practical life. As it is, we are continuously infested by the modes of material nature. Hence Sadāchār becomes very difficult or even nearly impossible in this Kaliyuga. We may try to be very careful in our conduct, but surroundings do not allow that. We are forced to perform something somewhere, which is not regarded as Sadāchār. The main reason for this is our own greed. We are not satisfied with minimum things. Devotees without Sadāchār are to be considered non devotees. Maharaj wonderfully explained the different aspects of Sadāchār to be followed in our day to day life.

1. Life must be very simple. If we complicate, then there cannot be any Sadāchār.

2. Sadāchār means straight forward behaviour. There should be no corners in our behaviour. Criticism, ear to ear talks (Para ninda) should be avoided.

3. The main thing we miss is a blissful disposition. The blissful disposition comes from satisfaction in any condition of life. Greed and attachment must be controlled. Otherwise our devotional service is showy and there is no genuineness. In our dreams also, we should not speak lies.

4. We should not fight with anybody. Material world means constant change and constant change means constant adjustments. If we are not prepared to adjust, then we are in undesirable circumstances and we start shouting. We should not raise our voice in our houses. If at all we raise our voice, it should be for chanting loudly the Holy names of the Lord. Till our last breath, we should be ready to face any miserable condition. Trying times are bound to come and we can overcome them only by our Sadāchār.

5. By following Sadāchār, we don't accrue the reactions of our karma. Our punishment is reduced to the minimum extent, because knowingly we don't do any bad activities. We may have to suffer for the sins we commit unknowingly and at least half of our unwanted reactions are reduced by Sadāchār.

6. Another aspect of Sadāchār is that we do not unnecessarily waste time. Human existence is very rare and whatever time we get away from our duties should be invested in understanding the scriptures.

It is said in the scriptures,

ksinam āyuḥ ksanaih ksanaih kaalaksepam na kartavyaḥ

Our lifetime is reducing every moment. Hence we should not waste any moment.

Death may pounce on us anytime. If we waste time, we will again be thrown into the whirlpool of 84,00,000 species of life. We have accepted a body means we have been forced to accept. To avoid this, Sadāchār is required.

7. Devotee means full of actions. As soon as inactive tendency is there, it is death. Minimum rest is required for the body. In so many species of life, we have rested enough. If we waste the human species of life, then we are heading for a crash.

Detachment is the natural outcome of Sadāchār. Because we are detached from unwanted things, we are attached to the wanted things.

No other faith insists on Sadāchār, except our vedic culture. Maharaj concluded by saying that Sadāchār is a must and this is the gist of all our discussions.

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