The Anchor of Attachment

Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis, 
Dandvat pranams. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev.

In Shastras it is said that the demigods of creations and even the learned advanced people look to the lotus feet of Krishna. The aim should be the same in human life too. Without looking to the lotus feet of the Lord, all religious, social or political endeavors will fail. It is not possible to reach Krishna as long as our desires are anchored in the material world.

Regarding this, there is a story. Once there was a marriage party wanted to cross the river to take part in the marriage that was about to happen the next day in another village across the river. It was set that they would start at night by boat and reach there in the morning. So that night all the men and women got on to a boat and the boatman started to row the boat.Because of the pleasant weather they all fell asleep as the boatman was carefully rowing. In the morning when they got up, they were astonished to see that they were still in the same place where they started and the boat did not move an inch further! Then they found out that the boatman had failed to raise the anchor. And the party was spoiled because of a foolish mistake.

Our civilization is therefore a mistaken civilization because we have forgotten to raise the anchor of attachment. Instead, we are trying to fix it firmly more and more. In the story above, the boat is the material body, the land where the boat was stuck is the material world, the anchor is our desires and the place where the marriage party wanted to reach is Lord Sri Krishna's abode. Therefore to reach Krishna we must get detached from material things.

BG 3.19
tasmād asaktaḥ satataṁ kāryaṁ karma samācara
asakto hy ācaran karma param āpnoti pūruṣaḥ

Therefore, without being attached to the fruits of activities, one should act as a matter of duty, for by working without attachment one attains the Supreme.

Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev,
Pratik Prashant Pore
Abu Dhabi.