Prayer Means Glorification - Part 1

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

H.G. Devakinandan prabhu, our beloved God brother in Singapore visited Chennai in May 2010 and gave very instructive and practical explanations on the following verse from Srimad Bhagavatam 3.9.23. I shall highlight herewith some of the points from his wonderful classes.

In Srimad Bhagavatam verse 3.9.23, Lord Brahma prays as follows

eṣa prapanna-varado ramayātma-śaktyā
yad yat kariṣyati gṛhīta-guṇāvatāraḥ
tasmin sva-vikramam idaṁ sṛjato ’pi ceto
yuñjīta karma-śamalaṁ ca yathā vijahyām

The Supreme Lord, the Personality of Godhead, is always the benefactor of the surrendered souls. His activities are always enacted through His internal potency, Ramā, or the goddess of fortune. I pray only to engage in His service in the creation of the material world, and I pray that I not be materially affected by my works, for thus I may be able to give up the false prestige of being the creator.

1. Success in Spiritual life depends upon change in our behaviour Bhagavatam way:
This is a very important and practical verse from the prayers of Lord Brahmaji. We must always remember that all the prayers and the pastimes are geared only towards one point and that one point is the change in our behaviour. If we hear thousand slokas, if we read thousands of purports, but the moment we finish reading Srimad Bhagavatam, the moment we open our mouth to speak to the devotee next to us and that speaking and that manner of conversation is not pleasing and it does not show what we have preached or spoken from Bhagavatam and what we are now doing is different, the act of study of Srimad Bhagavatam , no doubt still fruitful or powerful, but the ultimate objective is not achieved. This point we should understand. There is fine line between showing Srimad Bhagavatam in one’s character and reading Srimad Bhagavatam in a theoretical manner. The distinction between both will be seen in only one way that if we are really practicing Bhagavatam in our daily lives, we will not be disturbed by the material energy of the Lord because we come under the internal potency of Krishna. This is very important. Every devotee in Bhagavatam who chants a prayer, exhibited character along with the prayer and Brahmaji here is the perfect example. In all Brahmaji’s prayers in the second canto, ninth chapter and in all the conversation between him and Krishna after these prayers and in his prayers in the tenth canto, in all these prayers, Brahmaji exhibits one very important quality that makes him so exalted as a vaishnava. He acts what he is speaking and because of his humility which shines throughout his prayers, he is able to create this material creation. There is no other reason for our success in spiritual life until and unless there is a material change in our behaviour. Whatever we have been till yesterday may have been anti-vedic or anti Bhagavatam, but if we really want to see progress in devotional service, then all acharyas are synonymous in this point, that today immediately after Bhagavatam we must act on it. If we do not act on what we have studied, then today’s talk is pleasing on a superficial level. Then it may be a nice class, it is a nice verse, points are nice and the moment we go out, all the points that are anti-vedic are displayed.

In the above prayer, Brahmaji is teaching us what should be our prayer. We all have hundreds of prayers in our hearts. When we have problems in our home, in our office or anywhere we have our prayers.

Krishna willing, Devaki prabhuji’s explanation on what should be our actual prayer shall be posted in the forth-coming mails.

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