Engaging our Senses in Bhakti - Part 2

Dear Prabhujis and Matajis,

Hare Krishna. Please accept our humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva.

In continuation of the mail on "Engaging our Senses in Bhakti", let us learn from pure devotees like Maharaj Ambarisha and Srila Prabhupada as to how we can use our sense of speech in Krishna's service.

It is said about Ambarish Maharaj, vacāṁsi vaikuṇṭha-guṇānuvarṇane - "he used his words in describing the glories of the Lord".

vacāṁsi vaikuṇṭha-guṇānuvarṇane - Words in describing the glories of the Lord:

There is a proverb, that it is possible for us to collect back the grains we dropped, but we cannot take back the words we utter. Words uttered from mouth are like arrows released from bow and they are sure to hurt the person on whom they are targeted. So, we must be very cautious of what we speak. Few months ago, HG Abhira kanya mathaji had wonderfully shared with us the mail titled - "Control The Mouth With TAP" wherein mathaji had quoted the verse 12.12.49 from Srimad Bhagavatam: 

mṛṣā giras tā hy asatīr asat-kathā
na kathyate yad bhagavān adhokṣajaḥ
tad eva satyaṁ tad u haiva maṅgalaṁ
tad eva puṇyaṁ bhagavad-guṇodayam

Words that do not describe the transcendental Personality of Godhead but instead deal with temporary matters are simply false and useless. Only those words that manifest the transcendental qualities of the Supreme Lord are actually truthful, auspicious and pious.

So, we should make a constant endeavour to ensure that we undergo this TAP test - before we speak. We understand that talking about Krishna's names, forms, instructions and pastimes is the most beneficial, enlivener for our soul. But how is it possible for us to practise this in our day-day life?

1) At work we would have to interact with so many different kinds of people - who neither know about Krishna, nor would bother to know. We might have to attend so many official meetings, conferences, etc. How best can we apply "vacāṁsi vaikuṇṭha-guṇānuvarṇane"  in these situations?  We cannot go and sing "cintāmaṇi-prakara-sadmasu kalpa-vṛkṣa..." in the meetings. As Maharaj always says we should be workers and not shirkers. The real way of practically implementing this concept is to realize that Krishna has given us this work and by doing our work meticulously and consciously, others will appreciate our work. This is vaikuṇṭha-guṇānuvarṇane. And all this appreciation is a direct glorification of Krishna. It is not only that we are glorifying Krishna through this, but we are also making others unconsciously appreciate the service to Krishna.

2) In other situations, like when we are having the responsibility of going for meeting relatives in some family function etc - we should avoid gossips and talking of obnoxious things, especially about other persons. We may talk on general things - like appreciating nature, the master-mind behind the nature, inquire people about their family, place of birth, any holy-place they have visited or that is near their hometown etc - and Krishna willing if we get an opportunity to talk about Krishna directly or indirectly, we can do that as well. Avoiding gossips and appreciating the good qualities in others is also "vacāṁsi vaikuṇṭha-guṇānuvarṇane".

3)  When people around us criticise or blame us, instead of retaliating in a harsh manner, if we remain silent - then that silence is also "vacāṁsi vaikuṇṭha-guṇānuvarṇanea".  Silence will help us to be calm and we will be able to hear the instructions of the Supersoul very well when we remain silent. If we realise our mistake and accept the same and seek forgivance and repent for it - then all those words which we utter in this purification process is "vacāṁsi vaikuṇṭha-guṇānuvarṇane".  

4) Not only speaking directly about Krishna is vaikuṇṭha-guṇānuvarṇane, but even the talks that reminds the listener of the qualities of Krishna is also vaikuṇṭha-guṇānuvarṇane. When we speak pleasing words, filled with humility and respect, anyone would become pleased. Even if the other person is an atheist, he will reciprocate with us respectfully. If Krishna's mercy is there, they may even be appreciative of our speech and in this way perform ajnaata sukrti. If not in this life, at least in their next life, they will get the mercy of devotional service definitely.

5) We all know the term "body language". Our body also speaks through action. By having a frowning face and agitated disposition, we will drive away even those who want to become devotees. On the other hand, by using gentle and loving gestures while speaking, by dressing in the mode of goodness with tilak and kanti mala, by keeping a peaceful disposition and possessing a genuine smile, we can attract anyone towards devotional service. This is a very important means to glorifying the Lord and inducing others also to do vaikuṇṭha-guṇānuvarṇane.

6) When someone is suffering or in anxiety, we may speak consoling and encouraging words giving them fearlessness by reminding them of our Supreme Well-wishing Father Lord Krishna, the only one who can give fearless from all anxieties and sufferings. This is also vaikuṇṭha-guṇānuvarṇane.

7) One of the most common pitfalls is that we take each other for granted. And being judgmental we start finding faults with each other. It is said in Bhagavatam that meeting each other is like taking rebirth in this dangerous material world. In such a precarious and flickering condition of life, the reality is that we may go away anytime. Hence, we should appreciate the good qualities of each other and reject the shortcomings. Good qualities like Humility, Tolerance, Pride less, Peacefulness, Non-enviousness, Self-satisfaction etc are monopoly of Krishna and whoever exhibits these good qualities, should be appreciated from the heart and it should remind us of Krishna. This is vaikuṇṭha-guṇānuvarṇane.

And above all when we sincerely desire to talk about Krishna, irrespective of whichever group we are put into, whichever part of the world we are in - Lord will send some sincere soul to us with whom we can engage in the discussion of the transcendental pastimes and qualities of the Supreme Lord Krishna.

We sincerely pray unto the lotus feet of our most merciful spiritual master and express our deepest gratitude for inspiring and training us in thinking on the practical applications of shastric instructions. Krishna willing, we shall meditate on the practical methods of the remaining senses in the subsequent mails.
Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Kalacakra Krsna das and Sudarshana devi dasi.