Engaging our Senses in Bhakti - Part 5

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 Ambarish, Srila Prabhupada and Gurudev as to how we can use our eyes in Krishna's service. In Srimad Bhagavatam verse 9.4.18-20 Sukadeva Goswami has said that Ambarish Maharaj engaged his eyes in seeing the Deity of Krishna, Krishna's temples and Krishna's places like Mathura and Vrindavana,

mukunda-liṅgālaya-darśane dṛśau - Eyes in seeing the Deity and temples and holy dhamas of Mukunda

Few weeks ago, while studying Kunti Maharani's prayers, (Srimad Bhagavatam 1.8.25) we saw how His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada had translated the word darshanam as meeting. Indeed, whenever we are engaging our eyes to take darshan of Krishna or study about Him, we are having a meeting with Him. There is a two-way communication and loving reciprocation in each of such meetings, provided we humbly and lovingly see Him. It is mention ed in the scriptures that if we see the abhishekam of the Lord, our heart is completely cleansed of all lusty desires. Not understanding this TV channels in India had been broadcasting the message that people should not go to take darshan of the Lord on Janmashtami as they were worried about the spread of Swine flu. Foolish, atheistic media people didn't understand that Supreme Lord Krishna is the Supreme Doctor and having His darshan is the most auspicious thing and His Lotus feet is the only shelter which can grant fearlessness to all souls. We were upset by this wrong propaganda in televisions. But were so happy to see that temples were overflowing with devotees even after mid-night.

Eyes are the window for us through which we see the whole world. We should be very cautious while using our eyes. Sin easily enters through our eyes. Just a slight glance of some obnoxious thing carries away our mind far away from Krishna. For this reason, our Gurudev used to say that we should open our eyes only just enough to see the way. We should not even dare to open it wide. When we use our senses for Krishna, He empowers them all the more. Gurudev is a classic example for this. Even at this ripe age of 89, Maharaj studies the one volume Bhagavatam (which has very small prints) without using glasses. 

As we had been discussing in previous mails, we should remember that every sense is valuable gift from Krishna. When they are in good condition itself, we should endeavour to engage them nicely for Krishna. Few days ago, HG Abhirkanya Mataji was telling us how she met few children in Ayurvedic hospital with various kinds of difficulties in their eyes. Some children were suffering from night blindness. Some children were partially blind - there was some fluid imbalance in their body due to which neither they have a clear vision and also proper balance. They keep swaying all the time when they speak. Its indeed a great test of patience and faith for the parents of those children - who literally have to sacrifice their life completely in taking care of these children. The parents of those children, apart from Ayurvedic treatment were giving special treatment for those children. They were constantly playing Hare Krishna Mahamantra in their house and even in the hospital during the treatment. Another child (just 4 years old) had been daily hearing the Vishnu Sahasranama so much so she will recite the whole prayer including the music. In fact, those children close their ears when people coming to visit them speak anything other than kirtans or Krishna. Our satakoti dandavat pranams to those little souls possessing spiritual vision and the parents of such great sages. In purport to verse 1.2 of Bhagavad Gita Srila Prabhupada says - "Dhrtarashtra was blind from birth. Unfortunately, he was also bereft of spiritual vision. He knew very well that his sons were equally blind in the matter of religion, and he was sure that they could never reach an understanding with the Pandavas, who were all pious since birth." We are more unfortunate if we are spiritually blind even after possessing the material eyes.

In Srimad Bhagavatam verse 2.3.22 Shaunaka Muni says,

barhāyite te nayane narāṇāṁ liṅgāni viṣṇor na nirīkṣato ye

The eyes which do not look at the symbolic representations of the Personality of Godhead Viṣṇu [His forms, name, quality, etc.] are like those printed on the plumes of the peacock.

In his purport to the above verse Srila Prabhupada insists on the importance of having Deities at home as by their constant darshan we are completely purified. - "Only attention engaged in the service of the Lord, especially in dressing and decorating the temple, accompanied by musical kīrtana and spiritual instructions from scriptures, can save the common man from the hellish cinema attractions and rubbish sex-songs broadcast everywhere by radios. If one is unable to maintain a temple at home, he should go to another's temple where all the above performances are regularly executed. Visiting the temple of a devotee and looking at the profusely decorated forms of the Lord well dressed in a well-decorated, sanctified temple naturally infuse the mundane mind with spiritual inspiration."

Let us remember the words of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva and engage our eyes in service of the Lord.

Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Kalacakra Krsna das and Sudarshana devi dasi.