Engaging our Senses in Bhakti - Part 6

Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
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 sense of  touch in Krishna's service. In Srimad Bhagavatam verse 9.4.18-20 Sukadeva Goswami has said that Ambarish Maharaj engaged sense of touch in touching the bodies of the Lord's devotees.

tad-bhṛtya-gātra-sparśe ’ṅga-saṅgamam - Sense of touch in touching the bodies of Lord's devotees.

In spite of being  emperor of the whole planet, Ambarish Maharaj never hesitated in serving the devotees of the Lord.  How can we practically engage our sense of touch in Krishna's service? 

Sparśanaṁ includes doing "pāda-sevanam" and other physical assistance to devotees whenever they are in need of the same. Touch does not imply physical contact alone. Sparśanaṁ also includes touching the books of Srila Prabhupada, studying them regularly and distributing them to others. When we are sincerely studying the books of Srila Prabhupada we are in touch with him. When we are studying Bhagavatam we are in touch with so many wonderful devotees of Lord.

yuñjann evaṁ sadātmānaṁ yogī vigata-kalmaṣaḥ
sukhe na brahma-saṁsparśam atyantaṁ sukham aśnute

Thus the self-controlled yogi, constantly engaged in yoga practice, becomes free from all material contamination and achieves the highest stage of perfect happiness in transcendental loving service to the Lord.

Srila Prabhupada has translated the word brahma-saṁsparśam as "being in constant touch with the Supreme".  When we are in touch with good people, we automatically become good. When we are in touch with bad people, we automatically become bad. Krishna is Supreme good. So, when we are constantly in touch with Him, by the process of bhakti, we also become good. lava-mātra sādhu-saṅge - Srila Prabhupada, Gurudev have touched the lives of so many sincere souls by their exemplary character and unalloyed devotion to Supreme Lord. We should not give lame excuses that we cannot imitate such great souls. Instead we sincerely endeavor to follow their footsteps, then we will also be able to touch the lives of so many suffering souls.  

The simplest method we could do is to at least smile at each other when we meet and say, "Hare Krishna". This hardly costs a penny - but it leaves a lasting impression on the people whom we interact.  As the saying goes - smile is a small curve which straightens so many things. In fact, the oceanic smiles of Srila Prabhupada and Gurudev has brought so many souls to brahma saṁsparśam.

Regarding the effect of the transcendental touch of the Lord, there is a beautiful verse (SB 10.21.18) spoken by the Gopis. They glorify the Govardhan hill as the best amongst all devotees because it was personally touched by the transcendental lotus feet of Lord Balarama and Lord Krishna.

hantāyam adrir abalā hari-dāsa-varyo
yad rāma-kṛṣṇa-caraṇa-sparaśa-pramodaḥ
mānaṁ tanoti saha-go-gaṇayos tayor yat

Of all the devotees, this Govardhana Hill is the best! O my friends, this hill supplies Krishna and Balarama, along with Their calves, cows and cowherd friends, with all kinds of necessities — water for drinking, very soft grass, caves, fruits, flowers and vegetables. In this way the hill offers respects to the Lord. Being touched by the lotus feet of Krishna and Balarama, Govardhana Hill appears very jubilant.

Govardhan hill shows us the best way to get the blessed touch of the Lord. First of all it offers all respects to the Lord by offering all kinds of necessities - water for drinking so that Krishna, His friends and the cows and calves do not stay thirsty, it supplies fruits and vegetables so that their hunger is satisfied, very soft grass so that they will not get hurt when they walk on the mountain. In other words, Giri Govardhan offered his respects by serving Their Lordships Krishna and Balarama very carefully.  He served not only Krishna, but also His devotees because Krishna is more pleased when we serve His devotees than when we serve Him. As a result, he was blessed with the touch of the feet of Their Lordships. Consequently, Giri Govardhan became pramodah (very jubilant). 

Similarly, if we also serve the Lord and His devotees according to our functional capabilities (ie, through loving service and dedicated sadhana), we will also become jubiliant by the transcendental touch of the Lord.

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