29th Jun 2003
Purna Prajna das

Dear Vaishnavas,
Dandavat pranams. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev.

Every job however small it is in the materialistic world demands some sort of qualification or experience. But the greatest job of devotional service does not demand any qualification or experience. It demands only total surrender. What is surrender? One might say that I am surrendering in front of a picture or deity of Lord everyday and that I am a surrendered soul. Srimad Bhagavatam 2.7.46 properly states,

te vai vidanty atitaranti ca deva-māyāṁ
strī-śūdra-hūṇa-śabarā api pāpa-jīvāḥ
yady adbhuta-krama-parāyaṇa-śīla-śikṣās
tiryag-janā api kim u śruta-dhāraṇā ye


te — such persons; vai — undoubtedly; vidanti — do know; atitaranti — surpass; ca — also; deva-māyām — the covering energy of the Lord; strī — such as women; śūdra — the laborer class of men; hūṇa — the mountaineers; śabarāḥ — the Siberians, or those lower than the śūdrasapi — although; pāpa-jīvāḥ — sinful living beings; yadi — provided; adbhuta-krama — one whose acts are so wonderful; parāyaṇa — those who are devotees; śīla — behavior; śikṣāḥ — trained by; tiryak-janāḥ — even those who are not human beings; api — also; kim — what; u — to speak of; śruta-dhāraṇāḥ — those who have taken to the idea of the Lord by hearing about Him; ye — those.


Surrendered souls, even from groups leading sinful lives, such as women, the laborer class, the mountaineers and the Siberians, or even the birds and beasts, can also know about the science of Godhead and become liberated from the clutches of the illusory energy by surrendering unto the pure devotees of the Lord and by following in their footsteps in devotional service.

In the purport His Divine Grace Prabhupada explains, "Surrendering oneself is in one’s own hand. If one likes, he can surrender immediately, without delay."

A sinful soul cannot approach the Lord directly. But the Lord out of his own compassion will send a bona fide person who can guide one properly in the process of surrendering. The bona fide representative of God is as good as God himself and is easier to approach. We just have to follow that bona fide representative, our Spiritual master and learn the process of surrendering.

All glories to Srila Prabhupada!!
All glories to Srila Gurudev!!

Your humble servant,
Purna Prajna das
Abu Dhabi.