No more Despondency

28th Nov 2004
Sudarshana devi dasi

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

Today, I was listening to one of the lectures of HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj. Maharaj had given a very instructive class on one of the sentences in the purport to verse in Srimad Bhagavatam 1.9.12:

aho kaṣṭam aho ’nyāyyaṁ
yad yūyaṁ dharma-nandanāḥ
jīvituṁ nārhatha kliṣṭaṁ
vipra-dharmācyutāśrayāḥ

Bhīṣmadeva said: Oh, what terrible sufferings and what terrible injustices you good souls suffer for being the sons of religion personified. You did not deserve to remain alive under those tribulations, yet you were protected by the brāhmaṇas, God and religion.

Maharaj was showing how Prabhupada was conveying us the whole essence of life in the following sentence -"As long as a person is fully in cooperation with the wishes of the Lord, guided by the bona fide brahmanas and Vaishnavas and strictly following religious principles, one has no cause for despondency" .

Gurudev said , "All our miseries is because of irregulated life . We should lead a regulated life . Irregular life leads to miseries. Our goal of existence is to have spontaneous attraction for Sri Krishna and it is essential for us to lead a clean and regular life . Krishna is paraṁ pavitra - Supreme Pure and to think about Him we also need to be pure - internally and externally .External cleanliness includes clean clothes . Nowadays you people are using washing machines for cleaning clothes . Mixing all dirty clothes in a cylinder and assuming that everything is done . Ideal way - is to wash manually one cloth at a time . More than washing - rinsing is important . when you wash soap may be get stuck to the clothes . Though soap is essential for cleaning - if it remains stuck to the cloth  - it will spoil the cloth . So it is very important to rinse the clothes with lot of water " 

After this Maharaj made a very subtle point relating the soap particle with pride . All glories to Srila Gurudev who is able to see Krishna and Bhagavatam in each and every activity in life . 

 Maharaj added, " Soap is just like pride . In the initial stages of devotional life - it is essential for one to take pride in wearing tilak and to follow the regulated principles . But after certain stage it is essential to discard the pride as it will destroy one in spiritual progress. Just like we rinse the soap in the clothes using water - it is essential to rinse the pride from our hearts by following the religious principles strictly . So please  lead a clean regulated life under the guidance of brahmanas and Vaishnavas -and follow the religious principles strictly . Brahmanas and Vaishnavas will tell you what the principles are . It is upto you to be strict with yourself - control your laziness and put into practice the principles that you had heard .Krishna will help you to the extent that you surrender to Him - Then there is no cause of despondency - however trying the circumstances be . But when you fail to act as per Krishna's wish and want Him to act as per your wish then there would always be frustrations which would lead to quarrels and  misunderstandings . So please follow the three things:

1)Live in co-operation with Krishna's wish.
2)Guided by Bonafide Brahmanas and Vaishnavas.
3)Strictly follow religious principle.

Result is  peaceful life - irrespective of your situations."

Jai Srila Prabhupada!
Jai Srila Gurudev!

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