Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances! All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev!
Lord Vamanadev's pastimes have so many wonderful lessons for devotees to learn about their devotion and spiritual life. One of the very insightful point is, the verse by, of all persons, Sukracharya, who was naturally inimical to the Lord from the moment He sat foot in the sacrificial arena as a little dwarf brahmachari and begged 3 paces of land from King Bali. Sukracharya even cursed his disciple Bali Maharaj when he disobeyed his orders and went ahead to appease Lord Vamanadev with 3 paces of land!
However, when Bali Maharaj's glorious nature as a devotee in complete surrender came forth, despite all his apparent discrepancies like being born in a family of demons, having amassed great wealth, conquering the abode of the demigods etc, the Lord queried Sukracharya about what he now thought of Bali Maharaj - and in Srimad Bhagavatam 8.23.16 he said:
mantratas tantrataś chidraṁ deśa-kālārha-vastutaḥ
sarvaṁ karoti niśchidram anusaṅkīrtanaṁ tava
There may be discrepancies in pronouncing the mantras and observing the regulative principles, and moreover, there may be discrepancies in regard to time, place, person, and paraphernalia. But when Your Lordship's holy name is chanted, everything becomes faultless.
We should be very careful to understand the overall principle of devotional service - chanting Holy Name of the Lord and thereby remembering Him always. Nothing and no one or any activity should distract us from this path and progress whatsoever - "tad vidvān na calen mārgād". And we should especially disregard discrepancies that may be present in devotees - for we are all not perfect - only the devotee's sincere attempts at devotional service, not his erudite scholarship, knowledge of verses, or undue stress on one aspect of service as the best of them all to the exclusion of others, etc should be the yardstick.
A devotee who appears to have discrepancies but who is very genuinely sincere in executing Krsna consciousness, apparently difficult things in life which may be unmanageable even by the best of scholars etc become very easy to surmount for him. This is because of his loving chanting and simple and unmotivated faith in Krsna.
As Krishnadas Kaviraja Goswami Maharaj prays in the Caitanya Caritamrta Adi Lila 14.1 as:
kathañcana smṛte yasmin duṣkaraṁ sukaraṁ bhavet
vismṛte viparītaṁ syāt śrī-caitanyaṁ namāmi tam
Things that are very difficult to do become very easy to execute if one somehow or other simply remembers Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu. But if one does not remember Him, even easy things become very difficult. To this Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu, I offer my respectful obeisances.
Thank you very much.
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