Association with Bhagavatas

26th Sep 2003
Sarvaishwarya Krishna das

Hare Krishna, Respected Vaishnavas. 
Please, accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Sri-Sri Guru and Gauranga. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

The remedy for eliminating all inauspicious things within the heart which are considered to be obstacles in the path of  self-realization is the association of Bhagavatas. There are two types of Bhagavatas, namely Book Bhagavat and the Devotee Bhagavat, which is nicely stated in Srimad-Bhagavatam (SB 1.2.18):

naṣṭa-prāyeṣv abhadreṣu nityaṁ bhāgavata-sevayā
bhagavaty uttama-śloke bhaktir bhavati naiṣṭhikī
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His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada explained this verse very nicely. He  says that, "By regular attendance in classes on the Bhagavatam and by rendering of service to the pure devotee, all that is troublesome to the heart is almost completely destroyed, and loving service unto the Personality of Godhead Sri Krishna, who is praised with transcendental songs is established as an irrevocable fact."

His Holiness Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj further explains that the delay in the devotional service is dangerous. He further emphasizes that it is not only dangerous but suicidal. We are going through unlimited miseries and we cannot blame anyone else for this but ourselves. The root cause of our miseries is that we have forgotten the "Harinām-Ratna" and we are running for cheap glass pieces. We are wasting our precious time in  unwanted things and missing the greatest opportunity of our lives. Srimad-Bhagavatam points out clearly about our misfortune (SB 1.16.9):

mandasya manda-prajñasya vayo mandāyuṣaś ca vai
nidrayā hriyate naktaṁ divā ca vyartha-karmabhiḥ

Lazy human beings with paltry intelligence and a short duration of life pass the night sleeping and the day performing activities that are for naught.

On a similar thought Saint Kabir says,

raat gavayee soya ke / divas gavaayaa khaaya
heera janam amol kaa / kauri badale jaaya

We spend our nights in sleeping and days in eating. By doing this, we are exchanging our priceless life gift in return of kauri, a worthless pebble.

 In other words, we have forgotten the sole purpose of our human existence and got away from the service of Lord. This human body was not given to us for sleeping and eating, but to attain perfection in the services of Lord Sri Krishna. But what are we doing here - "aaye the Hari bhajan ko otan lage kapaas." The meaning is that we came to perform kirtan of Lord Sri Krishna (to become His eternal servitor); instead, on the way, we got allured by a beautiful cotton field (the material world). We stopped there and got busy in picking up the cotton (a cheap commodity). This is our position. We have to get out from the cotton field and rush to the devotees who are engaged in performing the kirtan of the Lord, otherwise, who knows what will happen next. 

All glories to Sri-Sri Guru and Gauranga. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Yours worthless servant,
Sarvaishwarya Krishna das
Gainesville.