Narada Muni - Father of Devotional Service - Part 7

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

This is in continuation of the previous offering titled, "Narada Muni - The Father of Devotional Service". In the previous offering, we had seen Narada Muni's instruction to Dhruva Maharaj as how to be engaged in meditation to please Supreme Lord. Today, we will see further instructions of Narada Muni to Dhruva Maharaj.

7. Seriousness and sincerity pleases Krishna: While describing Lord's beautiful personal form, Narada Muni says that all His bodily features are very attractive and pleasing to the eyes. Lord is always peaceful, calm, quiet and smiling, and the devotee should constantly see the Lord in this form, as He looks very mercifully toward the devotee. One who meditates in this way, concentrating his mind upon the all auspicious form of the Lord, is very soon freed from all material contamination. In our daily sadhana, we tend to take things for granted. Undoubtedly, we are trying to engage in devotional service. However, we lack concentration. We are not able to concentrate while chanting, while offering prayers, in Krishna katha and so on. Due to poor concentration, we do not have consistency in our sadhana. Narada Muni advises that we need to be careful  by concentrating on auspicious form of Lord, if we really want to be freed from material contamination. Thereafter, Narada Muni advised Dhruva that he should be sober and peaceful and must be satisfied simply with eating whatever fruits and vegetables are available in the forest. Before departure, Narada Muni gave wonderful instruction in Srimad Bhagavatam 4.8.59-60.

evaṁ kāyena manasā vacasā ca mano-gatam
paricaryamāṇo bhagavān bhaktimat-paricaryayā
puṁsām amāyināṁ samyag bhajatāṁ bhāva-vardhanaḥ
śreyo diśaty abhimataṁ yad dharmādiṣu dehinām

Anyone who thus engages in the devotional service of the Lord, seriously and sincerely, with his mind, words and body, and who is fixed in the activities of the prescribed devotional methods, is blessed by the Lord according to his desire. If a devotee desires material religiosity, economic development, sense gratification or liberation from the material world, he is awarded these results.

From the above verse, we can understand why our desires are not fulfilled by Lord. Devotional service is a serious business and sincerity is its foundation. Without seriousness and sincerity in devotional service, we cannot expect Krishna to fulfill any of our desires, material or spiritual. Krishna will not be pleased unless we follow the guidelines of pure devotees like Narada Muni. Half-hearted bhakti is discouraged over here. 'Chalta hai' mentality will not fetch us the desired results. First of all, we need to become devotee to serve the Lord. Devotee means servant of the Lord and servant cannot afford to be lazy and lethargic. Hence our kāya, vāca, manasā - (body, mind and words) need to be engaged in service to Lord without duplicity, then by grace of Guru and Krishna our desires will be fulfilled, in due course of time as per Their will.

Krishna willing, we will learn more about the Narada Muni's instruction to other devotees in the next offering.

Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Manohar Suvarna
Abu Dhabi.