We keep hearing day in and day out about how shravanam or "hearing" Krishna katha is very important for our progress in spiritual life. But the test for our effective hearing of this message shows up in the way we deal with unexpected reverses in life.
The next day when Lord entered the assembly of Kauravas and the peace talks seemed to fail, Duryodhana had planned a big pit below the Lord's seat which would make Krishna fall into the pit and he arranged for wrestlers inside the pit to capture or kill Him.
In material life, any who wants to accomplish material ambitions, should not only desire for it but also need to qualify himself for achieving that. So usually it is said if one wants to attain anything, then three steps are involved - namely desire, deserve and accomplish
We cannot tolerate one birth and death. How can we tolerate 8,400,000 and as soon as this human existence is over then it is darkness. We don't know really what yoni we are going to get after all our activities!
teshaam means those people who have decided not to perform any sinful activity, and who have decided to come to the spiritual side, satata-yuktaanaam - those who are always engaged in performing these activities, then bhajataam priti-purvakam..
Krishna has fine computer systems. Our computers are completely rubbish in comparison to Krishna's computer systems. And He has given us also a very good computer which is fixed into 6 inches space here...
Chant loudly. That is the right attitude. And then again, I will tell you one thing, there are so many, so many factors that misguide us. So, we should not copy anybody without thinking what we are doing.
We have by the mercy of Krishna and by our own pious activities, we have obtained the human form, which is very rare. It is said in shastras, that when we complete the whole round of 8,400,000 different bodies, then at last we come to the human existence...
The only way to understand Krishna is through devotion. There is no other way. Arjuna says that the Personality of the Lord is very difficult to understand and that He cannot be known even by the great demigods.
Srila Prabhupada, in his 'Krishna' book, beautifully introduces Sudama thus: "As a perfect brahmana, he was very elevated in transcendental knowledge, and because of his advanced knowledge, he was not at all attached to material enjoyment.
Two very good practical examples of fully satisfied (tushta mana) mahatmas are Rantideva and Sudama Vipra. Interestingly both their character descriptions start with similar phrase - "they accepted whatever was arranged by the providence"
Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble pranams. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva.
In the battlefield of Kurukshetra, when Krishna had finished explaining about His personal, impersonal and universal form and had described the different kinds of devotees and yogis, then Arjuna very intelligently asked a question in Bhagavad Gita 12.1,
evaṁ satata-yuktā ye bhaktās tvāṁ paryupāsate
ye cāpy akṣaram avyaktaṁ teṣāṁ ke yoga-vittamāḥ
One of the important qualities that Narada muni cultivated was that he was completely free from all material desires (gata sprhah). This is a very important qualification required to perceive other's miseries.
Its a wonderful prayer very much required for each one of us as we continue to live in this material world which is dukhaalayam - full of miseries. As scriptures mention janma, mrtyu, jaraa, vyaadhi and threefold miseries comes like a package with us at the time of birth and we simply have no control over it.
Wish you all a very happy Gaura Purnima! May Lord Sri Gauranga Mahaprabhu bestow upon us all spiritual opulences and bliss in the form of unlimited service opportunities on this glorious festival.
Yesterday we discussed about the important quality of how pure devotees and the Supreme Lord always come to help the suffering souls ('as if called for'). Today let us try to meditate on how they develop this transcendental quality of para-upakaar.