Using Senses for Krishna's Service
Srimad Bhagavatam 10.10.38 - Using Senses for Krishna's Service (download mp3) , (download flv) and (download mp4)
by Baladeva Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty
vani gunanukathane sravanau kathayam
hastau ca karmasu manas tava padayor nah
smrtyam siras tava nivasa-jagat-praname
drstih satam darsane ’stu bhavat-tanunam
Henceforward, may all our words describe Your pastimes, may our ears engage in aural reception of Your glories, may our hands, legs and other senses engage in actions pleasing to You, and may our minds always think of Your lotus feet. May our heads offer our obeisances to everything within this world, because all things are also Your different forms, and may our eyes see the forms of Vaisnavas, who are nondifferent from You.
Here the process of understanding the Supreme Personality of Godhead is given. This process is bhakti.
sravanam kirtanam visnoh
arcanam vandanam dasyam
Everything should be engaged in the service of the Lord. Hrsikena hrsikesa-sevanam bhaktir ucyate (Narada-pañcaratra). Everything — the mind, the body and all the sense organs — should be engaged in Krsna’s service. This is to be learned from expert devotees like Narada, Svayambhu and Sambhu. This is the process. We cannot manufacture our own way of understanding the Supreme Personality of Godhead, for it is not that everything one manufactures or concocts will lead to understanding God. Such a proposition — yata mata, tata patha — is foolish. Krsna says, bhaktyaham ekaya grahyah: “Only by executing the activities of bhakti can one understand Me.” (Bhag. 11.14.21) This is called anukulyena krsnanusilanam, remaining engaged favorably in the service of the Lord.