Srimad Bhagavatam 11.15.26 - Killing of Shakatasura (download mp3)
by Sankirtan Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty
yatha sankalpayed buddhya
yada va mat-parah puman
mayi satye mano yuñjams
tatha tat samupasnute
A yogi who has faith in Me, absorbing his mind in Me and knowing that My purpose is always fulfilled, will always achieve his purpose by the very means he has determined to follow.
In this verse the word yada (“whenever”) indicates that by the mystic power called yatha-sankalpa-samsiddhi one will achieve one’s objective even if one pursues it at an inauspicious time. Lord Krsna is called satya-sankalpa, or He whose desire, intention, purpose or resolve always comes to pass.
Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura mentions that one should determine to revive one’s lost relationship with the Supreme Lord Krsna through the infallible means of devotional service, which can be executed at any time or in any place. There are many books giving proper guidance for achieving Lord Krsna, and the following are mentioned: Srila Jiva Gosvami’s Sankalpa-kalpavrksa, Srila Krsnadasa Kaviraja’s Sri Govinda-lilamrta, Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti’s Sri Krsna-bhavanamrta and Sankalpa-kalpadruma, and Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura’s Sri Gauranga-smarana-mangala. In the modern age, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada has given us over sixty large volumes of transcendental literature, which can fix us firmly on the path back home, back to Godhead. Our sankalpa, or determination, should be practical and not useless. We should resolve to make a permanent solution to the problems of life by going back home, back to Godhead.