Importance of Gratitude

2013-09-01 Srimad Bhagavatam 10.24.07-08 - Importance of Gratitude (download mp3), (download flv) and (download mp4)
by Dwarakadhish Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty

SB 10.24.7
tatra tavat kriya-yogo
bhavatam kim vicaritah
atha va laukikas tan me
prcchatah sadhu bhanyatam

Such being the case, this ritualistic endeavor of yours should be clearly explained to Me. Is it a ceremony based on scriptural injunction, or simply a custom of ordinary society?

SB 10.24.8
sri-nanda uvaca
parjanyo bhagavan indro
meghas tasyatma-murtayah
te ’bhivarsanti bhutanam
prinanam jivanam payah

Nanda Maharaja replied: The great Lord Indra is the controller of the rain. The clouds are his personal representatives, and they directly provide rainwater, which gives happiness and sustenance to all creatures.

Without clean rainwater, the earth could not possibly provide food or drink for anyone, nor could there be cleanliness. Thus it would be difficult to overestimate the value of rain.