Blessing and Push of Devotee is Required

Srimad Bhagavatam 11.06.47 - Blessing and Push of Devotee is Required (download mp3)
by Satyananda Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty

 SB 11.6.47
vata-vasana ya rsayah
 sramana urdhra-manthinah
brahmakhyam dhama te yanti
 santah sannyasino ’malah

Naked sages who seriously endeavor in spiritual practice, who have raised their semen upward, who are peaceful and sinless members of the renounced order, attain the spiritual abode called Brahman.

In Chapter Twelve of Bhagavad-gita it is stated, kleso ’dhikataras tesam avyaktasakta-cetasam: those who are attached to the impersonal feature of the Personality of Godhead must endure grueling penances in order to achieve impersonal liberation in the realm of Brahman. Also it is stated in the Bhagavatam, aruhya krcchrena param padam tatah/ patanty adho ’nadrta-yusmad-anghrayah. Krcchrena: with great struggle and trouble the yogis climb their way up into the impersonal effulgence called brahmajyoti, but again they slip out of the jyoti and fall back into the material world because they do not take shelter of the Personality of Godhead.

Envious fools object to the “paternalism” of the Personality of Godhead, but these fools cannot take credit for the creation of their own body, brain or energy, nor can they claim credit for the air, rain, vegetables, fruits, sun, moon, and so on. In other words, they are totally dependent on the mercy of God at every second, and yet they arrogantly state that they do not want to accept the shelter of the Lord, because they are self-sufficient. In fact, some bewildered living entities even think that they themselves are God, although they cannot explain why “God” has to struggle and toil to achieve meager success in the yoga system. Therefore Uddhava is pointing out that, unlike the impersonalists and meditators, the pure devotees very easily cross over the illusory energy because they are totally attached to the lotus feet of Krsna. Lord Krsna is always transcendental, and if one is firmly attached to the Lord’s lotus feet, then he is also transcendental. The causeless mercy of Krsna is more valuable than millions and billions of years of one’s own struggling and straining. One should try to get the Lord’s mercy, and then everything will become very easy on the path of spiritual realization. In this age one can achieve the mercy of Lord Krsna by constantly chanting His holy name, as recommended in the sastra:

harer nama harer nama
 harer namaiva kevalam
kalau nasty eva nasty eva
 nasty eva gatir anyatha

(Brhan-naradiya Purana)

If one constantly chants Lord Krsna’s holy names, avoiding offenses against the names, then surely one will achieve the same result as Uddhava. Uddhava was not interested in so-called Brahman realization, but rather he wanted to go on drinking the maddening nectar of the beautiful smiling of the Lord’s moonlike face.

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