Saturday, August 2, 2014

Chapter 20:

 Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 1.8.37
apy adya nas tvaà sva-kåtehita prabho
jihäsasi svit suhådo ’nujévinaù
yeñäà na cänyad bhavataù padämbujät
paräyaëaà räjasu yojitäàhasäm

api—if; adya—today; naù—us; tvam—You; sva-kåta—self-executed; éhita—all duties; prabho—O my Lord; jihäsasi—giving up; svit—possibly; suhådaù—intimate friends; anujévinaù—living at the mercy of; yeñäm—of whom; na—nor; ca—and; anyat—anyone else; bhavataù—Your; pada-ambujät—from the lotus feet; paräyaëam—dependent; räjasu—unto the kings; yojita—engaged in; aàhasäm—enmity.


O my Lord, You have executed all duties Yourself. Are you leaving us today, though we are completely dependent on Your mercy and have no one else to protect us, now when all kings are at enmity with us?


The title of this chapter is "Full Surrender" and Srila Prabhupada, using Queen Kunti and the Pandavas, as examples, shows us the proper attitude as well as some basic instructions.

The Pandavas are most fortunate because with all good luck they were entirely dependent on the mercy of the Lord.

The highest achievement of perfect civilization is to work with valor but at the same time depend completely on the Lord.

After the Battle of Kuruksetra ended and the Pandavas were established in their kingdom, Krsna, before going back home to Dvaraka, was taking leave of His aunt and bidding her farewell. It was at that time that Kunti offered this prayer. Now she directly asks, "Is it a fact that after finishing Your duty You are going away and leaving us alone?" This is the devotee's position. Kuntidevi says, yesam na canyad bha vatah padambujat: "We have no means of protection other than Your lotus feet." This is full surrender.

He then gives us these practical instructions: In the process of surrender (saranagati) there are six items. The first is that one should completely depend on Krsna, and the next is that one should accept everything favorable for Krsna's service (anukulyasya sankalpah). ... Another item of surrender is pratikulya-vivarjanam, rejecting everything unfavorable to the procedures of Krsna consciousness. ... Furthermore, one should believe with full faith, "Krsna will give me protection," and one should count oneself as one of the servants of Krsna. These are some of the items of saranagati, full surrender.

Then, with emphasis, he writes; A devotee always has a taste for chanting Hare Krsna: "Oh, very nice. Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna, Krsna Krsna, Hare Hare/ Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare. " This is taste. Of course, this taste takes time to awaken, but when Rupa Gosvami was chanting he was thinking, "I have only one tongue and two ears. What can I appreciate of chanting? If I could have millions of tongues and trillions of ears, then I could relish something by chanting and hearing."

He closes with this statement; This verse illustrates the position of a surrendered soul seeking the protection of Krsna. If we remain in this position, knowing that our only protector is Krsna and that our only duty is to serve Krsna, then our life is successful.

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