It is very important that we have to take the instructions of our spiritual master very seriously and not take it lightly even if it is told in lighter vein. If we do take it lightly then we are going to be the biggest loser of our own spiritual life. Our Gurudev always lovingly and jokingly instructs us, but the matter conveyed is very serious and if we don’t realize it then it is going to be our biggest misfortune. This can be corroborated from the pages of Srimad Bhagavatam, when Lord Krishna instructed the Kauravas to part atleast 5 villages to the Pandavas but Dhrtarashtra (who was firmly attached to the kingdom) did not give up because he wanted to pamper the impious desires of his sons. Srimad Bhagavatam says that the Kauravas were bereft of last farthing of previous pious acts. Maharaj has been insisting to us so many times that we become serious in devotional service and study Srimad Bhagavatam very sincerely and seriously and apply those instructions in our day to day life. First of all we are very lazy in opening Srimad Bhagavatam, reading and studying and contemplation is out of question. In this way by not taking up the instructions very seriously, we become bereft of all pious acts which we have accumulated from all our previous lives. Once we are bereft of all pious deeds then miseries are sitting next door to pounce upon us and devour us to the fullest extent and thereby we succumb to the insurmountable external energy of the Lord. Then there is no use in crying that I am suffering in maya.
Srimad Bhagavatam 3.1.9 gives very clearly the reason for the destruction of entire Kuru dynasty:
yadaa ca paartha-prahitah sabhaayaam
jagad-gurur yaani jagaada krishnah
na taani pumsaam amrtaayanaani
raajoru mene kshata-punya leshah
“Lord Krishna was sent by Arjuna into the assembly as the spiritual master of the whole world, and although His words were heard by some [like Bhishma] as pure nectar, it was not so for the others, who were completely bereft of the last farthing of past pious works. The King [Dhrtarashtra or Duryodhana] did not take the words of Lord Krishna very seriously.”
Maharaj explains wonderfully on the word ‘kshata puna leshah‘ and he attributes two main reasons for becoming bereft of pious deeds.
1. Selfish behavior.
2. Not accepting the truth that material manifestation is temporary.
On account of these anarthas we are unable to hear the inner voice of paramatma and as a result, our behavior is anything but sane. Dhratarastra’s behavior has resulted in fratricidal war which has annihilated so many living entities.
The main thing is that we are not accepting the truth that the material manifestation is temporary. Recently my uncle passed away in Chennai and I found that the house he was living, his car and his relatives and even his own body, he has to leave at the time of death. This is the eternal fact but we are unable to digest it. This fact does not sink into our dull brain. I sharing some of the teachings of Bhagavad-gita with the relatives who gathered that we are all going to go like this eventually and now it is his turn and our turn is coming soon. However people are reluctant to hear this fact and thinking that they are going to be here permanently. However hard we try, we cannot be permanent and therefore it is of paramount importance that we should be completely detached and that will give way for selfless behavior. This is the real way to become a devotee of the Lord and thereby save our little farthing of our pious deeds.
I therefore pray to my beloved spiritual master, Srila Prabhupada and Lord Sri Krishna that I should not be influenced by my selfish behavior and try to understand the fact that material manifestation is temporary. I pray that I may not be deviated away from our beloved spiritual master’s instructions and realize it in this life itself.
Thank you very much.
Your humble servant in the service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev,
Sajjanapriya Krishna das