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Nothing Remains Unachieved

The below Srimad Bhagavatam verse 3.13.49, is a beautiful verse from the king of scriptures and it gives us lot of inspiration in continuing with our devotional service. This verse is spoken by the sage Maitreya to Vidura, when Vidura enquires eagerly about the pastimes of Lord Varaha.

tasmin prasanne sakalaashishaam prabhau
kim durlabham taabhir alam lavaatmabhih

ananya drshtyaa bhajataam guhaashayah

svayam vidhatte sva-gatim parah paraam

Nothing remains unachieved when the Supreme Personality of Godhead is pleased with someone. By transcendental achievement one understands everything else to be insignificant. One who engages in transcendental loving service is elevated to the highest perfectional stage by the Lord Himself, who is seated in everyone’s heart.”

In the above verse, the words prasanne, lavaatmabhih and anaya drshtyaa are worth meditating.

1.prasanne – Being pleased: The phrase “Nothing remains unachieved” is backed up only when “Supreme Personality of Godhead is pleased.” The entire essence in this verse is to please the Lord and when we become true devotees then everything else becomes insignificant. If the Lord is pleased then everything else becomes easy. We are all aware of Ajamila’s pastime. Ajamila had chanted indirectly, calling out the name of his son, but because he uttered the holy name “Narayana”, he was saved from hell and achieved liberation in his next birth since the Lord was pleased by Ajamila calling his name in the final moments, on the death bed. “raake Krishna maare ke, maare Krishna raake ke” – If Lord Krishna wants to protect us, who can kill us? If Lord Krishna wants to kill us, who can save us? Similarly if the Lord is pleased, nothing remains unachieved. The Lord was pleased with the Pandavas and they came out victorious in the war even though they did not have mighty armed soldiers. Dhruva Maharaj, though only five years old, could see the Lord face to face. Sudama, on the pretext of his wife’s demands wanted to meet the Lord and the Lord being pleased, blessed him materially even though he did not ask for it. The Lord being pleased with the prayers of Devaki and Vasudeva decided to take the role of their child. All these things were achieved only because the Lord was pleased. As Srila Prabhupada mentions very nicely in purport to verse SB 3.31.18, “By the transcendental energy of the Lord, everything is possible.” The Lord always wants His devotees to be successful in every step, just like how our father and guru would be proud when we achieve something; He is Bhakta Vatsala – very affectionate towards His devotees.

2. lava-atmabhih – Insignificant Gains: Once the Lord is pleased everything becomes insignificant, being rich, poor, dark, white, ugly, beautiful etc. All difficult situations in life becoming insignificant to us when we follow the Lord’s footsteps. Even crossing this ocean of birth and death becomes easy, when the Lord is pleased. Just like how Lord Brahma prays in verse 10.14.58, “For those who have taken shelter, the ocean of the material world is like the water contained in a calf’s hoof-print (vatsa padam).” All obstacles even though existing, becomes insignificant and there is no cause for worry when we try pleasing the Lord. Our founder Acharya, His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada in his transcendental purport to verse 1.9.12 quotes that, “As long as a person is fully in cooperation with the wishes of the Lord, guided by the bonafide brahmanas and Vaishnavas and strictly following religious principles, one has no cause for despondency, however trying the circumstances of life.” King Kulashekera in Mukunda Mala Stotra verse 14 sings that, “Once our savior has been seen, the whole earth becomes no greater than a speck of dust, all the waters of the ocean become mere droplets, the totality of fire becomes a minute spark, the winds become just a faint sigh, and the expanse of space becomes a tiny hole. Great Lords like Rudra and Grandfather Brahma become insignificant, and all the demigods become like small insects. Indeed, even one particle of dust from our Lord’s feet conquers all.”

The next question is – How to please the Lord?

3. ananya-drshtyaa – By nothing but devotional service. The quantity of service that we do does not please the Lord; the quality alone pleases the Lord. Everyone is running behind something except sincere devotional service. We don’t know where to run, how to run, but we want to run. The worst mistake we commit is, we don’t run to Krishna but we run to all the other fancy materialistic things. Most of that something would be so insignificant but our mind would not allow us to rest us in peace until we achieve that insignificant material. We don’t feel bad if we missed our spiritual service but when it comes to materialistic things like losing some money in stock market or if some one hurts, we crib and crib and crib. We don’t get stressed out if we don’t chant our 16 rounds or miss mangala arti but when materialistic things don’t go in the fashion we want, we really run like monkeys. Since Bhakti Yoga is the easiest way to please the Lord, we have to stick to this path permanently. In Srimad Bhagavatam verse 3.20.28, the Lord is described as vivikta adhyaatma darshanah, meaning “one who can without doubt see the minds of others.” If anyone can completely perceive another’s distress without doubt, it is the Lord Himself. If someone is in distress and wants to get relief from his friend, sometimes it so happens that his friend does not appreciate the volume of distress he is suffering. But for the Supreme Lord it is not difficult. The Supreme Lord, as Paramatma, is sitting within the heart of every living entity, and He directly perceives the exact cause of distress. In Bhagavad-Gita the Lord says, “sarvasya caaham hrdi sannivishto” – “I am sitting in everyone’s heart as the Supersoul.”

When we always engage ourselves in sincere devotional service, “satata yuktaanam“, then the Lord gives buddhi-yogam – real intelligence as He confirms in Bhagavad Gita verse 10.10. He can give us direction how to get out of dangers or how to approach Him in devotional service. We need not run all over the world, we just need to listen to our Supersoul seated in our hearts and He would guide us like a mariner’s compass. We find in Srimad Bhagavatam verse 3.13.17, that even when Manu complained to Brahma that the earth had sank in the depths of water, the Supreme demigod Brahma thought, “It is best to let the Almighty Lord direct us” and immediately a boar appeared from the nose of Lord Brahma. He did not take any decisions without praying to the Lord, since he knew that everything is under His control. The more and more we please and accept the Lord, the more we would try to accept and appreciate the Parmatma’s direction.

I sincerely pray that I put this verse in practice and hope not to run from pillar to post when thrown into the material whirlpool.

Sri Sri Yashodanandana Balagopal ki jai! Srila Prabhupada ki jai! Srila Gurudev ki jai!

Thank you very much,
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev,
Sharada devi dasi,
Bangalore.