THE GAUDIYA2NOVEMBER 2012
Has any oneever heard of sucha climax of theattainment ofabnegation? Hedoes not wanteven Sri Krishnawithout theservice of Sri Râdhâ. Such a maximumheight of abnegation is not possible for aman of this world, unless he has been,like Raghunâtha, drenched with themoisture of the Grace of Sri SwarupaGoswâmi; none else can even explain thisstandard of abnegation. Is it possible forhim to crave for the six terrestrialexcellences as above, who does not wantKrishna even without service to Râdhâ?What an amount of service done to thehighest Darling of Krishna and what adegree of the highest love felt for Her canendow one with such a spirit!God has said (Bh.XI.26.26): ‘‘A trulyintelligent person should shun evilcompany but seek association with holysaints who, with their instructions, gnawthe knot of the worldly attachments of ourmind.’’ The meaning is that for our truewell-being we should always accept theguidance of the true Guru (spiritual guide)and should not be misled by pseudo-gurus. The Guru never accepts the
(way to pleasure), but heis a
(i.e., he follows theway to the true well-being). He givesothers (i.e., his disciples) the sameinstruction to walk along the real path ashe has received from his own Guru, ofcourse a true one. If a disciple askspermission of the Guru for drinking, he issure to disapporve of it and never to grantit. When the Guru does not indulge thedisciple in his prayer for things after hismind, he may dismiss the Guru. Suchdisciples accept only the gurus that areready to supply fuel for their sensualism.Acceptance of a guru has become afashion now-a-days, not for the disciple’strue wellbeing, but for getting one’ssensual pleasures approved of. Suchappointments satisfy only the social orfamily customs, like those of barbers andwashers.
As soon as a truth is ascertained,it should be ardently given effect to then and there. The span of our life being very short, we should not mis- spend even a moment, of what still remains, in attending in our worldly affairs but utilise it in the performance of our service to Hari.
King Khattwângaand Ajâmila attained their highest good byspending only one
(forty eightminutes) and only the time of deathrespectively in Lord Hari’s Service. Hereis an anecdote to the point. OneSivânanda Bhattâchârya, a Shâkta by faithi.e., worshipper of Goddess Kâli or Durgâ,sent his son Râmakrishna to purchasesome sacrificial beasts, goats andbuffaloes, and other necessary articlesagainst the coming Durgâ Pujâ. WhenRamakrishna was returning home withthe purchases, he met Srila NarottamaThâkur, a holy saint of the highest order,who after some instructive talk changedthe youth’s mind altogether, and the latterlet off the beasts to obtain initiation fromthe Thâkur and came back home empty-handed. Sivânanda, expectantly lookingfor his son’s return with the goats andbuffaloes and other articles for the Devi’sPujâ, asked him eagerly about them,seeing him return without them.
Pithy Precepts of Srila Prabhupâd