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Freeing yourself from Material Attraction

Following is an excerpt from the lecture on Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 04, Chapter 29 – Talks Between Narada and King Pracinabarhi – Text No 9 by Vraj Bihari Das

SB 4.29.9
aksini nasike asyam
iti pañca purah krtah
daksina daksinah karna
uttara cottarah smrtah
pascime ity adho dvarau
gudam sisnam ihocyate

Translation by His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada:

Two eyes, two nostrils and a mouth — all together five — are situated in the front. The right ear is accepted as the southern gate, and the left ear is the northern gate. The two holes, or gates, situated in the west are known as the rectum and genital organ.

Purport by His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada:

Of all sides, the eastern is considered most important, primarily because the sun rises from that direction. The gates on the eastern side — the eyes, nose and mouth — are thus very important gates in the body.

Narada muni explained king Pracinabarhi about the senses of humans being and how they should be used. Prabhupada also explains that when senses are engaged in sense objects, they suffer. So senses should be engaged in Krishna. Prabhupada says that when we engage in Krishna, we cease to look for solutions for problems and be able to tolerate all the sufferings. For example, Kunti Devi engaged all her senses in Krishna even facing many problems. Most people think that spiritual life will negate all problems. But no, complete negation is never possible. Affection is a symptom of life and consciousness and that so that is why we have to focus the affection on Krishna.

Prabhupada compares material attraction to skin relation and Krishna to soul relation. He says that Krishna alone can free us from material attraction. One devotee asked Prabhupada “If the purpose of life is to serve Krishna, then why Maya is so strong”. Prabhupada says “Because your purpose is not strong”.

Bheeshma Dev, the great warrior king, in Srimad Bhagavatam offers nice prayers to Krishna and brings out Krishna’s qualities. When Yudhirshta Maharaj was despondent, Krishna brought him to Bheeshma Dev who lies down in bed of arrows in the battlefield. Bheeshma Dev told that all this was happening due to power of time and understand that Krishna’s plan is inconceivable. So simply accept and engage in your devotional prescribed duties.
Bheeshma Dev tells “Krishna is so merciful that he appears before me when I am ready to give up my life”. Bheeshma Dev keeps himself in complete dependence of Krishna. Prabhupada says that it is the happiest condition in life. The opposite condition “trying to be independent” is the cause of fall down.

Usually Bheeshma Dev in all his prayers addresses Krishna as Parthasakha or Vijayasakha because he knows that Krishna will be pleased when someone glorifies his devotees. Prabhupada says that Krishna is pleased when we addresses him through his devotees like Bheeshma Dev. In Aadhi Purana, Krishna tells to Arjuna “One who declares to be my devotee is not my devotee but one who is a devotee of my devotee is my devotee”.

At the time of his death, Bheeshma Dev is only thinking of Krishna because a pure devotee will not care for anything else. Similarly Prabhupada in his last days told that he is completely satisfied and he need nothing else. Even Prabhupada says “If I am very sick, just chant Hare Krishna”. Prabhupada says “Krishna is present in his Holy names in Kali Kala”. He also says that there is no difference between chanting Krishna’s holy names and seeing Krishna face to face.

Sukhdeva Goswami says that at the time of death, Bheeshma Dev who is expert in thousands of subjects removed his senses from all other engagement and focused his mind completely on Krishna. Because of this, Bheeshma Dev is purified from all the fatigue and material contamination if any. Prabhupada explains that Bheeshma Dev fighting with Krishna is intense attraction of Bheeshma Dev of highest nature. He says that Bheeshma Dev’s arrows at Krishna are as same as soft rose petals offered at a Pooja. He also says any devotee can have relation with Krishna in any of the Rasas and all are equal. Krishna had an eternal relationship with each devotee.

Bheeshma Dev says that to fulfill his desire “Krishna broke his own promise that he will not fight in the war and take the chariot wheel to kill me”. Krishna takes the chariot wheel and run towards Bheeshma Dev to kill him. But this is not enmity because Bheeshma Dev wanted to see this. If Krishna had really wanted to kill Bheeshma Dev, he would just sit on chariot and sent his Sudharsan Chakra.

Three important things from this reading are we should take shelter of Holy names, we should hear Srimad Bhagavatam and we should glorify Krishna’s devotees. Attraction to devotees and being in the association of devotees will increase the attraction towards Krishna. In the association of devotees, we will get knowledge of Krishna, faith and practical guidance and our remembrance of Krishna will increase.

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