Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Why don't we Surrender ?

Why it become so difficult to concentrate ones mind totally on Krishna. In spite of knowing the truth my mind wanders here and there. Krishna says in Bhagavad Gita “Abandon all varieties of religion and just surrender unto Me. I shall deliver you from all sinful reactions. Do not fear”. This is a promise made by none other than the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Krishna. Still we do not take this promise seriously…we do not surrender to Him? Why is it so?

The reason being that our consciousness is so covered by material lust that we fail to realize the actual truth. Even after hearing from pure Vaishnavas and reading scriptures like Bhagavad-Gita, Srimad Bhagavatam we are at a loss to accept the truth. We are soul, spiritual beings, parts and parcels of the Lord. Due to material contamination we have forgotten our real identity. This is why we crave only for material pleasure because we think this is the reality.

We are suffering from cataract so we are temporarily blinded and we can’t see the Spiritual abode, which should be our final destination. Our condition is that of an orphan child who being away from his mother for a long time forgets what is a motherly love. He accepts whatever he gets in the outside world. And due to his forgetfulness he considers whatever he gets in the outside world to be the real love and ultimate ecstasy.

Our condition is akin to the orphan child who being bereft of spiritual love for a long time has forgotten the true spiritual pleasure. Spiritual ecstasy which is ever lasting is far more pleasurable than any other pleasure of the material world.

As a mother is very much eager to get re-united with her lost son, similarly Lord also wants us to come back to Him. Lord arranges for several means to help us come back to him. Lord sends His devotees to us who tries to awaken our dormant love for Him.

Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu says, “Vaisnavas or devotees are usually very compassionate upon conditioned souls. Without even being invited, a devotee will go from door to door to enlighten people and to bring them out of the darkness of nescience by injecting knowledge of the living entity’s constitutional position as a servant of Lord Krsna. Such devotees are empowered by the Lord to distribute devotional consciousness, or Krishna consciousness, to the people in general”

Once the seed of devotional service is implanted in the heart of a person it is required to be watered regularly by chanting the Hare Krishna Mahamantra (Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare), by hearing about the glories of the Lord and by being in regular association of pure devotees of the Lord.

As soon as one starts engaging in Krishna Consciousness he gets free from all material contamination, the spiritual love gets awakened and all material miseries ceases to exist. And the person finally goes back home ‘Back to Godhead’ wherein he enjoys eternally in the association of the Lord.

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