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Perform Devotion with Determination

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Perform Devotion with Determination

Determination of Dhruva Maharaj

Dhruva Maharaj when he saw Kṛṣṇa immediately in front him he didn’t expect so soon. Kṛṣṇa appeared before him. He said this boy is unnecessarily following all the austere life let Me give him darshan and so He immediately came in front of him. Dhruva could not understand anything he was not ready.  Frankly speaking he had a material motive to carry on his tapasya here.  He wanted to be more powerful king than his father.  That was the material motive.  But as soon as we see Kṛṣṇa through chanting or through darshan we forget our material motives.  That is His potency. Because He is the spiritual whole and when the spiritual Supreme living entity comes in front of us our material motives completely disappear. This is what happened to Dhruva also.  Then he did not know what to tell, so Kṛṣṇa immediately recognized that he doesn’t know how to what to tell me.  So He touched His conch shell on Dhruva’s forehead and immediately Dhruva start speaking and the first verse he spoke is very instructive


dhruva uvāca

yo 'ntaḥ pravi
śya mama vācam imā prasuptā

īvayaty akhila-śakti-dharaḥ sva-dhāmnā

anyāḿś ca hasta-caraṇa-śravaṇa-tvag-ādīn

prāṇān namo bhagavate puruṣāya tubhyam

[Dhruva Maharaja said: My dear Lord, You are all-powerful. After entering within me, You have enlivened all my sleeping senses -- my hands, legs, ears, touch sensation, life force and especially my power of speech. Let me offer my respectful obeisances unto You.](SB 4.9.6)


He said my vācam is prasuptā, my vācam is sleeping and yo 'ntaḥ praviśya You have entered into it.  You entered in my vācam and the vācam completely looks lively and goes on speaking about You.  Such a small child didn’t understand, how can he can tell such an eternal truth.  As soon as you touch Kṛṣṇa name on your tongue, the tongue becomes lively.  


yo 'ntaḥ praviśya mama vācam imāḿ prasuptāḿ

Please when you take Bhāgavatam separate the words, try to understand and then try to sing.  The lyric is in side, inbuilt and you don’t need to learn the lyrics.  If you correctly pronounce the lyrics are already there. 


[Maharaj sings so lovingly….]

yo 'ntaḥ praviśya mama vācam imāḿ prasuptāḿ


It’s not a very classical music.  See how nicely it is.  Maharaj makes everyone to recite the sloka after him. How easy it is? 

yo 'ntaḥ praviśya mama vācam imāḿ prasuptāḿ

and then he says not only that sañjīvayaty and sanjivani mantra you know?  The dead bodies will also standup. 


Story: Determination of Kacha

Sukrachaarya the demon guru, the guru of the demons, he knew the sanjivani mantra.  The demons were killed by demigods and immediately Sukrachaarya went to the battle field and he will revive the whole lot.  Deva’s all tired you know, so what to do was a big question before the demigods. 
So, they thought that if our guru’s son, their guru was Brhaspati so he had a son known as Kacha, and he said “If Kacha can go to Sukrachaarya and learn sanjivani mantra then we will be able to defeat the demons, but how to?” Kacha was completely perplexed when all the demigods approached Kacha. 
They said “Maharaj Kacha”, he was a small boy and they call him Maharaj because they want to send him to demons. 
“Please do us a favor.”
“What can I do I am a boy?”
“You please go to Sukrachaarya and learn the sanjivani mantra.”
He said “How?  He will not allow me.”
“No, no go and try.”

Kacha was determined to help the demigods.  This determination is required.  Such a small boy went and approached Sukrachaarya with full of determination. And this determination is the gift of our attachment to Kṛṣṇa. As soon as we are attached to Kṛṣṇa, He gives you the determination. And you are full of courage because of your determination, and you can do anything then.  ki durāpādana teṣāṁ (SB 3.23.42)… those who are attracted to Kṛṣṇa what is impossible for them? Nothing is impossible. 

When Kacha approached Sukrachaarya, Suckrachaarya was thinking, and he knew that he is Bruhaspati son.
He [Kacha] said “Please I am a brahmachari and I want you to be my guru.” 
He didn’t tell that he want to learn the sanjivani mantra.  But Sukrachaarya understood why this demigod has to come to me.  He must have some secret motive, he understood. But the Vedic tradition was that if the young person brahmachari approaches the guru then no way he could be denied and Sukrachaarya knew that he was the enemy’s son and even then he admitted him in the ashram and Kacha has to do so many duties you know, so much labor he had to do to serve his guru maharaj Suckrachaarya and he couldn’t utter a word that he wants sanjivani.  He was doing all the labor work in the ashram for many years and Sukrachaarya had Devayani one young girl.  So they became friends.  Pure friends you know. So, naturally they were attracted to each other and they were helping each other you know.  That was really the mercy of Kṛṣṇa that somehow or the other in the demons camp also he had a bit comfortable life. 
So, then what happened that these demons when they knew about the Kacha is with Sukrachaarya, so they thought that there is something fishy in it.  So we should not allow this boy to stay there.  So, how to drive him out because guru maharaj has allowed him, guru maharaj is admitted this boy here, so how can we drag him out?  So what to do was a big question.  So they thought when he is gone out, we will kill him. So one day, he went to graze the cows and they caught hold of him and killed him and he was finished completely.  So when cows went alone back home, Devayani saw the cows are back and Kacha has not returned. 

So she went running to Sukrachaarya and relayed that “I don’t know Kacha is not coming back and the cows have come.” 

So Sukrachaarya immediately went to search for Kacha, his dead body was there.  By sanjivani mantra he just revived him.
So Kacha was alright came back home.  “Where were you, I don’t know really.  They killed me that’S what I remember and now I am here again.” 
“So forget about it you are alright, that’s it.” 
So this happened once. then next time he was sent to collect the flowers in the garden and again the demons caught him. This time they killed him and they just crushed his body and threw in the ocean.  So, now how can he come back?  So again when he did not come back from the garden Devayani again ran to Sukrachaarya.  
Sukrachaarya said to Devayani “See, demons are bent upon killing him, even if I revive they will again kill him.  They will not allow him to stay with me, maybe he will learn this sanjivani mantra.  That’s why the demons are scared that they will lose in the battle.” 

So somehow or other then Devayani insisted, so Sukrachaarya had to go. By uttering the sanjivani mantra somehow or the other Kacha came back.  So this was the second time.


Then again demons saw he was again alive so now we have to do something.  So again when he was sent to forest to collect the fire wood that time they caught hold of him and this time they burnt his body and it was ash and that ash they mixed into the wine. Demon guru Sukrachaarya used to drink wine in the evening.  Here they drink in the evening in the pubs. That is Sukrachaarya’s tradition.  Sukrachaarya also in the evening wanted a peg. So they knew Sukrachaarya likes to drink wine.  So they mixed the ash with the wine and offered it to Sukrachaarya.  Sukrachaarya thought “Very nice my disciple demons they serving me.”  So he drank the wine and he didn’t know that ash was in his stomach.  So again Deviyani ran…. (break). So again Sukrachaarya try to utter sanjivani mantra and Kacha speaks from the stomach. 

“Hey how did you happen to get in there?”
“I don’t know that, now I am here. “
Now there was dilemma really, if Kacha comes out from Sukrachaarya womb, stomach or intestines then Sukrachaarya will die or if he doesn’t allow Kacha to come then Kacha will die. So Devayani started crying again.  “I want you both. He also should be there and you.”
How that has to be done?  Because of the determination of the Kacha to learn the sanjivani mantra Kṛṣṇa arranged this situation and then Sukrachaarya has to teach Kacha sanjivani mantra in the stomach otherwise he is also going to die or he will die or Kacha will die. Then he taught him the sanjivani mantra, Kacha came out and Sukrachaarya died.  Then Kacha revived Sukrachaarya.  This is how determination always gives you success.  Maybe there will be setbacks but determination must be there. 
Please be determined that in this human existence at least you make it now with Kṛṣṇa otherwise if you are not determined the same way the time will run out and again the horrible result is that we don’t know may be 84 lakhs we call it that different species you have to undergo again and again and again.  Please this circle has got to stop.

Determination of Srila Prabhupāda

This is said in this verse by Kunti śṛṇvanti gāyanti gṛṇanty abhīkṣṇaśaḥ then you please abhiksnasah always keep on hearing, gayanti speak sing, grnanty accept, in this age to accept Kṛṣṇa is also difficult.  Our mind is rebellious.  Our mind doesn’t want to know anything.  So that’s why it is very difficult in this age to accept Kṛṣṇa and because we are not accepting Kṛṣṇa in India after all the Prabhupāda’s so many endeavor, He has to leave India and come to the foreign countries make the white people the devotees and then he knew that we will copy white people.  So he brought his disciples and then we copied them and we are copying them even now.  So this is how the determination.  Prabhupāda was very determined and he has so many …. You read his lilaamrta you will find out how much difficult was for him, just to begin and then to carry on with the openings of the temples. So many times he wrote to his god brothers and others that please this is the sublime way to uplift the population and we must do something for that.  What are you going to do with the money?  But nobody agreed with him and eventually these boys so called hippies they helped him out and then eventually Kṛṣṇa wanted this to expand and so in front of him, he could open 100 temples.  This is the result of the determination.  Otherwise we can’t run one temple what to talk about 100.  We can’t even run one nama-hatta program it is very difficult for us. Why? Because we are lacking devotional service and the determination.  Devotional service and determination are two sides of the same coin.  As soon as you are a sincere devotee the determination will be there definitely.  As soon as you are determined there is no delay. bhavaami na ciraat paartha mayy aavesita-cetasaam (BG 12.7) Those who are completely engrossed in Me there is no delay for them.  Subtly He works. How He works we don’t know?  It is inconceivable.  Somehow or the other we get the results and please don’t doubt about it. 
Chapter 40

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