Surrender in Good Association

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
23 June 2015


[His Divine Grace is reading from Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita, Madhya-lila, chapter 22:]

How is devotion to Krishna born?

krsna-bhakti-janma-mula haya 'sadhu-sanga'
krsna-prema janme, tenho punah mukhya anga

"Sadhu-sanga, good association, is what the devotion to Krishna is ultimately born from; even when the highest love for Krishna is born, good association remains a principle part of the devotee's life." [80]

What is the main root of devotion to Krishna? Good association. Krishna's devotion comes in good association; without good association, Krishna's devotion will not come to you.

asat-sanga-tyaga,—ei vaisnava-achara
'stri-sangi'—eka asadhu, 'krsnabhakta' ara

"Vaishnav's etiquette is to leave bad association: keeping the company of women is one such association, and keeping the company of those who are not devotees of Krishna is another." [84]

You must always avoid the association of those who are not devotees of Krishna. Gurudev also said: "Whose association will you take? The association of those who are senior to you; take advice from those who know something." If you think somebody practises more than you, you can mix with them; and if you think somebody does not practise properly, do not mix with them—mix with those who practise properly.

eta saba chhadi' ara varnasrama-dharma
akinchana hana laya krsnaika-sarana

"Giving up all bad association, giving up adherence to social rules of varnas and asrams, thus ridding yourself of all material possessions (attachment), take exclusive shelter at the lotus feet of Krishna." [90]

bhakta-vatsala, krtajna, samartha, vadanya
hena krsna chhadi' pandita nahi bhaje anya

"Krishna loves His devotees, He is always indebted to His devotees, He is omnipotent and magnanimous. No learned man would ever leave such Lord for any other kind of worship." [92]

Krishna is bhakta-vatsal: just as a cow cannot stay without its calf, Krishna cannot stay without His devotee. Those who do not follow Krishna consciousness are foolish—the scholars (pandits) follow Krishna consciousness.

sarva-dharman parityajya, mam ekam saranam vraja
aham tvam sarva-papebhyo, moksayisyami ma suchah

"Give up all kinds of religion and surrender to Me alone. I will liberate you from all sins, do not despair."

(Srimad Bhagavad-gita, 18.66)

Krishna says, "You must leave everything, surrender to Me. You worry that you will not be worshipping Durga, you will not be worshipping Kali, or some other people, but no sin will come. You think it will be a kind of sin if you do not give affection to your father, do not give affection to your mother, if you do not serve them, if you do not give time to your wife, you think it is not right, but if you think about Me, I will see to them. I will see to your family, believe Me. Whatever your deficiency is—do you need water? do you need money? do you need some property?—whatever you need, I will fulfil your desire. Tell me what your deficiency is and I will fulfil that deficiency for you."



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