The Lord’s Open Secret

Dear Prabhujis and Mathajis,

Hare Krishna! Please accept my humble obeisances! All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Gurudev!

Day in and day out we face so many kinds of problems and challenges in our lives. We might be facing some difficulty now and would be thinking that there is nothing more miserable than this. But after some time we face something more complex and then we realise that our previous misery was comparatively less intense. In such situations we might wonder how to get out of these sufferings and might even start believing that there is no way out. In Srimad Bhagavatam verse 7.5.5 Prahlad Maharaj very nicely describes the condition of householders like us.

shri-prahlaada uvaaca
tat saadhu manye ‘sura-varya dehinaam
sadaa samudvigna-dhiyaam asad-grahaat
hitvaatma-paatam grham andha-kupam
vanam gato yad dharim aashrayeta

Prahlada Maharaja replied: O best of the asuras, King of the demons, as far as I have learned from my spiritual master, any person who has accepted a temporary body and temporary household life is certainly embarrassed by anxiety because of having fallen in a dark well where there is no water but only suffering. One should give up this position and go to the forest [vana]. More clearly, one should go to Vrndavana, where only Krsna consciousness is prevalent, and should thus take shelter of the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

Our materialistic responsibilities, challenges and anxieties are always recurring and permanent. Prahlad Maharaj has told us that the only way to come out of this dark well of suffering is to go to Vrindavana and take shelter of Supreme Lord. In this Kaliyuga we are so unfortunate that it is not possible for all of us to go to Vrindavana and stay there. So how can we take shelter of Supreme Lord ? Lord out of His causeless mercy to fallen souls like us, is telling us the secret method. In Srimad Bhagavad Gita Chapter 10, Verse 25, Lord Krishna says – ‘yajnaanaam japa-yajno ‘smi‘ – "Of sacrifices I am the chanting of the holy names[japa]"

The Lord very nicely declares that of sacrifices He is the chanting of the holy names (japa). We can connect to the Lord very easily by japa. Even though He is the proprietor for all the three worlds, the Lord clearly shows how He is easily approachable by all and we can take shelter of Him simply by chanting the holy names. He does not expect us to do great sacrifices like horse sacrifices or 1000 years of tapas. The best yajna for this Kali yuga is sankirtana yajna

Further in verse 10.35 the Lord says – "maasaanaam maarga-shirso ‘ham" – "Of months I am Maargashirsha (November and December)." The Lord tells us that of all the months He is November and December. These verses are like our tips and clues to the final exam. In the name of family problems, office problems, health problems etc – we should not loose the chance of taking advantage of the "open secrets" provided by the Lord to return back home to His abode of Goloka. As Satyavrata muni nicely sings in Damodarshataka – "itidrk sva-leelabhir ananda kunde" – Goloka Vrindavan is Ananda-kund – place where we would be immersed in pools of esctacy. If we really want to get out of dark well of suffering and be immersed in pools of estacy – all we need to do is intensify our devotional service to the Lord, by doing more of japa-yajna in these holy months and please our Supreme Father.

- Sharada Devi Dasi.

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