Service to Guru leads to service to Krishna
July 18, 2007

Summary: The 3 gunas are sometimes compared to 3 ropes, twisted together to make one very strong rope, a rope that binds the conditioned living being to material existence. BHAGAVAD-GITA Ch 14 describes the effect of the 3 modes, but it also describes how the modes can STOP acting: when one undeviatingly engages in devotional service unto Krishna, avyabhicari-bhakti (BHAGAVAD-GITA 14.26; see below). Srimad-Bhagavatam also addresses this, both in Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.2.19 and in the verse Srimad-Bhagavatam 7.15.25 below.

Mucukunda seeing Lord Krishna (

Summary: Here is a wonderful narration of a devotee king who achieved perfection by dint of his service attitude and by his prayers to the Lord which were responded to by Lord Acyuta. Mucukunda's battle with the demons in the realm of the demigods was an act of total self-sacrifice; not only did he do battle tirelessly without any sleep for long long periods of time, but he lost his entire kingdom, relatives etc because of the passage of ages here on earth while he was in the realm of the devas, helping them by fighting the demons who were attacking. He accepted an appropriate benedition from the devas, considering their limited capacity to reward something material only, not something spiritual.

King Priyavrata

Summary: The dilemma of how an embodied soul is to overcome his material tendencies while living in an embodied material circumstance is a concern that must be addressed by all aspiring spiritualists. The key to solving that dilemma is disclosed herein. Priyavrata was situated on a platform far beyond any attraction to enjoy material life; this was his condition from childhood, and this condition was further deeply embedded in his consciousness through many years of uninterrupted austerities and devotional practices, performed in a serene secluded place. He was fixed, in other words, in desiring spiritual happiness only. Yet even he (what to speak of ourselves!!) was completely wary of becoming a householder, with worldly occupation, in contact with wealth, etc.