This talk, based on Srimad Bhagavatam, was delivered by Swamini Ma Gurupriya ji at the “Srimad Bhagavata Tattva Sameeksha Satram'' in Kerala. In this talk, Ma enthralls the listeners with the narration of Akrura’s journey to Vrindavan.
Ma begins with a brief description of the story of Kamsa and his evil plot to invite Krishna and Balarama to Mathura and have them killed. He asks Akrura, one of his ministers, to go to Vrindavan as his messenger and bring Krishna and Balarama to Mathura.
Describing the devotion, reliance and faith of Akrura (a great devotee of Lord Narayana), Ma exhorts the listeners to identify with Akrura. Although aware of Kamsa’s evil intentions and his own mission of bringing little Krishna to Mathura, Akrura had full faith in the Lord and was not plagued by uncertainty or fear. He was filled with wonder and joy at the prospect of meeting his Lord.
Chanting beautiful shlokas discussing the state of mind of Akrura, Ma takes us on this beautiful pilgrimage and we get a glimpse and feel of Akrura’s devotion.
On his way, Akrura imagines the trees, bushes and the dust of Vrindavan which he thought were blessed by Krishna’s proximity and touch. He imagines what he would do on meeting Krishna. He is full of humility and is lost in delight at the prospect of the meeting.
Ma reminds us that we need to introspect on Akrura's one-pointed absorption and devotion. Let all our minds be centred on the Lord all the time, says Ma.
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Those days, there were many rats staying in various pockets of the tiled roof. My room had a very low ceiling and I could even touch the roof tiles. At night, I would see big, big rats running around just near me.
I got back to my daily chores, but the scene remained in my mind – the old man’s wrinkled face, his gleaming eyes, the contentment he enjoyed, his refusal to accept more than ‘his minimum needs’! How many of us can take such a stand?
Bhakti is not so much in the worship with flowers, garlands, lamps or incense sticks. Neither it is in chanting His names and praises. It is verily in living and acting according to the wish of the Lord, pleasing Him, imbibing qualities and attitudes that He wants us to imbibe.