Sri Krishna is Nearest and Dearest


by Srila Bhakti Ballabh Tirtha Goswami Maharaja

Sree Sree Guru Gaurang Jayatah!

It is not difficult to propitiate Sri Krishna. Prahlad Maharaj, to persuade demon boys to worship the Supreme Lord Sri Krishna said -‘na hy acyutam prinayato bahv-ayaso suratmajah, atmatvat sarva-bhutanam siddhatvad iha sarvatah’ – Bhagavatam 7.6.19 – ‘It is not difficult to please Krishna as He is dear to all living beings and is residing in their hearts. As such there is no difficulty to search for Him. Don’t think that as the Supreme Lord is Almighty and Infinite, little boys cannot worship Him. It may be difficult for a wife to please her husband or for a husband to please his wife; for parents to please the children or for children to please their parents in spite of their utmost efforts, but it is easy to satisfy Sri Krishna as He is dearest and nearest.’

Even if a small boy, having no worldly qualification and ability, submits his prayer to the Supreme Lord “O beloved Lord! I am an insignificant creature. I am unable to serve you. Please be gracious to me”, Krishna will be immediately satisfied. Wealth, erudition, social status etc. are not indispensable for the service of Sri Krishna. Only firm faith and sincerity of heart are necessary. The Most Munificent Form of Godhead, the Supreme Lord Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu has given a standing order to all conditioned souls in this world- ‘Do japam of Mahamantra, keeping the fixed number; you will get all kinds of attainments. Utter the Holy Name always without any binding of time, place, age or circumstance – even while eating, lying down and awakening. Day and night think about Krishna and chant His Name.

You have already heard – Ajamila got deliverance from worldly bondage just by uttering the Holy Name ‘Narayana’ out of fear, when he was on the verge of death, upon seeing the horrifying figures of the messengers of God of death.

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