(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 2005)

The other way to get the dust is by following in the Footsteps of the Lord. Lord Krishna is also acting as the spiritual master of the three worlds; Lord Krishna is acting as the Supreme Teacher; Again and again, Lord Krishna is teaching transcendental knowledge in various ways!

In one way we see a description of Lord Krishna when he lives in Dwarika, of how he performs his daily activities. He rises early in the morning, at the first crowing of the rooster. He is right up, although embraced by his queen. He is not caring and just gets up and takes His bath – I do not remember the full sequence, but He gives cows in charity to the brahmanas; He engages in morning meditation – in Krishna’s case He meditates on Himself because He is the Supreme Lord, and is meditating on the Supreme Lord. So one should not think that we should meditate on ourselves, it means that we should meditate on the Supreme Lord – and Krishna is doing some.

So Krishna in His meditation on the Supreme Lord is showing by example, what our daily activities should be. So by following in the Footsteps of the Personality, one also gets the dust of His Lotus Feet. So following in this process has been indicated and followed by Krishna Himself. Krishna accepted a bone fide spiritual master. Krishna always worshiped the brahmanas.

We see that when Sudāmā came, Krishna immediately stepped down from the throne, and put Sudāmā on there, and worshiped him to get him the laxmi. In this way, we see how Krishna sets many standards! And by following these standards very carefully, we also get the dust of the Lotus Feet of Krishna! This is another way! So this is very important that we somehow or other go for it!

If we approach Krishna in a humble way – not in an argumentative way but in a submissive way – in a way of listening to the transcendental instructions that Krishna gave, then we can very quickly understand that devotional service to Him is everything!

‘bahūnāṁ janmanām ante
jñānavān māṁ prapadyate
vāsudevaḥ sarvam iti
sa mahātmā su-durlabhaḥ’ (B.G. 7.19)

Otherwise it may take many many births before we can actually understand that devotional service is the goal of life!


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