(HH Kadamba Kanana Swami, Melbourne, Australia, October 2011)
‘bahūnāṁ janmanām ante
jñānavān māṁ prapadyate
vāsudevaḥ sarvam iti
sa mahātmā su-durlabhaḥ’, (Bg 7.19).
After many life times, we come to the point where we actually realise that Krishna is everything and that the ultimate goal of life is Krishna. So it’s very rare, ‘ sa mahātmā su-durlabhaḥ’. ‘Su-durlabhaḥ’ means very rare.
It is said, that mostly the living entities are busy with the material energy and they are trying to milk the material energy in various ways and get some benefit from the material energy and that is really what every one is doing in the world. Some are doing it in pious ways, by following the direction of the scriptures. Others are doing it in an impious way, but mostly people are hoping for material happiness therefore ‘bahūnāṁ’,its very rare that someone comes to this point to understand that Krishna is the real goal of life and actually everything is meant for Krishna.
It’s logical because everything was created by Krishna, He is Isvara-parama Krishna. He is the origin of everything and therefore naturally, we are returning to Him what belongs to Him, just like sometimes we take bath in the Ganga and we scoop up some water from there and offer it back to Ganga because the Ganga is pure. So we want to make pure offering, and therefore we are offering Gangajal to Ganga. Like this, we are offering to Krishna what belongs to Him already!
Everything, even our bodies are also Krishna’s energy, yes – everything in this world belongs to Krishna – including our very bodies, including our children, our house, including all our possessions!
Therefore, everything is meant to be used for Krishna. We ourselves, of course, need to live. we need residence for the shelter, we need to eat and so on, but we are doing that all on behalf of Krishna. One should eat only remnants of what is offered to the Lord only that which is left over from yagna, no other things a devotee will take. It says because otherwise one gets involve in sinful reactions because whatever is the consciousness of the cook, will affect whatever is eaten and subsequently, it will effect our consciousness and thus, new material desires will be born.
Therefore we are careful in our eating, we are careful that our house is Krishna’s house and that we are in that house and only doing things that are favourable to Krishna. So that is what it means!