As you are aware we all are paying tributes to our Achrya shrestar in his 1000th birth anniversary. I intend discussing his instructions to us to start with and also recapitulate all details about him ,his works and his contributions to the whole world.
This is not new this is a humble homage and my way to remember the founder of sri sampradhaya.
The first instruction to us
1. Serve God and God’s devotees. Serve all devotees without regard to their status.
First Let us discuss
Why should we serve him?
We belong to him. We are his creation . We have to Go back to him. We have to get rid of the bondage of life and death.
Does he need our service?
He does not need our service but we need him. We can not live with out his mercy or blessings even for a second.
How Shall we serve him?
We should serve as prescribed in our scriptures by our Achrayan. We must do our prescribed duties which shall be discussed in detail later with Gods Grace.
For Lay man like serving God means first getting enough strength to serve him by Chanting his names , always remembering him, Surrendering Our selves to God. Engage in ,selfless devotion, Going to his temples, Participate in temple activities.
Let us refer to Bhagavad Gita As It Is Chapter 9 Text 27
yat karosi yad asnasi
yaj juhosi dadasi yat
yat tapasyasi kaunteya
tat kurusva mad-arpanam
yat—what; karoṣi—you do; yat—whatever; aśnāsi—you eat; yat—whatever; juhoṣi—you offer; dadāsi—you give away; yat—whatever; yat—whatever; tapasyasi—austerities you perform; kaunteya—O son of Kuntī; tat—that; kuruṣva—make; mat—unto Me; arpaṇam—offering.
O son of Kuntī, all that you do, all that you eat, all that you offer and give away, as well as all austerities that you may perform, should be done as an offering unto Me.
Thus, it is the duty of everyone to mold his life in such a way that he will not forget Kṛṣṇa in any circumstance. Everyone has to work for maintenance of his body and soul together, and Kṛṣṇa recommends herein that one should work for Him. Everyone has to eat something to live; therefore he should accept the remnants of foodstuffs offered to Kṛṣṇa. Any civilized man has to perform some religious ritualistic ceremonies; therefore Kṛṣṇa recommends, “Do it for Me,” and this is called arcanā. Everyone has a tendency to give something in charity; Kṛṣṇa says, “Give it to Me,” and this means that all surplus money accummulated should be utilized in furthering the Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement. Nowadays people are very much inclined to the meditational process, which is not practical in this age, but if anyone practices meditating on Kṛṣṇa twenty-four hours by chanting the Hare Kṛṣṇa mantra round his beads, he is surely the greatest yogī, as substantiated by the Sixth Chapter of Bhagavad-gītā.
Let us try to do it
Srimathe Ramaujaya namha
To be continued……