By Niraj Bidawatka
Last year while distributing Prabhupada’s books, I approached a gentleman and requested him to buy a Bhagavad Gita. He readily agreed and I gave him a copy of the Hare Krishna Revolution newspaper as a complimentary copy along with the Gita. We then struck a conversation and I apprised him of our activities of the Hare Krishna Revolution and he introduced himself as the country-head of a leading multinational computer manufacturer.
Later, he very kindly gifted a laptop for conducting the cyber activities of the Hare Krishna Revolution. The laptop was working perfectly fine until a few days back, when some snag cropped up in the operating system. I contacted him to get the problem fixed and he promptly got the system restored.
I then called him up to pose a few queries to make sure that the snag doesn’t recur. Since I was armed with a battery of questions, after replying to a couple of questions, he reassured me, “Don’t worry, I am there. I’ll take care if anything goes wrong.”
As soon as he made this statement, there were no more questions and I ended the conversation feeling secured. Arjuna was also asking so many questions to Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita but when Krishna assured him,“Just surrender unto Me and I will take care. Do not worry. [ma sucah – Bg 18.66]”, there were no more questions because Arjuna felt secured that Krishna is there to protect him.
Arjuna immediately surrendered unto Krishna because he had firm faith on His ability to protect him.Someone may argue that,“Arjuna’s surrender was blind faith but I do not want to surrender blindly to Krishna”. Arjuna’s surrender was not blind faith because he knew perfectly well that Krishna being the Supreme Personality of Godhead was omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent.
My faith in the computer professional cannot be termed as blind faith because I know that he, being an eminent personality in the field, is very much capable of handling the computer if anything goes wrong. Moreover he, being a well-wisher, will act in a favourable way because he has no personal motivation. There is no commercial aspect in his dealings since whatever service that he is giving, is given out of love for Krishna and as a contribution in the preaching activities of His holy name. Had there been a commercial aspect, I would have doubted his words inspite of him being an eminent personality.
Surrender means to act in accordance to Krishna’s desire. Krishna’s desire was that Arjuna should fight and kill the Kauravas but Arjuna was declining to fight. However, after hearing the Bhagavad Gita, he understood Krishna’s real position as the Supreme Omnipotent Lord and agreed to abide by Krishna’s desire [karisye vacanam tava – Bg. 18.73]. Earlier when he was in ignorance, Arjuna was considering Krishna on an equal footing as his dear friend and cousin but when he got out of his ignorance, he immediately surrendered.
So unless one is educated, it is impossible to surrender to God and serve Him. Since mostly everyone is uneducated in the modern age, we find very few devotees. Real education means to know, “Who is God?” So all the scientists, doctors, MBAs, engineers, bachelors and masters of the world are an uneducated lot because they do not know the identity of God. Therefore they do not surrender to Krishna. Instead they very promptly surrender to their employers, who are mostly unscrupulous people with the sole intention of making personal gains. Since they are not educated, they do not realize it till they are fleeced of their vital energy.
Unless one is aware about the identity and greatness of God, there is no chance of his surrendering unto Him. When my friend told me that he would take care if anything went wrong, I immediately took his word with confidence because I knew his position as a computer professional. Similarly, if we are aware of Krishna’s greatness, we would immediately have firm faith on His promise of imparting protection to us.
Chaitanya Mahaprabhu has very nicely defined faith as, “firm conviction that if I serve Krishna, then all my activities will be taken care of.” [sraddha-sabde visvasa kahe sudrdha niscaya, krishna bhakti kaile sarva-karma krta haya (Cc. Madhya 22.62)]
But generally we lack this kind of faith in Krishna. We are therefore engrossed in working hard because we think that money will help me. But money cannot help. Only Krishna can help because He is God. So we should have faith and confidence in Krishna’s words. He demands that we give up all types of duties and just surrender unto him. Surrender means to carry out the master’s instructions.
Krishna instructs – man-mana bhava mad-bhakto mad yaji mam namaskaru (Bg. 18.65) –“Always remember Me, become My devotee, worship Me and offer obeisances to Me.” If we do this much, then we can live a peaceful and happy life free from any stress and tension.