How can the senses, which are always disturbed and disturbing, be engaged in the service of God? Narottama dāsa Ṭhākura says, “I have six great enemies, but they are now my friends.”
“These enemies are kāma, krodha, lobha, moha, mada, matsārya. They are against kṛṣṇa-bhajana. But I give each of these enemies great service and now they never disturb me.”
Where can krodha be used? At those who are antagonistic to the devotees. Like Hanumāna. He used his anger on those who were against Śrī Rāmacandra and His devotees.
Anger can also be used on your mind and senses that are against bhajana. “Why not help me in my practice of bhakti? Why do you disturb me?” In this way give constant punishment to the mind and senses. It is ok to be angry at them. Also if anyone comes to disturb our bhajana, then we can be angry at them and at ourselves for associating with them. Anger must be present otherwise one will become lazy and careless. Anger helps control one’s senses otherwise one will be a powerless orphan beggar. Anger is also a valuable gift from God. Anger can be favorable. Krodha can be utilized towards bhagavad-dveṣi-jane, or those against Guru and Vaiṣṇavas. Kṛṣṇadāsa Kavirāja Gosvāmī became angry at his brother because he was offensive to Vaiṣṇavas and thus he severed all connection with him for the rest of his life.
How can we utilize kāma? Kṛṣṇārpane. This lust is like a toxin. Where to use it? We use it for always serving Kṛṣṇa. If one serves day and night, then his energy will be properly directed, and lust will never disturb him. Lazy and crazy people that do not serve will be followers of mundane lust. They make a very sweet business with lust. Where to use lobha? I can be greedy to hear the glories of Hari, Guru, and Vaiṣṇava and the words they speak themselves.
Moha is a kind of attachment that I have, it should be used in continuously cultivating relation with the followers of the soul, and the Supreme Soul, for the sake of self-realization. Minute after minute, the senses should be engaged in drinking bhagavata-rasa. My mind and senses will then understand that viṣaya-rasa is very bitter and useless, and they wish to only drink God’s mādhurya, sweetness, understanding it to be supremely tasteful.
Kṛṣṇa says in the Bhagavad-gītā (7.14):
daivī hy eṣā guṇa-mayī mama māyā duratyayā
mām eva ye prapadyante māyām etāṁ taranti te
This divine energy of Mine, made of the three modes of material nature, is difficult to surpass. But those who take shelter of Me can easily cross beyond it.
Mohinī Māyā is very strong. But if someone takes shelter of God, then Māyā-devī will never disturb him. If someone takes shelter of God, then no enemies will fight him or punish him. Bhakti-devī is helpful and very powerful. If one makes friendship with Her, then all enemies will change and become close and favorable. How do they change? If Hari is pleased, then all my enemies will become my well-wishers and all poison will become nectar. All adharma will be dharma. All things will transform and become related to Him.
Narottama dāsa Ṭhākura says that if a person takes shelter of God’s lotus feet, then all good qualities, intelligence, friends, and helpers will come to assist him in service to the Lord.
There was once a king who ruled a small state. But he did not think it was small. He thought that it was his big country. He ordered all his citizens and neighbors, “Glorify me. Tell all you meet of my power and greatness.”
But the people replied, “O King, you are not a scholar. You are not nearly as great and qualified in any way as other kings. If you respected others and were friendlier, then you and your people would be happier.”
“No! I am great and superior to all. I am more qualified than everyone else. All must spread my glories far and wide.”
“Mahārāja, you are not being honest with yourself. You do not know how to offer proper respect. You are not very competent and are in fact quite ordinary.”
“No. I am great and righteous.”
The king would also say, “Anyone who is in my state must honor and follow me and no one else. If they do not respect me then they cannot stay in my state.”
After some time, his people left one by one until his kingdom was only a jungle inhabited by animals. But after, those animals also left. They ran away. They also did not like him.
Then he was alone in his deserted state. He then left for the forest to do bhajana, but there also he did not change. He told the many ṛṣis and sādhus, “I am great! Respect me! All must worship me. This will be beneficial for everybody.”
Because he was so proud and greedy, everyone stopped going near him. Even the animals avoided him. Then he was alone.
Because he had relation with his people and did not offer respect to any authority senior to him, his subjects turned against him. But if someone has already offered himself under the guidance of a bona fide and strong authority, then the people will be afraid. They will say, “Now you have a protector, a guardian.” Then they will never disturb. Similarly the senses will turn against the sādhaka who doesn’t accept authority and a guardian. If he remains under guidance, then his senses will never disturb him.
The story continues:
A brāhmaṇa then came to that king who was now living in the forest and said, “O King! Listen. I have come to give you some good advice. Do sādhana and worship of God! I am not your enemy. Please listen to my words.”
“No, this is not possible. I cannot follow this advice.”
“If you follow this you will be happy.”
Because the king was all alone and without company he didn’t chase the brāhmaṇa away. Slowly, little by little, the brāhmaṇa befriended the king and changed his nature and the king returned to his kingdom and it began to prosper again. He then made the brāhmaṇa his minister and always remained under his guidance for the rest of his life.
Narottama dāsa Ṭhākura says that in this way, if kāma, krodha, moha etc. are with me, then they will be my enemies and always against me. But if I hear the advice of Śrī Guru and the Vaiṣṇavas, then they will not be strong. They will no longer be my enemy and never try to disturb me. They will say, “Oh, he has a strong protector and guardian.” Not only will they not disturb me, they will be my helpful followers.
Srila Narottama das Thakura ki Jaya! (excerpted from “Sri Sri Prema-Bhakti Candrika” available from: [email protected] )