Bharata Maharaja he was able to make a very quick advancement, he was materially well situated, he was emperor, he had a big family, had ministers, had wealth, had fame, power, had everything materially that a person could desire. But at a certain stage he realized that this was inadequate, it wasn’t the goal of life, that sooner or later he would have to give everything up. Better sooner voluntarily abdicate for his other qualified descendant and let him completely become Krishna conscious.
So that means he was dhrta bhagavata vrata. He accepted the vow to serve the Supreme Personality of Godhead very diligently, dhrta vrata. We should all become dhrta vrata, we should all become and be very diligently dedicated to serving the Supreme Personality of Godhead. This should be our vow when we accept the bona fide spiritual master as our Gurudeva, as our spiritual master, when we take initiation or even before when we accept his, him in our heart, you see. That deep acceptance is a dhrta vrata, it’s a vow, it’s a commitment, it’s a very… it’s an eternal obligation. And accepting that vow then… we guide rather our lives according to the instructions of the spiritual master, and the previous spiritual master or masters. In this way very diligently neglect everything which is opposed to devotional service and we accept whatever is favorable.
H.H. Jayapataka Swami Maharaj
1984, 13th Sep, SB class @ Bhaktivedanta Manor, London, UK