The value of our service

kṛṣṇa-prema nitya-siddha ‘sādhya’ kabhu naya So Krishna prema that kind of prema is already within us but it’s been covered over. It’s not something we can achieve by sadhya by doing some specific practice. It’s already there within us. But due to our own misdeeds somehow it’s become covered up. So it’s actually just a question of Krishna again uncovering that already existing love for Him which we have somehow. In that sense of course it is our birthright, but what I was just saying rather from the point of view that whatever service we are offering, what is the value of that service, if we have to give it a value, and then if we took what is the value, again we are regaining our original love for Krishna then proportionately anything we can do whether we are offering a flower or water or even devotees to Krishna in his service. but hardly does that equal the benediction of getting His eternal devotional love. From that point of view it’s His causeless mercy, it’s not that we deserve it in the sense that because of what we are doing we deserve it.

But from the point of view you are bringing up that its already actually, yes its already a part of us but somehow we have forgotten that pure love for Krishna. ‘sādhya’ kabhu naya that we get it, I forget the last śravaṇādi-śuddha-citte karaye udaya. So it’s by the mercy of the holy name that pure devotional service or that Krishna prema again arises. From that point of view yes of course it is our birthright or it is our nature to love Krishna but we have forgotten that nature. I was just trying to stress from the point that it’s not that we can demand Krishna that “I have done so much service give me Krishna prema.” You can request Him, you can appeal to Him, and certainly there is nothing else that we should want and that is the original status we were in. So we should hope to achieve that. That’s something we can’t just demand that “Alright, I’ve chanted sixteen rounds for two years now I should immediately be given Your darshan.”

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

1984, 13th Sep, SB class @ Bhaktivedanta Manor, London, UK