Always Remembering Me
Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakura
In the Śrīmad Bhāgavatam (11.11.34-41, 11.19.20-23, and 11.29.9-12) the Supreme Lord speaks the following words: “My dear Uddhava, one can give up false pride and prestige by engag¬ing in the following devotional activities. One may purify oneself by seeing, touching, worshiping, serving, and offering prayers of glorification and obeisance to My form as the Deity and to My pure devotees. One should also glorify My transcen¬dental qualities and activities, hear with love and faith the narrations of My glories and constantly meditate on Me. One should offer to Me whatever one acquires, and accepting oneself as My eternal servant, one should completely give oneself to Me. One should always discuss My birth and activities and enjoy life by participating in festivals, such as Janmāṣṭamī, which glorify My pastimes. In My temple, one should also participate in festivals
and ceremonies by singing, dancing, playing mu¬sical instruments and discussing Me with other Vaiṣṇavas. One should observe all the regularly cel-ebrated annual festivals by attending ceremonies, pilgrimages and making offerings. One should also observe religious vows such as Ekādaśī and take initiation by the procedures mentioned in the Vedas, Pañcarātra and other, similar literatures. One should faithfully and lovingly support the installation of My Deity, and individually or in cooperation with others one should work for the construction of Krishna conscious temples and cities as well as flower gardens, fruit gardens and special areas to celebrate My pastimes. One should consider oneself to be My humble servant, without duplicity, and thus should help to clean the tem¬ple, which is My home. First one should sweep and dust thoroughly, and then one should further cleanse with water and cow dung. Having dried the temple, one should sprinkle scented water and decorate the temple with maṇḍalas. One should thus act just like My servant. A devotee should never advertise his devotional activities; therefore his service will not be the cause of false pride. One should never use lamps that are offered to Me for other purposes simply because there is need of illumination, and similarly, one should never offer to Me anything that has been offered to or used by others. Whatever is most desired by one within this material world, and whatever is most dear to one¬self—one should offer that very thing to Me. Such an offering qualifies one for eternal life. Firm faith in the blissful narration of My pastimes, constant chanting of My glories, unwavering attachment to ceremonial worship of Me, praising Me through beautiful hymns, great respect for My devotional service, offering obeisance with the entire body, performing first-class worship of My devotees, consciousness of Me in all living entities, offering of ordinary, bodily activities in My devotional service, use of words to describe My qualities, offering the mind to Me, rejection of all material desires, giving up wealth for My devotional service, renouncing material sense gratification and happiness and performing all desirable activities such as charity, sacrifice, chanting, vows and austerities etcetera should all be executed for My pleasure. Always remembering Me, one should perform all his duties for Me without impetuousity. With mind and intelligence offered to Me, one should fix his mind in attraction to My devotional service. One should take shelter of holy places where My saintly devotees reside, and one should be guided by the exemplary activities of My devotees, who appear among the demigods, demons and human beings. Either alone or in public gatherings, with singing, dancing and other exhibitions of royal opulence, one should arrange to celebrate those holy days, ceremonies and festivals set aside specially for My worship. With a pure heart one should see Me, the Supreme Soul within all beings and also within oneself, to be both unblemished by anything ma¬terial and also present everywhere, both externally and internally, just like the omnipresent sky.”
– Sri Srimad Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Gosvami Maharaja, Gauḍīya-bhāṣya Commentary on Sri Caitanya Bhagavata of Srila Vrndavana dasa Thakura, Madhya Khanda, Chapter 2, Verse 42.
Always Remembering Me
Always Remembering Me