"Please Give Me Shelter at Your Lotus Feet"
An excerpt from
Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj's darshan
at the Saint Petersburg Temple, Russia,
on 4th October 2006
Devotee: What should be our mood when we chant the Maha-mantra?
Srila Gurudev: At present don’t think about anything, only pray to the Maha-mantra: “Please give me shelter at your lotus feet.”
When the transcendental connection will come to me it will reveal what is my service for the Divine Couple and what will be my position for the service of Krishna. That will be revealed automatically to me, and attachment and mood of service, everything will increase for the service to Krishna.
When it will be connected with the Divine Name, that Divine Name will come out through my tongue, and naturally the service connection will become manifest to me, and we will understand dasya-rasa or sakhya-rasa or vatsalya-rasa or Madhura-rasa — according to what will be appropriate for me.
Srila Krishna Das Kaviraj Goswami gave some answer, some adjustment:
akasadi guna yena para para bhute
eka-dui-tina-chari krame pancha prthivite
ei-mata madhure saba bhava-samahara
ataeva asvadadhikye kare chamatkara
“All the material qualities evolve one after another in the material elements, beginning from ether. By gradual evolution, first one quality develops, then two qualities develop, then three and four, until all five qualities are found in earth. Similarly, on the platform of conjugal love, all the feelings of the devotees are amalgamated. The intensified taste is certainly wonderful.”
(Sri Chaitanya Charitamrita, Madhya-lila 19.233-234)
Like that, santa, dasya, vatsalya, Madhura, all rasa merges in Madhura-rasa. This is the situation. But this will come after liberation and entrance into the service world. At that time everything will be revealed. Before that it is best not to think about this. We will chant the Hare Krishna Maha-mantra and through that satisfy Lord Krishna. It is a very wide field to practise Krishna consciousness.
Krishna will also inspire me as to what will be suitable for my service, and automatically attraction will go to that service if that is my constitutional position.