Don’t let our desire to use something for Krishna become greater than our desire for Krishna (Based on Gita 09.26)
Chaitanya Charan Das: While driving to meet someone special, suppose we get a desire to offer them a special gift. But we get so caught in searching that gift that we lose our way and fail to reach for the meeting. By our mistaken priorities, we end up undermining the very relationship that we wanted to sweeten.
On the spiritual path, we sometimes similarly undermine our relationship with Krishna. While practicing bhakti, we may desire to offer him something special. But that desire may become stronger than our desire for him, thereby distracting us from him.
Suppose we desire to earn a lot of money to build a grand temple for Krishna. Even if we eventually get that wealth, we may have become so immersed in materialistic consciousness that our desire to use the wealth for Krishna may have decreased or even disappeared. And if we don’t get that wealth, we may become so irritated or disheartened as to give up our devotion.
Does this mean that we shouldn’t desire to offer grand things to Krishna? Certainly, we should; love naturally wants to offer the best of everything to the beloved. But presently, our love for Krishna is not very strong. In trying to give the world to Krishna, we shouldn’t end up giving our heart to the world.
Moreover, grand offerings aren’t essential in bhakti; what is essential is just a devoted heart. The Bhagavad-gita (09.26) declares that Krishna accepts even the simplest of things if offered with devotion. Therefore, we need to prioritize direct bhakti activities that increase our devotional desire for Krishna (12.09).
By such proper prioritization, when we keep our desire for Krishna the foremost desire in our consciousness, we can offer him wonderful things whenever possible and offer ourselves to him always.
Verse 09.26 – “If one offers Me with love and devotion a leaf, a ﬂower, a fruit or water, I will accept it.”
Think it over:
How can the desire to offer something to Krishna distract us from him?
What is the most essential offering in bhakti?
How can we maintain proper prioritization in bhakti?