HOW TO REMEMBER KRISHNA ALL THE TIME WITHOUT FORGETTING HIM?
A girl devotee asked like this:
“Jai sri krishna prubji I want to ask u . How can we feel krishna every second. How can we feel he is with us every time does thr is some indication which krishna give us pls let me known na”
I will explain the reply to this question using H.H.Sasi Nandhana Swami’s and Srila Prabhupada’s (Founder of ISKCON movement) tips as support:
Actually, the problem with the people is that they remember Krishna when they are in distress, but, forget Him when they are happy. This is because, they sought krishna for any benefits. After they got fruits, they forget Him. Such people can’t remember the Lord at the time of death and hence they can not attain Lord at all.
Only if you love Krishna to get the mercy of Krishna Himself, not to get any material benefits, you can think of Him at the time of death and hence go back to His kingdom.
(1) H.H.SASINANDHANA SWAMI WRITES:
“The first thing we need to know is that an impure mind will always think of Maya and only a purified mind will remember Krishna. If your mind is not pure, you will be pulled to the material information which surrounds you, this is natural. The impure mind is filled with anxieties for one’s security, thoughts of wealth and all types of physical sensations like eating, sleeping, non-devotional music and movies etc. I think you know what I mean. So, if you want to be more Krishna conscious, you must first of all purify the mind, so you are actually able to think, feel and will on a different level. You cannot remain on your present level of consciousness and then hope to think more of Krishna, it will not work. We need to be aware that purification of the mind is necessary.
Here are some things you can do that will help you come to another level of consciousness:
Do kirtanas, as much as possible, participate in kirtanas and listen to kirtana recordings.
Take a Vaishnava song book wherever you go and read and sing those songs.
Never engage in politics because it will enter your mind, agitate it and pull it away from Krishna.
Avoid the worst time thief: negative news. Also, if you want others to stop talking badly about you, stop talking badly about others – on principle.
Make sure your food is nicely offered to Krishna with love and devotion. Food influences our consciousness very quickly.
Have association with devotees but not in order to talk about the latest gossip, but for Krishna conscious sadhu-sanga.
Actively remember Krishna. Srila Prabhupada used to take morning walks with us and help us see things the way he sees them, how he remembered Krishna. If you follow his example you will discover much more in the world than what you see right now. The world is so wonderful if it is seen from the spiritual perspective – there is so much Krishna there – but he is hiding, you need to have a spiritual perspective.
Read regularly – and not just a little here and there, but a complete text.
And don’t worry, you are in this boat of Krishna consciousness and it will carry you over the ocean of birth and death.”
(2) SRILA PRABHUPADA WRITES:
“If he doesn’t practice remembering Krsna while he is struggling for existence, then it will not be possible for him to remember Krsna at the time of death. Lord Caitanya also advises this. He says, kirtaniyah sada harih: one should practice remembering the Lord by chanting the names of the Lord always. The names of the Lord and the Lord are nondifferent. So Lord Krsna’s instructions to Arjuna to “remember Me” and Lord Caitanya’s injunction to “always chant the names of Lord Krsna” are the same instruction. There is no difference, because Krsna and Krsna’s name are nondifferent. In the absolute status there is no difference between reference and referent. Therefore we have to practice remembering the Lord always, twenty-four hours a day, by chanting His names and molding our life’s activities in such a way that we can remember Him always.
How is this possible? The acaryas give the following example. If a married woman is attached to another man, or if a man has an attachment for a woman other than his wife, then the attachment is to be considered very strong. One with such an attachment is always thinking of the loved one. The wife who is thinking of her lover is always thinking of meeting him, even while she is carrying out her household chores. In fact, she carries out her household work even more carefully so her husband will not suspect her attachment. Similarly, we should always remember the supreme lover, Sri Krsna, and at the same time perform our material duties very nicely. A strong sense of love is required here. If we have a strong sense of love for the Supreme Lord, then we can discharge our duty and at the same time remember Him. But we have to develop that sense of love. Arjuna, for instance, was always thinking of Krsna; he was the constant companion of Krsna, and at the same time he was a warrior. Krsna did not advise him to give up fighting and go to the forest to meditate.”
Ok, I am ready to think of Krishna all the time. In which mood should I think of him and develop relation with Him?
If you like to think of Krishna, you must be in a relation with him. So, evaluate yourself genuinely and if your liking of Krishna matches with any of the following relations, start to think of Krishna in that relation
(3) SRILA PRABHUPADA SAYS:
“A devotee is in a relationship with the Supreme Personality of Godhead in one of five different ways:
One may be a devotee in a passive state; One may be a devotee in an active state; One may be a devotee as a friend; One may be a devotee as a parent; One may be a devotee as a conjugal lover.
Everyone has a particular relationship with the Lord, and that relationship is evoked by the perfection of devotional service. But in the present status of our life, we have not only forgotten the Supreme Lord, but we have forgotten our eternal relationship with the Lord. Every living being, out of the many, many billions and trillions of living beings, has a particular relationship with the Lord eternally. That is called svarupa. By the process of devotional service, one can revive that svarupa, and that stage is called svarupa-siddhi–perfection of one’s constitutional position. So Arjuna was a devotee, and he was in touch with the Supreme Lord in friendship.
anta-kale ca mam eva
smaran muktva kalevaram
yah prayati sa mad-bhavam
yati nasty atra samsayah
“Anyone who quits his body, at the end of life, remembering Me, attains immediately to My nature; and there is no doubt of this.” (Bg. 8.5)”
Ok, Why did we forget so far?
(4) SRILA PRABHUPADA SAYS:
In Caitanya caritamrta (Madhya lila 20.122) there is the following verse:
maya-mugdha jivera nahi svatah krsna-jnana
jivere krpaya kaila krsna veda-purana
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The forgetful living entities or conditioned souls have forgotten their relationship with the Supreme Lord, and they are engrossed in thinking of material activities. Just as materialists engage their minds in reading newspapers, magazines and so many materialistic literatures, we must transfer our reading to these literatures which are given to us by Vyasadeva; in that way it will be possible for us to remember the Supreme Lord at the time of death. That is the only way suggested by the Lord, and He guarantees the result: “There is no doubt.”
Ok, How a person who is thinking of Krishna should behave in day to day life?
(5) SRILA PRABHUPADA SAYS:
“tasmat sarvesu kalesu
mam anusmara yudhya ca
mam evaisyasy asamsayah
“Therefore, Arjuna, you should always think of Me, and at the same time you should continue your prescribed duty and fight. With your mind and activities always fixed on Me and everything engaged in Me, you will attain to Me without any doubt.” (Bg. 8.7)”
He does not advise Arjuna to simply remember Him and give up his occupation. No, the Lord never suggests anything impractical. In this material world, in order to maintain the body one has to work.
Also read: Is showing anger on Krishna right?
So, from the above details, we can understand that we should develop a kind of relation with Lord and we must think of Lord in that relation and also continue to do all your day to day duties thinking Krishna within mind. If you do so, you will fulfill all the duties and you will also not forget the Lord. Thus, you can remember Him even while dying and hence go back to our original living place, ie, Goloka that is Krishna’s kingdom.
Don’t worry. Just perform all your duties keeping Krishna in mind and whenever possible and free, chant His Holy names. This will always keep you in the thoughts of Krishna.
Develop sincere love and attachment to Krishna that will make you detached from material affairs that were diverting you from Krishna so far. Therefore, you can remain in the thoughts of Krishna all the time.
No need for any artificial methods like sitting in a place and involve in dhyaan. It is not possible in this kaliyuga in which we have to work hard to live.
Hope you are clear.