Haribol !

No matter
how one
visualizes the spiritual master chain as
a money
making venture
meant to facilitate the survival of one
catholicon
for all
marginally devotional patients
suffering
from an unfortunate
bout
of
skin disease compounded with memory clogs

or

as a divine
societal craft in the field of bhakti-yoga meant to
facilitate
the congregation of
all
children
prabhus and matajis primed for
all
forms
of
dynamically effective sankirtan
including
occupational
devotional service

either
way yes no matter
how one
visualizes
the Godheadedness of spiritual masterdom
still there
either
way
still there
is
the old adage that applies
for
the successful
operation
of any livelihood
three
important aspects must be
taken into
consideration

yes

location location location
of
the heart

" Kṛṣṇa is situated in everyone's heart, and if one desires something, Kṛṣṇa fulfills
one's desire. If the living entity by chance or fortune comes in contact with the Kṛṣṇa
consciousness movement and wishes to associate with that movement, Kṛṣṇa, who is
situated in everyone's heart, gives him the chance to meet a bona fide
spiritual master. This is called guru-kṛṣṇa-prasāda. Kṛṣṇa is prepared to bestow His
mercy upon all living entities, and as soon as a living entity desires the Lord's mercy,
the Lord immediately gives him an opportunity to meet a bona fide spiritual master.
Such a fortunate person is fortified by both Kṛṣṇa and the spiritual master. He is
helped from within by Kṛṣṇa and from without by the spiritual master. Both are
prepared to help the sincere living being become free from material bondage. "


martyo mṛtyu-vyāla-bhītaḥ palāyan

lokān sarvān nirbhayaḿ nādhyagacchat

tvat pādābjaḿ prāpya yadṛcchayādya

susthaḥ śete mṛtyur asmād apaiti


No one in this material world has become free from the four principles birth, death, old
age and disease, even by fleeing to various planets. But now that You
have appeared, My Lord, death is fleeing in fear of You, and the living entities, having
obtained shelter at Your lotus feet by Your mercy, are sleeping in full mental peace.

PURPORT
There are different categories of living entities, but everyone is afraid of death. The
highest aim of the karmīs is to be promoted to the higher, heavenly planets, where the
duration of life is very long. As stated in Bhagavad-gītā (8.17), sahasra-yuga-
paryantam ahar yad brahmaṇo viduḥ: one day of Brahmā equals 1,000 yugas, and
each yuga consists of 4,300,000 years. Similarly, Brahmā has a night of 1,000 times
4,300,000 years. In this way, we may calculate Brahmā's month and year, but even
Brahmā, who lives for millions and millions of years (dvi-parārdha-kāla), also must die.
According to Vedic śāstra, the inhabitants of the higher planetary systems live for
10,000 years, and just as Brahmā's day is calculated to equal 4,300,000,000 of our
years, one day in the higher planetary systems equals six of our months. Karmīs,
therefore, try for promotion to the higher planetary systems, but this cannot free them
from death. In this material world, everyone from Brahmā to the insignificant ant must
die. Therefore this world is called martya-loka. As Kṛṣṇa says in Bhagavad-
gītā (8.16), ābrahma-bhuvanāl lokāḥ punar āvartino'rjuna: as long as one is within this
material world, either on Brahmaloka or on any other loka within this universe, one
must undergo the kāla-cakra of one life after another (bhūtvā bhūtvā pralīyate). But if
one returns to the Supreme Personality of Godhead (yad gatvā na nivartante [Bg.
15.6]), one need not reenter the limits of time. Therefore, devotees who have taken
shelter of the lotus feet of the Supreme Lord can sleep very peacefully with this
assurance from the Supreme Personality of Godhead. As confirmed in Bhagavad-gītā
(4.9), tyaktvā dehaḿ punar janma naiti: after giving up the present body, a devotee
who has understood Kṛṣṇa as He is need not return to this material world.
The constitutional position for the living entity is eternity (na hanyate hanyamāne
śarīre, nityaḥ śāśvato 'yam [Bg. 2.20]). Every living entity is eternal. But because of
having fallen into this material world, one wanders within the universe, continually
changing from one body to another. Caitanya Mahāprabhu says:
brahmāṇḍa bhramite kona bhāgyavān jīva

guru-kṛṣṇa-prasāde pāya bhakti-latā-bīja



brahmāṇḍa bhramite kona bhāgyavān jīva

guru-kṛṣṇa-prasāde pāya bhakti-latā-bīja


"According to their karma, all living entities are wandering throughout the entire
universe. Some of them are being elevated to the upper planetary systems, and some
are going down into the lower planetary systems. Out of many millions of wandering
living entities, one who is very fortunate gets an opportunity to associate with a bona
fide spiritual master by the grace of Kṛṣṇa. By the mercy of both Kṛṣṇa and the
spiritual master, such a person receives the seed of the creeper of devotional service.
"


PURPORT
When we speak of brahmāṇḍa, we refer to the whole universe, or to the cluster of
many millions of universes. In all the universes there are innumerable planets, and
there are innumerable living entities upon those planets — in the air, on land and in
the water. There are millions and trillions of living entities everywhere, and they are
engaged by māyā in suffering and enjoying the results of their fruitive activity, life after
life. This is the position of the materially conditioned living entities. Out of many of
these living entities, one who is actually fortunate (bhāgyavān) comes in contact
with a bona fide spiritual master by Kṛṣṇa's mercy.
Kṛṣṇa is situated in everyone's heart, and if one desires something, Kṛṣṇa fulfills one's
desire. If the living entity by chance or fortune comes in contact with the Kṛṣṇa
consciousness movement and wishes to associate with that movement, Kṛṣṇa, who is
situated in everyone's heart, gives him the chance to meet a bona fide
spiritual master. This is called guru-kṛṣṇa-prasāda. Kṛṣṇa is prepared to bestow His
mercy upon all living entities, and as soon as a living entity desires the Lord's mercy,
the Lord immediately gives him an opportunity to meet a bona fide spiritual master.
Such a fortunate person is fortified by both Kṛṣṇa and the spiritual master. He is
helped from within by Kṛṣṇa and from without by the spiritual master. Both are
prepared to help the sincere living being become free from material bondage.
How one can become this fortunate can be seen in the life of Śrīla Nārada Muni.
In his previous life he was born of a maidservant. Although he was not born into a
prestigious position, his mother was fortunately engaged in rendering service to some
Vaiṣṇavas. When these Vaiṣṇavas were resting during the Cāturmāsya period, the
boy Nārada took the opportunity to engage in their service. Taking compassion upon
the boy, the Vaiṣṇavas offered him the remnants of their food. By serving these
Vaiṣṇavas and obeying their orders, the boy became the object of their sympathy, and
by the Vaiṣṇavas' unknown mercy, he gradually became a pure devotee. In the next
life he was Nārada Muni, the most exalted of Vaiṣṇavas and the most important guru
and ācārya of Vaiṣṇavas.
Following in the footsteps of Nārada Muni, this Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement is
rendering service to humanity by giving everyone a chance to come in contact with
Kṛṣṇa. If one is fortunate, he becomes intimately related with this movement. Then, by
the grace of Kṛṣṇa, one's life becomes successful. Everyone has dormant
kṛṣṇa-bhakti — love for Kṛṣṇa — and in the association of good devotees, that love is
revealed. As stated in the Caitanya-caritāmṛta (Madhya 22.107):
nitya-siddha-kṛṣṇa-prema 'sādhya' kabhu naya

śravaṇādi-śuddha-citte karaye udaya


Dormant devotional service to Kṛṣṇa is within everyone. Simply by associating with
devotees, hearing their good instructions and chanting the Hare Kṛṣṇa mantra,
dormant love for Kṛṣṇa is awakened. In this way one acquires the seed of devotional
service. Guru-kṛṣṇa-prasāde pāya bhakti-latā-bīja.


Śrī Caitanya Caritāmṛta Madhya 22.107

nitya-siddha kṛṣṇa-prema 'sādhya' kabhu naya

śravaṇādi-śuddha-citte karaye udaya

SYNONYMS

nitya-siddha — eternally established; kṛṣṇa-prema — love of Kṛṣṇa; sādhya — to be
gained; kabhu — at any time; naya — not; śravaṇa-ādi — by hearing, etc.; śuddha —
purified; citte — in the heart; karaye udaya — awakens.

TRANSLATION
"Pure love for Kṛṣṇa is eternally established in the hearts of the living entities. It is not
something to be gained from another source. When the heart is purified by hearing
and chanting, this love naturally awakens.
Livelihood