“In Goloka Vrindavana, the living entities are serving Krishna as friends, cowherd boys, gopis, lovers, fathers, mothers and so on. Even the trees, water, flowers, land, calves and cows serve Krishna in Goloka Vrindavana. This is also our business, but somehow or other we do not like to serve Krishna; therefore we have been put into the service of maya, in the three modes of material nature.” (Shrila Prabhupada, Teachings of Lord Kapila, Ch 12)
“I had this realization today, and I thought I would share it with you. Something about having an expiration date, it bothers me. We place so much importance on what is happening at the present moment. It is all we know. It is understandable because everyone else does the same.
“In truth, everything that we do will be washed away by time. Think about it. Take someone living two hundred years ago. At this very time of year, they were hard at work. They were worried about the future. They lamented over the past. They changed gears, made adjustments, and contemplated efficiency and better living.
“What was it all for? No one remembers who they are. The people they tried to impress are no longer around. The entire society is finished. Without doubt, they made an impact. We are the product of the past. The people who came before us paved the way for the traditions we currently hold on to. This was a factor in Arjuna’s hesitation at the beginning of Bhagavad-gita.
नरके नियतं वासो
narake niyataṁ vāso
“O Krishna, maintainer of the people, I have heard by disciplic succession that those who destroy family traditions dwell always in hell.” (Arjuna, Bhagavad-gita, 1.43)
“The realization I had is that we are almost stuck in a certain room. We have to stay there for a certain amount of time. If there were only a few coins on a single table, that might be the way we pass the time. We create games and events out of the tossing of the coins. We keep a record book. We crown an annual champion.
“We do all sorts of things, but the entire purpose is to forget that we are locked in a room. It is pretty morbid and sad, if you ask me. There has to be more to life.”
His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada explains that the constitutional position of the living being is to serve Krishna. This is more than just a theoretical exercise. There is a vivid image to give substance, to provide a backing to the theory.
We have the spiritual realm known as Goloka Vrindavana. There are living entities in that place, and they are united in a singular goal of serving Shri Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead. There is variety, in that each person serves in a manner preferred.
There are parents, friends, and lovers. There are daily interactions, which are blissful throughout. There is no exhaustion or diminution through the passage of time. The same concept of time exists, but it lacks a negative influence. In the material world, time is the great destroying agent.
प्रह्लादश् चास्मि दैत्यानां
कालः कलयताम् अहम्
मृगाणां च मृगेन्द्रो ऽहं
वैनतेयश् च पक्षिणाम्
prahlādaś cāsmi daityānāṁ
kālaḥ kalayatām aham
mṛgāṇāṁ ca mṛgendro ‘haṁ
vainateyaś ca pakṣiṇām
“Among the Daitya demons I am the devoted Prahlada; among subduers I am time; among the beasts I am the lion, and among birds I am Garuda, the feathered carrier of Vishnu.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-gita, 10.30)
The service extends beyond the human species. The parrots, the trees, the cows, the calves, the flowers, and even the water serve Krishna in Goloka Vrindavana. The living entities, in whichever body type they appear, follow the eternal occupation.
The Vaishnava laments that in the material world man forgets this most blissful service and instead succumbs to illusion. Man makes plans for establishing conditions that will vanish in the blink of an eye. They seek out fame, prestige, and honor from a population that changes its sentiments on a whim, in the manner of a pendulum that swings between bhoga and tyaga, enjoyment and renunciation.
The acharya arrives from the spiritual world to reawaken our dormant love for God, to point us in the proper direction. We can work for a permanent achievement, to be unified in the close association of the all-attractive one, who never maintains a quota on the number of associates.
We can create the Goloka atmosphere within our immediate vicinity, through dedicated devotional practices such as worshiping the deity, hearing Krishna-lila, passing on the instruction of Bhagavad-gita to others, and always chanting the holy names: Hare Krishna Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare, Hare Rama Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare.
In service of maya lost,
That interest coming with cost.
That eventually to go,
Not permanent so.
Forgotten the occupation real,
Acharya making this appeal.
That better with the Goloka way,
Where steady with Krishna to stay.