“Since Krishna is the cause of all causes, He is worshiped by all kinds of sages and saints by observance of the regulative principles. When there is a necessity for meditation, great personalities meditate on the transcendental form of Krishna within the heart. In this way the minds of great personalities are always engaged in Krishna.” (Shrila Prabhupada, Krishna, The Supreme Personality of Godhead, Vol 2, Ch 32)
1. While in motion
This is explicit worship. Start by preparing the area. Purchase a bookcase, a shelf, a stand, or a table. Anything upon which items can be placed will suffice. Find a corner of a room. Make sure that it is a preferred spot, as you will be returning to it on a daily basis.
Though it is only a corner, it is to become the most important location in the place of residence. The next step is to find an object of worship. His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada uses the comparison to the mailbox.
If I want to write home to my parents, while I am away at summer camp, I must follow the proper protocols. After writing the message on a piece of paper, fold the paper and place it inside of an envelope. Make out the correct return and delivery addresses. Affix appropriate postage.
The letter must be dropped in an authorized place. Otherwise, there is no way for proper delivery. The deity is something like the mailbox. It is not God completely, but at the same time it is not different from Him. It is the authorized location for receiving prayers, glories, requests, and the like.
The deity can be something life-like in size or it can be a small painting. In a home, a statue can suffice, as well. After selecting the proper object of worship, place it on an elevated platform, located in the designated room.
As the location has been set, there are certain times conducive to worship. Morning and evening are the ideal intervals, the times of sandhya, for the working family man. Set aside some time and worship explicitly. Gather up paraphernalia and engage in a worship ceremony.
The ceremony can include reading, singing, and discussion. These are all active engagements. The body is moving. There is a before and an after. There is a perceivable timeline to the activity.
2. While at rest
An added benefit to the first process, worshiping while in motion, is that there is now something tangible for the mind to focus on when at rest. When there is a need for meditation, you can concentrate on the object of worship, the one with whom there is regular interaction.
These are the two ways that saints and sages worship the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Shri Krishna. One method is not superior to the other. In some cases, worship might be banned. The demoniac local government will make an excuse, using the pretense of a supposed health emergency. They will force everyone to stay home. They will make sure like-minded transcendentalists cannot meet together and advance along the path of purification of the consciousness.
In that case, meditation might be the only option. The deity worshiped while in motion does not have to be fixed to a certain image. The deity of Krishna as a child stealing butter is just as worshipable as Krishna standing next to Shrimati Radharani.
This means that not only can the deity be meditated upon, but the specific related pastime can play in the mind. A person can remember Krishna developing elaborate plots to break into the homes of the neighbors in Gokula, for instance.
Being children, Krishna and His friends are shorter in stature. They cannot reach the supply of butter on their own. They have to create makeshift ladders. They need a mechanism for reaching the supply located up high and then delivering it back down to ground-level.
A person can remember Krishna delivering Arjuna on the battlefield of Kurukshetra with the discourse known as Bhagavad-gita. The image itself is enough to liberate. Even if a person cannot bring to mind a single verse, they can meditate on the kindness of the Supreme Lord towards those devoted to Him.
Not abstract or void so,
With daily prayers to go.
That deity representing something real,
With interaction and reciprocation to feel.
When in motion applying routine steady,
But also for meditation ready.
Such that butter thief to recall,
Or as guru to Arjuna to call.
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