Goptrtve varanam tatha

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The fourth division of Sharanagati is ‘goptrtve varanam tatha’, accepting the Lord as one’s guardian or master. When one takes complete shelter of the Lord and resolves to engage all of one’s time, energy and senses in the Lord’s service, the Lord very mercifully takes full charge of the devotee, providing for all the needs of that devotee. Even amongst the other living entities, it can be seen that mother nature provides for everyone’s needs. It is also said in the scriptures that the Lord is the one who facilitates the material enjoyment of the living entities. The jivas are entirely dependent upon the mercy of the Lord, even for performing fruitive activities. The analogy is given of two birds sitting in the same tree. The living entity is the bird that is eating the fruits of the tree and the Paramatma is the evidence. However, the living entity is only able to eat the fruits of his actions only by the Lord’s grace. The living entity, due to being a part and parcel of the Supreme Lord and having the same qualities as the Lord but in a minute quantity, has the power of willing, and therefore, being forgetful of his eternal position as the Lord’s eternal servant, desires to enjoy the material energy of the Lord. In order to facilitate the desires of the jivas, the material manifestation takes place and all the living entities are given an opportunity to experience the bliss and sorrows of this world. All of this is only possible with the mercy of the Lord. Upon deep refection, one can come to the conclusion that ultimately the Lord provides for everyone, even for the insignificant ant, then why would he not take full care of a jiva surrendering to his lotus feet. The Lord himself gives full assurance in the Bhagwat Gita,

ananyāś cintayanto māṁ
ye janāḥ paryupāsate
teṣāṁ nityābhiyuktānāṁ
yoga-kṣemaṁ vahāmy aham

But those who always worship Me with exclusive devotion, meditating on My transcendental form – to them I carry what they lack, and I preserve what they have.

When the Lord himself is ensuring that he shall carry what we lack and preserve what we have, we have no reason to worry about our maintenance, as it will be taken care of by the Lord. Srila Rupa goswami in his Upadeshamrita also says that over-endeavouring for materialistic ends is not at all conducive for bhakti. One must surely carry out their duty but there is no need to be overly worried about maintenance, for when we accept the Lord as our guardian or master, we have nothing to worry about, just like a servant and a son are not worried about their own maintenance for they are assured that their master or father shall take full responsibility of them. However, one must be very careful not to start thinking of the Lord as one’s order-supplier. We must be fully surrendered, using our body, mind and speech exclusively in the Lord’s service and not for our own sense gratification. When thus absorbed in the Lord’s service, we are sure to be always taken care of by the Lord. Therefore, whose who are serious about their spiritual progress should completely devotee all their thoughts to the remembrance of the Lord and not in the least be worried about themselves, having faith that the Lord will always take care of his devotees.