Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances! All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev!
On account of the bodily conception of life, it becomes very difficult to forgive those who do wrong to us in one way or the other. We see that there are so many instances of revenge taking in the pages of the scriptures, but ultimately it all proves to be a waste of time and energy, thus becoming a great impediment to our spiritual progress which is the main aim of life. The idea of taking revenge involves us in a lot of negativity and the first harm is to ourselves on account of this.
In the pages of Srimad Bhagavatam, we see that Janamejaya, the son of Parikshit, became very angry when he received news of his father's death, and he began a sacrificial performance for the purpose of destroying all the snakes. Even though Takshaka received protection from Indra, he nevertheless became attracted by the mantras and was about to fall into the fire. Seeing this, Brhaspati, the son of Angira rishi, came and advised Maharaja Janamejaya that Takshaka could not be killed because he had drunk the nectar of the demigods. Furthermore, Angira said that all living entities must enjoy the fruits of their past activities. Therefore the king should give up this sacrifice. Janamejaya was thus convinced by the words of Brhaspati and stopped his sacrifice.
In Mahabharata we see this in the relationship between Drona and Drupada which went on never ending. Again in the pages of Srimad Bhagavatam we see that Dhruva Maharaj who could see the Lord face to face in his very young age, himself was overcome by this mood of revenge, that when he came to know that a Yaksha is responsible for the death of his step brother Uttama, he started killing all the yakshas and later Svayambhuva Manu advises Dhruva in a very wonderful manner and asks Dhruva to stop being angry and turn the attention to the Supreme Lord which alone will destroy our illusory misunderstandings. Even in the very beginning when Dhruva was insulted by his step mother Suruci, his mother Suniti gives a very beautiful advice for us to always contemplate in Srimad Bhagavatam 4.8.17
maamangalam taata pareshu mamsthaa
bhunkte jano yat para-duhkhadas tat
"My dear son, don't wish for anything inauspicious for others. Anyone who inflicts pains upon others suffers himself from that pain."
There is another beautiful story of Dadhichi muni which makes us understand the value of this statement in Srimad Bhagavatam by Suniti mata. Krishna willing, we shall see in the ensuing offering.
Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev
Vaijayanti mala devi dasi
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