Dhrta'rashtra' and Dhrta'Hari' - Part 8

Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev.

This is in continuation of the previous offering titled "Dhrta-rashtra and Dhrta-Hari" wherein we were meditating on verses first few verses in 1st chapter of Bhagavad-Gita. Now we shall see further.

In verse 1.10 of Gita Duryodhana says,

aparyāptaṁ tad asmākaṁ balaṁ bhīṣmābhirakṣitam
paryāptaṁ tv idam eteṣāṁ balaṁ bhīmābhirakṣitam

Our strength is immeasurable, and we are perfectly protected by Grandfather Bhishma, whereas the strength of the Pandavas, carefully protected by Bhīma, is limited.

Here we find Duryodhana comparing both the armies based on numbers and he concludes that his side is better equipped than the other side. He did not take into account that Krishna is present on the side of Panadavas. If we neglect Krishna or if we deny Krishna, we are bound to be doomed. Success does not depend on intelligence, power, wealth or any other material asset we possess. Unless Krishna sanctions, not a blade of grass can move and being on sinful side, one cannot even dream of victory. Having Narayana sena alone does not suffice. Pandavas had Krishna and Duryodhana wanted Narayana sena. In Bhagavad Gita verse 18.78, Sanjaya says nicely,

yatra yogeśvaraḥ kṛṣṇo yatra pārtho dhanur-dharaḥ
tatra śrīr vijayo bhūtir dhruvā nītir matir mama

Wherever there is Kṛṣṇa, the master of all mystics, and wherever there is Arjuna, the supreme archer, there will also certainly be opulence, victory, extraordinary power, and morality. That is my opinion.

Only those who are weak in mind, who are not self-satisfied, keep comparing their assets with others. Devotees know that all their assets or 'asat' are temporary and that they are just trustees of whatever they are blessed by the Lord. We have to be self-satisfied. Our beloved spiritual master HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj says, "Don't burn your hut by thinking about others' palaces. 5 Rs in your pocket is better than the 5000Rs in others' account." Krishna wanted to show to the world that even if there is a great warrior like Bhishma on the Kauravas side, victory is not possible if they are on the wrong side.

Krishna willing we shall try to meditate further on this topic in the subsequent offering.

Thank you very much
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva
Kalacakra Krsna das