Never Ignore Others

27th Jun 2020
Sudarshana devi dasi

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

When the doorkeepers of Vaikuntha, Jaya and Vijaya did not allow Sanat Kumaras to take darshan of the Lord and are therefore cursed by them, Lord rushes to the entrance to give His transcendental darshan and to take care of all His devotees - the Kumaras as well as Jaya and Vijaya.  In Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 3, Chapter 16, verse 2, Lord says 

śrī-bhagavān uvāca
etau tau pārṣadau mahyaṁ jayo vijaya eva ca
kadarthī-kṛtya māṁ yad vo bahv akrātām atikramam

The Personality of Godhead said: These attendants of Mine, Jaya and Vijaya by name, have committed a great offense against you because of ignoring Me.

In the above verse the words, 'kadarthī-kṛtya māṁ' means 'ignoring Me'. This is worth meditating. We may think the door-keepers actually offended Sanat Kumaras only. But offending devotee means, offending Supreme Lord. Srila Prabhupada mentions in the purport to the above verse, "The word atikramam used herein indicates that in offending a devotee one neglects the Supreme Lord Himself." In an earlier instance Jaya and Vijaya had not allowed Mother Lakshmi devi also into Vaikuntha when Lord was resting.  All such offences at the lotus feet of such exalted devotees, led to their fall down from the spiritual world to the material world. 

Neglecting or ignoring any living entity is wrong, what to speak of pure devotees who always carry Krishna in their hearts. So when we ignore, neglect or hurt someone it is equal to offending the Lord directly. As much as pure devotees like to take darshan of the Lord, the Lord is also very eager and pleased to see His devotees. So knowingly or unknowingly we should never cause any disturbance to Lord and His dear devotees. In Srimad Bhagavatam we see that both Lord Indra as well as Lord Brahma committed offence by troubling the Vrajavasis, in Govardhan lila and Brahmavimohana lila respectively. Acaryas say that in Govardhan lila, somehow or the other, inspite of the offence, Indra's act, enabled Lord and devotees to continuously associate with each other 24*7. But in case of Brahma-vimohana lila, the Lord and His devotees were separated for a whole year. Brahmaji considering the gravity of his offence repented a  lot and later appeared as Haridas Thakur by taking birth in Muslim family.

Inspite of all these offences, the all merciful Lord always showers His mercy upon us and persistently tries to take us back home, back to Godhead - just like how father takes every possible step to correct his errant child. Here also Krishna offers to protect both Kumaras and the doorkeepers as He considers both of them as His dear devotees. Srila Prabhupada very nicely writes, "The Lord is so merciful that even if there is some impediment for the devotee, He Himself manages matters in such a way that the devotee is not bereft of having audience at His lotus feet." His Divine Grace further goes on to give the example of how Mahaprabhu personally went to meet Haridas Thakura as the latter was not allowed entry into Sri Jagannath temple, as he was born in a Muslim family. 

So by serving devotees, Lord is pleased and when we end up offending devotees, Lord is displeased. May we always serve/help other living entiies in their attempts to go near Krishna.

Hare Krishna.
Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Sudarshana devi dasi.