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, "My Deeds, My Responsibility", wherein we were seeing that when we do not accept the fact that we are the cause for our suffering, then as conditioned living entities, we resort to any of the four below pathways
1. To think that life is just meant for pleasure
2. Retreating into childlike ignorance
3. To become very depressed on account of the sufferings and to conclude that life is meaningless
4. To become nihilistic, rejecting all religious and moral principles and to become revengeful.
In the previous offering we discussed the first two points. Now we shall see further.
3. To become very depressed on account of the sufferings and to conclude that life is meaningless.
In the Eleventh Canto of the Srimad-Bhagavatam, a saintly renounced monk shows how to extract spiritual lessons from all our encounters in the material world. He describes twenty-five "gurus" who have assisted him on his spiritual journey, including a pigeon. From the pigeon, the saintly person learned about the suffering of material attachment. He observed a male pigeon's interactions with his family members. When the pigeon’s offsprings were caught in a hunter's net,the lady pigeon who had always allowed herself to be bound by the ropes of intense material affection, was overwhelmed by anguish. Being in the grip of the illusory energy of the Lord, she completely forgot herself, and rushing forward to her helpless children, she was immediately bound in the hunter's net. Seeing that the mate and offspring were caught in a hunter's net, the male pigeon became so disconsolate and disoriented that he too fell into the net. We see the male pigeon lamenting piteously in SB 11.7.70
so 'haṁ śūnye gṛhe dīno mṛta-dāro mṛta-prajaḥ
jijīviṣe kim arthaṁ vā vidhuro duḥkha-jīvitaḥ
Now I am a wretched person living in an empty home. My wife is dead; my children are dead. Why should I possibly want to live? My heart is so pained by separation from my family that life itself has become simply suffering.
This way life seems completely meaningless as if that distress is the end of everything in life and we become completely disoriented. We drag along life till death comes with no interest or value. We are completely unsatisfied with whatever we did in life.
Our beloved spiritual master HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj always advises us that, nothing is end of life. No miserable situation is the end. So we should never become depressed when we suffer miseries in life. Maharaj says that by becoming depressed we add an additional problem in our plate. First problem is how to overcome depression and the second one is the existing problem. Maharaj says that existing problem would anyhow go away in the course of time. So why to become depressed? Maharaj wonderfully says that when body itself is not permanent, so how come bodily miseries be permanent? So we should never consider any situation as end of life. And it is a open secret that each and every one in this material have our own plate of problem.
2. To become nihilistic, rejecting all religious and moral principles and to become revengeful.
Many of the criminals and terrorists we can see are in a very revengeful mood. We see Aśvattāmā , the son of Drona, becoming very revengeful. He was born in the family of a Brahmana, but we see that he could never forgive. Aśvattāmā, the son of a brāhmaṇa, became degraded by accepting the occupation of a kṣatriya. Aśvattāmā decapitated the five sleeping sons of Draupadī and presented their heads to Duryodhana. Even Duryodhana, who lay dying, after having had his spine broken by Bhīma's club, was disgusted at this heinous act.
Krishna willing we shall see in our next offering, the four responsible responses to the distresses suffered by pure devotees from Srimad Bhagavatam just opposite to what we saw before, thus giving us an opportunity to learn and train ourselves.
Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev,
Vaijayantimala devi dasi
Moderator's Note: Today is the auspicious occasion of 11th Tirobhava (disappearance day) of our beloved spiritual master HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj. Our prayers to Maharaj on this auspicious day, to always guide each one of us in every walk of life.
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