Lessons from the Twenty-four Gurus - Part 38

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

We have been meditating on the lessons from various gurus of the avadhuta brahmana in the offerings titled, "Lessons from the Twenty-four Gurus" and today we will continue to hear from the prostitute Pingala, one of the gurus from whom the avadhuta brahmana learnt the important lesson of detachment. 

In verse 11.8.36 Pingala says 

kiyat priyaṁ te vyabhajan kāmā ye kāma-dā narāḥ
ādy-antavanto bhāryāyā devā vā kāla-vidrutāḥ

Men provide sense gratification for women, but all these men, and even the demigods in heaven, have a beginning and an end. They are all temporary creations who will be dragged away by time. Therefore how much actual pleasure or happiness could any of them ever give to their wives?

In her profession as a prostitute, Pingala was dependent on the sense-gratification provided by the men in this world. But now she realised not just the men of this world, even the demigods are all temporary creations of the Lord. They are all limited by Supreme Lord in the form of Time and hence could not provide permanent shelter or satisfaction to the living entities. We are all anu and Supreme Lord is Vibhu who is eternal and can stay with all of us, all the time. Although our soul is eternal, we cannot stay with other living entities all the time and provide them shelter all the time. 

In one of the Bhagavatam classes, our beloved spiritual master HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj was revealing us the truth -"We are actually alone in this world. Although we may have a family, school or office each of us are enjoying/suffering our karmas all alone. When we are sick, we suffer the pain alone. Our near and dear ones might assist us. But they have no clue of the pain we are undergoing. When we are attending exams, or attending interviews etc, we are all alone. The only companion for us at all circumstances is the omnipresent Lord. Not realising this truth we keep running around false shelters and when that crumbles we are shattered. All these other shelters have a beginning and an end and are temporary. The Supreme Lord's shelter alone is permanent.

In this regard, we are reminded of a short story about a poor man who was approaching a king to find out some way to get rid of his poverty. As he was approaching the palace, the guards asked him to wait outside the king's room. The poor man was waiting for a while. But the king never turned up. So he just peeped into the room through the window and there he found the king kneeling before the Lord and sincerely praying to the Lord asking for help. After seeing this, the poor man decided to leave without meeting the king.  When the guards asked him the reason, he said he found that both the king and himself were on the same boat. Both of them are beggars and are in need of help. Since the king himself had taken shelter of Supreme Lord for help, he decided that it is also wise for him to beg from the Lord than to ask help from the king. 

The phrase kaala vidrutaah in the above verse is also worth meditating - "separated and thus disturbed by Time".  We are all under the control of Time. Time brings us together and separates us. In Srimad Bhagavatam, while consoling King Citraketu who was lamenting for the death of his son, Saints Narada Muni and Angira Muni say in verse 6.15.3 

yathā prayānti saṁyānti sroto-vegena bālukāḥ
saṁyujyante viyujyante tathā kālena dehinaḥ

 O King, as small particles of sand sometimes come together and are sometimes separated due to the force of the waves, the living entities who have accepted material bodies sometimes come together and are sometimes separated by the force of time.

So no matter how much ever we love someone, how much ever we are strong or rich, if Krishna in the form of Time, does not allow us we will not be able to help our near and dear ones or receive help from them. So whenever we are able to help others, we should remember that we are just instruments and that "Time" had brought us together. So we should never be puffed up that we are the doers. And whenever we are not able to help, we should remember again that Krishna in the form Time is in control of everything and so without becoming morose, we should pray/chant for the well-being of others. 

As Pingala mentions in this song, we are just temporary creations and are completely controlled by Time. So we have to take shelter of Supreme Lord Krishna at all times and never waste "Time". Since Time is Krishna, wasting time means we are neglecting Krishna. 

We pray at the lotus feet of Srila Gurudeva and Srila Prabhupada that we remember this lesson and always take shelter of the Supreme Lord without wasting time. 

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