Chanter Attracts the Supreme Enchanter - Part 4

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

This is in continuation of the previous offering titled, "Chanter Attracts the Supreme Enchanter." In the previous offering, we saw how Narada Muni cursed the son of Varuna, to become a hunter and how he planned to redeem him. We will meditate further on this subject.

Narada Muni went to Nagaloka and obtained the valuable nagaratna gem from them. He wore it in a necklace so that it is visible to everyone and accompanied by the great seven sages (Sapta rishis) he reached out to Ratnakar. The sages also had some jewels and costly dresses with them. At that time the hunter was shooting an arrow on a bird sitting on a tree. The bird flew away and hence the arrow hit the tree branch and fell back on him. The arrow pierced his shoulders and he was crying in pain. At that time Narada muni with the sages came near him and spoke as follows. (Skandha Upapurana)

yathā tvam kītyase muḍhaḥ
bāṇena anena vidyathā
tathā mṛgaḥ  vihangānām
vyathā  kim neti te matiḥ
sva māmsam para māmsena
yaḥ  puṣṇāti narādhamaḥ
ruravo bhakṣayiṣyanti
tasya māmsam yamālaye

O foolish hunter, Just like you are suffering by this arrow which fell on you, don’t you understand that the birds and animals which are hit and killed by your arrows which are sent with force, will also experience intense suffering? One who nourishes his body which is made of flesh by flesh of other creatures will suffer in abode of Yamaraj where ferocious dogs called Ruru will eat his flesh.

They also further said, “Just by the arrow that fell from the tree (with less force) you get so much pain. Imagine the pain suffered by your victims when you hit them with direct and powerful arrows which you release from your fully stretched bow. Why are you so cruel?" Instead of contemplating on their instruction, Ratnakar saw the necklace on Narada muni and the jewels of seven sages. His wife was asking for Nagaratna for a long time and hence he attacked them to rob the ratna and other jewels. They all voluntarily gave the valuables and instead of becoming angry, they became compassionate towards him and started talking to him to give their association. This incident reveals us of the greatness of saintly persons. They take all the trouble to deliver conditioned souls of ignorance. They even risk their lives for the same. Lord Shiva tells in the Srimad Bhagavatam 8.7.44

tapyante loka-tāpena
sādhavaḥ prāyaśo janāḥ

paramārādhanaṁ tad dhi
puruṣasyākhilātmanaḥ

It is said that great personalities almost always accept voluntary suffering because of the suffering of people in general. This is considered the highest method of worshiping the Supreme Personality of Godhead, who is present in everyone’s heart.

Srila Prabhupada mentions in the commentary of this verse “There are different kinds of welfare activities in this material world, but the supreme welfare activity is the spreading of Kṛṣṇa consciousness. Other welfare activities cannot be effective, for the laws of nature and the results of karma cannot be checked. It is by destiny, or the laws of karma, that one must suffer or enjoy. For instance, if one is given a court order, he must accept it, whether it brings suffering or profit. Similarly, everyone is under obligations to karma and it reactions. No one can change this… The best welfare activity is raising people to the platform of Kṛṣṇa consciousness, since the conditioned souls are suffering only for want of Kṛṣṇa consciousness. “

And Narada Muni along with sages wanted to enlighten Ratnakar on the inexorable laws of karma in their conversation and we will see them in the next offering Krishna willing. 

Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Narahari Krishna das
Chennai.