Lessons from Bhishmadev - Part 2

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

This is in continuation of the transcription of the nectarean and inspiring class given by our beloved spiritual master HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj in London on Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 1, Chapter 9. In previous offering we heard from Maharaj about the birth of Bhishmadev and how by influence of fate his father King Santanu had to be separated from his wife Ganga. Now let us hear further.

1. Fate cannot be changed: Fate is one of the instruments of Krishna and it is very forceful. The fate of Dasaratha was to die without his son. That was his fate because he had killed Shravan. These stories are very true. They are facts. Dasarath was king. Not only king, but father of the Lord. And Lord can do anything if He wants. He could have increased his lease that till He came back from the forest he remain alive and then in front of Lord Ram he could have died. But no. Fate was that it he has to die in the absence of his son as he had killed Shravan. He was cursed by the parents of Shravan that, "As we are dying without our son, you will also die without your son." So you can change anything and everything. But the fate cannot be changed. This is very correct. 

And this is how Santanu also lost Ganga. Just because he uttered one sentence and the condition was broken. And as soon as the condition was broken, she said that, "This son belongs to you. But because he is young, I will take the son with me. I will educate him to become a very nice king and continue your dynasty. And as soon as he becomes 16 years old, by that time, he will complete all his education which is required for the king and then I will hand over the son to you." This is how she promised and she vanished. And the king was all alone in the forest. He had to come back alone. He was very morose. He could not do anything. And in this condition he passed 16 years. 

2. Use Lone time in Krishna's service: It is terrible time to pass like this because earlier he was very happy with his wife Ganges. He had to pass 16 years all alone. And lone time if it is not utilized in understanding Krishna, then we become mad, mental. And that is why we find more mad people in these countries. In our country, even now, whatever be the condition, we do arrange for the children to get married so that they are not alone. Either they have parents or they have their own wife or husband, they have their own family, so that loneliness is not there. In these countries, parents don't take care. So children are left on their own and when they are left on their own, they don't know really. Somebody is in mode of goodness. Some in mode of passion or ignorance. And the children cannot manage to get married themselves. If they get married, the wife may not be up to the standard and again there is a difficulty regarding divorce and everything. This case was completely absent, even recent times. And even now the parents are very careful to get their children married. So this is how the loneliness could be avoided in our country. But if you are alone, and if you don't have any other useful engagement, then you are completely lost.

Krishna willing we shall continue to hear more about Bhishmadev from Maharaj in the subsequent offering.

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