Lessons from Bhishmadev - 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 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  

1. Fate cannot be changed.
2. Use lone time in Krishna's service.

Maharaj said how fate continued to play in the life of Bhishmadev and Santanu. Now let us hear further.

3. Fate is inevitable: It is very difficult to control the fate. Fate is the force which cannot be controlled, which is already there and we have to suffer. That is all. Nothing else. Nothing else. Only thing we can do is to purify our activities and purify our existence. If you want to have good fate or if you want to be free from miserable conditions, then only good activities, very straight-forward activities will help us. Till we are alive, it will help us to have a healthy life and after death, definitely, we will not come back. That is the main thing. But somehow or other till then we have to suffer, because so much fate is waiting for us. So much bhāgya is waiting for us and because it is there, even now, if you have come to Krishna, those things could not be checked. They will come. But it is like that magicians in India who play with the snakes because the poison teeth is removed. Ours is also the same case. So we are chanting Krishna's names and because we are somehow or the other attracted to Srila Prabhupada's books and to the Lord, and that is why the poison teeth from our miseries is taken out. Otherwise it is horrible, it is horrible misery. 

(Referring to one of the devotee in the class Maharaj says) Take his example. His mother is not there. It is a miserable condition. Everything has to be managed. Without Lord's association, these children would have been completely mad because they don't know what is happening. Mother is not there to take care. The food is not there in the house. The house is not clean. The clothes are not washed, the pots are not washed. House is not swept. All these things look very small. But when the lady is in the house, she keeps the house very nice. Till the time we don't know that it is going on very nicely. But as soon as she is absent, then we see what she was doing. This is how fate plays very cruelly. And Krishna, with one stone He kills ten birds. By acting in one way, He punishes so many living entities. And we cannot blame Him. He is the cause, but we cannot blame Him. In the same way, this Devavrat was very happy. He was nice young man, very able man to be a king. But eventually the fate played with him and Santanu also.

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.