Lessons from Bhishmadev - Part 12

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 offerings we had heard about how fate played in the life of Bhishmadev and some of the lessons we need to learn from the same. Now we shall continue to hear the conversation between Maharaj and the devotees on this topic.

Devotee 1: Maharaj, you said that we cannot change our fate even after coming to Krishna consciousness. So first question is we have heard that when we come to devotional service, Krishna takes away our sins. So what does it mean? And secondly even if we are chanting Hare Krishna, aren't we not eradicating our sins? We might have done some crimes in our pasts like go-hatya etc. But now we have taken to chanting and devotional service. So do we still need to go to patala-loka for the sins committed in the past? Essence of question is do we still need to suffer, even though we have taken to the path of Krishna consciousness? Can't we change the fate?

Maharaj: You know for Pandavas, Lord was with them. Even then they had to suffer. It is not the question of remembering. Lord was right in front of them. They were always seeing Him day and night. But even then, their fate was not changed. Do you follow this point? So they did not worry about the difficulties. They knew that Lord was with them. So they were somehow or the other saved in the laksha-graha, house of lac. Their house was burnt. How can they be saved? Somehow or the other, they were saved. This is how difficulties are bound to come. The fate is going to work. That flow cannot be changed. It will come. But if you are with Krishna, then that sting will go away. The sting of miseries will go away

Devotee: Why does not Krishna take away the whole misery instead of only the sting?

Maharaj: He doesn't do it. Take Dasarath for example. Lord could have increased the lease of life for His father. He did not do even for His father. Then who are we? So fate is going to come. Fate or bhagya is our creation. We have created the fate. In English it is very nicely said, 'Man is the architect of his own future." So we are the architect of our own future. We have committed some sins and they are bound to take a toll of our life. That is bound to come. But only thing is if you are protected by the Lord, you will not feel it. If you are travelling with your parents in a car, and something goes wrong with the car, then parents worry about the car. And you play on the road. Your car is also broken and you are also not going ahead. But you don't worry there. Parents are there to worry. If you are not protected by the parents and if something goes wrong on the way in the car, then you have to find out the solution. You have to spend money. But because you are protected by the parents, they are doing everything and you are playing. They are suffering and you are playing. This is how Krishna is our protector and if you take help of the protector, then you will be free in the miseries also. Your fate cannot be changed. Car broken is car broken. That's all. You cannot tell that, "I am protected by my parents and so I can travel." No. You cannot go. You are also in the broken car. But even while not going ahead, you are quite protected there. This is how we are protected by the Lord and if we are protected by the Lord, we don't feel it. No doubt, fate is working on us. But we don't feel it

Krishna willing we shall continue to hear more nectar on fate in the subsequent offering.

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