Lessons from Bhishmadev - Part 15

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: How does Lord define death? Why do some people die early and some die late? How is it controlled? How does He decide who dies first?

Maharaj: It is a very fine system. More fine than your computer system. You might store so much data in your computers and link them. If you code the data retrieval in a particular format from one computer to another, then when you hit the keys, relevant data comes out. That way it is very fine tuned. Do you understand? And Krishna's transcendental computer is far far more fine than the computers in the material world. It does not even require any keys or buttons. His computers work without anything. We don't have any buttons in our head, even then we can speak Gujarati, English etc. We have got everything in our head, but we forget Krishna. All this is material. If our brain which is like a computer in the material world is so fine, then imagine how fine Krishna's transcendental computer is. It is mentioned in Svetasvatara Upanishad 6.8,

parāsya śaktir vividhaiva śrūyate svābhāvikī jñāna-bala-kriyā ca

The Supreme Lord has multi-potencies, which act so perfectly that all consciousness, strength and activity are being directed solely by His will.

para means Krishna and śakti means energies. vividhaiva means 'so many' or 'multifarious'. He has multifarious energies. svabhāviki - They work in a sequence. jñāna, bala kriyā ca - They supply all the information to the Lord. For example, night can send information. So night is His energy. If night sees this group has got together to remember the Lord then it will send that information to the Lord. This means that night also is His energy. The moon is also his energy, it would also send information to the Lord that this group is chanting His names, or this person is drinking or going to cinema. We think that no one is watching. This is svābhāvikī jñāna-bala-kriyā ca. For that reason God fearing persons wouldn't do anything wrong, as they know if they do anything wrong they could be caught. If one is not God fearing, they will keep on doing wrong. This is how bhagya is getting written.

Devotee 2: Is it like the example of two birds living in a tree, one bird is trying to enjoy and other bird is watching over it. The bird trying to enjoy is the soul, living entity and the other one who is witnessing it is the Super-soul.

Maharaj: Yes, you are right.

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.

Moderator's Note: We would like to thank our God-sister HG Apurvashakti Mataji for translating portions of the above conversation which are in Gujarati. HG Apurvashakti Mataji is wife of HG Amoghalila Prabhuji and they live with their children Krishna (12 yrs) and Tulsi (8 yrs) in London. Both Mataji and Prabhu have very nice service attitude and they do different kinds of services in the temples. They are bringing up their kids very nicely in a Krishna conscious environment.