Lessons from Bhishmadev - Part 18

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.

Devotee 1: Maharaj, Krishna says in Bhagavad Gita that those who worship the forefathers, they go to the planet of the forefathers. So when you say that previous generation is liberated, what will happen to those who are in the planet of forefathers.

Maharaj: Wherever they are, Krishna knows. Do you follow me? You don't know. I don't know. But Krishna knows where your forefathers are there. So when you do sincere devotional service, then He will pick them up from wherever they are and send them to Goloka Vrindavan. He will do it. Be sure about it. And this cannot be proved. This cannot be mentally adjusted. Because our mind is material. And so these things cannot be mentally adjusted. These things we have to just agree.

Devotee 1: Maharaj, relating to the same example wherein you said, when I go, my wife and everyone else can go. But say for example if my wife or son has done some crime and say if they are in prison, then as per what we discussed earlier, their fate cannot be changed. They have to suffer for their sins. How can they come to Vrindavan with me, without suffering for their punishment.

Maharaj: (speaking in a grave and firm voice) That you don't have to worry. If Krishna says, we have to agree. It is up to Krishna. It is up to Krishna as to how to nullify their sins and take them to Goloka Vrindavana. The rule is that we have to suffer for the sins we commit. But Krishna is the Supreme Father. He has no rules and He is completely independent.

Devotee 1: So Maharaj you mean to say that He can change the rules?

MaharajKrishna can do anything. Just like how in a prison, prison-officer can do anything, prisoner cannot do anything. That is the difference between prisoner and prison officer. Prison officer is authority to make changes here and there. But prisoner cannot demand the changes. This is the thing to be understood. These doubts are there, because we are doubting the capacity of the Lord. The root cause of misunderstandings and all these questions, lies in the faithlessness of the Lord.

Devotee 2: Maharaj can I share one more example related to what you said? In prison-house sometimes king passes by and if the king decides, he can release any prisoner.

Maharaj: Yes.

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

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