Lessons from Bhishmadev - Part 19

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: Lord is so merciful that irrespective of how sinful one is, whether he is meat eater or not, Lord is giving every one same amount of air, water. So like that if we do pure devotional service, work hard like Srila Prabhupada, then to please His devotee, Lord liberates the whole generation.

Devotee 2: Please forgive me if I am wrong. In the Nectar of Devotion Srila Prabhupada says that there are three kinds of sins.

Maharaj: Yes. The sins are in seed form. Some are mature enough to yield us the reaction. Some of them are lying dormant. But you should understand that these sinful activities or sins has nothing to do with our devotional service. Devotional service, is completely purifying agent. Just once you chant Krishna's names and you clear all sins completely. So what to speak of people like us who are daily chanting His names? Our life is completely purified. Purification doesn't stop, or it is not limited to our own life. It is unlimited to our whole generations. Krishna beautifully says in Bhagavad Gita 9.22,

ananyāś cintayanto māṁ ye janāḥ paryupāsate
                                 teṣāṁ nityābhiyuktānāṁ yoga-kṣemaṁ vahāmy aham                                

But those who always worship Me with exclusive devotion, meditating on My transcendental form—to them I carry what they lack, and I preserve what they have.

He says, those who come to Me, I give them the yoga that  whatever they lack I give them and whatever they have I preserve them. That is His nature. We cannot ask Him, how He does it? He does it. How He does it, I even don't know. But He does it. And that's it.

Devotee: Maharaj, I am not questioning how the Lord does it. But just wanted to know that on one hand in Gita He says that He will protect those who do devotional service and on the other hand, the whole thing is turned topsy turvy (when we heard that we have to suffer for the sins and that our fate cannot be changed.)

MaharajThe difference is that those living entities who are not connected to devotee, they will have to suffer. But those who are connected to devotees, their position is completely changed. It is not a paradox and there is no contradiction here as you believe. There is no contradiction in spiritual world. Both of them are accommodated. Krishna came to this world and He helped His devotees and killed the demons. But at the same time, the demons were also liberated. Putana was given the post of mother in the spiritual world. Her intention was completely sinful. But even then she was given and not only that, regarding Putana, you should remember that in previous life she was Bali Maharaj's daughter, Ratnamala. She was in the yajñaśālā where Vamana dev came and she liked the dwarf incarnation child. She thought, "Oh, if I can have a son like this and could feed him?" And Lord knew her wish and she granted her wish. Then she was born as Putana demon and was given a chance to feed Krishna and by the touch of Krishna, she was immediately purifiedThese things are very intricacies and we even don't know many times. But some how or the other Lord does it. Otherwise who will give the motherly status to the woman who is ready to kill the child? In the material world, we will kill her. But in spiritual world, Lord does not kill her. He sees that, "Oh she has fed me, let her come to Goloka."

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.