Fallible Sticks

18th Dec 2004
Svayam Sphuraty Krishna das

Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis, 
Please accept my humble obeisances, All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev.

The Puranas glorify the events that occurred during the Govardhan-lila pastime at the time of interrupting the Indra-yagna. When Krishna caused the sacrifice to Indra to be discontinued, He consequently held Giri-Govardhan on his left hand for an entire week. Seeing the huge mountain balanced upon Krishna's hand, the assembly of sakhas experienced such a mood that they felt no distress for themselves but became very unhappy at Krishna's (seeming) difficulty. 

One cowherd boy came before Krishna and spoke sweetly, "Listen, listen O Prana-Sakha! O Nand Nandan! You have been holding Giri Govardhan upon your hand for an entire week! This has caused great distress in the hearts of your dear cowherd boy friends". 

"What should I do? Should I keep it down on the earth?", Krishna asked. 

Second cowherd boy said, "No, No. please do not do it, otherwise we all would die".

"What do you mean then? There is no alternative", Krishna replied.

The third cowherd boy said, "Just transfer the mountain from your hand to Sridama's hand; doing this even for a moment will relieve your fatigue."

"No, No, Sridama cannot bear the weight of this mountain", Krishna replied.

The fourth cowherd boy said, "If You won't give it to him, then at least take it with your right hand so that we can give your left hand massage. We cannot estimate how much your hand must hurt". 

In the meanwhile the fifth cowherd boy spoke, "Do not think that this mountain is balanced by only Krishna's right hand.Don't you see that there are number of our sticks (wooden bars used to herd the cows) that are also sharing the weight of the mountain".

"So, you think that your sticks are also supporting the weight of the mountain?", Krishna challenged. Another cowherd said,"Yes". And then, Krishna started loosening the touch of his finger. As a result, mountain got imbalanced and the cowherd boys and girls again started begging Krishna for life.

This was the time when the cowherd boys realized that it was Krishna's touch that was holding the mountain in reality and their sticks were not strong enough to bear the weight of the mountain.

The burden of each one's life is like the weight of a big mountain. We always believe that we have got so many sticks in the form of huge bank balance, huge property, higher education etc to support our lives. The point we miss here is that all these sticks are fallible if they are not supported by infallible Krishna. We may invent millions and trillions of sticks to be happy or to counteract the miseries of our lives, but unless these sticks are sanctioned and supported by Krishna, they will never make us happy. Those who try to be happy without taking shelter of Krishna are mudhas - Na māṁ prapadyante mūḍhāḥ duṣkṛtino narādhamāḥ.

As stated by Srila Prabhupada in a lecture on 7.9.19 where Prahalada Maharaja prays to Lord Nrsimha, "My dear Lord, it is not that the parents can give all protection to the children. Neither the physician and the medicine can give protection to a patient. Neither a nice ship or boat can give protection to the drowning man. There are many devices for giving protection to different kinds of dangerous position. But they will be useless if, my dear Lord, You neglect them - tvad-upekṣitānām."

Thank you very much.
Your servants,
Svayam Sphuraty Krishna das & Radha Charan devi dasi

Moderator's Note: HG Svayam Prabhuji and Radha Charan mathaji are the pioneers of the Abu Dhabi congregation. They began the congregation taking every effort to talk to and invite the residents of the Abu Dhabi city to the programs and cultivate them in Krishna Consciousness. For the last several years they manage and run the congregation so nicely. Today the congregation has grown big enough to be split into 3-4 groups of 50 members each and it is still growing. Prabhuji and Mathaji are so very dedicated to organize the group, inviting and hosting sannyasis, arranging programs etc and are extremely service-minded. They do it inspite of their hectic work and family life, taking care of their three growing children who are also being nicely trained in Krishna consciousness.