Always Remember Krishna - Part 15

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

This is in continuation of the previous offerings titled, "Always Remember Krishna" wherein we were meditating on Arjuna's experiences once Krishna returned to Goloka. In previous offerings we meditated on 13 blessings recollected by Arjuna. Now we shall continue to hear further.  

Arjuna after recollecting few of the wonderful moments spent with Lord Krishna then reveals to Yudhishtira Maharaj about the disappearance of the Yadu family. Yudhishtira Maharaj inquired about the well-being of Yadus in Dwaraka. Normally it is very painful to hear about the destruction of whole dynasty and that too it is very painful to hear that they fought among themselves and killed each other due to brahmana's curse. In Srimad Bhagavatam verse 1.15.24 Arjuna says,

prāyeṇaitad bhagavata īśvarasya viceṣṭitam
mitho nighnanti bhūtāni bhāvayanti ca yan mithaḥ

Factually this is all due to the supreme will of the Lord, the Personality of Godhead. Sometimes people kill one another, and at other times they protect one another.

The words īśvarasya viceṣṭitam means 'by the will of the Lord'. So Arjuna makes it very clear that although the destruction of the Yadu dynasty is very displeasing to hear, it has happened by the will of the Lord. We might wonder how can people in Krishna's family fight among each, that too, to the extent of killing each other. But the reality of the fact is that Krishna wanted it that way. As the last two lines of the verse confirm, whether anyone is protecting us or killing us, it is all as per how Krishna wants. The members of Yadu dynasty could not be touched by anyone else outside their family as they were all directly in association of the Lord. So once Lord decided to return back to His abode, he wanted all the Yadu family members (who were His eternal associates and demigods) to wind up their stay here and return back to His abode. That is why He arranged for an internal fight and took them back to Godhead.

Srila Prabhupada very nicely mentions in purport to Srimad Bhagavatam verse 11.1.24 that, "Ordinary persons may be surprised or bewildered that the Lord gladly sanctioned the cursing and destruction of His own dynasty. The word anvamodata used here indicates taking pleasure in something, or giving sanction or approval. It is also mentioned, kāla-rūpi: Krishna gladly gave His sanction to the brahmanas' curse in the form of time."  

So lesson for us is that whether people help us or harm us, it is all happening ultimately as per the sanction of the Lord. So in both the cases we should neither become elated or morose. Same person who is appreciating us now, might decry us at a later point of time. Our job is to see hand of Krishna in both the cases and just act as per Lord's pleasure. Whether our actions are pleasing to Lord or not only matters. We can see this very nicely in life of Yudhishtira Maharaja and Karna. Krishna wanted Yudhishtira Maharaj to tell a lie to Dronacharya in the battlefield of Kurukshetra. Since Yudhishtira Maharaj has never told a lie, he hesitated initially, but he later decided that it is more important to obey Krishna than to hold on to personal vows. Thus he was able to please Krishna. On the other hand Karna wanted to be loyal to Duryodhana and refused to obey Krishna when Lord gave him a chance to come back to Pandavas. And Krishna was not pleased with that action of Karna, because Karna did it out of his own personal whim.

His Divine Grace very nicely says, "An action is thus judged by the Lord's pleasure or displeasure. There is no room for personal whims; we must always be guided by the pleasure of the Lord. Such action is called yogaḥ  karmasu  kauśalam [Bg. 2.50], or actions performed which are linked with the Supreme Lord. That is the art of doing a thing perfectly."

Krishna willing let us continue to hear more from Arjuna in the subsequent offerings.

Hare Krishna.

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