Always Remember Krishna - Part 21

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 the previous offering we saw how by taking shelter of Krishna's instructions, Arjuna was able to overcome the material contamination in his heart. We saw that first material contamination is to think that Krishna is no longer present after His departure to Goloka. Lord is omnipresent and is non-different from His Names, instructions. In this offering we shall see further.

Seeing Krishna's hand in reverses: Lord Krishna Himself declares in Bhagavad Gita verse 7.7 that He is pauruṣaṁ nṛṣu - ability in man. Initially when we lack the ability to do some service, we approach the Lord with a prayerful mood. But as and when by Krishna's grace we become expert in doing that service, due to material contamination, we forget that it is only because of Krishna we are able to do that service. We start believing that we are the doers. This doer mentality remains in us either in a gross or at least in subtle manner until we are hit by some reverses. Also many a times we forget that if success is sanctioned by Krishna, then so are failures.

Arjuna is a pure devotee of the Lord and here in order to teach lessons for conditioned souls like us, he is playing this role. After Krishna left for Goloka, Arjuna in order to give protection to the wives of Krishna, was taking them to Hastinapur from Dwaraka. But on the way he was defeated by cow-herd men who simply broke his arrow like sticks. Throughout his life, Arjuna had always been victorious and in fact that is why one of his names is Vijaya. He had won over great powerful men and has even pleased Lord Shiva by his ability to fight. To be defeated by ordinary cow-herd boys was a great embarrassment for him. If he had been defeated by a very powerful person, it would not have bothered him to the level which it did when he was defeated by the infidel cow-herd boys. And this was a moment of great embarrassment for him.

In Srimad Bhagavatam verse 1.15.21 Arjuna says, "I have the very same Gandiva bow, the same arrows, the same chariot drawn by the same horses, and I use them as the same Arjuna to whom all the kings offered their due respects. But in the absence of Lord Krishna all of them, at a moment's notice, have become null and void. It is exactly like offering clarified butter on ashes, accumulating money with a magic wand or sowing seeds on barren land."

All these days, he had succeeded because of Krishna's will and now he was defeated and this was also Krishna's will. But it took a little time for Arjuna to understand that this defeat was also as per the plan of the Lord.

Krishna willing we shall continue to meditate more on this topic in the subsequent offering.

Hare Krishna.

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