Deliberation

Deliberation

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Sudarshana devi dasi

Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,

Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva.

When Jaya and Vijaya are cursed to be born in earth, and they enter the womb of Diti - there was a disturbing situation of darkness everywhere. Seeing this, the demigods approached Lord Brahma to understand the cause of this darkness. In third canto of Srimad Bhagavatam - 3.16.37, Lord Brahma beautifully answers the demigods as follows.

vishvasya yah sthiti-layodbhava-hetur aadyo
yogeshvarair api duratyaya-yogamaayah
kshemam vidhaasyati sa no bhagavaams tryadhishas
tatraasmadiya-vimrshena kiyaan ihaarthah

"My dear sons, the Lord is the controller of the three modes of nature and is responsible for the creation, preservation and dissolution of the universe. His wonderful creative power, yogamaya, cannot be easily understood even by the masters of yoga. That most ancient person, the Personality of Godhead, will alone come to our rescue. What purpose can we serve on His behalf by deliberating on the subject?"

In his wonderful purport to the above verse Srila Prabhupada says as to how, "When something is arranged by the Supreme Personality of Godhead, one should not be disturbed by it, even if it appears to be a reverse according to one's calculations." Quoting the examples of the troubles undergone by great mahatmas like Haridas Thakura, Jesus Christ, Nithyananda Prabhu, Pandavas Srila Prabhupada says, "Seeing all these reverses affect devotees, one should not be disturbed; one should simply understand that in these matters there must be some plan of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. The Bhagavatam's conclusion is that a devotee is never disturbed by such reverses. He accepts even reverse conditions as the grace of the Lord. One who continues to serve the Lord even in reverse conditions is assured that he will go back to Godhead, back to the Vaikuntha planets. Lord Brahma assured the demigods that there was no use in talking about how the disturbing situation of darkness was taking place, since the actual fact was that it was ordered by the Supreme Lord. Brahma knew this because he was a great devotee; it was possible for him to understand the plan of the Lord."

Srila Prabhupada has translated the word 'vimrshena' as deliberation. Our Godbrother HG Devakinandan Prabhuji said that our beloved spiritual master HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj liked this verse a lot and insisted that we study the last line of the translation by-heart and also practise it in our day to day lives. - "What purpose can we serve on His behalf by deliberating on the subject?" Sometimes we keep deliberating on some unfavourable incidents over and over again and waste lot of time and forget our sadhana and service. By sharing those incidents with others, we commit further sin of wasting others' time as well. Maharaj says, "If you want, you waste your time. But don't waste others' time.

In one of the correspondence to his disciples Srila Prabhupada says, "Your description of past incidents may be forgotten. We are not concerned with past misunderstandings; we are concerned only with progressive service to Krishna."  So in any communication we can have this nice check - "What purpose can we serve on His behalf by deliberating on the subject?"

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