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 offering transcribing the class delivered by HG Devakinandan Prabhuji in Sydney in April 2013 on Srimad Bhagavatam verse 4.19.34 spoken by Lord Brahma to Prthu Maharaj.
7. We must be very careful about our association: In Srimad Bhagavatam 4.19.33 Brahma says, "Let there be good fortune to both of you, for you and King Indra are both part and parcel of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Therefore you should not be angry with King Indra, who is non-different from you." Bhagavatam says Indra might have committed many wrongs but Brahmaji never put him down. This we forget. Another Vaishnava may be causing us trouble for some reason, but we should not forget that he is also part and parcel of Krishna. Even if he causes us trouble, why should we become anxious and agitated? Then we lose the way. Then we also get caught up in his game. Then there is no difference.
Once Krishna was having prasadam and Rukmini Mata was serving Him. One devotee of Krishna was walking in the forest. Suddenly a wild dog came and started attacking the devotee. At that point,Krishna in Dwaraka immediately got up and He was ready to leave to help that devotee. Then suddenly He sat down again and started calmly taking the prasadam. So Rukmini mata was confused and asked the reason for this behaviour. Krishna explained the whole thing about the devotee being attacked by the dog and Rukmini Mata said why He did not go to protect him? Krishna explained that He was ready to protect the devotee but the devotee instead of having faith in the Lord, he immediately picked up a big stone to throw at the dog. So Krishna said that He could not tell the difference between the devotee and the dog. They were the same.
We become agitated and angry when we do not surrender and have faith that whatever has happened is Krishna's will. If we accept it, we do not become agitated, anxious and angry. When you are anxious and agitated, you become angry. When you are angry, your symptoms will be anxiety and agitation and all the three 'A's are on the foundation of one 'E' and that is envy. Envy is coming from pride. Pride is followed by envy and it is manifested full blown in anger. Prthu Maharaj was a great personality, but a little bit of Indra's presence in his life changed the course of his life. So I asked Guru Maharaj how did such a great personality become angry, agitated and anxious? Maharaj gave a nice point in reply. This is because Prthu Maharaj took the association of Indra. Asat-sanga. How did he take the association? He was not holding hands with Indra but he was meditating on Indra. When Indra kept on doing this, Prthu Maharaj's mind kept on thinking of Indra and the more you remember that which causes you agitation and anxiety, unknown to you, like poison, that anxiety, that envy, also gets transferred to us. Maharaj said that just as devotional service is gambhir, subtle, asat sanga is also subtle. We must be very careful about our association. Prthu Maharaj hardly touched Indra, but he already absorbed the qualities of Indra. How much careful we should be in our daily lives? That is why when we are clear about why we are here in this material world, then our sadhu sanga begins. Be with Bhagavad Gita, Bhagavatam, spiritual master and Srila Prabhupada.
Prabhuji went on to explain the way out of anger, anxiety and agitation and the same shall be transcribed and offered in the next mail, Krishna willing.
Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev,
Vaijayantimala devi dasi
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