The Secret of Success

23rd May 2018
Sudarshana devi dasi

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

While explaining the glories of Maharaj Yudhistira to the sages of Naimisaranya, Suta Goswami says in Srimad Bhagavatam 1.10.5,

nadyaḥ samudrā girayaḥ savanaspati-vīrudhaḥ
phalanty oṣadhayaḥ sarvāḥ kāmam anvṛtu tasya vai

The rivers, oceans, hills, mountains, forests, creepers and active drugs, in every season, paid their tax quota to the King in profusion.

In Kunti's prayers also, Kunti Maharani very nicely prays in verse 1.8.40, "All these cities and villages are flourishing in all respects because the herbs and grains are in abundance, the trees are full of fruits, the rivers are flowing, the hills are full of minerals and the oceans full of wealth. And this is all due to Your glancing over them." Mother Kunti was never proud of her children's valour and strength. Being a pure devotee, she could very well understand that all their success was due to Krishna's mercy. In the purport to verse 1.8.40, Srila Prabhupada very nicely says, "All these natural gifts are dependent on the mercy of the Lord. What we need, therefore, is to be obedient to the laws of the Lord and achieve the perfection of human life by devotional service."

Mother Nature was pleased with good qualities of Maharaj Yudhishtir and so ensured that all the natural resources - be it water bodies, or land or trees - everything flourished and bloomed in his kingdom. Srila Prabhupada explains in purport to verse 1.10.5 that the secret of Yudhishtir Maharaj's success. Yudhishtir Maharaj ruled the kingdom according to the instructions received from Bhishmadev and the infallible Lord. Since he was obedient to Lord as well as His pure devotee Bhishmadev, all his attempts were successful. "The secret to success is to take refuge under the protection of the Supreme Lord. Without His sanction, nothing can be possible. To make economic development by our own endeavors on the strength of tools and machinery is not all. The sanction of the Supreme Lord must be there, otherwise despite all instrumental arrangements everything will be unsuccessful. The ultimate cause of success is the daiva, the Supreme. Kings like Maharaja Yudhishthira knew perfectly well that the king is the agent of the Supreme Lord to look after the welfare of the mass of people. Actually the state belongs to the Supreme Lord."

A good king protects the citizens both materially and spiritually.  And by his own personal example, Yudhishtir Maharaj taught the citizens about the codes of religion. Considering himself as an agent/trustee of the Lord, he ruled the kingdom without any sense of proprietorship. When he heard about the departure of Krishna to Goloka, he immediately handed over the kingdom to Parikshit and left for the forest. Neither he nor his brothers think that they could continue ruling for few more years. He was never inimical to others and so he was glorified as "Ajātaśatru". Although Kauravas, Dhrtarashtra etc. considered the Pandavas as their deadly enemy, Maharaj Yudhishitir was also respectful and loving in his dealings with them. In fact even when Duryodhana was in danger, Yudhishtir Maharaj never hesitated to help him. In the concluding lines of the purport to verse 1.10.6, Srila Prabhupada says, "There is full cooperation between man and God and man and nature, and this conscious cooperation between man and God and man and nature, as exemplified by King Yudhishthira, can bring about happiness, peace and prosperity in the world. The attitude of exploiting one another, the custom of the day, will only bring misery."

The above statements are very much true and practical even now. Rajkot had water scarcity problem 15 years ago. But ever since it experienced  the divine touch of our beloved spiritual master HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj, Krishna ensured regular rains in Shree Shree Radha Neelmadhav dham, Rajkot.  So when we live in harmony with other living entities and surrender to Krishna, everything else falls in place.

Hare Krishna.

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