The Mystery of Morality - Part 4

The Mystery of Morality - Part 4

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Vaijayanti mala devi dasi

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

This is in conclusion of the previous offering titled, "The Mystery of Morality". In the last offering we saw Lord Krishna narrating the stories of Valaka and Kausika to Arjuna. Let us see further. 

Lord Krishna concluded by saying that, "Dharma protects and preserves the people. So it is the conclusion of the pandits that what maintains is Dharma. O Partha, I have narrated to you the signs and indications of Dharma. Hearing this, you decide whether Yudhishthira is to be slaughtered by you or not."

 When Arjuna was still looking bewildered, Krishna tells Arjuna that the only way one can kill an elder is by insulting them. So, instead of killing Yudhisthira by his sword, Arjuna killed him by insulting Yudhisthira in order to keep his vow intact. However after a while, Arjuna felt bad that he insulted his brother. He then quickly took the sword out once again, this time only to behead his own head. Krishna stopped him from committing suicide and came up with another solution. As per dharma, self praising and boasting in public is a sin which is also equivalent to one's own death. So, Lord Krishna instructs Arjuna to boast about himself in public which would not just fulfill his desire to commit suicide, but also keep his vow intact.

We find from the above that human life is too complex to put in the strait jacket compartment of black and white. There are many grey areas which are difficult to comprehend and explain. As human life is complicated, so are the values that are supposed to guide our behaviour with the sense of right and wrong. Therefore Srila Prabhupada states that only expert religionists know perfectly well how to adjust religious principles in terms of time and place. All the great acharyas or religious preachers or reformers of the world executed their mission by adjustment of religious principles in terms of time and place. (desha kaala vibhaaga vit).

Ultimately, we have to be clear that it is not just law that wins. It is the law with love that wins. It is not justice that wins. It is justice with mercy that wins. It is not truth that wins. It is truth with compassion that wins and the Lord has shown us this through all of His pastimes. Hence our only duty lies in taking shelter of this Supreme personification of eternal dharma. In his wonderful purport to Srimad Bhagavatam verse 4.24.42, Srila Prabhupada quotes the below verse from Mahabharat which tells us about what is our dharma.

ye ca veda-vido vipraa / ye caadhyaatma-vido janaah
te vadanti mahaatmaaanam / krishnam dharmam sanaatanam

"The purport is that one who has studied the Vedas perfectly, who is a perfect vipra, or knower of the Vedas, who knows what spiritual life actually is, speaks about Krishna, the Supreme Person, as one's sanaatana-dharma."

Our beloved Gurudev H H Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj always says that by taking shelter of Lord Shri Krishna, by engaging in His loving devotional service, the Lord will give us the intelligence to act properly in all circumstances, even though material life is full of complexities.

Thank you very much,
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev,
Vaijayanti mala devi dasi,
Abu dhabi.