Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva.
This is in continuation of the previous offering titled, "Devotion without Deviation" wherein we were discussing the life of Bharata Maharaja through the pages of Srimad Bhagavatam. In the previous offerings we were meditating on the conversation between King Rahugana and the great sage Jada Bharata. King Rahugana had asked the below four questions to him.
1) O spiritual master, what is the most secure shelter in this world?
2) How can I advance in spiritual life?
3) Although relationship between king and subjects, master and servant are not eternal, is it not duty of master/king to punish the subject/servant when they make mistake?
4) Although the soul is different from the body, does not soul suffer the pains and pleasures of the body?
Jada Bharata told the king that Krishna is the supreme shelter. Uncontrolled mind is the root cause of all troubles and controlling the mind by the weapon of service to Guru and Krishna is the way for spiritual progress. By hearing the sublime instructions from Jada Bharata about mind and soul King Rahugana could realise the transcendental position of Jada Bharata. But he was not still not clear about the third and fourth question. So he humbly requested Jada Bharata to explain him again on that subject matter.
King Rahugana, earlier, out of pride of had engaged the palanquin carriers to carry him in the palanquin. He did not even pay for them and on top of it, he chastised them when their were some jerks in the palanquin. He was thinking that as a king, he had the right to chastise the palanquin carriers when they did not discharge their duty correctly. Jada Bharata made it clear to him that the material body of the king inside the palanquin as well as palanquin carriers are simply transformation of earth. The living force in all the material bodies is Krishna. Only because of Lord's presence in the form of Super-soul, soul exists in our body and there is life. When Super-soul leaves, the soul also leaves the body and the material body again gets decomposed to dust. So it is foolish to be proud of one's material body and treat others badly. In Srimad Bhagavatam verse 5.12.8, Jada Bharata beautifully says,
yadaa kshitaav eva caraacarasya
vidaama nishthaam prabhavam ca nityam
tan naamato 'nyad vyavahaara-mulam
"All of us on the surface of the globe are living entities in different forms. Some of us are moving and some not moving. All of us come into existence, remain for some time and are annihilated when the body is again mingled with the earth. We are all simply different transformations of the earth. Different bodies and capacities are simply transformations of the earth that exist in name only, for everything grows out of the earth and when everything is annihilated it again mingles with the earth. In other words, we are but dust, and we shall but be dust. Everyone can consider this point."
When one of the devotees asked our beloved spiritual master H H Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj as to how we can give up pride, Maharaj answered in just three words. "Remember your ash." At the end of life, when we are burnt, irrespective of whatever we were when we were alive - all of us would be reduced just to handful of ashes. So there is no point in being proud of this perishable body and its related temporary designations. So we should genuinely respect everyone and not exploit them for our sense-gratification. As a responsible king, Rahugana instead of ill treating the subjects, if he had engaged them in serving the Supreme Lord, carrying the Lord in the palanquin, then everyone would have been pleased. On the contrary, since he was trying to misuse the subjects for his sense gratification, neither was he peaceful, nor were the palanquin carriers.
Krishna willing we shall continue hear further from Jada Bharata in the subsequent offering.
Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Sudarshana devi dasi.
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