A Devotee Can Tolerate Anything

A Devotee Can Tolerate Anything

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Sudarshana devi dasi

Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Mathajis,

Please accept my humble pranams. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Gurudev.

In Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 10, Chapter 1, titled "The Advent of Lord Krishna", while explaining how Vasudev gave his first child to Kamsa, Sukadev Goswami tells Parikshit Maharaj in verse 10.1.58

kim duhsaham nu saadhunaam / vidushaam kim apekshitam
kim akaaryam kadaryaanaam / dustyajam kim dhrtaatmanaam

"What is painful for saintly persons who strictly adhere to the truth ? How could there not be independence for pure devotees who know the Supreme Lord as the substance ? What deeds are forbidden for persons of the lowest character ? And what cannot be given up for the sake of Lord Krishna by those who have fully surrendered at His Lotus feet ? "

The word "duhsaham" in the above verse means painful (which is intolerable). Pain could be physical or mental. But mental pain causes more agony than physical pain. One of the most painful moment for a parent would be to see their children die when they are still alive. In the above instance we find that demon Kamsa, by his cruel words and acts had given the most painful moment to Devaki and Vasudev. Even to imagine ourselves in that position is so intolerable for us. But here Sukadev Goswami explains through the questions in the above verse  how this was possible for Vasudev.

1) Vasudev was sincere devotee of Krishna and so all good qualities like truthfulness was fully manifested in him and so inorder to keep up his promise to Kamsa he carried the new born child to him.

2) In his second question in the above verse, Sukadev Goswami further clarifies that Vasudev was not dependent on Kamsa's mercy. He knew that Krishna alone is the Supreme controller and birth and death of any living entity will take place only at His sweet will and not others. Since he had no expectations from Kamsa.

3) In the last question to the above verse Sukadev Goswami wonderfully explains how those who are fully surrendered to Supreme Lord can give up anything for His sake. In the purport to above verse Srila Prabhupada very nicely says, "From another point of view, Vasudeva and Devaki were very pleased when they understood that the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Krishna, would come as their eighth son. Vasudeva, a pure devotee of the Lord, was eager to see Krishna appear as his child from the eighth pregnancy of Devaki. Therefore he wanted to deliver all the children quickly so that the eighth turn would come and Krishna would appear. He begot one child every year so that Krishna's turn to appear would come as soon as possible."

I am neither truthful in my vows of service nor am I surrendered to the Supreme Lord. Without placing my full faith on Lord, I place my expectations on others. As a result I waste my time brooding over painful moments even years after the occurence of that pain. I pray at the lotus feet of Gurudev and Krishna to help me to forsake this behaviour and help me in concentrating my mind, heart and soul in performing true devotional service.

Thankyou very much,
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Gurudev,
Sudarshana devi dasi.