Sudarshana devi dasi

Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Mathajis,

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

In Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 8, Chapter 19 when Lord Vamanadev begs Charity from Bali Maharaj, Bali Maharaj not knowing the real potency of Lord Vamanadev calls Him as less intelligent as He had asked for only 3 paces of land. In response to that Lord Vamandev replies in 8.19.26 as follows

yadrcchaa-laabha-tushtasya / tejo viprasya vardhate
tat prashaamyaty asantoshaad / ambhasevaashushuksanaihi

"A brahmana who is satisfied with whatever is providentially obtained is increasingly enlightened with spiritual power, but the spiritual potency of a dissatisfied brahmana decreases, as fire diminishes in potency when water is sprinkled upon it."
Once there were 4 brahmin boys who went upto the Himalayas looking for wealth. They met a old sage and requested him to direct them to a place where they could find a treasure. The sage gave each one of them a cotton wick and told them to climb up the Himalayas holding the wick in their hands. The sage added that wherever the wick drops, each one would find their quota of treasure in that place. He said that they can find treasure upto the value of gold. So when the first boy's wick fell, he found copper. The boy was happy with it and he took the copper and left the place. Similarly,the second boy got silver and the third boy got gold. The thrid brahmana advised the fourth brahmana to share the gold treasure. But the fourth brahmana was more greedy. With hope to get something more valuable, he continued to climb ub. When he reached the peak he could see a man standing at the summit. A wheel was rotating on the man's head. He went near that man and inquired whether he could tell him the place where he could find the treasure. As soon as he inquired, the wick dropped down and the wheel which had all along been rotating on the man's head fell on the boy and he was stuck at that place. The man then replied that millions of years back, he had come up the Himalayas with a similar greedy motive. The spot where they were standing was the place where the treasurer of demigods had buried all his wealth and this wheel, which was weapon used by Kuvera to safeguard the wealth. The man thanked the boy for relieving him from the punishment and left. This brahmin broke the law and took more than his quota, so therefore he got into trouble.

The quality of satisfaction is not just limited to the brahamanas alone. It holds good for all of us. We should be satisfied with whatever is blessed by the Lord. When I was at school, one of my teachers used to advise us, "Whenever you find yourselves in low spirits - just sit down and count your blessings". I had practically followed it in so many instances in my life. Honestly speaking, when doing that I have realised that the list of blessings is endless and that I was not even worth for such blessings. By remembering His merciful blessings, we would be able to go more close to Him and there will be no place for dis-satisfaction.  As Lord Vamanadev has explained very nicely in this verse satisfaction increases our spiritual potency whereas dis-satisfaction diminishes it.

May we remember the lesson taught by Lord Vamandev and be satisfied with whatever quota is blessed by the Lord and perform devotional service with a thankful heart.

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