Brahmanas' Wrath - Part 2

Brahmanas' Wrath - Part 2

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Manohar Suvarna

Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis, 

Please accept my humble obeisances! All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev! 

This is in conclusion of the offering titled 'Brahmanas' Wrath'. In the previous offering, we have learnt from the deliverance of King Nrga that how unknowingly committed sin against brahmana has a serious effect. Today, we will see, what Lord Krishna has to say to all his followers and devotees regarding Brahmanas property.

 2. Worship brahmanas: King Nrga left to kingdom of demigods after obtaining permission from Lord Krishna. Here, we need to remember that King Nrga is most fortunate that he got to see the Lord face to face, because of the sin he unknowingly committed. Bhagavatam says that he only wished for Lord's audience. Krishna arranged for his wish to be fulfilled in very strange way. Further, another reason for Krishna darshan is that Krishna is very much inclined to brahmanas, and as such Lord was pleased with king's generosity to brahmanas. In this context it is worth remembering Narada Muni's instruction to Maharaj Yudhishtir about brahmanas in Srimad Bhagavatam verse 7.14.42

nanv asya braahmanaa raajan / krsnasya jagad aatmanah
punantah paada rajasaa / tri lokim daivatam mahat

"My dear King Yudhisthira, the brahmanas, especially those engaged in preaching the glories of the Lord throughout the entire world, are recognized and worshiped by the Supreme Personality of Godhead, who is the heart and soul of all creation. The brāhmanas, by their preaching, sanctify the three worlds with the dust of their lotus feet, and thus they are worshipable even for Krishna."

Now, after King Nrga left, Lord Krishna gave most touching advice to His followers and devotees about brahmanas' property in Srimad Bhagavatam 10.64.32 to 10.64.44.

Lord says, "How indigestible is the property of a brahmana, even when enjoyed just slightly and by one more potent than fire! What then to speak of Kings who try to enjoy it, presuming themselves lords. I do not consider haalahaala to be real poison, because it has an antidote. But a brahmana's property, when stolen, can truly be called poison, for it has no antidote in this world. Poison kills only the person who ingests it, and an ordinary fire may be extinguished with water. But the fire generated from the kindling wood of a brahmana's property burns the thief's entire family down to the root. If a person enjoys a brahmana's property without receiving due permission, that property destroys three generations of his family. But if he takes it by force or gets the government or other outsiders to help him usurp it, then ten generations of his ancestors and ten generations of his descendants are all destroyed."

Chanakya Pandit also advises us in his Nidhi shastra - para dravyeshu loshtravat We must consider others' possession as insignificant as lump of clay. When we develop this attitude and be satisfied with whatever Lord has blessed us and always worship and serve the brahmanas, then we can please the Supreme Lord. We pray to Srila Prabhupada and Supreme Father Krishna to give us intelligence to adhere to above invaluable instructions.

Thank you very much
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev

Manohar Suvarna

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