Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances! All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev!
This is in continuation of the previous offering transcribing the class by our beloved God brother HG Viraja Krishna prabhuji in Chennai on Brahma's prayers for creative energy (Srimad Bhagavatam verses 3.9.22-25). We were seeing Prabhuji's explanation on Srimad Bhagavatam 3.9.23 and we shall see further.
6. Prayer to give up false pride: In order to do some work, passion is needed. Krishna expands into the mode of passion through the agency of Brahmaji. We can use that mode to get enthusiasm and start some activity. But we don't need to be always in the mode of passion. It is needed just to start the engine. Like in a kabbadi game, we go to the other territory and touch and as soon as we touch, we try to get relieved and come back. Similarly mode of passion we just have to touch enough to start the activity and then go back to mode of goodness. Because shreyaamsi tatra khalu sattva-tanor nrnaam syuh -"All human beings can derive ultimate benefit from Vishnu, the form of the quality of goodness." Mode of passion means, "I will do it. I am the doer. You get out of the way." This leads to pride. Maharaj tells a very nice story in this regard.
There was once an old brahmana who lived in a village. He owned a beautiful garden which he loved very much. One day, he saw that a stray cow was eating the mango saplings in the garden. In a fit of rage, the brahmana began to beat the cow with his stick. Since the cow was already old, thin and hungry, it dropped down dead. The brahmana was shocked. The villagers began accusing the brahmana and declared that he will be punished for this great sin. But the brahmana said, "It was my hand that killed the cow. And Lord Indradeva is supposed to be the presiding demigod of the hand. If it is Indra who guides the hand, it is not I who killed the cow, but he! So, he is to be blamed!" This news spread like wild fire, till it reached the ears of Indra himself. Taking the form of a young brahmana, Indra walked casually into the garden. Then he told the brahmana that his garden was very beautiful. The old brahmana became highly flattered. The young brahmana looked at a mango tree and asked him who had tended the tree. The old brahmana replied saying that he himself had tended the plant with his own hands. Just then, the young brahmana revealed his original form of Indra and stood before this brahmana. Then, Indradeva told ,"O brahmana, if you take the credit for setting up your garden with your hands, then you should take the blame too for killing the cow with your hands! Why accuse poor Indra for that?". Saying this, Indradeva vanished and the brahmana realized his mistake.
In the above story, we see how the old brahmana wanted to take all the praise on himself and, in the case of accusation, he didn't want to accept it and he wanted to blame others. This is a perfect representation of our nature. That is why we have to constantly pray to the Lord as Brahmaji prays
tasmin sva-vikramam idam srjato 'pi ceto
yunjita karma-shamalam ca yathaa vijahyaam
"I pray only to engage in His service in the creation of the material world, and I pray that I not be materially affected by my works, for thus I may be able to give up the false prestige of being the creator."
Krishna willing, we shall see further on this verse in the ensuing offerings.
Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Gurudev and Srila Prabhupada,
Vaijayanti mala devi dasi,
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