Pride and Humility - Part 3

Pride and Humility - Part 3

14th Apr 2014
Sudarshana devi dasi

Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva.

This is in conclusion of the transcription of the conversation between our beloved spiritual master H H Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj and a devotee about pride and humility. In previous offering we heard from Maharaj  

the below points.

1. Pride leads to arrogance.
2. We must avoid demoniac qualities PACAHI  - Pride, Arrogance, Conceit, Anger, Harsh speech and Ignorance.

Now let us continue to hear more from Maharaj. 

3. Humility saves us and arrogance destroys us: Krishna is very humble. Sudama went to His place and He washed his feet. Can you imagine ? Sudama was a poor brahmin friend, and He washed his feet. On the other hand, Drupada was friend of Drona. Do you remember the story? They were in the same ashram - gurukul and Drupada had promised many times to Drona that, "When we grow up, I will be the king and so if you are in difficulty, you please come to me and everything is yours." He promised him and when Drona in times of difficulty, when his son Ashwattama wanted milk, he couldn't provide the milk. So his wife told him, "You please go to your friend Drupada. He is your friend and he has promised you that he will help you. So you please take some help from him, so that we can feed our child. So Drona went there. But Drupada refused to recognise him. This is Drupada. This is not Krishna. Krishna immediately recognised Sudama and He went to receive him. All the wives were surprised as to whom the Lord is receiving. He allowed him to sit on his bed-stead and not only that He washed his feet and He forced all the queens to wash, to bring the water etc. This is love. Drupada, because he behaved in arrogant manner, he was completely destroyed. This is living example. 

We have to be humble all the time and by humility, you escape the situation and by arrogance, you create the enmity. And in goes on for generations together. The enmity does not stop. We are very lucky that we have got this eternal instruction from pure devotee like Srila Prabhupada. Otherwise nobody has the potency, to convey these messages to us. And we would not have known at all. We would have been proud to be Belgian, Dutch or Indian etc and we would have killed each other. Because of Srila Prabhupada, we are sitting here together and thinking about Krishna. This is the way. This is the way. Humility has got to be derived and he has shown us by his life. He had every right to be proud of and he never did that. These examples are eternally present in our scriptures. If we can mold our life, based on this, it will really benefit us. From animal life, we will come to nice human existences. Hare Krishna. All glories to Srila Prabhupada. Srila Prabhupada ki Jai.

Srila Gurudev ki Jai ! 

Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Sudarshana devi dasi