Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances! All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev!
Usually when we see people are very rich and opulent we usually describe them that they have got this opulence because of punya karma or their good destiny. We says that Goddess Lakshmi has given Her full glance on them and there won't be any suffering for them in the material world for lakshmi. We consider accumulation of wealth as the grace of Lord and think such wealth as divine mercy. But when that wealth is not engaged in service of the Lord, that very wealth becomes a source of fear and lamentation. We lament when the wealth is lost and are always fearful as to how to preserve it. In other words too much wealth also becomes a source of suffering. In Srimad Bhagavatam verse 3.23.7 we find Kardama Muni bestowing the real divine mercy to his dedicated wife, Devahuti.
ye me sva-dharma-niratasya tapaḥ-samādhi-
tān eva te mad-anusevanayāvaruddhān
dṛṣṭiṁ prapaśya vitarāmy abhayān aśokān
Kardama Muni continued: "I have achieved the blessings of the Lord in discharging my own religious life of austerity, meditation and Krishna consciousness. Although you have not yet experienced these achievements, which are free from fear and lamentation, I shall offer them all to you because you are engaged in my service. Now just look at them. I am giving you the transcendental vision to see how nice they are."
The background of this verse is very important for us to understand the principle of divine mercy. Devahuti mata, daughter of Svayambhuva Manu was married to Kardama Muni. After the marriage Devahuti mata understood the mind of her husband and without expecting any comforts, she served her husband so lovingly, without even caring for her own bodily or mental comforts. Pleased by her devoted service, Kardama Muni bestowed her the benediction of freedom from fear and lamentation and also the transcendental vision to understand the nature of those benedictions.
Srila Prabhupada writes in the purport wonderfully that, "the graces of the Lord are abhaya, free from fearfulness. In the material world, if someone accumulates a million dollars, he is always full of fear because he is always thinking, "What if the money is lost?" But the benediction of the Lord, bhagavat-prasaada, is never to be lost. It is simply to be enjoyed. There is no question of loss. One simply gains and enjoys gaining. Bhagavad-Gita also confirms this: when one achieves the grace of the Lord, the result is that sarva-duhkhaani, all distresses, are destroyed."
Krishna willing we shall continue to meditate more on this topic in the subsequent offering.
Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev,
Sajjanapriya Krishna das,
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