Divine Opulence - Part 1

Divine Opulence - Part 1

Vaijayanti mala devi dasi

Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,

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

In the third canto of Srimad Bhagavatam, we see that the four Sanat Kumaras enter Vaikuntha with great eagerness to have darshan of the Lord. While passing through the gates of Vaikuntha, they were forbidden entrance by the two chief doorkeepers of Sri Hari and this caused anger in the Sanat Kumaras and they cursed the doorkeepers Jaya and Vijaya to be removed from Vaikuntha and be placed in the material world.  In the meantime, the Lord personally appeared before the Sanat Kumaras along with the Goddess of fortune. There ensued a conversation between the Lord and the Sanat Kumaras and at the end of it Srimad Bhagavatam says in 3.16.28

bhagavantam parikramya / pranipatyaanumaanya ca
pratijagmuh pramuditaah /shamsanto vaishnavim shriyam

"The sages circumambulated the Supreme Lord, offered their obeisances and returned, extremely delighted at learning of the divine opulences of the Vaishnava."

Now we see that the Kumaras returned extremely delighted. Of course, they must be, because they came with great eagerness to see the Lord and the Lord gave personal audience to them and this must have caused their delight. But Bhagavatam says that the cause of their delight is not on account of the personal audience of the Lord, but on learning of the divine opulences of the Vaishnava or vaishnavim shriyam. This is really interesting. What is the opulence they saw in the Vaishnavas tha made them so delighted, more than the personal audience of the Lord? HG Krpanavatsala Krishna das, in his class in Abudhabi, explained this and I would like to share the same herein.

We find that when the doormen of Vaikunthaloka, who were certainly devotees of the Lord, found that they were going to be cursed by the brahmanas, they at once became very much afraid and fell down at the feet of the brahmanas in great anxiety, for a brahmana's curse cannot be counteracted by any kind of weapon. After being cursed by the sages, the doormen speak this most amazing verse in 3.15.36

bhuyaad aghoni bhagavadbhir akaari dando
yo nau hareta sura-helanam apy asesham

maa vo 'nutaapa-kalayaa bhagavat-smrti-ghno
moho bhaved iha tu nau vrajator adho 'dhah

 "It is quite apt that you have punished us for neglecting to respect sages like you. But we pray that due to your compassion at our repentance, the illusion of forgetting the Supreme Personality of Godhead will not come upon us as we go progressively downward."

Here we see that the doorkeepers immediately admit their offence and this is a very great quality and they also accept the punishment to go progressively downward. This admittance and acceptance is a great praiseworthy quality and opulence of a real Vaishnava. Their prayer that they may not have the illusion of forgetfulness of the Lord is also an exemplary request in these circumstances.

Krishna willing we shall continue more on this topic in the subsequent offering.

Thank you very much

Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev
Vaijayanti mala devi dasi