Road to Hell - Part 1

19th Jan 2015
Sudarshana devi dasi

Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances! All Glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev!

In Srimad Bhagavatam verse 2.7.25 Lord Brahma says,

vakṣaḥ-sthala-sparśa-rugna-mahendra-vāha-
dantair viḍambita-kakubjuṣa ūḍha-hāsam
sadyo ’subhiḥ saha vineṣyati dāra-hartur
visphūrjitair dhanuṣa uccarato ’dhisainye

When Rāvaṇa was engaged in the battle, the trunk of the elephant which carried the King of heaven, Indra, broke in pieces, having collided with the chest of Rāvaṇa, and the scattered broken parts illuminated all directions. Rāvaṇa therefore felt proud of his prowess and began to loiter in the midst of the fighting soldiers, thinking himself the conqueror of all directions. But his laughter, overtaken by joy, along with his very air of life, suddenly ceased with the tingling sound of the bow of Rāmacandra, the Personality of Godhead.

This verse very nicely brings out the message of rākhe Kṛṣṇa māre ke / māre Kṛṣṇa rākhe ke. As His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada very nicely mentions in the purport, "However powerful a living being may be, when he is condemned by God no one can save him, and, similarly, however weak one may be, if he is protected by the Lord no one can annihilate him." Our Godbrother HG Govardhan Prabhuji from Indonesia had given a nice class on the above verse in Sri Sri Radha Neelmadhav dham last month and in this offering we shall hear some of the points shared by Prabhuji. 

1. Power leads to pride and pride leads to destruction. We see in case of Ravana, he wanted to become very powerful and so he got a boon from Brahma so that he could win over the demigods. So once, he was able to even win over Indra. He was so confident of his prowess that he thought no human being or animal could ever touch him. But the Supreme Lord being omnipotent destroyed his whole army with the help of monkey army led by Sugriva, Lord Rama and Lakshmana. So whenever we get some powers, we should pray that we don't become proud and understand that the real source of power is the Supreme Lord. 

2. When we are alone, on our own, without proper association, we get more succumbed to modes of material nature. Even sattva guna, mode of goodness attacks us in the form of pride. Good association helps us to come out of the clutches of modes. So wherever there is good association, satsang, we should run towards it. Prabhupada had given us International Society of "Krishna" consciousness, but if we succumb to modes then we become part of International Society of Kamsa consciousness or Kali consciousness.

3. In case of Ravana, we see that couple of things which led to his destruction are pride and excessive sense-gratification. Krishna is Supreme and we should never try to imitate Him. We should simply follow His instructions. But Ravana wanted to enjoy Sita, Lord Ram's consort and so he was doomed. So even material well-being, wealth and so called advancements if not properly engaged in service of Lord, leads to arrogance, pride and unlimited sense gratification. Nowadays this Ravana mentality is being promoted in us in the name of technology advancement (electronics, web, social medias, modernization etc) and is taking us away from Krishna. We must be careful not to become prey to it and use technology also in Krishna's service.

Krishna willing we shall continue to hear more from Prabhuji in subsequent offering. 

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