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 offerings titled, "Always Remember Krishna" wherein we were meditating on Arjuna's experiences once Krishna returned to Goloka. In the previous offering we saw how by taking shelter of Krishna's instructions, Arjuna was able to overcome the material contamination in his heart.
We saw the below two points regarding material contamination:
1) To think that Krishna is no longer present after His departure to Goloka.
2) Failing to see Krishna's hands in reverses
Now we shall see further.
3. Doer Mentality: The cowherd boys were none other Krishna Himself. Now we might wonder why should Krishna come in disguise to take back His wives? If Krishna had personally come in front of Him, Arjuna would have happily handed over them to Him. But being transcendental autocrat, Lord Krishna came in disguise, just to teach us through his pure devotee that we are not the doers in any situation.
In purport to verse 1.15.29 Srila Prabhupada explains how material desires keep accumulating and entrapping us birth after birth. "They accumulate due to our reactions to material desires, but when we get in touch with the transcendental Lord in His variegated energies by devotional service, the naked forms of all material desires become manifest, and the intelligence of the living being is pacified in its true color."
Pure devotees of the Lord always try to look out for even small defects in themselves. In case of Arjuna, Lord appearing in the form of cow-herd men is one of His variegated energy (yoga maya). And through that pastime, the naked form of his material desire to be victorious always, became manifested to Arjuna. For a while it was very difficult for him to digest the fact that he was defeated by few infidel cow-herd me. But as soon as he remembered the Lord's instructions to him in Gita - 'nimitta-mātraṁ bhava savya-sācin', 'Just be My instrument', Arjuna became pacified. Though there might have been some apparent traces of "doer" mentality in him, as soon as he was defeated, he immediately remembered Supreme Lord and His instructions.
So following the footsteps of Arjuna, if we also take shelter of Bhagavad Gita, then Bhagavad Gita being non-different from the Lord, will make us realise that Lord is always present with us and then we will be able to see Krishna's hands both in success and failures, accept success as well as failure as per Lord's wish and by His grace, give up the doer mentality. Free from all these trash, then we will also be able to experience peace of mind at the Lord's lotus feet just like Arjuna.
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 Gurudeva,
Sudarshana devi dasi.
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