The Root Cause of all our Troubles - Part 2

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

This is in continuation of the transcription of the nectarean class given by our beloved spiritual master HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj on Srimad Bhagavatam verse 6.15.1, in Radhadesh Belgium. In the previous offering we heard from Maharaj

1. Krishna's plan alone works.

Now let us continue to hear more nectar from Maharaj.

2. Envy - The Root Cause of all our Troubles: It is not only that envy is playing important part in Citraketu's life or Krtadyuti's life, but everywhere. Do you know what was the root cause of Ramayan? (Devotee replied - Kaikeyi's envy. But Maharaj denied). No. It was much deeper than that. Kaikeyi was equally loving to Lord Ram and in the beginning when it was decided, Lord Ram is to be enthroned tomorrow as the king, she was very happy and she was preparing, but there was her maid-servant Mantara and she was really like a snake and you know the nature of snake. Without any cause, the snake bites. They don't require any cause. You come across a snake and without any reason it will come near you and bite you and that was how Mantra's envy was. Without any reason she was envious of Lord Ram and she thought, how to remove Lord Ram from this position. She didn't want Lord Ram to be the king. May be it is the plan of the Lord and according to the plan of the Lord all we living entities behave helplessly, according to His plan. Krishna says in Bhagavad Gita verse 3.5,

na hi kaścit kṣaṇam api jātu tiṣṭhaty akarma-kṛt
kāryate hy avaśaḥ karma sarvaḥ prakṛti-jair guṇaiḥ

Everyone is forced to act helplessly according to the qualities he has acquired from the modes of material nature; therefore no one can refrain from doing something, not even for a moment.

We always perform our activities, unconsciously (avaśaḥ). We don't know the plan of the Lord. Parikshit Maharaja, was not supposed to be angry when the sage did not welcome him. We know from Bhagavatam that when Parikshit Maharaja went to the forest for hunting, he didn't get any animal. Because he was running after the animals till the evening, he was lost from his crowd. He was all alone and he was hungry and thirsty. Normally he could have tolerated his hunger and thirst, because he was a devotee. Even before his birth, he was protected by Vishnu in the womb of his mother and such a nice devotee gets upset, because the sage is in meditation and he did not welcome the king. This is how we helplessly behave. Parikshit Maharaja was completely helpless, because he had to fit in himself according to the plans of the Lord. 

Lord has His own plans. Our plans don't work. Thats why we get frustrated. I try so much to be successful financially, materially, I want this, I want that. But we don't know, 'daivāhatārtha-racanā ṛṣayo ’pi deva
yuṣmat-prasaṅga-vimukhā iha saṁsaranti
' (SB 3.9.10). Krishna is very clear in Srimad Bhagavatam. As soon as you make your plans, there is daiva, we don't know that there is destiny hanging above our head. You come all the way from India to this country, you come all the way from Poland to Radha-desh, just to find out the happiness. And we are fortunate that we are at the lotus feet of the Lord. Otherwise, yuṣmat-prasaṅga-vimukhā - As soon as we become bereft of the topics of Krishna, and if we are not interested in the topics of the Supreme Lord, then daiva ahatārtha racanā - then the destiny just smashes the plans for ordinary persons as well as devotees. Devotees, have nothing to gain or lose. That is the quality of devotee. Anyway we didn't have anything when we were born. And we cannot take anything when we go. So whatever comes and goes, it is Krishna's plan. This is very clear to the devotees. But the ordinary persons, they are completely perplexed. daiva ahatārtha racanā -They don't know that destiny is there to smash their plans.

Krishna willing we shall continue to hear more nectar from Maharaj as to how destiny acted on great souls like Dasaratha Maharaja and others in the subsequent offering.

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