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 the following points.
1. Krishna's plan alone works.
2. Envy - The Root Cause of all our Troubles.
Now let us continue to hear more nectar from Maharaj.
3. What we sow, so shall we reap: Dasaratha Raja planned very nicely that Rama should be the next king and then he wanted to retire. He wanted to have a happy retired life. His daiva (destiny) did not like it. Daiva or destiny is nothing else but the reactions to our own karmas. We have performed the actions and we have to reap the results. At the time of performing the activities, we don't have any idea as to what will be the reaction and how I will be suffering. We don't have any idea at all. Dasaratha Raja went for hunting in the forest and he could not find any animal till the evening. And it was almost dark. He could not see anything. But at that time somebody came to fill in water from the Ganges. It was Shravan. Shravan was a nice boy who was carrying his parents on his shoulder, to take them to pilgrimage. The parents were blind. He came to fill in water as the parents said, "We are very thirsty. Please get us some water from Ganges river." As soon as he went to the Ganges river and put the lotta (water-bottle) inside to fill up the water, there was some sound like somebody drinking the water. Dasaratha Raja thought that some animal has come to drink water from the Ganges. He didn't see. He was very expert in archery. So he shot the arrow according to the direction of the sound. And eventually the arrow hit the target and as soon as the arrow hit the target, there was a human scream. It was Shravan who was killed at that time. Immediately Dasaratha Raja went to him. He could have ignored it as a king. He was a rishi, a saint. So he could not ignore. So he went to the dying person and wondered, "What have I done? I have shot a person and not an animal." Shravan said, "Please, my parents are very thirsty. I came to get water for them. Please give it to them and reveal that I am not there now."
So Dasaratha went to the parents and said, "This is what has happened. But I am very sorry. It is I who had done this crime. Please, I am very sorry. Please accept the water and let me know what can I do for you?" The parents were completely disturbed because of the death of the son. So when they were disturbed, they also died without the son. And they cursed Dasaratha, "Just like how we are dying without our son Shravan, you will also die without your son." And that destiny was lurking over the head of Dasaratha Raja and he didn't know. And Mantara became the instrument, avaśaḥ, unconsciously that maid-servant was the instrument, according to the plan of the Lord. Mantara thought, "How to achieve my goal? How to remove Lord Rama from throne?" So she went to Kaikeyi. She knew Kaikeyi will not agree easily. So she said, "Your son Bharath is not getting the throne. He will not be the king. And Lord Rama will use him as the servant for whole of life-time. Instead, you should go and tell your husband that Lord Rama cannot be the king and that Bharath must be the king." This is how envious nature plays around.
As soon as Kaikeyi thought about this, she was completely intoxicated by her maid-servant Mantara. And once you are intoxicated, you behave like a mad-person. And she remembered that Dasaratha Raja had given benedictions to Kaikeyi and she thought that she will ask the benedictions today. So she went to Dasaratha and she had her own ways to dictate the terms with her husband. She told, "Do you remember you had given me 2 benedictions? Now I want to ask them." Dasaratha Maharaj was very pleased because he thought, tomorrow Lord Ram is going to be king. So he said, "Come on ask. I can give you anything." Then she said, "Tomorrow Rama should not be enthroned. Not only that, Rama should be banished from Ayodhya and sent to forest for 12 years." And this was the death-blow for Dasaratha Raja. He could not tolerate. He told Kaikeyi, "Please ask anything else other than this. Ask for the whole kingdom and I shall give you." She said, "No. I want only this. If you are true to your benedictions, then give me this. Otherwise I don't even want to see your face." And then Dasaratha Maharaja became unconscious. And in the mean time Lord Rama came and because He was very famous for obeying His parents, particularly His father, He asked what had happened. When He knew that He is the cause of all the disturbances, then He accepted the orders of His step-mother and eventually He had to leave the palace and go to the forest and the whole Ramayan was performed.
Krishna willing we shall continue to hear more nectar from Maharaj about destiny and how we can handle the same in the subsequent offerings.
Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Sudarshana devi dasi.
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