Feel the Pain of Others - 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 previous offering titled, "Feel the Pain of Others", which is a transcription of class given by HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj in Minneapolis. In the previous offering we heard from Maharaj as to how we can always remember Krishna, whenever we see sun, moon, land etc. Maharaj then quoted the below shloka 8.7.44 from Srimad Bhagavatam. Today we shall continue to hear more from Maharaj.

tapyante loka-tāpena sādhavaḥ prāyaśo janāḥ
paramārādhanaṁ tad dhi puruṣasyākhilātmanaḥ

It is said that great personalities almost always accept voluntary suffering because of the suffering of people in general. This is considered the highest method of worshiping the Supreme Personality of Godhead, who is present in everyone's heart.

Those who cannot tolerate the difficulties of others, they are called as sādhavaḥ prāyaśo janāḥ. Those people are sadhus. Why can't we behave like sadhus, saintly people? The population at large is suffering. And in their suffering, we should stand beside them. tapyante loka tāpena. And He says that it is the best mode of worshiping Krishna - parama arādhanaṁ tad dhi - Behaviour of this type is best worship to Krishna and we claim that, "I am worshiping Krishna" and in front of us the living entities are completely in trouble. Our mind and whole existence should go to them. Only saintly persons, those who are Krishna conscious persons, they will feel for others. 

Rantideva was king and he was fasting for 48 days. And after 48 days nice prasadam was cooked. And he was to break the fast. Nice prasadam was in front of him and he was happy to break the fast after 48 days. At the time a brahmin walked in and said, "King, please excuse me. We are hungry since last few weeks." Since he was sādhavaḥ prāyaśo janāḥ, he did not eat. He felt that, "Before I eat, brahmin must take." tapyante loka tāpena - Otherwise he could have told, "I am king. I have fasted for 48 days. And now I am about to break the fast. So get out. No food for you." But He felt that this living entity is suffering and I can help him/her. Just by talking sweetly, just by giving the shelter to the living entities, psychologically they will improve. In the end, Krishna is there to look after the living entities. Krishna looks, because it is His nature. He will not neglect any living entity.  And if you are chanting, if you are worshiping, if you are glorifying Him through His names or if you are working for Him, then definitely He will look after you.

Krishna willing we shall continue to hear more nectar from Maharaj in the subsequent offering.

Hare Krishna.

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