Let Go to Let In The Lord - Part 4

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

This is in conclusion of the previous offerings titled, "Let Go to Let in the Lord" wherein we were meditating on the futility of keeping the idea of revenge. Herein we see the story of sage Dadhici and his broad heartedness. Now let us see further.

This story of Dadhici muni is mentioned by Srila Prabhupada in his purport to Srimad Bhagavtam 6.9.52, "The great saint Dadhici had perfect knowledge of how to perform fruitive activities, and he had advanced spiritual knowledge as well. Knowing this, the Ashvini-kumaras once approached him and begged him to instruct them in spiritual science (brahma-vidya). Dadhici Muni replied, "I am now engaged in arranging sacrifices for fruitive activities. Come back some time later." When the Ashvini-kumaras left, Indra, the King of heaven, approached Dadhici and said, "My dear Muni, the Ashvini-kumaras are only physicians. Please do not instruct them in spiritual science. If you impart the spiritual science to them despite my warning, I shall punish you by cutting off your head.""

After warning Dadhici in this way, Indra returned to heaven. The Ashvini-kumaras, who understood Indra's desires, returned and begged Dadhici for brahma-vidya. When the great saint Dadhici informed them of Indra's threat, the Ashvini kumaras replied, "Let us first cut off your head and replace it with the head of a horse. You can instruct brahma-vidya through the horse's head, and when Indra returns and cuts off that head, we shall reward you and restore your original head." Since Dadhici had promised to impart brahma-vidya to the Ashvini-kumaras, he agreed to their proposal. Therefore, because Dadhici imparted brahma-vidya through the mouth of a horse, this brahma-vidya is also known as Ashvashira.

Later Indra having come to know this, cuts off the head of Dadhici which is now a horse head, and then with the vidya they have learnt, Ashvini kumaras replace the head with his original head.

We find that later, the same Indra who was responsible for cutting off the head of sage Dadhici, comes to him asking for his body to make Vajrayudha. At that time, without having any feeling of revenge, the broad hearted Sage Dadhici voluntarily gave up his life to make weapons out of his body. This is because he perfectly knew that this is the desire and instruction of Lord Vishnu and the sage very submissively took this order of Lord Vishnu to his heart. The sage was very clear in his mind that satisfaction of the Supreme Personality of Godhead is the supreme perfection of our existence (saṁsiddhir hari-toṣaṇam). Any other thing or idea does not matter and there is no use holding on to these mental concoctions. Thus we have to refocus on our higher purpose in order not to hold grudges in our heart. As Sage Kulasekara alwar very beautifully says in his Mukunda Mala stotra 4,

bhāve bhāve hṛdaya-bhavane bhāvayeyaḿ bhavantaḿ

I pray to Your lotus feet only so that I may remember You alone in the core of my heart, birth after birth.

As our beloved Gurudev always says, "Our heart is meant to be the residence of our dear Lord Shyamasundara. We contaminate it with so many other tendencies that there is no place for the Lord and how can the Lord tolerate His residence being taken over by these contaminations?"

Let me always remember that the heart is the residence of Lord Krishna and make my best effort to let go all other unwanted tendencies to let in our dear Lord who is the owner of the place.

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