Forbearance Leads to Satsanga

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

In yesterday's offering titled, "Everything is Alright" - we saw our beloved spiritual master HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj insisting the importance of forbearing the miseries silently, without and grudge or complaints. Maharaj was mentioning the words in Gujarati -  "fāv se, gam se, chāl se", meaning "everything is good, i like everything and everything is alright for me." Maharaj said that this is the mood with which we should face any reversals in life.

In one of the Bhagavatam classes Maharaj says, "As soon as we understand that the miseries are the inevitable nature of material existence, we are completely at peace with these things and there is ‘nandana’- bliss. As soon as we become peaceful and blissful in our own condition, that is the starting point of realization. That is where Krishna appears. Krishna is very pleased with you that whatever we are punished, we have accepted it. Krishna says, ‘This is the candidate. He has learnt to be immune to the difficulties. Now I must come to him.’ He comes in the form of different saints and sages."

 Most of the time we think that we don't deserve the difficult situation and this non-acceptance makes us lose our peace of mind. But the moment we realise that actually we deserve more miseries, but Krishna has kindly filtered and given us less, then we will be peaceful. Brahmaji also says in Srimad Bhagavatam 10.14.8

tat te ’nukampāṁ su-samīkṣamāṇo
bhuñjāna evātma-kṛtaṁ vipākam
hṛd-vāg-vapurbhir vidadhan namas te
jīveta yo mukti-pade sa dāya-bhāk

My dear Lord, one who earnestly waits for You to bestow Your causeless mercy upon him, all the while patiently suffering the reactions of his past misdeeds and offering You respectful obeisances with his heart, words and body, is surely eligible for liberation, for it has become his rightful claim.

The word 'dāya-bhāk' means rightful claim. Forbearance of miseries not only ensure eternal life in spiritual world, but even in this life, we would be blessed with the association of saints and sages. The lives of Parikshit Maharaj, Yudhishtir Maharaj, Bhishmadev are all good examples for this. 

Parikshit Maharaj accepted the curse given by Shrngi and gracefully retired from royal life. So he got the gift of association of Sukadev Goswami and all the sages. And through Sukadev Goswami, he got the association of Krishna in the form of Srimad Bhagavatam.

Yudhishtir Maharaj also had this nice quality of never blaming Krishna for the miseries. So Krishna always arranged for the association of sages and saints.  Even when the Pandavas were sent to forest, they got the association of sages like Dhaumya rshi and and spent time hearing Krishna katha. Bhishmadev on the other hand had to always live in the association of people who were averse to Krishna. But inspite of living in such unfavourable circumstances, he was always strict in his personal sadhana. He was very much cautious of acting as per the will of the Lord. Although he loved the Pandavas, he knew that Krishna wanted him to fight on behalf of Kauravas. So at the end of his life, Krishna personally came to see him.

Also after the Kurukshetra war was over, when Yudhishtir Maharaj was feeling morose on seeing the wholesale of massacre crores of people in the war. He thought that he was responsible for all this massacre and that it would not be fair to overcome the sinful reactions, simply by doing some ashvamedha yajna or any other material welfare work. Seeing his repentful mood, Krishna arranged for the good association of Bhishmadev and Yudhishthir Maharaj and by doing so Krishna revealed the glories of Bhishmadev also to the whole world.

So we can see from the lives of the great devotees that by forbearing our miseries we become rightful candidates to get the association of Krishna and His devotees.

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