Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva.
This is in conclusion of the previous offering titled, "Respectful Behaviour" wherein we saw that, recognising the omnipresent nature of the Supreme Lord, we should offer all respect to others. In this regard we saw the example of Garuda offering respect to Indra as well as the Vajrayudha which was hurled upon him by Indra. Now we shall see few more examples from scriptures.
In Srimad Ramayana, Hanumanji single-handedly devastates Ashokavana, decimates the demon-brigade, and kills their commander Aksha, the son of Ravana. Although blessed with Brahma’s boon that his missiles would do him no harm, out of respect for the Creator, he allows himself to be chained by the Brahmastra thrown at him by Indrajit. Thus Hanumanji shows his honor and respect for the weapon, which represents Lord Brahma.
We observe the same behaviour manifested by the Supreme Lord Himself. In Srimad Ramayana, Indrajit got the Nagastra from praying to Lord Brahma and Nagastra is capable of binding any human being. Since the Lord descended in human form, as a mark of respect to Lord Brahma, Lord Rama allowed Himself to be bound by the Nāgastra and He wanted Indrajit to enjoy the benefits of his penance to Lord Brahma. Lord Rama Himself states it to the monkeys who were attacked by Indrajit, "This Indrajit is tormenting all the worlds on the strength of boons given by Brahmaji. And since time is in his favour, he will win over us now. To honour the boons of Lord Brahma, I need to tolerate this for sometime." Honouring the weapon of Brahmaji, the two sons of the venerable Dasaratha, allowed themselves to be knocked down by the missiles of Indrajit.
We also see that the Narayanastra weapon in Mahabharata could be counteracted only by dropping all the weapons and bowing down and Lord Krishna insturcted the Pandavas to just submit and bow down to this weapon.
Thus we see that anything which represents an honorable personality was shown great respects by the Lord Himself and also by His devotees. It is very nicely mention in the purport to Srimad Bhagavatam 11.2.41, “It is emphasized here that we should offer respect to everything that exists, recognizing it to be the energy of the Lord. The example may be given that if a man is important, his property is also important. The President of a country is the most important person in the country, and therefore everyone must respect his property. Similarly, everything that exists is an expansion of the Supreme Personality of Godhead and should be respected accordingly.”
Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev,
Vaijayantimala devi dasi
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