Making Plans

5th Jun 2021
Sudarshana devi dasi

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

We may be a home-maker, student, professional or business man or Prime Minister, but every one of us make plans. One either plans the meal for next day, or the subjects to study, or the various customers to be met etc, the bills to be passed for country. All of us would have experienced that not all our plans work out the way we desired. There is a saying - "Man proposes and God disposes."  So sometimes we might wonder whether it is good to make plan or not. Once a devotee asked our beloved spiritual master HH Mahavishnu Maharaj, "if everything is going to happen by Krishna's plan, then why should we even plan?" Maharaj said, "Unless you plan, how will you know what is Krishna's plan?" So to be organised or to try to do our prescribed duties in a planned manner, is not wrong. But when things don't work out the way we had planned, we should have the maturity to understand that Krishna has a different plan for it and be patient enough to wait and see what Lord really wants.

In Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 7 Chapter 10 when Narada Muni describes to Maharaj Yudhishtira about the fight between Lord Shiva and the demons. The demons led by Maya Danava were all killed by the arrows shot by Lord Shiva. But the mystic Mayadanava by dipping them in the nectarean well created by him, brought them back to life. Seeing this Lord Shiva who was trying to help the demigods became disappointed. At that time, Supreme Lord along with Brahmaji took the form of cow and calf and began to drink all the nectar from the well. By the spell of Lord's illusory energy, although this incident was happening in front of their eyes, neither Maya Danava, nor the other demons could chase the cow and calf away. At that moment Maya Danava very nicely says,

devo ’suro naro ’nyo vā neśvaro ’stīha kaścana
ātmano ’nyasya vā diṣṭaṁ daivenāpohituṁ dvayoḥ

Maya Dānava said: What has been destined by the Supreme Lord for oneself, for others, or for both oneself and others cannot be undone anywhere or by anyone, whether one be a demigod, a demon, a human being or anyone else.

In his beautiful purport to the above verse Srila Prabhupada says - "Maya Dānava said, “However I plan, you plan or both of us plan, the Lord has planned what is to happen. No one’s plan will be successful without His sanction.” We may make our own various plans, but unless they are sanctioned by the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Viṣṇu, they will never be successful. Hundreds and millions of plans are made by all kinds of living entities, but without the sanction of the Supreme Lord, they are futile."

Maya Danava very nicely realised that although he had planned to save the demons, it was not Krishna's plan. When we plan anything which is against the will of Lord we will definitely fail. His Divine Grace very nicely says in his lecture on verse 1.16.3 about what plans will fail and what plans will succeed, "Unnecessarily he is making plan---this plan, that plan, this plan, that plan---and all plan is being frustrated by the laws of nature. Daivī hy eṣā guṇamayī mama māyā duratyayā [Bg. 7.14]. Every plan will fail. And those who are plan-making persons, they are all rascals. They do not know that what kind of plan should be made. The plan should be made that everyone should be God conscious. Then every plan will be successful. Otherwise all, everything will fail."

The best plan for us is to simply abide by the plans of Sri Guru and Srila Prabhupada. 

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