Missing the Century - Part 1

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

The following is a humble effort to transcribe the class delivered by HG Devakinandan Prabhuji in Sydney in April 2013 on Srimad Bhagavatam verse 4.19.34 spoken by Lord Brahma to Prthu Maharaj.

māsmin mahārāja kṛthāḥ sma cintāṁ
niśāmayāsmad-vaca ādṛtātmā
yad dhyāyato daiva-hataṁ nu kartuṁ
mano ’tiruṣṭaṁ viśate tamo ’ndham

My dear King, do not be agitated and anxious because your sacrifices have not been properly executed due to providential impediments. Kindly take my words with great respect. We should always remember that if something happens by providential arrangement, we should not be very sorry. The more we try to rectify such reversals, the more we enter into the darkest region of materialistic thought.

1. Be peaceful and patient and not anxious and agitated: In our lives, anxiety and agitation are the two things we always experience because we always feel we have sacrificed something and it has not come alright. We have the feeling somewhere in our hearts that our sacrifice, somehow or the other has not been properly executed. Here in this verse, Brahmaji very nicely tells us what we should feel, what we should always remember, if after the sacrifice, something does not come to be. Then we should take it as Krishna's hand. If we don't, then the two 'A's Anxiety and Agitation will follow. For one who becomes peaceful in accepting the ups and downs of whatever he has sacrificed, then that person becomes peaceful and patient. This is very important. We want the two 'P's - Peace and Patience and we do not want the two 'A's Anxiety and Agitation. The two 'A's lead us to darkness but the two 'P's make us situated in our positions (sthāne sthitā) and we become fixed in our devotional service. When we are peaceful after the sacrifice and we are patient whatever comes, they really help the devotee. This verse is practical because Brahmaji's advice is not only for the materialistic men. Frankly speaking, materialistic men do not want to read Bhagavatam. Srimad Bhagavatam is most exposed to devotees. If something happens by providential arrangement, we should not become anxious and agitated and Brahmaji says we must not only avoid the two 'A's but we must also not feel sorry for ourselves.

2. Do not feel sorry for yourself: Very often we feel for ourselves and we pat ourselves and we say, "I worked so hard and nobody smiled at me. Nobody said Thank you." On top of it if somebody comes and criticizes, we feel worse. Whenever there is difficulty, automatically the mind will tell you to feel sorry. The mind will start cataloguing all your sacrifices. Sacrifices and sorry go hand in and. The other sorry is to always tell everyone, "I am sorry." Those who say, "I am very sorry", they become humble. Those who feel sorry for themselves, they become anxious and agitated. When our beloved spiritual master HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj, used to get up and come out of his room, his slippers would be in the corner, and Maharaj being very elderly, we would put our hand out and Maharaj would put his hand on our elbow and then when he came near to his slippers, we would place the slippers in front of him and Maharaj would put his hand on our shoulders at that point, and everyone who did this service to Maharaj always heard Maharaj saying, "I am very sorry son!" and we would say, "Why should you say sorry Maharaj? This is our great fortune." Even then Maharaj would say, "I am very sorry. I am putting you into difficulty." That sorry is real. The fact that we feel that others have sacrificed and we are putting them into difficulty, that mood should be there. But not the opposite. We have been put in to difficulty because we sacrificed and nobody saw the efforts of our sacrifice. We feel very sorry for that. The interesting thing is Brahmaji is not speaking these great words of advice to an ordinary living entity. Of all persons in Srimad Bhagavatam, he is speaking to an exalted devotee of the Lord, who is a plenary potion of the Supreme Personality Of Godhead and that is Prthu Maharaj. Why was it necessary for Prthu Maharaj to get advised like this? If someone tells you, "Do not feel sorry", what is the implication? It means you are feeling sorry for yourself. So how it is that Prthu Maharaj could be anxious and agitated? How is it that he could be caught up in this kind of a muddle? This is a point we must meditate and take back with us.

Prabhuji went on to explain the pastime of Prthu Maharaj's sacrificial horse being stolen by Indra and the same shall be transcribed and offered in the next mail, Krishna willing.

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