Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva.
This is in continuation of the previous offering titled, "Pleasing Krishna" wherein we were meditating on the pastime of the appearance of Lord Vishnu in the sacrificial arena of Prthu Maharaj. In the previous offering we saw that
1. Lord is pleased to give His darshan, when we are obedient to elders.
Now we shall see further.
In Srimad Bhagavatam verse 4.20.2
eṣa te ’kārṣīd bhaṅgaṁ haya-medha-śatasya ha
kṣamāpayata ātmānam amuṣya kṣantum arhasi
Lord Viṣṇu, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, said: My dear King Pṛthu, Indra, the King of heaven, has disturbed your execution of one hundred sacrifices. Now he has come with Me to be forgiven by you. Therefore excuse him.
Father is never pleased when his sons fight amongst themselves. This is true with Supreme Father Krishna who brings Indra along with him to the sacrificial arena. Before even giving a chance for Indra to speak with Prthu Maharaj, Lord very gracefully explains to Prthu Maharaj about the reason for Indra's visit. He very nicely insists Prthu Maharaj - kṣantum arhasi - that he has to forgive Lord Indra as he has come along with Him.
Lord is very pleased when we forgive the offence of others. Draupadi forgave Ashwattama even though he had committed the heinous act of killing her sons. Prahlad Maharaj - inspite of all the atrocities done to him by his father Hiranyakashipu, did not take any offence, but prayed to Lord Narasimhadev to liberate his father. Dhruva Maharaj upon the good advice of His mother Suniti forgave his step-mother Suruchi and performed sincere devotional service. Parikshit Maharaj did not take Shrngi brahmana's word as an offence. Instead he accepted it as a blessing. Vidura considered Duryodhana's harsh words before the Kurukshetra war as a blessing and left the kingdom and could visit all places of pilgrimage.
So we can see how when these devotees were able to practise this golden quality of forgiveness, the Lord mercifully reciprocated to them by giving Him their darshan, giving them the opportunity to hear Bhagavatam. Our beloved spitual master HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj says that we should not only forgive others, but also forget about it. Else we would unneccesarily keep remembering their offence and think how great we are that we have forgiven them.
His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada very nicely mentions about the significance of word 'ātmānam' in the above verse. ātmānam' means "unto yourself". It is a custom among yogīs and jñānīs to address one another (or even an ordinary man) as one’s self, for a transcendentalist never accepts a living being to be the body. Since the individual self is part and parcel of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, the self and the Superself are qualitatively nondifferent. There is a saying that we can hate the sin, but not the sinner. When we train ourselves to see every living entity as atma, as part and parcel of Supreme Lord, then we will be able to forgive others and see Krishna's hand in all that happens in our lives.
By not holding grudges against others and forgiving their offences, not only we become more approachable to al, but Krishna also becomes very pleased by our behaviour.
Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Sudarshana devi dasi
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