Pleasing Krishna - Part 3

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.
2. Lord is pleased when we forgive the offence of others.

Now we shall see further.

In Srimad Bhagavatam verse 4.20.3 Lord Vishnu says to Prthu Maharaj the qualities of Narottama (best human being)

sudhiyaḥ sādhavo loke naradeva narottamāḥ
nābhidruhyanti bhūtebhyo yarhi nātmā kalevaram

O King, one who is advanced in intelligence and eager to perform welfare activities for others is considered best amongst human beings. An advanced human being is never malicious to others. Those with advanced intelligence are always conscious that this material body is different from the soul.

Narottamas are 

a. sudhiyaḥ - the most intelligent person
b. sādhavaḥ - are inclined to perform welfare activities
c. nābhidruhyanti bhūtebhyo - never malicious towards other living beings.

They know that the body is different from soul and so they don't hate the sinners. Now we might wonder how is it possible to be kind to the offenders. His Divine Grace gives a very nice example in his wonderful purport to the above verse. He says that just like how a madman is not given capital punishment when he commits a murder, similarly we should also see the offenders as those who are under the clutches of the material modes. Soul is pure. But when one is under the influence of the modes, they helplessly commit mistakes. Understanding this the sudhiyah - advanced transcendentalists, does not act in a manner that will provoke them to do more and more mistakes. Srila Prabhupada very nicely gives three meaning for the word 'sudhi'. He says sudhi means one who is devoted, one who is intelligent, one who is highly advanced. Such people are - sādhavaḥ - wish welfare for all. So they magnanimously forgive the offence of others.

When people offend we have inherent tendency to counteract and harm them by body, mind or words. But how advanced transcendentalist (those who are sudhi and sādhavaḥ)  behave is very nicely explained in the concluding lines of the purport to the above verse by Srila Prabhupada. "One who is both devoted and highly advanced in intelligence does not take action against the soul or the body. If there is any discrepancy, he forgives. It is said that forgiveness is a quality of those who are advancing in spiritual knowledge."

In Srimad Bhagavatam verse 11.7.37 also the avadhuta brahmana very nicely explains how a sober person behaves when he is troubled by others.

bhūtair ākramyamāṇo ’pi dhīro daiva-vaśānugaiḥ
tad vidvān na calen mārgād anvaśikṣaṁ kṣiter vratam

A sober person, even when harassed by other living beings, should understand that his aggressors are acting helplessly under the control of God, and thus he should never be distracted from progress on his own path. This rule I have learned from the earth.

Our prayers at the lotus feet of Srila Gurudev and Srila Prabhupada to bless us with this quality of forgiveness so that we don't waste our time and energy in having unnecessary grudges against others.

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