Remembering our Factual Position - 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 given by our beloved Gurudev HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj on Srimad Bhagavatam verse 4.28.61. The following verse is spoken by SrilaNarada muni to King Pracinabarhisat who was completely entangled in performing fruitive activities.

māyā hy eṣā mayā sṛṣṭā yat pumāṁsaṁ striyaṁ satīm
manyase nobhayaṁ yad vai haṁsau paśyāvayor gatim

Sometimes you think yourself a man, sometimes a chaste woman and sometimes a neutral eunuch. This is all because of the body, which is created by the illusory energy. This illusory energy is My potency, and actually both of us—you and I—are pure spiritual identities. Now just try to understand this. I am trying to explain our factual position.

1. Association affects us: When King Dhrtarashtra's wife Gandhari delivered, the child was not crying. Actually she had given birth to a lump of flesh. Srila Vyasadev then instructed that the lump be divided into 100 pieces and preserved in hundred earthen pots full of ghee. He instructed that if you open the earthen pots after 12 months, in each pot, there will be a child. They were eagerly waiting for 12 months to pass and after the year passed, they opened the pots and from the first pot, Duryodhana came out. As soon as he was born, he did not cry like a normal child, but he cried like a donkey. Vidura was there. He said, "Please excuse me. This is your first child. But he should be killed. He will bring ill fortune to the whole family." Dhrtarashtra did not listen to Vidura and he said, "He is a two minutes born child. How can you say the he will bring misfortune to the dynasty?" So the child was brought up.

That was Krishna's plan. Krishna is always very kind. Whatever a living entity does, he has to suffer his own karmic reactions. Krishna need not kill the living entity. He just allows them to perform sinful actions and by their own sinful actions, eventually the living entity has to disappear. Krishna was so very kind that even though He wanted Duryodhana to be killed, when he was really killed, Krishna did not at all feel good about it. There is a beautiful verse in Srimad Bhagavatam 3.3.13

sa karṇa-duḥśāsana-saubalānāṁ
kumantra-pākena hata-śriyāyuṣam
suyodhanaṁ sānucaraṁ śayānaṁ
bhagnorum ūrvyāṁ na nananda paśyan

Duryodhana was bereft of his fortune and duration of life because of the intricacy of ill advice given by Karṇa, Duḥśāsana and Saubala. When he lay on the ground with his followers, his thighs broken although he was powerful, the Lord was not happy to see the scene.

As soon as you mix your source of income and the source of maintenance, this is our condition. Duryodhana had bad association all the way. That is why we are so fortunate. For generations together we are very much indebted to Srila Prabhupada's efforts. Not only me, but ten generations to come, they will be indebted to this saint. He has given us the opportunity wherein we can have the good association. Except Srila Prabhupada's temples, there is not really good association anywhere. Half an hour, one hour we discuss Srimad Bhagavatam. May be a few living entities are sitting here. Doesn't matter. But these vibrations are going around. These vibrations are shubha. Auspicious vibrations. Non different from Krishna. It is a very good association. We are saved. Duryodhana was demoniac by nature. In addition to it, he was surrounded by Karna, Duhshaasana and Shakuni. These three – kumantra-pākena - they were always seeing him and filling his ears with poison. Duryodhana himself was not that bad, but association was completely obnoxious.

Maharaj went on to explain how Krishna felt pain on seeing Duryodhana being killed and the same shall be 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.