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 Lord is pleased.
1. when we are obedient to elders.
2. when we forgive the offence of others.
3. Lord is pleased when we engage in loving devotional service and not by Vedic rituals performed to satisfy our senses.
4. when we discharge our occupational duties.
Now we shall see further.
5. Lord's Instructions:
In Srimad Bhagavatam verse 4.20.13 Lord Vishnu instructs Prthu Maharaj
sukhe ca duḥkhe ca jitendriyāśayaḥ
My dear heroic King, please keep yourself always equipoised and treat people equally, whether they are greater than you, in the intermediate stage or lower than you. Do not be disturbed by temporary distress or happiness. Fully control your mind and senses. In this transcendental position, try to execute your duty as king in whatever condition of life you may be posted by My arrangement, for your only duty here is to give protection to the citizens of your kingdom.
Just like how parent is very pleased with his/her obedient child, similarly Krishna is also very pleased when we follow the instructions given by Him. In the above verse Lord hilights few wonderful qualities which we shall try to meditate in today's offering,
1. samaḥ — equipoised. to all living entities. General tendency for us is that we respect people based on their social status and our degree of respect changes according to the prosperity of the people whom me meet. But here Lord Vishnu specifcally advises that irrespective of the social status, we should treat everyone equally with love and respect.
2. Equipoised in happiness and distress - sukhe ca duḥkhe ca. Happiness and distress are all temporary in this material world and as Lord Krishna says in Bhagavad Gita - they are like seasons. So we should treat them also equally.
3. jitendriyāśayaḥ - Control the mind and senses. Uncontrolled mind and senses cause havoc not only to us and also the people around us.
4. mayopakḷptākhila-loka-saṁyuto - To accept the plan of Lord and carry on with our prescribed duties. In the story of cobbler and the priest, we can see how the cobbler did not crib about his material position - but he simply carried on his duty of sewing the sandals and at the same time engaged in singing bhajans glorifying the Lord.
In Bhagavad Gita Chapter 12 also we find in verses 13 to 19, Lord Krishna says to Arjuna about all these qualities and about how Lord is pleased with those who possess them. In verse 12.18-19 Lrod says,
samaḥ śatrau ca mitre ca tathā mānāpamānayoḥ
śītoṣṇa-sukha-duḥkheṣu samaḥ saṅga-vivarjitaḥ
tulya-nindā-stutir maunī santuṣṭo yena kenacit
aniketaḥ sthira-matir bhaktimān me priyo naraḥ
One who is equal to friends and enemies, who is equipoised in honor and dishonor, heat and cold, happiness and distress, fame and infamy, who is always free from contaminating association, always silent and satisfied with anything, who doesn’t care for any residence, who is fixed in knowledge and who is engaged in devotional service – such a person is very dear to Me.
Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Sudarshana devi dasi
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