Pleasing Krishna - Part 10

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 how when Lord is pleased by the good behaviour of the devotees, He is willing to bestow any benediction on them.

10. Mission of Human Life:
After seeing the loving exchange between Lord Vishnu and Prthu Maharaj, Indra who had accompanied the Lord in the sacrificial arena repented for his mistakes. In Srimad Bhagavatam verse 4.20.18 Maitreya muni says

spṛśantaṁ pādayoḥ premṇā vrīḍitaṁ svena karmaṇā
śata-kratuṁ pariṣvajya vidveṣaṁ visasarja ha

As King Indra was standing by, he became ashamed of his own activities and fell down before King Pṛthu to touch his lotus feet. But Pṛthu Mahārāja immediately embraced him in great ecstasy and gave up all envy against him for his having stolen the horse meant for the sacrifice.

This is a very very instructive interaction between Indra and Prthu Maharaj. Many times we offend others and become so insensitive that we don't care to introspect and repent for our mistakes. But somehow or the other if we are fortunate to get the association of Lord and His pure devotees, simply by their association, there is a change in our heart. When Indra was trying to steal the horse, he never realised his mistake. Every time he was deprived of the horse, he ended up doing more and more offence. Since Lord Krishna is param pavitram, He is purifying force and so in that good association Indra could realise his mistake and in order to seek forgivance from Prthu Maharaj fell down to touch his feet.

There is a saying, "To err is human, to forgive is divine." When someone repents for the mistake and seeks forgivance, we should not make them feel low, but be magnanimous enough to appreciate their attempt to change. Herein we find the glorious quality of Prthu Maharaj. He lovingly embraced Prthu Maharaj and there by both of them became free from all envy and anger. In his wonderful purport to the above verse Srila Prabhupada writes, "Both King Indra and Mahārāja Pṛthu were envious and angry with each other, but since both of them were Vaiṣṇavas, or servants of Lord Viṣṇu, it was their duty to adjust the cause of their envy. This is also a first-class example of cooperative behavior between Vaiṣṇavas. In the present days, however, because people are not Vaiṣṇavas, they fight perpetually among one another and are vanquished without finishing the mission of human life.

The words of Srila Prabhupada are 100% true. Now-a-days we fight with each other for petty reasons, because we don't realise what is the mission of our life. Mission means that which needs to be done at any cost. So in this rare and valuable human birth, our mission is to become Krishna conscious and assist others also to the best of our ability to take up this process.

In the concluding lines of the purport His Divine Grace very nicely says, "There is a great need to propagate the Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement in the world so that even though people sometimes become angry and malicious toward one another, because of their being Kṛṣṇa conscious such rivalry, competition and envy can be adjusted without difficulty."

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