Ugrakarmana - Part 6

15th Jan 2017
Sudarshana devi dasi

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 topic titled, "Ugrakarmana" wherein we were meditating on the ill-effects of demoniac propensity through the pages of Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 16. So far we saw that demoniac people

1. Engage in horrible works which are destructive and harmful for the world.
2. Hoard wealth for sense gratification ends in disaster.
3. Consider themselves as doers, enjoyers.
4. No relatives, friends, wealth can protect us.
5. Anxieties, worries, excessive attachment to material sense enjoyment take us to hell.

Now we shall see further.

In Bhagavad Gita verse 16.17 Lord Krishna says:

ātma-sambhāvitāḥ stabdhā dhana-māna-madānvitāḥ
yajante nāma-yajñais te dambhenāvidhi-pūrvakam

Self-complacent and always impudent, deluded by wealth and false prestige, they sometimes proudly perform sacrifices in name only, without following any rules or regulations.

The word ātma-sambhāvitāḥ in the above verse means to be self-complacent. Being self-satisfied is favourable to devotional service. Our beloved spiritual master HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj always used to quote the following beautiful verse from shastras to help us understand what we should be satisfied with and what we should not be satisfied with. 

santoṣa triṣu kartavyaḥ sva-dhāre bhojane dhane
santoṣa triṣu na kartavyaḥ svādhyāya japa dānayoḥ 

One should be always satisfied with these three things - their spouse, the food, and the amount of wealth they obtained. One should never be satisfied with these three things - the amount of scriptural study, the amount of chanting and the amount of charity they performed.

But self-complacent nature makes us lazy. When we are self-complacent, we never try to improve ourselves or mend our bad habits. We choose to be stubborn in our own whimisical ways of doing any activity and fail to listen to good advice of others. Being satisfied in our own way of life, we don't want to improve ourselves by following the rules and regulations mentioned in the scriptures. Taking pride of wealth, we try to engage in sacrifice, according to their own whims and that too with the motive of getting name and fame.

In one of the room conversations in New Vrindavan on June 28 1976, Srila Prabhupada while explaining this verse gives the example of scientists who were trying to go to moon and other planets. There are certain rules and regulations prescribed in the scriptures for travelling to other planets. But instead of following them, people craving for name and fame, misuse the hard-earned money paid in the form of tax by the common people in such useless activities like trying to go to moon and other planets. Though such scientist may claim that their research work is for benefit of the people, Srila Prabhupada clarifies that such activities are demoniac as they exploit people's money and hardly do anything good in return.

Krishna willing we shall continue to meditate more on this topic in the subsequent offering.

Hare Krishna.

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