Ugrakarmana - Part 10

24th 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 conclusion of the previous topic titled, "Ugrakarmana" wherein we saw the ill-effects of demoniac propensity through the pages of Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 16. In the last offering we saw how lust, anger and greed are three gates to hell and how if we escape from these three gates, we can enter the kingdom of God. Now we shall see further.

Lord Krishna says in Srimad Bhagavad Gita verses 16.23 and 24:

yaḥ śāstra-vidhim utsṛjya vartate kāma-kārataḥ
na sa siddhim avāpnoti na sukhaṁ na parāṁ gatim

tasmāc chāstraṁ pramāṇaṁ te kāryākārya-vyavasthitau
jñātvā śāstra-vidhānoktaṁ karma kartum ihārhasi

He who discards scriptural injunctions and acts according to his own whims attains neither perfection, nor happiness, nor the supreme destination. One should therefore understand what is duty and what is not duty by the regulations of the scriptures. Knowing such rules and regulations, one should act so that he may gradually be elevated.

Our beloved spiritual master HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj says that the root word of śāstra comes from śāsan which means to rule. "If we let scriptures rule our life, then our life will be glorious." On the other hand when we don't follow scriptural injunctions we will neither be happy nor would we reach our ultimate goal. As long as we abide to guru, sādhu and śāstra our life will be blissful and the moment we disregard them, we become demoniac and thereby face hellish experience. Let us consider an example. Time and again we read in scriptures about how it is important to be tolerant, to see Krishna's hands in testing circumstances and accept the changing situations. But many a times even after studying them, we fail to follow or find it bit too difficult to follow and thereby make our lives miserable. But when we see the living examples of great devotees around us, by their mercy, someday these good qualities will rub on us as well. 

In early years in London when Maharaj joined the temple as a vanaprastha, some people mistook him to be a old Indian man, coming to temple just for prasadam. Maharaj did not mind anyone's criticism. He regularly attended the morning program starting from mangala arati, shrngaar arati and Bhagavatam class. Once the class was over, he used to leave without taking prasadam. The person who earlier criticised Maharaj had been noting this for few months. He understood that Maharaj is coming to temple for association with Krishna and he came running to Maharaj and requested him to please honour breakfast prasadam every day. Maharaj saw Krishna's hands in both the instances. When he had to move out of the temple also, he took it as Krishna's arrangement and later when he was called in also he took it as Krishna's arrangement. Since Maharaj whole-heartedly accepted whatever change Krishna made in his life and was tolerant, Maharaj was always blissful. Normally our tendency is to react to criticism, fight tooth and nail to prove our innocence or we completely avoid people and stop going to temple. But despite the terrible cold mornings in UK, his old-age etc., Maharaj daily came to temple, attended morning program starting from mangala arati. Maharaj's tolerance brought a positive change in the person who offended him as well as he could realise Maharaj's purity. 

We pray that we always remember the glorious life of Maharaj who is a Maha Bhagavata, who lead his life according to Srimad Bhagavatam. By constantly remembering the life and activities of such great souls, we will also be able to give-up our demoniac propensities and perfect our lives.

Hare Krishna.

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