Glories of Srimad Bhagavatam - Part 31

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 'Glories of Srimad Bhagavatam'. In the previous offering we saw how Atmadeva followed the instructions of his son Gokarna, performed devotional service and attained the lotus feet of Lord. Now we shall continue further.

After the death of the father Atmadeva, his son Dhundukari began to trouble and torture his mother Dhundhuli to give him money. He threatened to thrash her with burning stick, if she failed to reveal where the wealth is. Out of fear for her son, Dhunduli committed suicide by jumping into a well. Dhundukari started staying in his house with prostitutes and began to do lot of crimes in order to satisfy those women with wealth and ornaments. What we sow, so we reap. Now the prostitutes began to think that since Dhundukari has involved in so many crimes, he will soon be caught by the king and then there is a possibility that they will also be jailed along with him. So they decided to loot away all his wealth and murder him. So when he was asleep, they tied him with ropes and then tightly tied the ropes around his neck. But when he did not die, they put burning charcoal fire in his mouth and as a result Dhundukari had a horrible death. Later the prostitutes simply told the neighbours that Dhundukari has gone to a far off place to earn money and would return only after a year. Collecting all the wealth, they then absconded from that place. 

As we saw in the recent offering by HG Vaijantimala Mataji, "The evil we do, remains with us." In Mahabharata, Anushasana Parva, it is said,

yatha dhenu sahasreṣu vatso gacchati mātaram
tathā yac ca kṛtam karma kartāram anugacchati

Amongst thousands of cows, the calf finds its own mother cow. Similarly the results of our past karma (deeds) when fully ripened, will find us without fail.

All along his Dhundukari lead a very impious life. He had been cheating others, looting people and taking pleasure in killing innocent souls. Now the same women whom he had trusted all the while killed him in a very cruel manner. His life after death was also painful. Due his past sinful life, he became a ghost. He ran in all 10 directions and was affected by cold and heat, hunger and thirst. Not finding a place to rest and unable to bear his suffering he kept crying.

Krishna willing, we shall try to meditate on further glories of Srimad Bhagavatam in the subsequent offering.

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