Lessons from the Life of Dhrtarashtra - Part 16

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, "Lessons from the life of Dhrtarashtra" based on glorious verses present in first canto, 13th Chapter of Srimad Bhagavatam. In the previous offering we saw Yudhishtira Maharaj regretting for not being able to take care of Dhrtarashtra and Gandhari. At that time, Devarshi Narada Muni appeared there timely to give transcendental knowledge and courage to Yudhishtir Maharaj. In Srimad Bhagavatam verse 1.13.41 Narada Muni says,

nārada uvāca
mā kañcana śuco rājan yad īśvara-vaśaṁ jagat
lokāḥ sapālā yasyeme vahanti balim īśituḥ
sa saṁyunakti bhūtāni sa eva viyunakti ca

Śrī Nārada said: O pious King, do not lament for anyone, for everyone is under the control of the Supreme Lord. Therefore all living beings and their leaders carry on worship to be well protected. It is He only who brings them together and disperses them.

This is very instructive message for all of us. In this material world, we are always thrown into perplexities and depression. The reason is because we think that we are the controllers. And when things go out of control, we become disturbed. Thats why Narada Muni very clearly says not to lament for anyone because - yad ishvara vasham jagat - Krishna is controlling everything. Narada Muni is speaking here based on his own experience in his previous birth as well. When he was the son of maid-servant he wa s completely dependent on his mother. She also wanted to take care of him nicely. But in due course of time, they were separated as his mother died. While recollecting his past life Narada Muni says to Vyasadev in Srimad Bhagavatam verse 1.6.7,

sāsvatantrā na kalpāsīd yoga-kṣemaṁ mamecchatī
īśasya hi vaśe loko yoṣā dārumayī yathā

She wanted to look after my maintenance properly, but because she was not independent, she was not able to do anything for me. The world is under the full control of the Supreme Lord; therefore everyone is like a wooden doll in the hands of a puppet master.

After his mother's death, there was no one else to take care of him. But still he was always protected the Supreme Lord not, not only in his previous birth, but also in th is birth of Narada Muni. Likewise although Yudhishtira Maharaj was anxious about the well-being of his uncles and aunt, Narada Muni makes it clear to him that they are all protected by Supreme Lord - irrespective of whether they are placed in the royal palace or in the dark forest. The point to be repetitively remembered is that we are limited and we are not the controller. The Lord is unlimited and He is the Supreme controller. Whatever is happening in this world, it is all sanctioned/allowed by Supreme Lord - whether it is favourable/unfavourable. The best thing to do is to simply accept His authority and will and try to align ourselves according to His plan. Srila Prabhupada very nicely says in the purport to the above verse, "Every living being, either in this material world or in the spiritual world, is under the control of the Supreme Lord, the Personality of Godhead. Beginning from Brahmaji, the leader of this universe, down to the insignificant ant, all are abi ding by the order of the Supreme Lord. Thus the constitutional position of the living being is subordination under the control of the Lord. The foolish living being, especially man, artificially rebels against the law of the Supreme and thus becomes chastised as an asura, or lawbreaker."

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

Hare Krishna.

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