The Transformation - Part 2

13th Apr 2024
Vaijayantimala devi dasi

Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances! All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev!

This is in continuation of the previous offering wherein we are seeing a very interesting story of  how  the verse chanted by a dancer elicits so much of respect and honor for the dancer. She spoke the following verse actually to alert and awaken the accompanying artists who were playing the instruments

atīto bahu kālo re kincit evāvasishyate
śana mātrasya dośena mā bhava tvam kalankitah

This means that “ Hey! A long time has passed. Only very litle time is remaining. By committing a mistake in the last minute, don’t become polluted or subject to be condemned.”

The King seeks explanation on the reason why all were offering so much respect and honor to the dancer  and we saw the King’s spiritual master speaking in the last offering. Now we see the others speaking out their hearts,

The princess told the King “My dear father, though I have already reached the marriageable age, you had not been thinking about my marriage, So I decided to run away with the mahout who takes care of our elephant, but on hearing the verse spoken by the dancer, I woke up. Otherwise after maintaining dignity for all these years, I would have brought great disrepute to the royal family. The dancer saved me form committing this great blunder.”

The prince said “Oh King ! even though you have grown old, I never saw any symptom of you leaving the kingdom and going to the forest as a vanaprastha. So I made an evil plan in association with the military commander, to kill you and take hold of the kingdom. But on hearing the verse spoken by the dancer, I got the message that “be peaceful and patient. After the demise of the king you will only take over the kingdom. After waiting for all these years, why should you now carry the sin of killing your  own father?

Srimad Bhagavatam 8.6.24 says

yūyaṁ tad anumodadhvaṁ yad icchanty asurāḥ surāḥ
na saṁrambheṇa sidhyanti sarvārthāḥ sāntvayā yathā

My dear demigods, with patience and peace everything can be done, but if one is agitated by anger, the goal is not achieved. Therefore, whatever the demons ask, agree to their proposal.

In this regard, there is a very famous couplet written by one of the foremost poets of Sanskrit literature Bhāravi in his great work Kirātārjunīyam.

sahasā vidadhīta na kriyām avivekaḥ paramāpadāṁ padam
vṛṇute hi vimṛśyakāriṇaṁ guṇalubdhāḥ svayameva sampadaḥ

One should not do anything in a hurry, A person who does not deliberate (avivekah) faces great calamities. Fortunes which are always attached to merits, seek on their own one who acts with reflection.

Hearing the speech by all of these personalities there was an inner transformaion happening within the heart of the king also. He was remembering the words of King Yayati in Srimad Bhagavatam 9.19.14

na jātu kāmaḥ kāmānām upabhogena śāṁyati
haviṣā kṛṣṇa-vartmeva bhūya evābhivardhate

As supplying butter to a fire does not diminish the fire but instead increases it more and more, the endeavor to stop lusty desires by continual enjoyment can never be successful. [In fact, one must voluntarily cease from material desires.]

He realized that life is meant for realizing the Supreme Lord. His spiritual knowledge was awakened. He became detached. After due consideration, he handed over the kingdm to his son, the prince. He also told his daughter the princess, “In this court now so many princes from various countries are there. You please seect a suitable qualified prince as your husband. I will arrange for your marriage.” The king then performed the marriage of his daughter and leaving the kingdom, went to  the forest to be engaged in devotional service.

The dancer who had spoken the verse thought, “By  hearing the verse, there has been so much transformation in the hearts of so many here. Why I am not getting transformed?” By thinking about this, she could feel detachment arising within her heart and she decided, "From today I shall give up all this and be enaged in the devotional service of Lord Shri Krishna, who is our Supreme master and thus spend my remaining life." She remembers the beautiful Pingala Gita from Srimad Bhagavatam 11.8.31 and prayed

santaṁ samīpe ramaṇaṁ rati-pradaṁ
vitta-pradaṁ nityam imaṁ vihāya
akāma-daṁ duḥkha-bhayādhi-śoka-
moha-pradaṁ tuccham ahaṁ bhaje ’jñā

I am such a fool that I have given up the service of that person who, being eternally situated within my heart, is actually most dear to me. That most dear one is the Lord of the universe, who is the bestower of real love and happiness and the source of all prosperity. Although He is in my own heart, I have completely neglected Him. Instead I have ignorantly served insignificant men who can never satisfy my real desires and who have simply brought me unhappiness, fear, anxiety, lamentation and illusion.

May the powerful verses of Srimad Bhagavad Gita and Srimad Bhagavatam and the purports of Srila Prabhupada bring about this inner transformation in all our hearts.

Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev,
Vaijayantimala devi dasi,