Behaviour Counts - Part 2

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 offering titled, "Behaviour Counts" wherein we were seeing how Ravan by his (mis)behaviour kept earning only curses from everyone. When he tried to lift the Kailash hills, he displeased Lord Shiva who pressed his toe causing the hill to hurt Ravana's arms. To save himself Ravana started chanting Sama Veda prayers and after 100 years, Lord Shiva kindly gave him darshan. Instead of repenting for his mistake, Ravana asked Lord Shiva to give him Pashupata weapons. 

Lord Shiva knew his lust for battle, but still gave him the weapon and immediately left the place. On the contrary we can see how Arjuna by his behaviour pleased everyone.

Srila Prabhupada writes in the purport of Bhagavad Gita verse 2.33, "Arjuna was a famous fighter, and he attained fame by fighting many great demigods, including even Lord Śiva. After fighting and defeating Lord Śiva in the dress of a hunter, Arjuna pleased the lord and received as a reward a weapon called pāśupata-astra. Everyone knew that he was a great warrior. Even Droṇācārya gave him benedictions and awarded him the special weapon by which he could kill even his teacher. So he was credited with so many military certificates from many authorities, including his adoptive father Indra, the heavenly king."

 In Mahabharat we find that Lord Shiva came in the form of hunter to pick up fight with Arjuna. When Arjuna fought with great valour, Lord Shiva was very pleased. As dear most devotee of Lord Krishna, he was very pleased in the glorious way in which Arjuna fought with so much expertise. So Lord Shiva whole-heartedly blessed him that he would be successful in his endeavours to fight against the evil forces, and that he would also be blessed with celestial weapons from other devatas as well. Lord Shiva, Dronacarya, Indra and all other devatas had full confidence on Arjuna that he would not misuse his powers and there by gave the divine weapons. 

Prahlad Maharaj very aptly prays in SB 5.18.12

yasyāsti bhaktir bhagavaty akiñcanā
sarvair guṇais tatra samāsate surāḥ
harāv abhaktasya kuto mahad-guṇā
manorathenāsati dhāvato bahiḥ

All the demigods and their exalted qualities, such as religion, knowledge and renunciation, become manifest in the body of one who has developed unalloyed devotion for the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Vāsudeva. On the other hand, a person devoid of devotional service and engaged in material activities has no good qualities. Even if he is adept at the practice of mystic yoga or the honest endeavor of maintaining his family and relatives, he must be driven by his own mental speculations and must engage in the service of the Lord’s external energy. How can there be any good qualities in such a man? 

Being a unalloyed devotee of the Lord, Arjuna was embodiment of all good qualities, whereas Ravana inspite of being a veda vipra, because of not surrendering to Supreme Lord was a utter failure.

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