Finding our Own Faults- Part 1

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

Once there lived a charitable king who used to feed the brahmanas sumptuously. On one of the occasions, when prasadam was being served to the brahmanas in the courtyard of the king's palace, an eagle flew over that area. The eagle was holding its prey, a poisonous snake in it's beak. The snake unable to bear the tight grip of the eagle was spitting poison out of its mouth and accidentally a drop of poison fell in the plate of one of the brahmana. When the brahmana ate that food, he died. The king became very unhappy and regretted very much for this mishap.

In Yamaloka, Yamaraj and his servants while taking account of the sinful reactions, were wondering whom to assign the reaction for the killing of this brahmana. Is it the mistake of king, the eagle or the snake? None of them had the intention of killing the brahmana. While they Yamadutas were trying to find a way for this, there was another group of brahmanas who were passing through that kingdom, wanting to meet the king. They met a woman on the way and requested her to show them the directions of the king's palace. After giving them the directions the woman said, "There lives the king who is famous for killing the brahmanas." As soon as she uttered this statement, Yamaraj decided to assign the sinful reaction of killing the brahmana to this lady. Such is the intricacies of dharma. The king was innocent and he just wanted to do charity to the brahmanas. The eagle was busy catching his prey and did not intend to hurt the brahmana. The snake also had spit the poison out of pain and did not have intentions to kill the brahmana. But since the lady not caring to know the real situation, simply accused the king to be a killer of the brahmanas, she had to take the reaction for killing the brahmana. 

Herein we see that the lady accrued sinful reactions because she blamed the King based on whatever she had heard about the incident. This is a big lesson for us on how careful we have to be, before we utter anything. It is said in the scriptures,

jihvāgre varthathe lakshmi jihvāgre mithra bāndhavah
jihv
āgre bandhanam prāpthi jihvāgre maranam dhruvam

 The tongue is the cause of Truth and Prosperity. The tongue also earns for us friends and relatives. It is the tongue that brings bondage and death. Everything rests on the tip of our tongue.

Krishna willing we shall see more on this in the ensuing offering,

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