Lessons from the life of Dhrtarashtra - Part 23

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 were meditating on some of the sublime instructions given by Narada Muni to Yudhishtir Maharaj upon the departure of Dhrtarashtra to the forest. Now we shall see further.

Many a times we keep meditating and brooding over the problems of life, instead of turning our attention to Krishna and devotional service. As a result we get lost in the maze of problems, not knowing how to get out of it. We become unnecessarily anxious and worried about things which either are not in our control, or not yet occurred. All such concocted worries kill our valuable time and vital energy which we can use in service of Supreme Lord. When Maharaj Yudhishthira was becoming anxious about the well-being and whereabouts of his uncles and aunt Narada Muni advises him as to how the Supreme Lord who is protecting all the living entities, right from small ant to Lord Brahmaji will take care of them. In Srimad Bhagavatam verse 1.13.47 Narada Muni says,

tad idam bhagavaan raajann / eka aatmaatmanaam sva-drk
antaro 'nantaro bhaati / pashya tam maayayorudhaa

Therefore, O King, you should look to the Supreme Lord only, who is one without a second and who manifests Himself by different energies and is both within and without.

Krishna is omnipresent. He is all pervading - present within the hearts of all people - those who are favourable to us, as well as those who are not favourable to us. He is also present outside of everything. As our beloved spiritual master HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj says, "We have to try to see Krishna's hands in everything." Root cause of all the problem is that we fail to see Krishna in everyone. Lord is always blissful and by looking at Him, we will also get the same bliss. But when we keep looking at others' faults we will always be disturbed by happiness and distress. Srila Prabhupada nicely mentions in the purport to the above verse, "One should look unto the Lord; one should not be disturbed by the so-called manifestations of happiness or distress, but he should try to cooperate with the Lord in His outward activities for correcting the fallen souls..Yudhishthira Maharaja is advised by Närada, therefore, not to be disturbed by the affairs of so-called happiness and distress, but to look only unto the Lord to execute the mission for which the Lord has descended. That was his prime duty."

In this regard we remember a nice instructive conversation that happened between a business man and His Divine Grace Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Maharaj. The business man used to regularly came for darshan of the Deities. But when he saw that two brahmacharis in the temple were fighting tooth and nail he immediately went back without having darshan of the Deities. When Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati came to know of this and he asked him the reason for his departure. The business man said that he came to the temple to get out of the modes in the material world and when he saw that the same fighting is going on in the temple also, he was upset and hence he went back without darshan. His Divine Grace chastised him asking whether he had come to the temple for Deity darshan or for dosha darshan? The ultimate loser is the businessman himself because he had not fulfilled the purpose of his visit. The temple is just like a hospital wherein the treatment is going on for curing the material disease of bodily conception. In a hospital what do we expect to see? We can see only patients who are undergoing the treatment and we cannot expect perfection and thus start criticizing observing the faults. Because they have taken up the process of purification, eventually they will rid themselves of all the inebrieties. By concentrating on the fault, the man could not fulfil his self interest.

Likewise this material world is a bigger hospital. So there would be different kinds of patients around us. As Narada Muni instructs, our prime duty is to simply look at Krishna and co-operate with His mission of helping each other in our path back home, back to Godhead. On this auspicious occasion of Balaram Poornima - The appearance day of "Aad Guru", Lord Balaram, let us pray at the lotus feet of Srila Gurudeva, Srila Prabhupada and all the acaryas, so that we see Krishna always in all situations and serve in co-operation.

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.