Beware of Providential Killing

Dear Prabhujis and Matajis,
Hare Krishna! Please accept my humble pranams! All Glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev!

While I was going through the qualities of Lord Nityananda Prabhuji on His appearance day last week, I came across a wonderful purport of Srila Prabhupada in Srimad Bhagavatam 4.6.47 glorifying the Lord Nityananda and Haridas Thakura for their compassion to living entities who were very much inimical to them.

"A Vaishnava should follow the examples of such Vaishnavas as Haridasa Thakura, Nityananda Prabhu and also Lord Jesus Christ. There is no need to kill anyone who has already been killed."

The verse SB 4.6.47 is wonderful to meditate upon and our Maharaj has given a super excellent nectarean realization on this verse for about 3 hours (in Chennai) and it has already been published in Granthraj in Feb 2003.

pṛthag-dhiyaḥ karma-dṛśo durāśayāḥ
parodayenārpita-hṛd-rujo ’niśam
parān duruktair vitudanty aruntudās
tān māvadhīd daiva-vadhān bhavad-vidhaḥ

Persons who observe everything with differentiation, who are simply attached to fruitive activities, who are mean minded, who are always pained to see the flourishing condition of others and who thus give distress to them by uttering harsh and piercing words have already been killed by providence. Thus there is no need for them to be killed again by an exalted personality like you.

There are five qualities mentioned here which needs to be avoided as we are trying our level best to become devotees of the Lord.

1. Persons who observe everything with differentiation - pṛthag-dhiyaḥ

2. Once we discriminate us from others then we are more interested in enjoying our fruitive results - karma-dṛśah

3. Once our fruitive activities are not satisfying then we become mean-minded - durāśayāḥ

4. This mean-mindedness leads to becoming ourselves pained in seeing the flourishing condition of others. parodayenārpita-hṛd-rujo ’niśam

5. Finally this automatically leads us to giving distress to other living entities by uttering harsh and piercing words - parān duruktair vitudanty aruntudās.

These category of living entities are already killed by providence. This point is very nice to meditate upon. Of the above five reasons we observe that the first four reasons are very very subtle in nature as it is happening in our mind first and the fifth one is on account of dictation of our polluted mind in causing distress with harsh words to other living entities. We can also observe the first four affects the living entity who is thinking in that way and fifth one is minimal effect to the other living entity. Therefore Srimad Bhagavatam is perfect in addressing that they are providentially killed. The providential killing is due to the fact that we are observing everything in differentiation. We never see all the activities and the living entities are eternally related as part and parcel of the Lord Krishna. This is the beginning of our downfall and it assures our continued existence in the material world. This continuation of material existence is called as 'Providentially killed'. Their scope of developing Krishna consciousness becomes very difficult. As devotees of the Lord, we are struggling in the material existence and should be on guard always to protect us from this dangerous pitfall which can perpetuate our material existence. As such in the material world we are always threatened by non-existence although our existence is eternal (soul is eternal). It is like adding wound to the wounded portion of our body which increases the pain rather than giving relief.

It is very easy to offer to granthraj but practice becomes very difficult. The only way out is to see the Lord in each and every activity and in every living entity (sama dṛśah) and be satisfied with our present condition of life (santuṣṭyā yena kena vā) and also understand the temporary nature of our existence in this world. Maharaj is saying that we should develop the waiting room consciousness in this material world as a passenger waits in a railway station to catch his train and is totally detached to the station.

By observing these principles enunciated above we can at least try to minimize this propensity of observing everything differential from the Lord.

In the ensuing mail we will discuss in detail about the remedy for this deep-rooted malady inherited by us from time immemorial.

I therefore pray to the Supreme Lord, my beloved Spiritual master, and Srila Prabhupada to shower their causeless mercy to me so that I am constantly cautioned against this indiscriminate differentiation.

Thank you very much.
Your humble servant in the service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev,
Sajjana Priya Krishna das
Abu Dhabi