Attracting Krishna by Good Qualities - Part 1

Dear Prabhujis and Matajis,
Hare Krishna. Please accept our humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva.

We all know that Krishna spoke Bhagavat-gita to Arjuna but not many of us ponder why did He choose Arjuna to speak this most glorious and transcendental subject of knowledge. While Krishna says in the Gita itself that He is speaking this confidential science to him because Arjuna is His dearmost friend, we do need to know how did Arjuna become Krishna's dearmost friend. It is not just by putting his hands on Krishna's shoulder and speak informally that Arjuna became His friend. There are certain uncommon qualities that Arjuna possessed that made Krishna accept him as His dear friend. We cannot exhaust the transcendental qualities of pure devotees with our puny intelligence but we strive to do it because by trying to understand them and share them with others, our hearts will get purified.

One of the important quality of Arjuna is exhibited in the episode wherein the Pandavas had to live incognito for one year in the kingdom of Virat. Arjuna disguised himself as a dancer (napumsaka) and was teaching dance to the royal princess. Duryodhana somehow sensed that the Pandavas were staying in the palace of Virat and tried to instigate a fight with the king. When the king came to know that Duryodhana and his cohorts were attacking their region, he was worried. Arjuna encouraged the king and said that he will drive the chariot for the prince Uttara, who can defeat the enemies.

When the two went to fight Duryodhana's troop, Uttara became frightened and started to run away. But Arjuna caught hold of the running Uttara, gave him courage and revealed his true form of Arjuna. Then Arjuna started a ferocious fight and defeated all the big warriors who accompanied Duryodhana. On seeing Arjuna's valor, Uttara also gained courage and supported in the fight. 

On their return, Arjuna again dressed as a dancer and entered the kingdom. He told the king that the prince Uttara's great valor and strength was the cause of victory and profusely praised the prince.

We can see that the normal tendency in all of us is to be a winner, and that too win at all cost, if that means putting down the efforts of others. Rarely do we see anyone willing to take a back seat and let others bask in the limelight. Arjuna exhibited the true nature of a noble person endowed with the special qualities, letting Uttara get all glorification.

In regard to the above incident, we were fortunate to read a beautiful piece of writing from my Guru Maharaj's diary and would like to share it with you all.

"It is in ordinary human nature to look with contempt on lower levels of conduct in ability. The rich scorn the poor, the beautiful hate the plain, the strong hate the weak, brave men despise cowards. But Arjuna was no ordinary man but a great soul and a true hero who felt that his duty as a strong brave man was to help others to rise above their weakness knowing that nature had endowed him with courage and bravery at birth and that he owed them to no special exertions on his part. He had the true humility of the really great and he did what he could to put courage into Uttara and make him worthy of his lineage.

This was Arjuna's characteristic nobility. He never abused his strength and power. One of his many names is Bibhatsu, which means 'one who shrank from doing an unworthy act' and he lived upto it."

Arjuna knew well that the source of his strength and power was Krishna. So he did not see a need to get glorified but instead decided to make Uttara get the glorification so that he will be encouraged to serve Krishna in that capacity. Special transcendental qualities as exhibited by Arjuna in the above incident such as nobility, humility and happy to see others glorified etc forced Krishna to be attracted to him.

Srila Narada muni exhibits this glorious quality when he shares the happy news of Dhruva Maharaj returning back to Godhead to the Pracetas, with so much joy  (SB 4.12.42).

yaḥ pañca-varṣo guru-dāra-vāk-śarair
bhinnena yāto hṛdayena dūyatā
vanaṁ mad-ādeśa-karo ’jitaṁ prabhuṁ
jigāya tad-bhakta-guṇaiḥ parājitam

Just see how Dhruva Maharaja, aggrieved at the harsh words of his stepmother, went to the forest at the age of only five years and under my direction underwent austerity. Although the Supreme Personality of Godhead is unconquerable, Dhruva Maharaja defeated Him with the specific qualifications possessed by the Lord's devotees.

We can see the similar nature in great devotees such as Srila Prabhupada and our Guru Maharaj. Srila Prabhupada always made us feel as if we can also achieve the same level of devotion like him. Our Guru Maharaj H H Mahavishnu Goswami, also exhibited uncommon humility in making us all feel as if we can also study and speak Bhagavatam like him and we can also do devotional service like him, while in reality, his level of devotion is unparalleled and inconceivable. Following in their footsteps, let us also try to encourage each other and be happy in seeing others getting glorification.

Krishna willing, let us see other such transcendental qualities of Arjuna in the upcoming mails.

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