Don't Blame Others, Blame Yourself

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

The recent mail from HG Murali Prabhu is really interesting and Maharaj so effectively gives the practical solution the Bhagavatam way for all our miseries. One more he gave in Chennai is as under:

Srimad Bhagavatam 11.23.42 says,

dvija uvāca
nāyaṁ jano me sukha-duḥkha-hetur
na devatātmā graha-karma-kālāḥ
manaḥ paraṁ kāraṇam āmananti
saṁsāra-cakraṁ parivartayed yat

The brāhmaṇa said: These people are not the cause of my happiness and distress. Neither are the demigods, my own body, the planets, my past work, or time. Rather, it is the mind alone that causes happiness and distress and perpetuates the rotation of material life.

Maharaj just took the first line of the verse which says, "These people are not the cause of my happiness and distress" and gave supremely enlightening and practical instructions.

We all have the wrong notion that the other living entities are the cause of our distress. This is the most important stumbling block in our devotional service. Unless we remove the blocks, we will not be able to do devotional service. This removal of blocks is very well done by Srimad Bhagavatam. Blaming others for everything, we may go on reading Bhagavatam for 10 or 20 years, but that is not going to be of any use. Life must change. Otherwise, it will be a show-off.

No human being should be blamed for our distress. The Bhagavatam way is to stop blaming others and start blaming ourselves. If we deeply think, we are at fault and this is correct and the real thing. Recognizing this reality is Real - isation. We are just groping in the dark without understanding the reality. Bhagavatam says the universal truth" DO NOT BLAME OTHERS. BLAME YOURSELF." This saves us so much time. This way we do not have any mental anguish. If we blame others, we try to harm him and for this, we have to plan and scheme. On the other hand, if we blame ourselves, the thing stops there. Our material entanglements have to be cut short and our time should be invested in the study of Srimad Bhagavatam and then our eyes will sparkle and there will be no cataract. Otherwise, Krishna will cut our eyes.

The only remedy without side effects for all our diseases is the holy names of Krishna. This improves the circulation of blood and our figures change for the better. We should not increase our own mentally concocted conditions. As it is we are conditioned souls. Increasing these unwanted things leads to mental anguish, blood clots, blocks and strokes. Everything should be connected to the Supreme Absolute Truth Krishna.

The Vaishnava etiquette is to recognize the Supreme Authority Krishna, get attached to Him, and get out of this material world.

Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev,
Vaijayantimala devi dasi
Abu Dhabi.