Steadiness in Devotional Service - Part 13

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

This is in continuation of the transcription of the inspiring Bhagavad Gita class given by our God brother HG Devakinandan Prabhuji on verse 2.41. In the previous offering we have heard about 9 points. We were hearing the pastime of Dhruva Maharaj and how Lord Krishna responded to his prayers. Now we shall continue to hear further.

10. Anger stops our determination: After Dhruva Maharaj becomes a great devotee, 36000 years he rules Dhruva loka. But in that 36000 years a terrible event occurs and we will end with that point, because it is very practical to us. His brother Uttama who used to sit on the lap of his father, he was also grown up and one day in a battle, Uttama is killed by a celestial being known as Yaksha. Dhruva Maharaj is very close to his brother. He becomes very upset. When we lose something which is precious to us, it is natural that we become upset. But he is a great devotee, kshatriya. So he says, "I will go to the Yaksha planet and kill the Yaksha who killed my brother." So he goes and kills. After killing the Yaksha who killed his brother, Dhruva Maharaj's anger continues and he kills the entire Yaksha population. Kshatriya, very powerful! He doesn't want to stop. At that point of time, Svayambhuva Manu comes and advises him. Dhruva Maharaj comes form a great established line of great devotees. Brahmaji is the great great grand father. Svayambhuva Manu is his great grand father. Therefore he is of good stock. But even then, despite having taken darshan of Krishna, he became a prey to anger. That is the other point that stops our determination - when we become angry. When we are angry, when we are disturbed, we are not determined. We become determined to be angry. We become determined to be disturbed. But we are not determined to be with Krishna

So Dhruva Maharaj lost his cool. Svayambhuva Manu comes to him and says, "Dhruva, you are great devotee. What are you doing? Have you forgotten that you have met the Supreme Lord?" Now this is the third spiritual master in Dhruva Maharaj's life. And because Dhruva Maharaj hears him now, Svayambhuva Manu says that "The Lord is not pleased, with one who behaves like you. The Lord is pleased if one behaves, titikṣayā karuṇayā  maitryā cākhila-jantuṣu - So one who is friendly to living entities, who is tolerant and one who is merciful, sarvātma samatvena - one who sees equally everyone, then bhagavān samprasīdati. Then that person becomes the source of pleasure to Krishna." 

Very important advice for all of us. Whenever we want to become angry with a devotee, or upset with someone, always think - "Do you think your getting upset or angry with someone will upset Krishna?" - "Yes". Then don't do it. Our aim is to satisfy Krishna, not to satisfy ourselves. So Dhruva Maharaj comes to his senses again. He thanks Svayambhuva Manu and my Guru Maharaj has written in his notes that, "Dhruva Maharaj was very determined to kill tha Yakshas. There also he was determined. But that determination was misplaced. Determination which is misplaced is of no value. Determination which is placed in the right place, by the instruction of the spiritual master, that is valuable." So Dhruva comes out of the illusion of anger. And he continues to rule the polestar. And till today he remembers the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Krishna, in the continuous pastimes of Srimad Bhagavatam. 

Krishna willing we shall continue to hear more nectar from Prabhuji in the subsequent offerings.

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