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Symbol of Tolerance

In Srimad Bhagavatam verse 6.9.6, Sukadeva Goswami while describing about the appearance of the demon Vrttrasura says to Maharaj Parikshit brahma-hatyaam anjalinaa / jagraaha yad apeeshvarah sam vatsaraante tad agham / bhutaanaam sa vishuddhaye bhumy-ambu-druma-yoshidbhyash / caturdhaa vyabhajad dharih “Although Indra was so powerful that he could neutralize the sinful reactions for killing a brahmana, he repentantly accepted the burden of these reactions with folded hands. He suffered for one year, and then to purify himself he distributed the reactions for this sinful killing among the earth, water, trees and women.“ It is understood here , that Indra could distribute his sinful reactions, to earth, water, trees and women, since all these are a symbol of tolerance. Only because they have the capacity to tolerate silently, they were distributed with this high responsibility of neutralizing for mistakes not committed by them. In this regard, 11th canto 7th chapter of Srimad Bhagavatam ... Read More »

Worry About Three Fingers

In Srimad Ramayana, we see that when Bharata came back from his maternal uncle’s house, he found that Rama has gone on an exile. Bharata wanted to analyze and find out the reason why Rama had gone on an exile and who is to be blamed? He was thinking on the following lines. 1. Could it be Manthara? (Kooni) Manthara was the servant maid of Kaikeyi. We all know that she instigated Kaikeyi to get the boons from King Dasharatha by explaining to Kaikeyi the opulence which Kausalya would achieve if Rama becomes the King. But Bharatha hastened to say, “No. She is not to be blamed. She is only Kaikeyi’s servant and so her well wisher. She wanted the well being of her mistress and for that she cannot be blamed.” 2. Could it be Kaikeyi? Then Bharatha started thinking whether his own mother Kaikeyi is to be blamed ... Read More »

Answers from A Maha-Bhagavata – How to Handle Criticism ?

Answers from A Maha-Bhagavata – How to Handle Criticism ? Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis, Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev. Recently I was going through the diary which contained my conversations with our beloved Gurudev, HDG Mahavishnu Gosvami Maharaj. I seek the permission of the devotees to allow me to share the contents of one of the conversations. I will try and list down the points which I had taken down on my note book. The conversation was a question and answer session on the following verse sung by Madhavendra Puri. This verse was found in the purport to Srimad Bhagavatam 2.4.3-4 mugdham maam nigadantu neeti-nipunaa bhraantam muhur vaidikaah mandam baandhava-sancayâ jada-dhiyam muktaadaraah sodaraah unmattam dhanino viveka-caturaah kaamam mahaa-daambhikam moktum na kshaamate manaag api mano govinda-paada- sprhaam “Let the sharp moralist accuse me of being illusioned; I do not mind. Experts in ... Read More »

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