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Story: Kṛṣṇa Ranchorji Pastimes

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Story: Kṛṣṇa Ranchorji Pastimes

He was eleven years in Vrindavana, so many demons were killed in childhood, then eventually Kamsa was killed, and, then, He had erected the fort in Dwarka, because this …as soon as Kamsa was killed … very nice pastimes are there upto Kamsa also. But we don’t have much time.

As soon as Kamsa was dragged out from his throne and was killed. So Kamsa had two wives, Hasti and Prapti. Now, they were the daughters of Jarasandh. And Jarasandh was the King of Magadh, Bihar province at the moment. And since then that province is cursed. Even now we are in the trouble spot.
The train goes from Bihar, from Delhi to Calcutta, when you travel, the train enters Bihar and comes out of Bihar, and goes to Bengal. Till it enters Bihar, train is quite safe, in Bihar there is no safely at all.


Once it so happened, that the dacoits entered the train compartments after Patna. And they started looting everybody. Everybody was beaten. And there were two devotees in them. So they left the devotees, they robbed the rest of the passengers.  So they got thirty thousand rupees and they were very happy. We got thirty thousand rupees. They got down eventually. And then all the passengers started beating the devotees, [laughs], said “Why didn’t they rob you?”. So eventually they were looted and all the passengers got two lakhs of rupees from them. [laughs] The dacoits would have been better of if they had looted our devotees. Some how or the other they may be foreign devotees carrying money with them.


But the point is that Jarasandh became very angry.  Because it is the Vedic tradition that if the lady becomes widow, then either she stays with her own children or in the absence of children she goes to father, if father is alive, or if brothers are alive. Somebody in father’s side she always takes shelter. So this is how Hasti and Prapti went to Jarasandh. And they told how Kṛṣṇa murdered Kamsa. Jarasandh, became very angry. Then he stared amassing a big army. He was very powerful. And he invaded Mathura. He had a big army, it was an ocean…ocean like army men, ocean of these soldiers. So people were really scared. But Kṛṣṇa knew that he is coming. So Kṛṣṇa was ready. Kṛṣṇa went out with a small army. And within no time He finished his whole army and Kṛṣṇa was successful and he lost, and only Jarasandh was left. Then Balrama tried to arrest him and bind him with the ropes. So Kṛṣṇa stopped Balrama, he said: “No, no, don’t worry, let him go.


Then again next time he came, and this way 17 times he came, and every time Kṛṣṇa chopped off the whole army and Jarasandh was left. Balarama will arrest Jarasandh and he will again let loose.

So Balarama was upset with Kṛṣṇa he said, “You are nonsense Kṛṣṇa. Every now and then, 17 times now, he is coming with a large army, You kill, and You, again You let loose him and again he will come, so why, just finish him off”

So He said to Balarama, “You don’t know, he is my agent”.  He said “He brings all the sinful living entities to me, in one go I just finish everything. Otherwise I will have to visit everyone in the house.”  [Laughs] “ a terrible job for me.”

Why ne need to follow the regulative principles?

This how in the world trade center also, all the sinful living entities were there, and in one go, He just finished. It’s all Kṛṣṇa’s plan. We cannot blame here and there. We don’t see Kṛṣṇa that is why we are beating about the bush. Nobody can do, nobody has any capacity to do anything. Its only Kṛṣṇa’s arrangement and we should learn the lessons out of it that at least we should stop the unconscious killing in the form of the abortions. Never enter into it. That is the most sinful activity, and as soon as the Vedic culture is absent, these sinful activities will be there. If there is no Vedic culture, there are no brahmanical principles; there are no regulated principles, then you cannot survive. Anybody comes and gives you something and does not care about the regulated principles then he is nobody for us. He is enemy.

Come to Srila Prabhupāda?

As soon as you come to Prabhupāda, the first thing we have to do is to get up at 4 O Clock. That is Prabhupāda. And that’s why people may hesitate to come to Prabhupāda because nobody wants to getup at 4 O Clock. And those who are already there, they also find different pretext to sleep. So please, it is not our legacy. Mangala ārati must be performed. You may fix your time. But try to perform. That is legacy. And that is the peculiarity and then the four regulative principles. Knowing or unknowingly they guide us like a light house; that if you don’t follow these four regulative principles, don’t gamble, don’t eat meat, fish or eggs, don’t have any illicit connections with women, and last one? Eh, don’t intoxicate; beer, whisky or tea coffee even. These people are habituated to take tea, but as soon as they enter the temple, they stop tea coffee also. Its unnecessary expense and intoxication. So these are like light house they guide our lives. And this is what Prabhupāda gives. Otherwise anywhere you go, you can do anything, everything, and come, that’s it. And you are liberated, you are God, I am God, everybody is God and they are all in illusion, God, God, God. How many Gods we have? And we learnt that God is only one without the second. That is the Vedic teaching. So this is how, save yourself from misguidance.


Kalyavana extra prowess makes him foolishly eager to fight with Kṛṣṇa

Not only this, Jarasandh again then eighteenth time, he was preparing, and then mean time Narada Muni was present again to create more trouble. So he went to Kalyavan. He was about twenty kilometers from Mathura. And yavan, his name was Kalyavan. So Kalyavan was very powerful, and he wanted to create trouble.

He said, “there is nobody for me to fight. With whom I should fight?” he asked Narada.

Narada said, “Yes, you should fight with Kṛṣṇa. He is in Mathura. And you can fight and you can be satisfied.”

So Kalyavan prepared with mass again, with large army. He attacked Mathura. And Kṛṣṇa knew that Jarasandh now with try to take this opportunity again to attack Mathura. So then Kṛṣṇa thought that we must make some arrangement, for my relatives and everybody, to be completely safe, and no human being should walk there. So Kṛṣṇa selected the spot near Dwaraka, and he went all the way taking everybody, and he erected a fort, nice fort. And even now the remnants of the fort are there near Dwaraka, near Bet Dwaraka. There is archeological department in Dwaraka, and they are carrying on some research. They can’t find much… on the clear day in the sunshine we can see the walls of the fort. So this is not myth, it’s an actual fact. And Kṛṣṇa, then, His relatives were so many, that from all the coastal line, from Dwaraka to Bhavanagar, its all big coastal line in Gujarat, it was all full. So Kṛṣṇa wanted to have, much more bigger place to just educate this children, His family’s children. Some one lakh and seventy thousand teachers were required. So how many children should be there. So it was very large family. So he wanted houses somewhere safe, and so He erected a fort in the middle of the ocean. He requested the ocean to give 100 square mile land, and then He promised the ocean, that after I leave the planet, you can take your land back. This is how, on a lease ocean granted Him 100 square miles, and therein He built a nice fort and Dwaraka Nagari within no time. He had so many sky scrapers. Fortunately there were no terrorists that time to go into the skyscrapers. Like Singapore, Singapore is replica of Dwaraka. Dwaraka was full of sky scrappers. And you can imagine the prosperity. Vishvakarma had built that city.

How to capture Kṛṣṇa?

Once everybody was safe there, Kṛṣṇa came back to Mathura, and then Kalyavan was waiting shouting for Kṛṣṇa. And he had never seen Kṛṣṇa. Only Narada Muni had described him how Kṛṣṇa looks like. And then Kṛṣṇa came out of the city without any army, without any weapons, nothing at all. And He started walking. Kalyavan could recognize that this is Kṛṣṇa. So he wanted to catch Him you know. And he had so many chariots, so large army, and Kṛṣṇa was just walking, he was not able to catch Him. Kṛṣṇa could never be arrested by the atheist attitude. By our own endeavor we cannot do [catch Him]. Brahma tried to find out His source entering the step of lotus for millions of years. And he could not find Him. But as soon as he meditated, as soon as he became devotee, the devotional service catches Him. Bhaktya maam abhijanati. Bhakti is the only way where Kṛṣṇa can be caught. Otherwise Duryodhana and Karna, when Kṛṣṇa wanted to mediate between the Pandavas and Kauravas, He went to Duryodhana’s assembly, Dhrtarashtra was there, Bhisma was there, Drona was there, everyone was there, and He requested “Please, we don’t want war at all. Just give 5 villages and the Pandavas will be satisfied.”

Instead of giving any good answer Karna, Duhshasana and Shakuni, all these three people, had a conspiracy. They wanted to arrest Kṛṣṇa. But they didn’t know that by their own endeavor nobody can arrest Kṛṣṇa. So they wanted to arrest Kṛṣṇa and put Him in jail, and forget about everything, “Pandavas will lose everything and we’ll be eternally king”, they thought. As soon as they tried to arrest Kṛṣṇa, Kṛṣṇa was already standing outside the assembly. That how, by our own endeavor we cannot catch Him. But he will definitely appear from the lotus of your heart, if there is unflinching devotional service.


Hare Kṛṣṇa Hare Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa Hare Hare

Hare Rāma Hare Rāma Rāma Rāma Hare Hare


Within no time, He will be with you. Gajendra in elephant body he just chanted half name, “Govin(da), Govin(da), Govin(da)” He was not able to pronounce the whole name. And even then, as soon as He heard, He took Garuda and came back to Gajendra. This is devotional service. Otherwise on your own endeavor, you can’t do.

Kalyvana tries to capture Kṛṣṇa

Kalyavan started following Kṛṣṇa. Ynd Kṛṣṇa walked, walked, walked. Kalyavan, he was shouting, screaming at Him,

“You are coward, You are this, I want to fight with You. Come in front of me.”
Kṛṣṇa was walking. Eventually, he showed that he is bit tired. So he climbed the hill and entered one cave. And this Kalyavan thought that “This coward is very tired now, that’s why He has gone into the cave, and after going into the cave”. Kṛṣṇa disappeared.
Kalyavan was very proud. He entered the cave, and because of pride he wanted to fight with Him, “Now I am going to kill Him, and now He is in the cave”
All the soldiers were standing there to look that Kṛṣṇa does not flee out. Then Kalyavan entered and there was a person sleeping there. So Kalyavan thought that Kṛṣṇa is taking rest. And Kṛṣṇa was not there, it was His arrangement, Muchukunda was there. And Muchukunda had helped the demigods to fight with the demons for so many years. When demigods found out another commander they requested Muchukunda, without sleep he fought, for many, many years, so naturally he was very tired. So demigods told him, that you please go and you take rest. So if you want any benediction we can give the benedictions.
So he asked that “I don’t want any benediction, I am going to the cave, and I am taking rest. Nobody should disturb me. Give me this benediction. And if anybody tries to disturb me, then he should be burnt to death by my sight.”
This was the benediction he obtained from the demigods. And Muchukunda was sleeping there. As soon as this one entered into it, he kicked Muchukunda. And Muchukunda some or other opened his eyes, red eyes, because his sleep was not complete, so eyes were completely red.
By Kṛṣṇa’s mercy you know during sleep our eyes are nourished by supplying the blood. Otherwise this sight will not be there. Everyday, Kṛṣṇa arranges. You know as soon as car stops, you may give it to garage and they repair it, or, oil it or lubricate it or something. The same way when we close our eyes, in deep sleep, that lubrication is going on. So the eyes were red.
As soon as he saw this Kalyavan, he was burnt to death and his army was completely morose. They thought… they did not see Kalyavan burning. They thought Kṛṣṇa is finished and our Kalyavan will come back. So they returned without him to Mathura. And Kṛṣṇa came out there and just finished off the army.
Ranchorji “escapes” from battlefield

Then Jarasandh was waiting. Jarasandh again came running. With a large army again Jarasangh came there running. But Kṛṣṇa was at ease, because His whole family was in Dwaraka fort completely safe away from there. And all these things, inconceivable energy He could erect everything, and He put all the population there.

Then when Jarasandh came, again Kṛṣṇa decided that he has large army so… as if He showed that He is afraid. He can never be afraid. But He showed that He is afraid. And He just wanted to run away. So He came out of Mathura again and started walking. Jarasandha started following and again shouting and screaming that “You are coward” and this and that. Kṛṣṇa went near the hill and Kṛṣṇa and Balarama, they climbed the hill. Jarasandh could not find Him again. So he thought that “I must destroy Kṛṣṇa now. This is the chance where I can destroy.” So he bathed the whole hill by oil, must have got oil from the middle-east. [laughs] And oil was poured and the whole hill was on fire. And now he said, definitely both the brothers are dead. And Kṛṣṇa by His own potency, Balarama and Kṛṣṇa, they jumped from the other side. In one of the Bhāgavatam, we have nice photograph of that. And that is why He is known as Ranchor. Because He left the battlefield and He went away. That’s why His name is Ranchor and near Ahmedabad, there is Dakor, very nice place, wherein this Ranchorji is situated. So many people walk to the temple there, every week or every Purnima day, full moon day. They walk to Ranchorji.

Chapter 46

  1. Humility Attracts the All Attractive

Unlimited pastimes of sweet Kṛṣṇa

These are few of the pastimes and this way, unlimited pastimes are there. The thing is, we should always remember, that unless you come to this, our anguish for the material miseries will never stop. Any other means will not work, that is for certain. You have to have unflinching devotional service to Kṛṣṇa. And with this, we’ll sing one … please sing after me…


Adharam Madhuram

Vadanam Madhuram

Nayanam Madhuram

Asitam Madhuram

Hridayam Madhuram

Gamanam Madhuram

Madhuradhipathyer Akhilam Madhuram
Everything regarding Kṛṣṇa is sweet. Please loudly sing.

Adharam Madhuram

Vadanam Madhuram

Nayanam Madhuram

Asitam Madhuram

Hridayam Madhuram

Gamanam Madhuram

Madhuradhipthyer Akhilam Madhuram
 Adharam His lips are sweet.

Instead of singing madhur regarding Kṛṣṇa, we sing something else.

Car-am Madhuram,

Australia-m Madhuram,

Dollar-am Madhuram,

Wife-am Madhuram,

Madhuradhipateyer dollara-am akhilam madhuram.
We completely change… please don’t change, if you change, the consciousness changes.


Protect your consciousness

You know many times going to Singapore we have to put on the normal clothes. So as soon as you put on the clothes, you forget mahamantra. Its just clothes you know that we change from saffron to white or something, and put on some karmi clothes... [and our consciousness changes]
That funny women….. in Dwaraka .. because of television, our Gandhi cap is available in ten rupees. The price is ten rupees. And nice white cap you know. So the sun can be very well protected. Because white color is cool. And it reflects the heat. But in Dwaraka, they will buy black cap. The American flap you know. And after midnight they will put on.
“Are man”,.. I told “this flap is supposed to protect you from the sun. So there is no sun so why are you putting now?”
“In television they put after midnight.” [laughs]
So this is how. Completely madness. And that cap costs nearly seventy five rupees. In seventyfive rupees you can have ten white caps and change everyday. But we are complicating our lives, with this material thing. Please come to this and somehow or other make life perfect. This is our request. And this way we should now complete here. [aside], … 1 o clock? Upto 1? 2 Oh, so plenty of time is there. That’s nice.
Once we come to this, then we have already understood, that just thinking, about the pastimes of Kṛṣṇa, that itself gives us the remedy of everything. And we have so many other [stories]…
Story: Pralambha tries to kill Balarama

One Pralambha was there. And Pralambhasura was very expert. He was very expert. And he was employed by Kamsa. And then he was sent.

He [Kamsa] said “You go, unrecognized and Kṛṣṇa will never recognize you and you finish Kṛṣṇa and Balarama.”
He [Pralambha] said, “leave it to me, I’ll do you job.”
He went and intermingled when Kṛṣṇa and Balrama were playing. And this Pralambha took the shape of nice gope, cowherd boy and he entered the group. Kṛṣṇa knew that he is there. But Kṛṣṇa did not show that He is recognizing. As soon as he entered the group, he was completely overtaken by the, idea that now within no time, Kṛṣṇa and Balarama will be finished.
That’s how, we also take for granted, that “Where is Kṛṣṇa?” “I don’t see Kṛṣṇa” “I can destroy everything” “I don’t follow anything” “And I will go with my own life” This is how always we deal. And as soon as we deal about these things, then Kṛṣṇa has His own way to finish us off.
Importance of Seva and Katha

Duryodhana also thought, that “What? Kṛṣṇa is an ordinary person. What can he do?”

That’s why He didn’t select Kṛṣṇa (Duryodhana), when the Kurukshetra war was fixed, Duryodhana and Arjuna both went one day to ask help from Kṛṣṇa and Kṛṣṇa was taking rest that time. So, both of them sat. Duryodhana sat near the head of Kṛṣṇa, and Arjuna humbly went and sat near the lotus feet. So generally when we open our eyes we see, towards Kṛṣṇa, towards our legs. So as soon as Kṛṣṇa was awake, he saw Arjuna first.
He asked “Oh, you are here?”
Duryodhana shouted: “No, No, I came first.”

“Oh you are also here? Both of you what are you doing here?”

Duryodhana said: “It is now decided, as you know, there is going to be war, between us, so we ask your help.”
So Kṛṣṇa said: “Both of you must get help from Me. I’ll tell you, on one side I have my whole army, and on the other side I have only …Myself, and I’ll not take any weapon in My hand. I’ll only speak.”
So Duryodhana thought: “I have plenty of speakers with me. This one will eat khicheri and will go yap, yap, yap, yap. I don’t want that. Instead, His well equipped army I’ll have and I’ll defeat Him then.”
So he selected the army. So there was no other way for Arjuna.
Arjuna said “It’s good that you are taking army, I wanted Kṛṣṇa.”
So eventually Kṛṣṇa went with him.
Because Duryodhana himself was not that bad… when Draupadi’s ten children were killed, and Aswathama ran that time, the Duryodhana was dying with the club of the Bhima. And he was on the battlefield. Ashvathama runningly went to Duryodhana to give the “good news” he thought.
He said, “I have finished Pandavas, because all their children are killed.”
Hearing Duryodhana said that “This is not good. Killing the persons who are behaving obnoxiously”,
They are already killed by their own sinful activities. This is how….

sa karna-duhsasana-saubalanam

kumantra-pakena hata-sriyayusam

suyodhanam sanucaram sayanam

bhagnorum urvyam na nananda pasyan
[Duryodhana was bereft of his fortune and duration of life because of the intricacy of ill advice given by Karna, Duhsasana and Saubala. When he lay on the ground with his followers, his thighs broken although he was powerful, the Lord was not happy to see the scene.](SB 3.3.13)
sa karna-duhsasana and saubala that is Karna, Duhsasana and Sakuni. This iwas the bad association with him. kumantra-pakena means bad advice, misdirection. That was present there in these three. And Kṛṣṇa was very particular. Kṛṣṇa definitely knew that if Duryodhana wins, then Bharata varsha will be under the control of Afghanistan. Gandhari was from Afganisthan. So Kṛṣṇa did not want to do that. And that is this very nice idea. sa karna-duhsasana-saubalanam kumantra-pakena hata-sriyayusam. When you have bad advice, bad association, dusang. As soon as the dusang is there, the result is hata-sriyaya-ayusham. Your, all opulence and the life is completely destroyed. This is the effect of bad association.
Dharmam bhajasta satatam taje loka dharman. Its very nicely said in Bhāgavatam. Don’t accept others activities Dharmam Bhajasta satatam, always please engage yourself in your own activities honestly. Teja loka dharman, don’t accept any other people’s activities. And with this, sevasya sadhu purushan, you please continue welcoming saints and sages, in your house. That is our culture. Or good people at least, if the saints and sages are absent. Then your house will be purified by the good association. sevasya sadhu purushan, jehi kama trishnan, kama and trishna, lusty desires and hankering of the material things, please get it under control. And the most important instruction thing is instructed in the third line. Anyasya guna dosha cintanam, aashu muktva. Immediately please stop, anyasya, others, (thinking about) good qualities or bad qualities. Most of the time, we think about the bad qualities of others and this tendency destroys our own devotional service, that we don’t know. That’s why sastra’s are very clear. Anyasya guna dosha cintanam, aashu muktva. Seva katha rasam aho nitaRāma pibatwam. Seva and Katha always should be engaged in. This is a clear instruction.

How to develop all good qualities?

Duryodhana did not understand this. The result was, because of pride and false ego the whole race was completely wiped out. And Pralambha did not have this idea at all. He was also asura. Those who are not sura, they are asura. Sura means demigods. And demigods have all good qualities. Whereas, asura are without any good quality. There is nice verse in Bhāgavatam, to describe this sura and asura.
yasyasti bhaktir bhagavaty akincana

sarvair gunais tatra samasate surah

harav abhaktasya kuto mahad-guna

manorathenasati dhavato bahih
[All the demigods and their exalted qualities, such as religion, knowledge and renunciation, become manifest in the body of one who has developed unalloyed devotion for the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Vasudeva. On the other hand, a person devoid of devotional service and engaged in material activities has no good qualities. Even if he is adept at the practice of mystic yoga or the honest endeavor of maintaining his family and relatives, he must be driven by his own mental speculations and must engage in the service of the Lord's external energy. How can there be any good qualities in such a man?](SB 5.18.12)
yasyasti bhaktir those who have unflinching devotional service, the question is how to follow the devotional activities, within our own busy lifestyle. That is our main problem. We are very busy. Early in the morning we have to run to the job, or business or whatever. We have to maintain ourselves in this foreign atmosphere. You people know, how much penance, how much tapascharya you are doing for just maintenance and for the sake of amassing some wealth. After a while, you may get used to the foreign life, otherwise it is very difficult. This he says yasyasti bhaktir bhagavaty akincana. Please somehow or other… other people may do anything and everything, your activities should be completely purified. Those who are with Kṛṣṇa or chanting Kṛṣṇa’s names, they don’t go here and there and do things dishonestly. We can’t do. Hypocritically we cannot do anything. This is the way to interview the devotional service, should enter in our own material activities. So that 24 hrs a day, you don’t forget the connection with Kṛṣṇa. As soon as there is no connection, we are useless. This light is shining because somehow or the other through the meter it is connected to the powerhouse. Otherwise if you cut that connection then this bulb will look like a bulb but it won’t have any potency of the bulb. You will also look like human beings. But you will lose completely the potency of human beings. You must be connected to the Supreme reservoir with the unlimited, inconceivable energies at His disposal. And then only you will be able to shine or your life will be having some meaning. yasyasti bhaktir bhagavaty akincana, those who are devotees of the Lord, sarvair gunais tatra samasate surah. All good qualities assemble in him.
This Pralamba was completely ignorant about this, because he was asura. Sura, means yasyasti bhaktir bhagavaty akincana. And as soon as you become sura, that means, sarvair gunais tatra samasate surah. The king guna is that in any situation we are completely satisfied. There is no bad situation for us. Everything is good, because we have unflinching faith in Kṛṣṇa’s plan and we don’t know those plans. Whatever He does, it’s always good for us. We may feel that is bad. But eventually it turns out to be good. Any situation we don’t budge at all from our own situation. Why, because our place is completely fixed with Kṛṣṇa. These all flickering situations are very temporary. They come and go. And that’s why it is said that sarvair gunais tatra samasate surah. All the good qualities are assembled in him.
How Vaishnavas attain good qualities and become kalpatarus?

There was one young girl I know, she was in so very difficult position, and she was staying in the temple in London. So herself, she was in completely miserable condition. But even then, in that miserable condition also, because the association was there and the devotional service was there, she was able to help other girls, to find job in the restaurant of the temple. She didn’t get the job, she didn’t want to work in the temple and get the money, but she was helping other girls to get the job in the restaurant. This is how, somehow or other, in your miserable condition also, you will have capacity to help others. And that is Vaishnavas. Brahmanas are self satisfied. That’s why they are liked by Kṛṣṇa. And Vaishnavas always perform the welfare activities, for the good of all other living entities. And the greatest welfare activity Vaishnavas perform under the instructions of saints, sages, Caitanya Mahaprabhu and Prabhupāda, that they distribute Harinaam. The most munificent activity they perform. And that’s why Vaishnavas and Brahmanas are liked by Vishnu. And this is Bhāgavatam verse, that why, in that miserable condition also they are able to help the others. Kṛṣṇa gives that capacity. How Vaishnavas become kalpataru? How you go to Vaishnavas, you ask something and and they give it to you.

One boy I knew, he didn’t know Prabhupāda, but Vedic culture see how powerful was it. That as soon he attended the age of 14-15 years of age, since then he was daily following puja in his own house. And at 5 O Clock he will get up, he will go to the river in the town, bring the fresh water from there, and with that river water, worship Kṛṣṇa, make fresh prasadam, and before the day dawns, the prasadam was ready, and everything was ready, very happy. And he was very ordinary boy, working in one of the cow centers. And even then, anybody tells him to get something, he will get it. I don’t know from where he could arrange. Bhakti gives you everything.
Bhakti is not new to us. From since generations we are in this process. And because of that we have unflinching faith in it. And then you go further in this verse, and he says, harav abhaktasya kuto mahad-guna, if you are abhakta, if you are a non-devotee, kuto mahad-guna, from where are you going to get good qualities. And that is what public at large we see. Because they are misdirected, not to believe in the Lord, or there is nothing like it, so they are miserable in condition. And there are no good qualities at all. They will cheat each other. They will kill each other, everything they can do. Our population is peaceful, why, because they have the connection of Kṛṣṇa, and many times we have to suffer for that. But we don’t mind, because, suffering or enjoyment is very temporary here. At the most what will happen is we will be killed, that’s all, nothing more than that. harav abhaktasya kuto mahad-guna, they cannot have any good quality, and, this was Pralamba. Pralamba did not have any good quality. And that’s why he decided on his own strength, he can kill Kṛṣṇa and Balarama. Proud…the demoniac quality is there, full of pride. They think they are all in all, everybody is a scratch.
Story: The proud brahmana and the humble cobbler.

There was one village you know, and in that village, there was very nice Brahmana, he was able to recite all the Vedas and all the Karma-kandi things were going on. And there was a humble cobbler. He was just mending the shoes and trying to earn a living. And he was quite nice devotee. Brahmana also claimed that he is also devotee, because already he knows Vedas, he knows everything. So he was very proud of himself. So one day Narada Muni walked through the village. Narada Muni was chanting.

He said “I am going to see Kṛṣṇa. Now, I am going to see Kṛṣṇa, if you have any message please tell me.”
So the Brahmana walked to Narada muni. He said, “Are you going to see your Kṛṣṇa?”
“ ‘Your’ Kṛṣṇa” he said.
“Yes, I am going to see the Lord tomorrow”, (Narada) Muni said, “Any message to give?”
“Yes, ask your Kṛṣṇa, when am I going to be liberated.”
He was arrogant, completely
Narada Muni said, “Alright, I’ll pass on your message”
“No, not only pass on, but tell me what the answer is when you come back.”
“Alright, I’ll do it.” (said Narada Muni)
Then he walked and he happened to cross over cobbler you know. So, cobbler saw that he is going to see Kṛṣṇa tomorrow.
“Are you going to meet our Lord”, he said.
“Yes, yes, you have any message?”
He was very scared you know, but he asked somehow or the other. He said, “Please, on my behalf, just ask Kṛṣṇa, is there any chance that I’ll be liberated?”
Takes time. Because he knew, that he will not be liberated.
“And please let me know when you come back, and how is the Lord and everything, I want to know.”
So Narada Muni went. Narada Muni went to see Kṛṣṇa. Kṛṣṇa was enjoying His own pastime.
Narada Muni said, “I have two messages from one village.”
He said, “What is that?”
One nice Brahmana, he knows all the Vedas, he is very learned, he has everything, and he has asked You, whether there is any chance of liberation. When is he going to be liberated? Because he is sure that he will be liberated.”
So, Kṛṣṇa said, “After 100 lives he will be liberated.”
Narada Muni could not understand.
Narada Muni said, “Kṛṣṇa, are You in your senses? The man knows all the Vedas and he is very learned, and You say 100 lives? Why for 100 lives?”
He said, “Narada, you will not understand.”
“There is another message from cobbler, he all the time mends the shoes, and he has also asked you, is there any chance of his liberation.”
“Go and tell him that he will be liberated this life.”
Narada Muni was completely upset with Kṛṣṇa. He said, “Definitely Kṛṣṇa, You are mad now. Excuse me but you don’t have any capacity to …”, he said, “The man who doesn’t chant, just does his work, and how can he be liberated this life? I don’t see your point at all.”
He said, “Narada, you do one thing. When you go down to the earth planet, they will ask you what is my message, so tell them, both of them, that ‘I was very busy’, so they will ask you ‘what I was busy in’, so tell them that ‘I was passing the elephant through the needle hole’ and then you will learn what I am telling.”
So Narada Muni said, “This is strange again, but Kṛṣṇa you know what you are doing, so I’ll pass your message.”
Somehow or other Narada Muni came back, chanting again, through the village. That Brahmin was standing there.
“Did you meet your Kṛṣṇa?”
“Yes, I met the Lord”, he said.
“So what was His answer?”
“Lord was very busy you know.”
“He doesn’t do anything, what was he busy in?” he said.
“He was passing elephant through the needle hole.”
“Rascal number one, fool, has He any sense? Such a big elephant cannot be passed through the needle hole. Even a child can know this. Your Kṛṣṇa does not know even this much?”
Narada Muni understood that this one is completely faithless, so Kṛṣṇa was correct that he will require hundred times [lives to be liberated]
Then he went to cobbler. The cobbler was afraid to ask, because he knew he is not going to be liberated.

So cobbler said, “Did you see the Lord?”

“Yes, I saw”
“O, so, how is the Lord, he is alright? Everything was alright? What did you see? What was he doing?”
He said, “He was passing elephant through the needle hole.”
“Oh”, he said, “For our Lord nothing is impossible.”
And he was sitting under the banyan tree you know, and he showed one banyan seed, and he said, “If He can squeeze the tree in the small seed, he can definitely pass elephant through the [needle hole.] ”
So, hmm, then he showed the seed as I told you, and he was very submissive. And he knew the potency of the Lord. That if He can squeeze a big tree in the seed, what is difficult in passing this elephant through the needle hole. He can do anything he likes.

Be humble like Ambarisha Maharaj

This is the difference. Regarding the material possessions, we may be arrogant, proud. Pride always gives you arrogance. And if you behave arrogantly with Kṛṣṇa, then there is no chance. We have to be completely submissive. Always very namra, very humble. phalino namanto vrikshaha, vriskshaha means, our trees. If they are full of fruits, they will bend down. If there is no fruit, then it will be straight standing, going to the sky and few leaves there only. So that high tree, doesn’t give any shade, and no fruits. It’s only high.

phalino namanto vrikshaha

gunino namanti janaha

Those who are proud, they will prefer breaking down, than to be bend down. Big trees are wiped off, when there is flood in the river. Small grass can survive, because it bends down. And this way only you can go to Kṛṣṇa or capture Kṛṣṇa and He will obey you.

sadhuro hridaye maiyam sadhunaam hridayetvam aham
sadhavo hrdayam mahyam

sadhunam hrdayam tv aham

mad-anyat te na jananti

naham tebhyo manag api
[The pure devotee is always within the core of My heart, and I am always in the heart of the pure devotee. My devotees do not know anything else but Me, and I do not know anyone else but them.](SB 9.4.68)
He says to Durvasa, when he insulted Ambarisha Maharaj. He said, “Please don’t berate the sadhus.” (Simple person) Sadhu does not mean you have to keep jata, or beard or change your clothes or something. No, no, no. If he changes well and good but it is not required. And He says, such submissive attitude in devotional service, sadhavo hrdayam mahyam, “Sadhu is My heart” He says. sadhunam hrdayam tv aham, and “I am their heart”. Then He gives the reason in the second line. And the reason is very clear. “mad-anyat te na jananti. Apart from Me they don’t know anything else, naham tebhyo manag api, I also don’t know apart from them.”
This is how, the sadhu quality, the simple life, and very submissive attitude, with simple devotional service, by chanting His names in Kaliyuga, you can just be there. There is no delay. bhavami na cirat partha. [BG 12.7]. There is not a single delay. As soon as you chant, you are there. And this is very easy way to take ourselves, from the material platform, to the inconceivable spiritual platform. In order to have connection with Kṛṣṇa we must have the spiritual tendency. Material tendencies cannot get us there. You have to have the spiritual tendency.
Pralamba gets killed by Balarama

Duhshasana wanted to capture Kṛṣṇa or kill Balarama or whatever, but he wanted to do naughtily and that’s why they have to make so many plans.

He [Pralamba] entered the Gopa’s, in Gopa’s home. And eventually, Kṛṣṇa being svarat, He knew everything. So the play went on, and two parties were divided. One party was Kṛṣṇa’s party and another party was Balarama’s party. And as soon as it was divided, this Pralamba was in Kṛṣṇa’s party. So it so happened by Kṛṣṇa’s arrangement that Kṛṣṇa’s party lost the game. So the punishment was, every devotee from this party should carry devotee from that party and take them for two kilometers.
So this Pralambha thought, “Now this is the chance! I’ll take Balarama on my back, and kill him.”
Very easy, it looked like Balarama was going to be killed now. So as soon as he saw Balarama on his back, he started running. So, instead of running on the chalked out path, he was taking him away from the path. And he wanted to run through the fields and mountains, where he could kill Balarama. Balarama immediately recognized. Then Balarama became so very heavy. So very heavy, that this Pralamba could not carry him. Then it was impossible to carry him. So he assumed his own demoniac form, which was very big.
He thought that “By my strength I’ll kill Balarama”.
When he became big, Balarama just struck his head, with his fist, and he was completely dead.
What is death like?

These stories the atheists may not believe, but we know, that anytime when the person is to die, he experiences these fists. When Putana was squeezed, Kṛṣṇa drank the milk out of her breast, and He sucked up the life also. And that sloka is wonderful to describe how we die with these symptoms.

sa munca muncalam iti prabhasini


vivrtya netre caranau bhujau muhuh

prasvinna-gatra ksipati ruroda ha
[Unbearably pressed in every vital point, the demon Putana began to cry, "Please leave me, leave me! Suck my breast no longer!" Perspiring, her eyes wide open and her arms and legs flailing, she cried very loudly again and again.](SB 10.6.11)
sa munca muncalam iti prabhasini. She was shouting and screaming, that “You just leave me alone, Leave me alone”

Kṛṣṇa said, “I didn’t come to you. You have come to Me. Now I won’t leave you.”

And then, nispidyamanakhila-jiva-marmani, on vital parts of the body, unknown pressure is there at the time of death. All vital [parts], and the most vital part is our heart. Somehow or other our heart is suffocated and you can’t breathe. nishpid mana akhila marma manmani. Marma means subtle parts, vital parts of the body they are pressed. And as soon as they are pressed, you cannot escape. Then unwillingly, you have to die. And then we try to shake off our hands and legs, etc. in order to relieve the pressure, but we can’t do that. prasvinna-gatra ksipati ruroda ha. She started loudly crying and she was completely full of perspiration in her body. This is what happens at the time of death.
It’s not whether Kṛṣṇa comes to kill or not. He is the one who is killing. And when the killings are there, then we must know that it is His arrangement. And the population burden increases. He could destroy the armies together, because it was His arrangement, that now the burden must be less. He knows how to keep the balance of the living entities. And creation and destruction is definitely His arrangement. Every material object is created, every material object is maintained and every material object is destroyed and because destruction is there, because of the excessive attachment to the object, we are miserable or happy. If we are created, we are happy. If we are destroyed, we are miserable. But those who come to Kṛṣṇa, they very clearly see these things. Material nature we can see that here nothing survives. We think that “this hall is going to survive for long.” No! The day is bound to come when wood gets rotten, the walls will fall down and it will be beyond repairing at all. At the moment it is maintained. And we can scream and shout because the hall is gone. The same thing is with our body also.
Pralambha did not understand this. And in ignorance, they tried to kill so many times Kṛṣṇa and eventually Kamsa was completely fed up, when his own associates, they were killed.
Then he [Kamsa] sent Akrura to Vrindavana to fetch Kṛṣṇa and Balarama. And eventually because of that the brajwasis were upset with Akrura. Akrura is very nice devotee of Kṛṣṇa. When he saw Ramana Reti, he went to Raman Reti, our temple is situated in Raman Reti. When Akrura came to Raman Reti, then he was ecstatic to see on the sand the prints of the lotus feet of Kṛṣṇa. And he completely fell down on the sand. He was so very unflinching devotee. But Kamsa’s association gave him a bit of sinful attitude. And this way again and again he was slipping down. This should never happen and that’s why we should remember Kṛṣṇa’s pastimes, regarding Satrajit king.

Chapter 47

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