Satrajit was ordinary king but he was in the jurisdiction of Dwaraka. And he was very good devotee of Sun god. And because of unflinching devotion to sun, he became friendly to Sun god. And as soon as he became friendly to Sun god, Sun, in order to thank him, he gave nice jewel, it’s known as Syamantaka jewel. And he is as bright as the sun. So, this one became very proud.
He said, “Kṛṣṇa is non-sense. Nothing he has. How nice jewel I have you know. He was always putting on the jewel and he had the habit to move about in Dwaraka.”
So one day with the jewel on his chest he was moving about. People thought that the Sun god has come. He was shining like sun you know. Then people ran to Kṛṣṇa and prayed to Kṛṣṇa that “You are the Supreme Absolute Truth, and that’s why many times the demigods also come to see you. And they gave the information that today, Surya Narayan has come to see you.”
So Kṛṣṇa knew, he told them, that its not Surya, its not Sun, its Satrajit king who is wearing the jewel. So Kṛṣṇa was not surprised really.
So this Satrajit wanted to show that he is more powerful and he is more lucky to have such as nice jewel. The jewel was not ordinary jewel. Everyday it was giving the owner, 170 pounds of gold. We like to have the jewel isn’t it? One jewel is enough for Australia. [laughs] You can divide the gold and no need of working. And whereever that jewel was present; there won’t be any famine or natural disasters. Always the people will be happy. That is the quality of the jewel. So Satrajit was very much attached to that jewel.
When he saw Kṛṣṇa one day, Kṛṣṇa said that “All best things must be given to the king so that he will take care of it”, because excessive wealth has its own inebriety. Excessive wealth that you have then he has to suffer so much and not only that, many times he is killed because of the wealth.
Our Ambarish Ford we have. Ford, grandson of Ford; the body builder in America.
He happened to see me in Alachua. He said, “Maharaj, I want one benediction”
I said, “Ambarish, what benediction you want, you are swimming in dollars, what more you want”
He said, “Give me benediction that next life I may not have any money with me” [laughs]
He is so very troubled. “Everyday”, he said, “I get nearly 500 emails, asking for this and asking for that” And they threat him. He is a nice devotee, very simple devotee. He helps the temple and he has seen Mayapur project, he is the chief donor.
This is how, excessive wealth, if it is not used towards Kṛṣṇa, then it becomes burden.
Somehow or the other preaching activities must go on then the wealth is well utilized. Then it’s not risky. People like it then because you are doing some benevolent work, and you become Vaishnava to further the welfare activity for public at large. So that is the best use of the wealth. But Satrajit did not want to lose the Syamantaka jewel. So he ignored the advice of Kṛṣṇa and he built a nice temple you know, for this Syamantaka jewel. And he installed instead of deity, the jewel was installed there. This is how our conditioned life is. That reality we miss, and what is not to be done we do it and then we are in a miserable condition. May be get killed also.
Satrajit’s brother wears the jewel
So this is how then the jewel was established there, then people were looking after it and Satrajit also was looking after the temple to worship the jewel and collect the gold you know. So within no time he was very rich, excessively rich.
One day it so happened that his brother Prasena, he wanted to wear the jewel. He said, “Why my elder brother puts on, I’ll also put on.”
So he got the jewel, took out from the temple, and he went to the forest to hunt. It was nice shining jewel, so “In the evening also I can hunt”, so he went there. Eventually, one lion was attracted by his jewel, in the forest. So lion wanted the jewel. So lion killed Prasena and took the jewel into his cave. This is how, for excessive wealth, many times we are killed you know.
So as soon as the lion took the jewel, there was Jambavan. So he saw the jewel. And he killed the lion with his hand, he was very powerful. And he was Rāma Bhakta. Very unflinching Rāma Bhakta. He was with Lord Rāma, when Lord Rāma wanted to cross over from south India to Lanka, on Rāma setu, and, he was there to supervise the building of the Rāma setu, so very unflinching devotee.
He was there, and he was attracted. He was not attracted that much for gold or something, but he had a son, so he wanted to give the jewel for the son to play. And in the tunnel he had a nice cave house. Nobody could enter there. Nobody would know that the jewel was in the cave. So he took the jewel in the cave and he gave the jewel to his son, and one nurse was with the son, and she was looking after him. Maidservant was looking after the son. And Jambavan was very happy.
Kṛṣṇa accused of killing Satrajit’s brother for the jewel
On the other side in Dwaraka, when Prasena did not return, again there was trouble in the mind of Satrajit. Satrajit thought that Kṛṣṇa wanted this jewel, so Kṛṣṇa has killed my brother and took the jewel. Unnecessarily he started blaming, blaspheming Kṛṣṇa. So Kṛṣṇa heard about it.
Kṛṣṇa thought that “Now I must prove that I did not take the jewel. I did not kill Prasena”.
So Kṛṣṇa wanted to remove this blaspheme. So He took some citizens with him; Dwaraka citizens, and went to the forest to look. He knew everything, but just to show the people. So He found out that lion has killed Prasenjit, and eventually lion had squeezed neck by hand by Jambavan and now the jewel is with Jambavan. And there was a long tunnel before they entered the cave. So nobody would dare to enter the dark cave. That remnant of that cave is there in Porbunder even now. We can see from above there is bit of light from the cave, and the tunnel goes, I don’t know how far tunnel goes. We can go down to the hall, big hall is there underneath. It’s near Porbunder, near Porbunder in Dwaraka.
So what happened that, Kṛṣṇa said [to citizens], “That you please stay outside, I’ll go inside and I’ll try to find out where the jewel is”, because Kṛṣṇa wanted to prove that He did not do this activity, to show the people.
He knew everything. So eventually Kṛṣṇa went inside, went went long way, and he came to the place of Jambawan. And therein his son was playing with the jewel and maidservant was there. So maid servant couldn’t recognize Kṛṣṇa. So she started screaming. She thought some dacoit had entered the cave, so she started screaming. And Jambavan heard the scream and he thought that [some stranger has entered]. So what happened that Jambavan became very angry you know. And in anger you come across Kṛṣṇa in your life, and you may not recognize.
Three doors to hell
So that’s why in Bhagavad-gītā it is very clearly mentioned that these three things are the door to the hell. What is [it]?
tri-vidhaḿ narakasyedaḿ dvāraḿ nāśanamātmanaḥ
kāmaḥ krodhas tathā lobhas tasmād etat trayaḿ tyajet [There are three gates leading to this hell -- lust, anger and greed. Every sane man should give these up, for they lead to the degradation of the soul.] (BG 16.21)
tri-vidhaḿ narakasyedaḿ dvāraḿ nāśanamātmanaḥ
They will completely destroy your spiritual progress and kāmaḥ krodhas tathā lobhas, kāmaḥ krodhas and lobha, these will completely destroy you, tasmād etat trayaḿ tyajet
In anger Jambavan fights with Lord Kṛṣṇa
You please leave this. But Jambavan was very angry. So Kṛṣṇa was standing before him. His Lord Rāma was standing before him and he couldn’t recognize. He started fighting with Him. He said, “I can defeat Him and send Him away.” So he started fighting with the gadas you know, clubs they had both. And with the club they fought. Eventually the fight was so very powerful that during night also they were fighting. For 28 days they continued to fight. The gada, the clubs, were broken then they started fighting with the trees. Eventually the forest was without the trees. Then started fighting with the fist, and this went on for 28 days. And at the end of the fight because of the strong fist of Kṛṣṇa, this one was appearing very weak. So he thought that “I should not be defeated unless Lord Rāma is there.” And then he could come into his senses. That’s “Oh my Lord, You are my Rāma is there.” And he recognized Him.
Kṛṣṇa returns to Dwarka with the Jewel
Then Kṛṣṇa told him frankly why He has come. He said that “Satrajit is blaspheming Me and I want the jewel to show him that I did not take the jewel and I did not kill his brother.” So Jambavan was very pleased and he thought over. So in the end, in the cave, in that cave in the forest, Kṛṣṇa was given the jewel. And not only the jewel but Jambavati, and Jambavati was married to Kṛṣṇa. This is how she became the queen. And this outside the cave for 28 days they couldn’t stay there. They stayed there, the citizens of Dwaraka they stayed there four days, and they went back to Dwaraka. And they thought that Kṛṣṇa is dead.
Nobody recognized Kṛṣṇa you know, as the Supreme Authority. So what happened that they were all cursing Satrajit that because of you Kṛṣṇa is gone and Kṛṣṇa is finished. See the obnoxious effects of the excessive wealth -how it is creating trouble with the Lord, with Kṛṣṇa it creates so much trouble. How much more trouble it may create with us? Very instructive pastime; and Prabhupāda is at his best to describe this in this Kṛṣṇa book.
Then what happened that Satrajit felt completely cursed that because you cursed Kṛṣṇa, blasphemed Kṛṣṇa, Kṛṣṇa went to find out. And you are now you are the cause of His death. Satrajit, Satrajit didn’t know how to, what to do and what. In the meantime after 28 days Kṛṣṇa came back with the jewel and Jambavati. So people were very happy that eventually Kṛṣṇa is all right and He has got the jewel also. So He called all Dwarkavasis to come into a conference. And then He related the truth: that this is the truth; and you were, Satrajit, was unnecessarily blaspheming me, I didn’t do anything. But this is how, these are the events. And this is how the jewel was gone and I have brought the jewel back. So Satrajit, also was there in that meeting. So He gave the jewel to Satrajit. Satrajit thanked Him and he was very ashamed you know for blaspheming Kṛṣṇa. But he was so very greedy even now that he didn’t show any sign of handing over the jewel back to Kṛṣṇa. The greed, excessive greed, and excessive greed also destroys us completely. That’s why it is said that “When we take up to the spiritual life and particular when we head the spiritual institution we must not show these inebrieties”, otherwise our institutions are going down that way. And this way Kṛṣṇa was very clear about this that He didn’t do anything. And Kṛṣṇa was very happy to return because He knew that this one is greedy and He will never leave jewel with me. So it’s better to give him back.
Then, Satrajit was very morose. He didn’t know really what to do. He went back with the jewel to the house. Eventually he decided that he will return the jewel to Kṛṣṇa. And again he had a nice daughter, Satyabhama. He wanted to give Satyabhama also to Kṛṣṇa. So the marriage will be performed. So this is how Kṛṣṇa married Satyabhama. She is the queen, second to Rukmini. So the marriage was performed. And He gave the jewel also to Kṛṣṇa. Kṛṣṇa accepted Satyabhama and gave the jewel back again. And he was very happy that Kṛṣṇa is very generous- He does not want to keep jewel. He said to Kṛṣṇa that because you don’t want to keep that’s why I am keeping. Frankly speaking it was otherwise. But this is how we cheat Kṛṣṇa also many times- that we want to keep our things. That’s why it is very nicely said that Kṛṣṇa doesn’t see what you give; but He, He knows what you keep. So as soon as this happened, again the series of troubles.
As soon as the wealth is there Kali-yuga is seated. jata-rupam adat prabhuh [SB 1.17.39]. That is the verdict of Bhāgavatam and Bhāgavatam can never be wrong. Every syllable is more than correct. And that’s why this scripture is worshipped as you are worshipping Kṛṣṇa. Even now, when the recitation of the scripture goes on, people may understand or may not understand, but they will definitely attend. And not only that, but from the house this scripture will be carried by a suhasani on a head. And suhasani means, the lady whose husband is alive and children, not a single child is dead. All the children are alive, husband is alive that is known as suhasini. So she will carry and everybody will carry from her [break]
Srila Prabhupāda showed us the practical side of highest spiritual principles
You are alive till that your designations are there. Maybe you are the President of America; but if he is dead then nobody will call him President. It is only till he is alive, he is known as President. All the material designations, material possessions are limited to our body. Only the devotional service goes on with you. And the thing which accompanies us after death, unfortunately we don’t have time to. And things which don’t come with us, day and night we are entangled into it. And this is special mercy of Prabhupāda that he showed you that please you go on with your material things; but you be conscious that these things are only up to a certain limit up to death, and after death only harinama will accompany you, otherwise nothing will accompany you. This instruction nobody gave. Nobody was very clear in terms and nobody showed us that how our life should be dedicated. Only Prabhupāda showed us the practical side of those highest spiritual principles. He gave us the topmost spiritual principles and he showed us that how those principles could be very nicely followed in our own day to day life. Nobody has done so far and in future also those who want to dedicate their lives they’ll be completely misdirected if they go away from Prabhupāda. Prabhupāda was genuine in showing all these things. And he was very particular about these things. That’s why in his own presence because of the dedication of these foreign students, foreign devotees, he could open 100 centers. And he was not managing. He was always requesting…that, please, relieve me from this management. It’ll come in my way of Bhāgavatam. I want to translate Bhāgavatam. So it was his job. Again he didn’t miss his own goal. He was not attracted to be a temple president or temple treasurer or whatever. No, no material desir. Now once we enter into these buildings we don’t want to leave. I have to occupy the best room. I have to occupy this. I have to occupy that or that. And that is our attachment again. We may leave the attachment materially a little and then again we create attachment. Prabhupāda was completely transcendental to all this things and that’s why he could translate this very nice scripture for us in easy language. Frankly speaking, we don’t read his books. He talks with us in his books. And once you touch these books, for us everything else becomes tasteless. There is no taste in it them. For our own survival we have to be very particular about the material education. Don’t be careless, please. But convert your material education into the devotional service and know that Kṛṣṇa is giving you the intelligence and whatever you are earning or whatever it is, it belongs to Kṛṣṇa. So this is the consciousness we create. And this is Prabhupāda’s mercy.
And this way we are very comfortable with Kṛṣṇa with all the wealth at our disposal. No inebrieties at all. But Satrajit was not a devotee. And he was only greedy! That’s why this example is very nice for us to learn so many lessons out of this pastime. And it is truth. And that’s why remnants of the tunnel are still there. It’s not a concocted story. There is no concoction. That’s why
Kṛṣṇa — surya-sama, maya haya andhakara
yahan krsna, tahan nahi mayara adhikara
[Kṛṣṇa is compared to sunshine, and maya is compared to darkness. Wherever there is sunshine, there cannot be darkness. As soon as one takes to Kṛṣṇa consciousness, the darkness of illusion (the influence of the external energy) will immediately vanish.](CC Madhya 22.31)
Concoction doesn’t survive as soon as Kṛṣṇa’s name is there. You know you can remember one example, that we may inform here that we are flying on certain date and we’ll be at Sydney airport at this time. And in this statement we have four defects. One, we are completely mistaken; because I can’t fly unless I am alive. And I am alive because Kṛṣṇa wants. If Kṛṣṇa helps me to be alive then I may be able to come. The second mistake I have committed is I am illusioned. I am not able to come and I have told him that I am coming. This is it. Third is, I have completely misdirected him to believe that I am coming. I can’t come unless Kṛṣṇa helps me. And the fourth one is I have cheated him by telling lies. This cheating, committing mistake, illusion and imperfect senses, all defects are present in this statement. But suppose you change this statement that “Kṛṣṇa willing, I am flying in at this time. And Kṛṣṇa willing we’ll meet.” As soon as you add Kṛṣṇa all these defects vanish. This is the way.
So from our wealth also, the inebrieties vanish as soon as Kṛṣṇa is added to it. Without Kṛṣṇa we become Satrajit. And we have to undergo all the punishments of having excessive wealth and this how Satrajit did not surrender it to Kṛṣṇa and that’s why he had to suffer more. And we’ll see that. That as soon as Satrajit just tried this and he took the jewel back. So he took it home now. This time he didn’t keep it in the temple. He thought that somebody will again take it away. So he took it home.
Pandavas and the lac house
It so happened by Kṛṣṇa’s arrangement that in Hastinapura, Pandavas were sent to that lac house for a change of air. Dhrtarastra told them that you are very tired, so please have some holiday. And special house is prepared for you. He was cunning to tell Pandavas. Pandavas obeyed and went. Because of Vidura’s mercy, Pandavas knew truth. And Vidura helped them ther also, sending one miner to dig the tunnel through their house. It was decided that as soon as Pandavas settle in that house, it should be set on fire and because lac was used everywhere, so highly combustible you know. And he was definite that Kunti and five Pandavas will definitely die. So this was known to Pandavas. And the tunnel was dug. As soon as tunnel was ready to escape, Bhima set fire to the house and it was unexpected that’s why the architect who had prepared the house and he knew the plan how to destroy Pandavas, he was also killed. And it so happened that during the previous night there was a party in the house. And so one lady with five children had come to attend the party and she was there still in the house. So she was dead, her five children were dead. So people thought that six bodies are there, one lady’s body is there so Pandavas are burnt. And Dhrtarastra was very happy, but to show the public he declared the mourning period and he was crying really. Inside he was very happy because his plan was successful. And his children now, even Duryodhana in turn can be King. So when this message was conveyed to Kṛṣṇa by Akrura, so Kṛṣṇa and Balarama decided that they should go to Hastinapura to console Gandhari, Bhisma and etc. So Kṛṣṇa was busy going to Hastinapura.
Satrajit was murdered
As soon as he left there was Satyadhanva in Dwaraka. Satrajit had a bad habit. Satyabhama was a very beautiful girl. So he was promising everybody that “I’ll marry you. I’ll marry my daughter.” So he had promised this Satyadhanva also that he’ll marry Satyabhama and immediately she was married to Kṛṣṇa. So Satyadhanva was his enemy. So Satyadhanva, Akrura and Krtavarma these three came together. And this Krtavarma and Satyadhanva they really convinced Satyadhanva to go and take the jewel and if there is any resistance kill Satrajit you know. Conspiracy was there. Akrura was joined in to the conspiracy because of the curse of the brajabasis. This Krtavarma was a very good devotee but he had a bad association of Kamsa so he was also drawn into this. Then eventually Satyadhanva was the biggest fool so he went, a bit greedy, to get the jewel. And that time Satyabhama was also in the house of Satrajit. And at night when he came into the house he was killing Satrajit for the jewel. So Satyabhama and her mother, they requested him not to kill Satrajit. He said no, no now I must finish him and Satrajit was murdered. And then somehow or the other Satyabhama preserved his [Satrajit’s] body, his dead body and went to Hastinapura to convey the message to Kṛṣṇa that your father-in-law is dead. Kṛṣṇa knew. It was His arrangement. But when Satyabhama released this message to Him, He was crying. Kṛṣṇa cried.
“What happened; it’s a very bad thing. How can Satyadhanva kill my father-in-law?"
So they eventually, Kṛṣṇa and Satyabhama prepared to come back to Dwarka. So when this Satyadhanva heard that Kṛṣṇa is coming, he was very scared. So he went running, running to his fellow conspirators. First he went to Krtavarma, now Kṛṣṇa is coming, I must run away from Him. Here otherwise He will kill me. He had an idea actually how powerful Kṛṣṇa is.
So Krtavarma said, “See, I cannot help you really regarding this. I know His power, and eventually He will kill me otherwise. So you please do something else. And you go away, if you want to go; but don’t leave the jewel with me.”
Then he went to Akrura and Akrura said, “See, I also know the power of Balarama and Kṛṣṇa…I will not come in now.”
But somehow or other he convinced Akrura to keep the jewel. And then he went running in the fast chariot. And went running, running, running… Kṛṣṇa and Balarama came and immediately they decided that we must find out Satyadhanva, for he must be running with the jewel. Kṛṣṇa knew everything but it’s just the pastime. So they also ran after him. Eventually they caught Satyadhanva. So when his chariot broke in the way, so he started running on foot. Kṛṣṇa also left His chariot and Balarama went with Kṛṣṇa. They started running. Eventually he was captured. And as soon as he was captured, Kṛṣṇa killed him alone and tried to search the jewel. He couldn’t find the jewel there. So He came back to Balarama. He said, “Balarama we have unnecessarily killed this Satyadhanva because he is not carrying the jewel.” So Balarama said that the jewel might be with somebody in Dwaraka then. And this created doubt in the mind of Balarama about Kṛṣṇa. See this is the effect. Even the brother doubts another brother. And Balarama knew His brother is very powerful and honest, but even then the flick of doubt was there in His mind. So He said, “Now Kṛṣṇa, I am tired about this business, so You please, You go and I am very near to Janaka Maharaja’s city, Mithila. So I will be his guest now for some time and I will take rest here. So, You please go now. And You search out and do whatever You think proper.”
So Balarama, because He was doubtful, He did not accompany Kṛṣṇa. So Kṛṣṇa understood all these things; but it was a lesson for us that little wealth here and there, some land, something, is just a source of all misunderstanding and quarrel. In between Kṛṣṇa and Balarama also that was the position.
Satyadhanva killed by Kṛṣṇa
So eventually Kṛṣṇa went back; and He relayed the message to Satyabhama that Satyadhanva is killed, but He could not find the jewel. So in the meantime Krtavarma and Akrura also heard that Kṛṣṇa is coming back, and naturally He didn’t find the jewel because jewel was with Akrura. So Akrura and Krtavarma also fled. So Kṛṣṇa knew eventually that they are gone. But then somehow or the other He invited Akrura back. And Akrura being very nice devotee, He was not very cruel with him. In the miserable condition, also, Kṛṣṇa is very kind to the devotees. So eventually He explained to Akrura that please, now My relatives don’t believe that I don’t have the jewel and jewel is definitely with me. So I want to clear My name. So, please you, I don’t want jewel from you. You keep the jewel, but you just bring it and show it in this assembly, that you have the jewel and My name will be clear. This is how Akrura brought the jewel and showed and Kṛṣṇa gave him back. Kṛṣṇa didn’t mind Akrura keeping the jewel and this is how this pastime is over. But it shows that too much of excessive possessions in the material world always bring the risk with them.And in order to avoid these risks we have to utilize it for Kṛṣṇa, Kṛṣṇa’s service.
As it is as I told you, that if the wealth is not spent- for our own use that is known as bhoga, or in charity, it is bound to be destroyed. And we are seeing now so much currency fluctuations are there at the moment on the planet. Not only that, but the whole economy is crumbling down. And in this we don’t know whether the banks will return our money or not. We are in that position now, very risky position. Somehow or the other minimum amount has got to be kept we are all grhastha. For emergency we must have something. But excessive wealth, please try to utilize in the best way you think it proper. Hare Kṛṣṇa.
[Maharaj leads kirtan and sings very lovingly]
Hare Kṛṣṇa Hare Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa Hare hare
[Bhāgavatam set purchase appeal.]
This is nice investment. Please, if it does not come too much on your resources, please, buy it, it will help you tremendously.
Hope to see you again sometime. We must stop here.