Thinking No One An Enemy

Posted on September 29, 2013 by admin-vasanti

 If anyone is insulting you, if anyone is beating you or abusing you in any way, don’t think him an enemy. Your activities are your enemy. So, how should your activities be from now on and in the future? Do not criticize, do not offend, do not do anything wrong. Otherwise, your activities will return and cause you suffering. In this world, no one is your enemy.

Śrī Nārada Gosvāmī used to go to Kaṁsa Mahārāja, and Kaṁsa used to think, “He is my guru.” After that Nārada would to go to Vasudeva Mahārāja, and he also used to think, “He is my guru.” Nārada Ṛṣi once went to Kaṁsa and said, “Oh, why are you waiting? Why are you not killing all the sons of Vāsudeva? When they will come collectively, what will you do? I went to Kailāsa, and I was present in the council of all the demigods when they were making a conspiracy and planning how to kill you. The demigods have now taken birth in the Yadu and Vṛṣṇi dynasties, and they will kill you if you are not alert.” After this, when he went to Vasudeva Mahārāja, he said, “Oh, don’t worry. Your bad times have gone. Now, very soon, the eighth son of Devakī will kill Kaṁsa. So wait a little; wait a little. Don’t feel so weak.” Nārada Ṛṣi knew everything. So, try to do bhajana always, not thinking, “He insulted me. He is my enemy. He is my friend.” Don’t be like this. [See Endnote]

The only friends are Kṛṣṇa and guru. It is very hard, very rare, to find a real devotee, who is a real friend, and who, without any desire for personal gain, will do good to you and always think of your welfare. Your wife, sons, and friends will always bluff you, and they will try to enjoy their own sense gratification ‒ not for you, not so that you will be happy. Try to know these truths.

Wealth also cannot save you. Be one-pointed to Śrī Kṛṣṇa, and then try to be very happy, without any problem. The only problem is, “Oh, how can I attain Kṛṣṇa? Oh, where is Vrajendra-nandana (Śrī Kṛṣṇa, the son of the King of Vraja)? Where is Vrajendra-nandana? Where is Rādhikā?”

Endnote: [ “If there is some incident and I claim that no one is cooperating with me or no one will work with me, that is my defect, not theirs. The Vaiṣṇava devotee must think like this. We should not find fault with others and criticize and go away, that is not the Vaiṣṇava way. Better we should always be willing to offer all respects to others, and consider them as our superiors always.”
Letter from Śrīla Bhaktivedānta Svāmī Mahārāja to Gaurasundara. Los Angeles, August 26, 1972. ]

One Comment

  1. Biswaranjan Mohanty
    5 years ago

    Its true. By this way we can inquire ourselves more and hence will be helpful for self realization.