Monday, 12 December 2011

Krishna's 'Special Blessing' to His dear Devotees

It is said in the Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam (10.88.8), yasyāham anugrhnami harisye tad dhanam sanaih. If one is too materialistic but at the same time wants to be a servant of the Supreme Lord, the Lord, because of His supreme compassion for the devotee, takes away all his material opulences and obliges him to be a pure devotee of the Lord.
(Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 7.10.5 Purport)

As stated in Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam (10.88.8), yasyaham anugrhnani harisye tad dhanam shanaih. The Lord said to Mahārāja Yudhiṣṭhira, ‘The first installment of My mercy toward a devotee is that I take away all his possessions, especially his material opulence, his money.’ This is the special favor of the Lord toward a sincere devotee. If a sincere devotee wants Kṛṣṇa above everything but at the same time is attached to material possessions, which hinder his advancement in Kṛṣṇa consciousness, by tactics the Lord takes away all his possessions.”
(Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 8.19.32 Purport)

As it is said, yasyaham anugrhnani harisye tad dhanam sanaih (Bhāg. 10.88.8). It is by the mercy of the Lord that one gets all material opulence, but if such material opulence causes one to become puffed up and forget the process of self-realization, the Lord certainly takes all the opulence away. …But material opulence is sometimes dangerous because it diverts one’s attention to false prestige by giving one the impression that he is the owner and master of everything he surveys, although actually this is not the fact. To protect the devotee from such a misunderstanding, the Lord, showing special mercy, sometimes takes away his material possessions. Yasyāham anugṛhṇāmi hariṣye tad-dhanaṁ śanaiḥ.”
(Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 8.22.16 Purport)

Yasyaham anugrhnani harishye tad dhanam sanaih. Just like he did with the Pāṇḍavas. The Pāṇḍavas were devotees, but at the same time, they were king. There was attachment. So therefore Krishna took away their everything—their kingdom, their wife, their position, their honor— to test them, and still, they did not give up Krishna”
(Srila Prabhupada Lecture—Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 1.13.11—Geneva, June 2, 1974)

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