Detained by Karma

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
10 September 2013, part 1

 

You have to reap the result of your karma... People do wrong because of bad association.

One time, Gurudev was in Russia, they took him around the city to see the Baltic sea and other places. Gurudev agreed to go. They came to some building where there was a very high wall, and suddenly Gurudev started beating into that wall with his walking stick. It turned out that it was a wall of a jail. A few days later, one devotee came to Gurudev and said, "I was in jail and just came out..." Gurudev said, "I know it, that is why I was beating in that wall..."

One of Srila Swami Maharaj's disciples was also in jail, and Srila Swami Maharaj went there to see him (he was a very big disciple). Seeing Srila Swami Maharaj, the disciple began to cry. He asked him, "Prabhupad, why am I in jail? I know I did some very bad, wrong business, and I am in jail because of that, but I did not use that money for myself—I used it for you, I gave it to you..." Srila Swami Maharaj replied, "Yes, you gave that money to me, that is correct, and for what you have done I will always keep a room for you in Vrindavan—wherever I stay my whole life, I will keep a room for you there. But in this life you have some karma-phal (result of karma), so what can you do? You have to suffer for a few days..."

Also in Bhagavad-gita (10.11) it is said,

tesam evanukampartham, aham ajnana-jam tamah
nasayamy atma-bhava-stho, jnana-dipena bhasvata

"Out of compassion for them, I, situated within the hearts of all living beings, dispel the darkness of ignorance with the radiance of knowledge."

Some darkness can come to the devotees' hearts... The Lord's pure devotees have intelligence, they practise jnana-sunya bhakti (devotion devoid of any pursuit of knowledge), but if sometimes some illusory environment comes to their mind or heart because they feel sad (for example, their father, mother or some relative died), the Lord says, "I personally come to their heart and give some exalted knowledge by which that darkness is removed from their hearts."

 

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