XLVII: EQUAL TO ALL

“The almighty Lord greeted everyone present by bowing His head, exchanging greetings, embracing, shaking hands, looking and smiling, giving assurances and awarding benedictions, even to the lowest in rank.”

— Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 1.11.22

Diary entry dated 19th November 2019:

In this morning’s class, which was on the verse above, a very interesting point was made. When those who were opposed to Kṛṣṇa heard the sound of His conch on the battlefield of Kurukṣetra, they felt great fear. But when the Lord’s devotees heard the same sound upon His return to Dvārakā, they became very joyful and ran towards Him.

In his Purport to Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 1.11.3, Śrīla Prabhupāda explains that the residents of Dvārakā were “in a state of melancholy due to the Lord’s absence from the transcendental city, as much as we are put in a state of melancholy at night because of the absence of the sun. The sound heralded by Lord Kṛṣṇa was something like the heralding of the sunrise in the morning. So all the citizens of Dvārakā awoke from a state of slumber because of the sunrise of Kṛṣṇa, and they all hastened towards Him just to have an audience.”

Kṛṣṇa is equal to all, but people see Him in different ways depending on their consciousness. He is the friend of all beings, but those who are absorbed in material consciousness are unable to recognise this, and sometimes become antagonistic towards the Lord. Yet despite their antagonism, He remains their greatest friend and well-wisher.

As per the Purport to Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 1.9.35, “It is said that all the fighters who assembled on the Battlefield of Kurukṣetra attained salvation by personally seeing the Lord at the time of death … He was merciful to the opposite party because they would not have attained salvation by dying at home in the ordinary course of life. Here was a chance to see the Lord at the time of death and thus attain salvation from material life.

Therefore, the Lord is all good, and whatever He does is for everyone’s good. Apparently it was for the victory of Arjuna, His intimate friend, but factually it was for the good of Arjuna’s enemies. Such are the transcendental activities of the Lord, and whoever understands this also gets salvation after quitting this material body.”

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