Do Not Focus On The Muck, Look At The Lotus – Srimad Bhagavatam

Sri Hari Shows That Rules Have To Be Respected – Srimad-Bhagavatam
Sri Hari Shows That Rules Have To Be Respected

Srimad Bhagavata Mahatmyam (The Glories of Srimad Bhagavatam)

Srimad Bhagavatam, Mahatmyam, Chapter One Sloka 64:

Naradouvacha.Narada said: Hey, Bhadre, since you have raised these doubts, I shall clarify. Listen to me carefully. Your sorrow will vanish once you hear the reasons.

Srimad Bhagavatam, Mahatmyam, Chapter One Sloka 65:

Yada Mukundo.The day when Mukunda, the complete avatar, withdrew all his presence from the earth, that day Kali, which destroys everything, made an entry.

Srimad Bhagavatam, Mahatmyam, Chapter One Sloka 66:

Dhristo.When King Parish was on his victory march, he saw Kali and understood its intentions. As soon as the King was ready to destroy Kali, a desperate and pleading Kali took protection under the King.

Srimad Bhagavatam, Mahatmyam, Chapter One Sloka 67:

Yalphalam. During Kali-yuga, it is difficult to get results from tapas, yoga and samadhi. But by repeating the name of Hari, people will get immediate results. This aspect was recognized by the King in Kali.

Interpretation: The detailed story of the encounter between King Parikshit and Kali comes later. The King was very learned and, packed with wisdom, he could recognize goodness even in an evil force like Kali. He thought to himself that after all Kali has merits too. This is because, in Kali-yuga, it is easy to realize the Supreme through Bhakti. If he had killed Kali, realising the Lord would have been tough. That is why he did not kill Kali.

The lesson from this is that even the deadliest of evils has a good side. It is up to us to discover the good side. Only men and women of wisdom can recognize the good side of evil. After all, the lotus grows in the muck. If we focus on the muck, we will miss the beauty and splendor of the lotus.    

Srimad Bhagavatam, Mahatmyam, Chapter One Sloka 68:

Ekakarm…Kali has one quality – during Kali-yuga, one can attain (divine) results without much difficulty. Realizing this good aspect which will be of great help for people in Kali-yuga, King Parikshit was ready to forgive all the bad aspects of Kali.

Like a bee that takes just the honey from a flower, King Parishit took just the good aspects of Kali. But he did not forget the bad aspects. This would be dealt with in later slokas. Suffice to say, the King took a balanced view of things.

Srimad Bhagavatam, Mahatmyam, Chapter One Sloka 69:

Kukarma.Just like seedless husk, the good essence of life has gone from good Karma. Therefore, nothing seems to have any value.

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