God is Gracing Us in All Circumstances

by Srila Bhakti Ballabh Tirtha Goswami Maharaja

Sree Sree Guru Gaurangau Jayatah!

There was a king and the prime minister of the king was a great devotee. Always he used to solace or he used to pacify persons who came to him for solacing due to some trouble in the worldly life. He used to say, "You should not be disturbed, disheartened . You do not know what you did in your past life. You do not know what you will do in the future. So by seeing this present loss you should not be disturbed. There should have been greater loss but by the grace of Sri Krishna it is lessened. It is all for the best! It is all for the best! Don't be disheartened" - like that.

Once the king along with his prime minister and other soldiers went to forest for hunting. Ancient time kshatriyas used to go to jungle for hunting. While moving in the jungle the soldiers were separated from the King and the prime minister. The king and the prime minister were going separately in the jungle when the king saw a beast there. To kill the beast the king shot an arrow but by mistake the arrow went through his thumb finger. The finger was cut and there was profuse bleeding. Out of pain he was expressing his sorrow, "I am to fight always. My one finger is cut. It is a great loss." Then prime minister was trying to pacify him, "You do not know what you did in your past life, you do not know what you will do in the future. There should have been greater loss but by the grace of Sri Krishna it is lessened. So you should not worry." But the king was enraged, "My finger is cut and it is profusely bleeding. When it is a serious loss to me you are saying whatever done by the Supreme Lord is good for me. You can advise me but if suffering comes to you and I advise you what will you think." Prime minister replied, "It is applicable to all. Krishna takes care of everybody. A greater loss had been saved." The king was enraged and mentally thought "I will teach you". He was going with the prime minister in the jungle when he saw a well covered with bushes and grass from a distance. With the prime minister the king went near the well and all of a sudden he pushed the prime minister inside. The king said "Whatever is done by the Lord is for good." The prime minister said, "Yes without His will you cannot push someone in the well. It is his desire that you push me. Trust me! Trust me! Since he is all good it is for the best."

"Where is your God? I am here and you are here, where is your God? If I leave this place will He rescue you?"

"If Hari protects, nobody can kill him and if Hari wants to kill then nobody can protect him. No power."

"Oh! you haven't given up your dog mentality. You remain here, you die here." When anybody becomes enraged his mind becomes disturbed. The king's mind was disturbed.

In that jungle there were many robbers staying. They worship Goddess Kali for the fulfillment of the robbery. They were successful in their robbery and for that reason they wanted to offer a man to Goddess Kali for her satisfaction. They have brought a pujari and requested him to perform pooja and they went out to bring a man for offering. When they found the king they thought, "Goddess Kali is so gracious. She had sent a person to us. We did not have to go to the village or town. She has sent a man for us." The Dacoits surrounded the king, arrested him and fastened. After fastening him they brought him to the poojari. According to religious rules before offering a beast they should be bathed. So he was taken to a tank to bathe and afterwards they gave some paraphernalia on his forehead. When the poojari attempted to offer the king he saw that the king's finger was seriously injured and blood was oozing out. If an injured person is offered the result will be reversed. Poojari told "If this man is offered the result will be bad because he is injured."

"Oh! This spoils all our efforts and money. Release this person. Get out!"

When the King came to his own capital he thought whatever the prime minister said was correct. "If there was no injury in my finger my life would have been gone, finished. So I have committed great offense to prime minister. Whether he is alive or not! Out of anger I did this." So he ordered his army of soldiers to go immediately and rescue the prime minister. When they went there prime minister was sitting on the grass and performing Hari Nam . By the Lord's grace there was no serious suffering. He was performing Hari Nam . When he was brought to the kingdom the king bowed down and explained what had happened. "I have committed a great offense."

"No! No! By God's desire you have done. Because of that I got benefited. By pushing me in the well you saved my life. If I would have been with you the dacoits would have sacrificed me instead. We did not know what we did in the past and what we will do in the future. So we cannot see the adjustment."

Whatever is done by the will of the Supreme Lord is for the good of all. Tat te `anukampa sushamiksa manam. If you can see His grace in every circumstance - in your business, in your happiness then you can get God. If you are disturbed then you cannot. Tat te `anukampa sushamiksa manam. If you can correctly see then you see in every circumstances God gracing you. We are reaping the fruits of our own actions we should not blame others. We are reaping fruits of our own actions, everybody. As you sow, so shall you reap - like that.

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