Give Up, It’s Too Difficult

“Okay,” Nārada said, “Your mother instructed you to strive for divine mercy, but I personally think it is very difficult for anyone to properly worship that Supreme Person. Great sages try to walk that path, giving up everything to search for him with severe determination and absolute concentration. Even after many lifetimes they still don’t discover him. So give up your fruitless decision. Later on, when you grow up, you will have a better chance.”

The boy would want to know why he would have a better chance later, so Nārada explained that he should first experience life properly, and then attempt this path of renunciation. “Be satisfied by experiencing whatever happiness or sadness destiny delivers,” Nārada advised. “That is how an embodied person can get beyond darkness.”

As a pertinent example of how to be satisfied regardless of what destiny brings, Nārada said, “When destiny brings you into contact with highly qualified people, be delighted. When it links you with people who lack good qualities, feel sympathetic towards them. When it puts in you contact with your equals, be friendly with them. Don’t envy superiors, hate inferiors, or compete with equals. If you follow this advice, your father, co-mother and step-brother will not trouble you at all.”

Dhruva replied very plainly, “Great Devotee, because you are compassionate you try to help people who suffer from the dualities of happiness and sadness. But we cannot pay much attention to your advice about equipoise and neutrality. My warrior nature is horribly untamable. For me, Suruci’s evil words are like spears that pierce and break my very heart.”

“Then, my boy,” Nārada said, “how can I help?”

Dhruva replied eagerly, “Teach me the best way to attain what I desire!”

“What do you desire?” Nārada asked.

“I want to attain the very best thing that can be had in all the three worlds; which neither my fathers nor anyone else could attain!”

Worried that Nārada might say that he was incapable of helping him attain such an incredible goal, Dhruva said, “You are a great devotee, born directly from the limbs of the Supreme Creator, Lord Brahmā. You can certainly grant me this wish! Indeed, that is why you roam through the world, illuminating it like the sun by playing your Vīṇā.”

Comment: “Playing your Vīṇā” indicates that Nārada wanders the worlds doing musical Saṁkīrtan, and that such Saṁkīrtan is the primary way he grants the impossible wish of removing the arrows from our hearts and filling us with the very best thing that can be had in all the three worlds (Krishna-nāma-bhakti).

— Śrī Bhāgavata 4.8.30 ~ 38

Vraja Kishor dās

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