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30 March 2017 Srimad-Bhagavatam 7.1

Pariksit Maharaja inquired from Sukadeva Gosvami, “O Gurudeva, Bhagavan is impartial. Why then did He help Indra by aiding him in the killing of the demons? Lord Visnu is Paramananda-svarupa. It seems that He affectionately takes the side of the demigods. He surely does not fear or have envy for the demons, yet I cannot understand why He seems to be against them. If He is impartial, then why does Narayana forgive some people and punish others? I have this small doubt. Please remove it.”

Sukadeva Gosvami said, “Maharaja, you have asked a good question. The answer will be helpful for everyone.”

The distribution of the glories of God is called the Bhagavata. By the grace of Vyasadeva, God’s glories have manifest in my heart.

Sukadeva Gosvami taught, “Bhagavan is nirguna. He has no jealousy or attachment. When, by His svarupa-sakti, He fulfills some purpose, there is no chance of compromise of these qualities of His. Because Tamasik and rajasik people are disturbed themselves, therefore they disturb others. Few people follow sattva-guna and hardly any people follow nirguna-tattva. Those in tama and raja-guna say, “If you don’t also follow tama-guna and raja-guna, then I will punish you.” And those in sattva-guna think they are all-in-all. But Bhagavan does not take sides. He is above these gunas.

Only because people of low natures do not want to change and rise up to sattva-guna and ultimately, to nirguna-tattva, then the Lord must act in such a way where they can progress, even if that means punishing them.

God is sama-darsi, He is equal to all. But that means that according to one’s actions, a corresponding result occurs. We should not think that we can do anything we like, any sinful activity, and no result will come to us. If we do sinful or evil actions, and cause suffering to others, then we will suffer in return.

When the Lord sees that a person is contaminated and taking a wrong path, that will lead to more suffering, then He will arrange for that person’s purification. The Supreme Lord has many ways of removing the conditioned souls’ anarthas.

This world is a training center where we must learn to come closer and closer Bhagavan. But if people waste their chance here, then some arrangement must be made to convince them that the misuse of their independence is the root cause of their dissatisfaction and ever-unquenched thirst for sense gratification. God cannot be called partial for making such arrangements.

At the time of Yudhisthira Maharaja’s rajasuya sacrifice, all kings, including the Kurus headed by Bhisma and Drona attended. When the seat of supreme respect was given to Krsna, at that time the sinful king of Cedi, Sisupala, objected. In the presence of the royal assembly he began to blaspheme Krsna. When his abuses reached over 100 in number, Krsna severed his head with Sudarsana and gave him sayujya-mukti.

Having seen the light that emerged from Sisupala’s body merge into the body of Krsna before his very eyes, Yudhisthira Maharaja inquired from the sage Narada, “Susupala was a dvesi—envious of Krsna and His devotees. How could someone as sinful as he attain sayujya-mukti? Many sinners effectively took the swift path to hell, but this Sisupala, although he and his wicked brother Dantavakra were offensive from childhood, was granted liberation. I cannot understand this. Please unveil the mystery.”

Narada Rsi replied:

yan-nibaddho ‘bhimāno ‘yaṁ
tad-vadhāt prāṇināṁ vadhaḥ
tathā na yasya kaivalyād
abhimāno ‘khilātmanaḥ

parasya dama-kartur hi
hiṁsā kenāsya kalpyate
Srimad-Bhagavatam 6.19.25

Because of having a bodily conception of life, the conditioned soul thinks that when the body is destroyed, the self is destroyed. The Supreme Lord is the controller of everything. He is the Supersoul of all living entities. He does not have a material body. It is thus incorrect to think that He feels pleasure or distress when blasphemed or glorified. This is impossible for Him. Because of this, He has no enemy or friend. When He punishes the wicked it is for their good, and when He accepts the prayers of His bhaktas it is for their good. He remains unaffected by both prayers and blasphemy.