Thursday, December 1, 2016


Why is it that Lord Krishna doesn't immediately punish those who inconvenience His devotees?
The Pandavas are the perfect example. They were put into so many difficulties. Certainly Lord Krishna always protected them. Like when Draupadi was insulted in the assembly and Dushasana tried to take her clothes off in front of everyone. Lord Krishna supplied unlimited cloth. But... He didn't do anything to "punish" the offenders.

Here Srila Prabhupada explains why and it is very instructive....

"When Draupadī was insulted in the assembly by the Kurus by their attempt to see her naked in the presence of all, the Lord protected Draupadī by supplying an unlimited length of clothing. But He did not chastise the insulting party immediately. This silence of the Lord did not mean, however, that He excused the offenses of the Kurus. There were many other kings on earth who had become very proud of three kinds of possessions...wealth, education and followers... and they were constantly agitating the earth by movements of military strength. The Lord was just waiting to get them together on the Battlefield of Kurukṣetra and kill them all at one time, just to make a short-cut in His killing mission." SB 3.1.43 purport

But that isn't all there is to it. There's more as to why the Lord may wait to correct a situation. How deep is this! Out of love for his devotee he wants to see His devotee glorified.
"The Lord always wants to see His devotee as the hero of some episode which He Himself performs. He wanted to see His devotee and friend Arjuna as the hero of the Battle of Kurukṣetra, and thus He waited for all the miscreants of the world to assemble. That, and nothing else, is the explanation of His waiting." SB 3.1.43 purport
"...That and nothing else..."

If things aren't going all that well right now for disciples and followers of His Divine Grace I can only conclude that the Lord has something big in mind. He is setting something up for a great devotee. That seems to be His style of loving reciprocation.

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