(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 08 March 2014, Sydney, Australia, Bhagavad-gita 13.3)

Arjuna Acarya was a pundit who was writing a commentary on the Bhagavad-gita, and as he was writing he came along this verse, which basically says:

“I’ll carry what you lack and I’ll preserve what you have.”

KB_23 March 2014When Arjuna Acarya was reading this verse, he was thinking, “Well, of course Krsna doesn’t personally do that. He will make arrangements for that.” And he changed the Sanskrit wording in the manuscript.

After his editing and commentary, he went about purchasing some supplies from the market so that his wife could cook lunch. He didn’t return, but some boys came carrying a big bag. His wife opened the door and they said, “Your husband sent us with the supplies.”

She said, “Oh, come in! That is very nice – such nice boys like yourselves are bringing these things. Come in, I’ll give you something.”

The boys said, “Oh no! We cannot come in.”

She said, “No, it’s okay, you can come in.”

The boys said, “No, we cannot come in – your husband may come.”

She said, “Don’t worry. You don’t have to be afraid of my husband. He is very nice. He won’t beat you.”

“Oh no?” one of the boys said, and he showed his back, revealing beating marks.

 “No! Did my husband do that?” And then the boys left.

Some time later, Arjuna Acarya came home and something extraordinary had happened. His wife had cooked and she had already eaten before him. That was unheard of in those days. He was shocked.  And when he asked her what was going on, she wouldn’t reply. Arjuna Acharya wanted to know what he did wrong and asked for forgiveness.

Finally, she told him, “You brute! How could you beat those boys?”

“Beat those boys! Which boys?”

“You know! One had a light complexion, one had a dark complexion – you know very well!”

“What boys?”

“You know very well! The dark boy had beating marks on his back!”

Then Arjuna Acharya suddenly understood. He walked to his manuscript and he saw that the words that he had altered were changed back to yoga-ksemam vahamy aham  ”I carry, I personally carry what you lack, and  I’ll preserve what you have.”

So then Arjuna Acharya could see that Krsna personally comes. He personally came, he personally adjusted things. So it is like that. Krsna will make us successful. As simple as that! As long as we are sincerely trying to serve him.


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