[18:30, 4/5/2020]: In modern times, the nature of warfare may be changing. How can we apply the teachings of Sri Krishna to Arjuna Prabhu to our lives if we are subject to biological warfare which may keep us in quarantine and prevent us from acting and reacting in traditional ways?
[18:34, 4/5/2020] DV: Thank you in advance for your response. I hope you and Isvari DD remain in good health. Your humble servant, Bhaktin ***
Dear Bhaktin ***,
Please receive my blessings. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.
In a way we could say “unfortunately” this is not warfare. During the Kuruksetra war, like in any other wars, there is an enemy and there also are ethical rules, like not to harm civilians and so many others. We know who we are fighting and we know how.
A virus is an invisible killer, and its role is giving reactions to hellish activities called in sanskrit ugra-karma. Ugra-karma means mad actions aimed at everything and everybody’s destruction. We, in this moment of Kali Yuga, we have become extremely expert in doing nonsensical things without knowing that there will be a return. If you think this virus is a terrible thing, wait and see. The Vayu Purana tells us what will happen as Kali Yuga progress.
This pandemy is the result of our sinful activities and nothing else. It would be doubly foolish to blame someone else: the first foolish action is sinning, the second blaming someone or something else so that when it is finished we can go back sinning again.
As we often say, we can’t go eating to a restaurant and then lament when the bill arrives.
There are rules in this world. We have to know what they are and observe them.
We have to stop killing animals, we have to stop drilling earth, we have to stop destroying our planet and ourselves, we have to stop thinking that we can do any sinful action and not pay the bill.
Hurricanes, earthquakes, tsunamis, virus, wars and so on: this is the material world and how nature reacts.
punar āvartino ‘rjuna
mām upetya tu kaunteya
punar janma na vidyate
“From the highest planet in the material world down to the lowest, all are places of misery wherein repeated birth and death take place. But one who attains to My abode, O son of Kuntī, never takes birth again.”
The chanting of the Hare Krishna Mantra is the best cure for the disease of atheism.
We are in excellent health, thank you. Hope you the same.
- Manonatha Dasa (ACBSP)
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