Recently Malaysian devotees had the good fortune to associate with Sripad Bhaktivedanta Siddhanti Maharaja. Below is a short excerpt of Maharaj's class:
Once King Akhbar asked his trusted minister Bilbar, how is it that God comes Himself to save his devotees from any dangers. Why not sent His armies instead?
When Bilbar heard that, he asked the King to give him a few days to think about the question.
|Sripad BV Siddhanti Maharaja|
Finally after some days, Bilbar asked the King to go on a boating trip. He requested the young prince to be present in the boat as well. When the King heard this, he came with all his associates and confidantes. When the boat was in the middle of the lake, Bilbar threw the young prince into the water. The King was shocked and immediately without thinking jumped into the waters to save his young son.
When the King was back on the boat, he rebuked Bilbar to have acted in a maddened way. Bilbar told the King why he acted that way, "My dear King, that was the answer to the question you asked the previous day."
The purport of the story is - Lord Krsna will always save His own devotees as He is very affectionate towards His devotees. He does not wait for His armies or close confidantes to do it. He Himself will save His devotees. Similarly the King did not wait for his close associates to jump into the water to save the young prince.
Among Bhagavan's qualities, His affection or bhakta vatsalya is His topmost quality.