How to deal with Envy ?

How to deal with Envy ?

One thing we have to get rid of is envy.

“Kama krishna-karam-arpane,
krodha bhaktadvesijane”
If somebody is envious of Krishna or His devotees, then we can exhibit anger. We can use our anger like Hanuman, who set Lanka on fire. Arjuna, who fought on the whole battlefield of Kurukshetra, with anger.

“Lobha sadhusange harikatha.”
Engaging our greediness to hear about Krishna, to hear about His holyname, to chant. We can dovetail all these things but envy we cannot, we have to get rid of it.
Unless we get rid of our envy, no entry into the spiritual world because that is the root cause of going there. We became envious of Krishna so we have to get rid of envy, we cannot dovetail envy into Krsna Consciousness.

By going to a person whom we are envious of and by learning from that person of all what we are envious of. As for example, we saw somebody’s BMW or Rolls Royce and we became envious of him.

Srila Rupa Goswami defines envy in Ujjvala Nilamani as to become asahishnu, by looking at other people’s good thing, you become intolerant. So you go to that person and learn from him that how he became successful to have a Rolls Royce and you learn from him, you submit to him. That’s how you can get rid of envy by going to the same person you are envious of, you have to go to him.

Just like there is a story in Puranas.  Narada Muni, he is a Gandharva and Tumbaru is also a Gandharva.  Narada Muni and Tumbaru go to Vishnu, Narayana in Vaikuntha and they both played their vina, their instruments like a competition.
Who is the best? So, Lord said Tumbaru is better and Narada became very envious, “I’m a devotee, I’ve so much devotion to my Lord Vishnu, Narayana,” and he became very envious. So how to get rid of envy?
He went back to Narayana and said, “You go to Tumbaru and you learn the art of playing vina from Tumbaru and that’s the only way you can get rid of your envy.” So, Narada Muni went to Tumbaru, became submissive and made him his master. “Please teach me how to play vina.” He learnt from him and then both went to Narayana and this time Narayana said, “Oh! Narada Muni is the best.”

That’s how we can get rid of envy, if you’re intolerant of good qualities of others, so you should go to that devotee, pray to Prabhupada that please help me develop this quality, Krishna would like it.

 Prabhupada says, “Imitation of a good thing is good.” So if somebody has a good quality and you imitate and learn it, you develop that good quality but if you say, “He has a good quality,” and you become envious of him, you beat him, you look down upon him, then that is bad. If you try to develop his good qualities then that is good, that is not envy.

Envy means ahasahisnu, to become intolerant and to burn yourself, jealousy, become jealous because he has a Rolls Royce, you become jealous of him and you try to kill him because you don’t have, that is envy. But if you don’t  have a good quality but you try to build up that good quality, then that is good, not intolerant. You are tolerating and you are raising yourself to that standard so that’s what Narada Muni did, he raised himself to Tumbaru’s standard or even beyond him.

Developing loving reciprocation with Krishna

Developing loving reciprocation with Krishna

Because everything belongs to Him.
So ‘Tera tujhko arpan, kya laage mera’. It becomes the exchange of love. The article you offer that belongs to Krishna, back to Him, Srila Prabhupada says that reciprocation becomes medium of exchange of love between you and Krishna.
Srila Prabhupada gives a very beautiful example of a child and a father. The father bought one pound candy and he gives to his child. It is the father’s money, father’s candy and he gives it to the child. And the child says this is mine, this belongs to me but other child, out of love says -“My dear father, this is a very nice candy, please taste.” He has jaundice or diabetes, he doesn’t want, but my father, please take one.
It belongs to the father. With the candy the mood and love that is involved.
Reciprocation between you and Krishna ,you belong to Krishna, yours belongs to Krishna , everything belongs to Krishna. But if you offer it back to him, then it becomes exchange of love.
“Yat karosi yad asnasi
yaj juhosi dadasi yat
yat tapasyasi kaunteya
tat kurusva mad-arpanam ”
Offer it to Me-
“patram, puspam, phalam, toyam
yo me bhaktya prayacchati”
Bhaktya, out of love. One who gives me out of love, that ingredient love, I accept that.
And if you don’t offer, then what ?
Then Krishna says –
” Yagna-shishtaa-shinah santo muchyante sarva-kilbishaih
Bhunjate te tvagham paapaa ye pachantyaatma-kaaranaat.”
Agham paap, Ghor paap. Invariably, you are eating sins, nothing but sins because you haven’t offered it to Krishna.
“Yagna-shishtaa”, whatever is left over from fire sacrifice, offerings to Krishna. That, if you don’t offer to Krishna, then it becomes ghastly sin and you are eating sin. Your existence, your body will become sinful. No clear consciousness.
One who doesn’t offer food to Krishna, that person is the topmost thief.
Nobody is a higher thief than him, who doesn’t offer it to Krishna.
So why offer it to Krishna? Because it belongs to Krishna and Krishna is demanding , offer it to Me and it is His.
It becomes medium of loving exchange.
We have to offer it to Krishna out of love and devotion. Love and devotion are the ingredients, that’s why we have to offer it to Him.
So if you don’t offer, you are the most exalted thief and you are the ‘Ghor paapi’, most exalted sinner, biggest sinner ever.
It is His but He is asking us, you make that offering to Me and in return I will give you prasadam, mercy, which will purify your whole existence. So that’s why offer it to Krishna, just to reciprocate with Krishna.
So why offer it to Krishna?
It is the exchange of love, we want to show Him love, that’s why we offer His stuff back to Him.