GOD DELIVERS -STORY
(From Bhagavad-gita 9.20-22 lecture by A.C.Bhakti Vedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada, founder of ISKCON, in New York, December 6, 1966)
“Nityabhiyuktanam yoga-ksemam vahamy aham” [Bg. 9.22].
Now, this sloka is very important for the devotees.
There was a great devotee. His name was Anandacarya. So when he was writing commentaries on this particular sloka, verse, he saw that tesam nityabhiyuktanam yoga-ksemam vahamy aham [Bg. 9.22], the Lord says that “I myself take the burden and take the load on my head, and I deliver them to my devotees, what they require, what they require. He doesn’t require to go outside. I myself go and deliver the goods, whatever he requires.”
This is written here. Tesam nityabhiyuktanam. Those who are cent percent engaged in the loving service of the Lord, tesam nityabhiyuktanam yoga-ksemam vahamy aham [Bg. 9.22].
Yoga means what is required by him, and ksemam means what he has got, he requires to be protected. So these two things the Lord takes charge, that “I personally do it.” For whom? Ananyas cintayanto mam. Those who have no other thought than Krsna, Krsna conscious. Ananyas cintayanto mam. Ye janah paryupasate, and engaged in that way always. He has no other business, simply Krsna. For him these things the Lord does. It is specifically mentioned here. Therefore this is an encouragement.
This is an encouragement by the Lord that “Do not think that because you are not trying for going to the other planet you will be unhappy. You will have happiness.” What is happiness? Happiness is within your mind. If you are assured of your peaceful existence and the next life you are transferred to the supreme planet, or supreme place, then that is happiness, not for trying life after life to adjust happiness. Here is an assurance.
Now this Arjunacarya…that’s a very nice story. When he was writing commentaries, oh, he thought, “How is that Lord will come Himself and deliver the goods? Oh, it is not possible. He might be sending through some agents.”
So he wanted to cut vahamy aham, “I bear the burden and deliver.”
He wrote in a way that “I send some agent who delivers.” So that Arjunacarya went to take bath, and in the meantime two boys, very beautiful boys, they brought some very nice foodstuff in large quantity. And in India there is a process to taking two sides burden on the bamboo. Just like a scale it is balanced. So these two boys brought some very highly valuable foodstuff and grains and ghee, and his wife was there.
And the boys said, “My dear mother, Arjunacarya has sent these goods to you. Please take delivery.” “Oh, you are so nice boy, you are so beautiful boys, and he has given. And Acarya is not so cruel. How is that? He has given so much burden to you, and he is not kind…?” “Oh, I was not taking, just see, he has beaten me. Here is cane mark. Oh, see.”
His wife became very much astonished, that “Acarya is not so cruel. How he has become so cruel?”
So she was thinking in that way.
Then “All right, my dear boys. You come on.” And gave him shelter. And, “No. I shall go because Arjunacarya again comes. He will chastise us.”
“No, no. You sit down, take foodstuff.”
He(she) prepared foodstuff, and then they went away. And when Arjunacarya came back, then he saw that his wife is eating.
Because it is the system of Indian families that after the husband has taken the food, the wife will take. So they don’t take together. After the family members — the boys and the husband is sumptuously fed — then the housewife takes.
So Arjunacarya, “Oh, you are taking food? What is that?”
No. He did not. I am mistaken. Sorry. He said that “You are…”
So the wife said, “Acarya, you have become so much cruel nowadays?”
“Oh, what is that?”
“Two boys, very nice boys, they have brought so many foodstuff. You loaded on their head, and they denied to take it, and you have beaten them, chastised?”
He said, “No. I have never done this. Why shall I do it?”
Then she described, “Oh, such a nice beautiful boy.”
Then Arjunacarya understood that “Because I wanted that God does not deliver, so He has delivered these goods, and because I cut these alphabets that He does not give personally, so He has shown that beating mark.”
There is an incident in southern India of Yamunacarya. That story is there. Of course, you may believe or not believe. That’s a different thing. But here the Lord says that “I personally deliver.”
So those who are in Krsna consciousness, those who are actually busy in the matter of discharging their duties as a Krsna conscious person, they may be assured that so far their living condition is concerned or their comforts of life is concerned, that is assured by the Lord. There will be no hampering. Thank you very much.