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From: R. Skrintha (srik_at_iiap.ernet.in)
Date: Mon May 18 1998 - 13:16:06 PDT
Dear Sri Sudarshan & other Bhaagavata-s, In re the line "bandhum akhilasya janto:", Sri Sudarshan wrote:- > A member who read the above post of mine wrote to me > saying, "from the general drift of your comments, does it > not appear that the Lord makes no distinction between > good, evil and indifferent "jantu-s" of the world and > treats them all alike? Is this not a rather amoral, > un-scriptural view to take?". Please permit me to note that what Swami Desikan says is fully compatible with what Sri Krishna declares of Himself in the Geetha: " suhRdam sarvabhUtAnAm ... jnAtvA mAm.." (Bhagavdgeetha 5.29) ["knowing Me as the friend of all creatures" ]. Now, that there are no enemies does not imply that all friends are *equal*, does it? :-) Certainly not. Indeed, *even* among Bhaktaas, the Lord acknowledges differences, as evidenced by: " catur-vidhA bhajante mAm janah sukRtino 'rjuna arto jijnasur arthArthi jnAni ca bharatarCabha " " teshAm jnani nitya-yukta eka-bhaktir visisyate priyo hi jnanino 'tyartham aham sa ca mama priyah [Bhagavadgeetha G 7.16, 7.16] [ 4 types worship me, Arjuna: the afflicted, the inquisitve, the wealth-seekers and jnaani-s. Of these the ever-united-(with Me), one-pointedly devoted jnaani is foremost. The jnaani is extremely dear to Me, and I to him. ] He proceeds to declare: " Indeed all these 4 are noble. But the jnaani is My very self. Such is my conviction". Sri Ramakrishna Paramahansa would say, "Certainly, *everyone* is a manifestation of NaaraayaNa, but beware of His thief, and such like manifestations." In another narrative due to Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, a sage tells his disciple that all forms of life, both human and animal, are manifestations of Lord Hari. Keeping this in mind, the disciple, on one occasion, approaches a violent elephant, inspite of the mahout's warning. Subsequently, the disciple was badly hurt. Later he complained to his Master: " You implied that the elephant is also Lord Naarayaana, so why did i have to suffer like this?". To which, the sage tersely replied: "you shd have listened to the mahout-Naarayana". Please forgive me for any apachaarams unwittingly committed! Hari Om, srik.