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How to keep Envy out of your Heart

Following is an excerpt from the lecture on Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 10, Chapter 66: Paundraka, the False Vasudeva – Verse – by Vraj Bihari Das

SB 10.66.9
svapnayitam nrpa-sukham para-tantram isa
sasvad-bhayena mrtakena dhuram vahamah
hitva tad atmani sukham tvad-aniha-labhyam
klisyamahe ’ti-krpanas tava mayayeha


“When you lie dead, O fool, your face covered by vultures, herons and vata birds, you will become the shelter of dogs.”


Paundraka foolishly told the Supreme Lord to come to him for shelter, but here Lord Krsna tells him, “You are not My shelter, but rather you will become the shelter of dogs when they happily feast on your dead body.”

Srila Prabhupada vividly describes this scene as follows: “[Lord Krsna told Paundraka, “When I shall destroy you,] foolish King, you will then have to conceal your face in disgrace, and when your head is severed from your body by My disc, it will be surrounded by meat-eating birds like vultures, hawks and eagles. At that time, instead of becoming My shelter, as you have demanded, you will be subject to the mercy of these lowborn birds. At that time your body will be thrown to the dogs, who will eat it with great pleasure.’”

Bad association and distancing yourself from your teacher will turn you into foolish and cruel. A good example is Paundraka who claims to be the incarnation of Vishnu and calls Krishna as an imposter. He further asks Krishna to take shelter of him. Demigods are saying that themselves and Brahma are under the fear of time which itself is under Krishna. They also say that one who didn’t take shelter of Krishna is a person of foolish and childish nature. Demigods are giving reasons for the arising of people like Paundraka as they see themselves separate from Krishna. Another example is Kamsa who turned cruel due to the association of his wicked ministers. Paundraka made Krishna happy when Paundraka fight with him. But that does not mean Paundraka was good. Our Attitude and desire matter more than the external feelings.

Paundraka is such as a mess because he is trapped by the Anartha – Envy. Envy makes you a foul and shadows your intelligence. Another example of the Anartha Envy is Sishupal, from Mahabharatha. Sishupal became envious when Bhishma told that Krishna should be worshipped in Rajasuya sacrifice and started blaming Bhishma, Krishna and Bheema for choosing Krishna to be worshipped in the sacrifice. Bhishma told Bheema and others to be calm as Krishna will handle Sishupal when time comes. Sishupal’s mother requested Krishna to not kill her son and Krishna said that he will forgive hundred offenses of Sishupal. Bhishma recalled this but Sishupal did not stop abusing. After sometime, Krishna started talking and telling the faults of Sishupal and told that his hundred offenses are over and the time to kill him had come. So, Krishna invoked his Sudarshana Chakra and killed Sishupal.

We should avoid being envy. Before that we should know what envy is and whether we have envy or not. If we are not happy when others are progressing, then we are in envy. When we wish for negative things to the people who are progressing well, we are in envy. If someone is envious, then they would have a cynical attitude which means not impressed by any activities. Lord Chaitanya has given solutions to avoid envy. He told that pure Bhakti can drive out envy. Steps to follow in pure Bhakti are hearing and chanting Krishna’s holy names, good association with devotees, being careful to not do mistakes and making honest introspections. By following these, we can attract the causeless mercy of Krishna. These steps are mentioned as Four “C”s of Bhakti namely Chanting, Company, Care and Causeless mercy. These steps will reveal envy first like how dust seems to be increasing when you start cleaning and remove envy later.

A book called “Good to Great” by Jim Collins researched numerous companies and their leaders to find the common thing in leaders. And they found that all leaders are conscientious, meaning that they are conscious about their activities and correct themselves whenever necessary. The author gives a poetic understand called “Mirror and Glass philosophy”. Most people in the world, when successful look at the mirror and praise themselves. And when they fail, they look out of the glass and point out others for failures. But the real successful leaders do it vice versa. When successful they look out of glass and point out others as reason and when they fail, they look into mirror and take up responsibility for failure.

This is very beautifully explained in this Audio to a great length, please download and listen to it.


Comments (1)

  1. Shiladitya Mandal says:


    Presently I am posted at Port Blair where network connectivity is very poor.

    Please have mercy on this fallen soul and send these articles by email.

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