Of the idea that it’s okay to approach the Lord with material desires. I mean we all have them and it shouldn’t be the reason to stay back, but once we firmly decide to come forward and apply for Lord’s mercy, material desires should be considered as something unwanted.
It is true that if Dhruva Maharaja stayed cool and didn’t run to the forest to heal his wounded pride we wouldn’t have his story in the Bhagavatam but it should not be considered an excuse for us to do something similar.
One just have to look how it ended for him. Against all the odds he, a five year old boy, attracted attention of Lord Vishnu by performing tapasya unprecedented for his age. He saw Vishnu in his heart and eventually Vishnu appeared in person, he even gave the famous speech about searching for pieces of broken glass and finding the most valuable jewel instead but Lord Vishnu remained firm. Friendly but firm.
Lord’s edict wasn’t open for discussion, He simply said what Dhruva would to next – rule the world for thirty six thousand years and get his own star.
There’s a whole chapter in Srimad Bhagavatam entitled “Dhruva Maharaja Returns Home” but it’s not the same back home, back to Godhead we are striving for. Dhruva felt himself condemned, aggrieved and broken hearted. Yes, he had found the most valuable jewel and he’d earned himself the right to the place in the spiritual world but the Lord postponed that happy moment for thirty six thousand years and didn’t allow any pleas.
That’s what happens if you approach Krishna with material desires – you have to stay behind and “enjoy” them instead of being taken to the spiritual world immediately.
Of course one might say that for a devotee there’s no difference between living in heaven or hell but that argument does not apply here because that refers to devotees with no material desires. Those who are still attached to enjoyments of this world will be forced to enjoy, that’s where their consciousness would be for the duration of the punishment, not with Krishna.
Let me make it clearer – it’s one thing to live down here and always think of Krishna but it’s another thing to live here and always think about how nice it is, as this is what apparently happened to Dhruva.
He said it himself – he asked for the broken glass, got only a glimpse of the jewel, and was given the same broken glass he had no desire for anymore.
Actually, he didn’t say this in Srimad Bhagavatam, that phrase is apparently from some other book, in Srimad Bhagavatam he said about few broken grains of husked rice (SB 4.9.35).
Either way – try not to pray for material desires or you will be very sorry in the end, when Krishna fulfills them.
That turned out to be a very nice lesson from the story of Dhruva Maharaja. Can we get the same from Damodara lila? I don’t see how we could. That’s another point for Dhruva who now leads 2:0.
Tomorrow is the last day of Kartika, will Lord Damodara stage last minute come back or will He let His devotee to take the glory? I don’t know, it could turn our either way. Good news – I don’t have to wait very long.