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God helps true devotees

CHENNAI, FEB.9 . The baser instincts in human beings differ from person to person largely due to the exercise of the code of conduct. The tendency to harbour vengeful thoughts in cases of perceived injustice is a human trait. Men of higher knowledge, with their minds turned towards more permanent issues are devoid of such self-defeating emotions. Saint Tulsidas has stated that there can be no greater misfortune for any human mind to harbour such ill will. Duryodhana harboured hatred towards the Pandavas that was punctuated with a sadistic streak. When spies informed him of the plight of the Pandavas in exile — Draupadi fetching water, Bhima logging wood for fire — he frolicked in their vicinity, in the mistaken belief that the joie de vivre of the Kauravas would leave the Pandavas feeling miserable, and Duryodhana wanted to personally see and derive pleasure from such a state. To his chagrin, he and his brothers became prisoners of an ogre and Yudhishtra commanded Bhima to secure his cousin's release.

In her discourse, Smt. Jaya Srinivasan said that virtue will always be hailed. Bhishma, on his bed of arrows was moved to tears by the plight of the Pandavas, and exclaimed, "As adherents you should not have experienced so much hardship." One may feel that the non-pareil of virtue should not succumb to the pangs of emotional attachments. When Bhishma saw the Pandavas ranged near him, he remembered every injustice perpetrated towards them, the early attempts at poisoning Bhima, the humiliation of Draupadi, the sufferings in Virata's country, the 18-day Kurukshetra war, Ashwathama's fight, the unequal battle of 16 against the brave Abhimanyu and other incidents. The virtuous brothers had adhered to every injunction of dharma. Above all, their faith in Lord Krishna was not misplaced since He was their friend, philosopher and guide.

When they approached Him, He gladly agreed to be their charioteer saying, "This manifestation is only for the purpose of being your charioteer." Scriptures say that one should not partake even a morsel of rice in the house of those who harbour hatred towards one. Krishna refused Duryodhana's hospitality stating, "You hate the Pandavas who are dear to Me," proving yet again that God does not desert His true devotees. The primary importance of virtue is highlighted in all the scriptures. When Rama prepared to set out on his exile Kausalya immediately blessed him that the virtue He so dearly followed will protect Him.

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