Pious and Impious Actions

BY: CAITANYA DAS - 13.2 2020

When a man is plagued with financial troubles and full of anxieties, he can go to his creditors to make a voluntary arrangement. In England this is called an IVA. Such an arrangement leaves him paying a portion of his debt, and the creditors are forced by the government to accept their loss.

Similarly when the devotees approach Krishna in all sincerity, Krishna makes an arrangement regarding past karma. We have to pay back a little of the suffering we have caused by our foolish self-centred actions, and Mayadevi who inflicts the sufferings agrees to take the loss.

Actually death is a kind of insolvency. Those over burdened with anxieties, increasing fears and a broken body, as clearly depicted in the songs of Srila Bhaktivinode Thakur, are given relief, as a new situation evolves, however arrangements are made to pay back a karmic debt. But still, the Lord stays within the heart and sends His devotees to convince us of the right and beneficial actions as well as right our wrongs, encouraging us to see the error of our ways.

In the financial world those with poor credit get very little freedom and have to pay excessive interest for any loans, thus further implicating them financially and restricting their enjoyment. The rich have access to much credit, which they pay little interest on, which allows them a greater opportunity to enjoy. This reflects the Karmic world, the impious given little facilities to enjoy and the pious given more.

Ultimately Krishna gives his advice in all these affairs, bringing us to a platform well beyond the pious and impious actions within a material world. He offers to take care of as fully, giving us what we are all looking for – a fully satisfying exchange of Love, and if we learn to love Krishna, automatically all other needs are taken care of.

The Good Lord says,

"Always think of Me and become My devotee. Worship Me and offer your homage unto Me. Thus you will come to Me without fail. I promise you this because you are my dear devotee."

And:

TRANSLATION

"Abandon all varieties of religion and just surrender unto Me. I shall deliver you from all sinful reaction. Do not fear.

PURPORT

The Lord has described various kinds of knowledge, processes of religion, knowledge of the Supreme Brahman, knowledge of the Supersoul, knowledge of the different types of orders and statuses of social life, knowledge of the renounced order of life, knowledge of nonattachment, sense and mind control, meditation, etc. He has described in so many ways different types of religion. Now, in summarizing Bhagavad-gita, the Lord says that Arjuna should give up all the processes that have been explained to him; he should simply surrender to Krsna. That surrender will save him from all kinds of sinful reactions, for the Lord personally promises to protect him.

In the Eighth Chapter it was said that only one who has become free from all sinful reactions can take to the worship of Lord Krsna. Thus one may think that unless he is free from all sinful reactions he cannot take to the surrendering process. To such doubts it is here said that even if one is not free from all sinful reactions, simply by the process of surrendering to Sri Krsna he is automatically freed. There is no need of strenuous effort to free oneself from sinful reactions. One should unhesitatingly accept Krsna as the supreme savior of all living entities. With faith and love, one should surrender unto Him."

(Part of the Purport of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktividanta Swami Prabhupada)