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Kamsa (Devaki’s brother) was overjoyed at her marriage with Vasudeva. He took the reins of the newly-weds chariot and rode them back to Mathura. On their way, he heard a voice from the sky say that the child from Devaki’s eighth pregnancy would be responsible for Kamsa’s death. A terrified Kamsa pulled out his sword to kill Devaki. Vasudeva, quite alarmed at the situation, attempted to explain philosophical values from the scriptures about the consequences of harming a life.

He said to Kamsa-

No one should ever harm another life, because such deeds have serious repercussions, as they remain as impressions in their minds. These mental constructs arouse fear. At the time of death, the accumulated reflections haunt the doer. He becomes a slave of his mind, because he may have already stored those bundles of mental conceptions over time. His mind then directs his thoughts toward acquiring another material body as he reaches his point of death.

Those born with their material bodies come into subsistence accompanied by death. Death is a certainty for all life forms, whether now or in a hundred years. When the body reaches the stage of death, that helpless life form, influenced by its actions, abandons the anterior body after reaching out to another body.

When a person becomes engrossed in frivolous thoughts, he becomes a slave to them because his mind is preoccupied with them. The degree and perception of those concoctions may vary depending upon what he has experienced visually or verbally. Those continuous thoughts bring more complications.

The life form acquires a fresh body after its Karmic activities and then gives up its earlier one. The process is like a person treading by placing one leg on the ground and moving the other forward.

Finding himself entangled in those thoughts, he imagines a specific body personality. He envisages himself as if he has that personality. He then loses sight of himself. Likewise, the life form forgets about its previously discarded body.

The mind is the mode of absorption, as well as divergence. A person’s consequential deeds, known as the Karmic activities, influence it. It enters into whichever body, among the diverse types of material bodies created by the power of the Supreme Principle within the five elements like earth, water, air, sky, fire, as expeditious as it could, and merges itself with the characteristics of that body and takes the semblance of that particular life.

The life form identifies with the newly acquired body and considers the body to be its true origin, just as the sun, moon, or stars sway in water due to their reflection.

However, Vasudeva did not find any impact of his eloquent philosophy on Kamsa. He did not calm down. Vasudeva realized there was no point in giving wise advice when someone was in rage. He used diplomacy as his tool to overcome the situation. He promised Kamsa that he would present him all the children born to Devaki. Thus he bought peace temporarily.

GREG RAKOZY RFP

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