Even in Vaikuntha it so happened that there was Jaya and Vijaya and they were the door keepers of Krishna’s seventh entrance in Vaikuntha. And it so happened that four Kumaras trying to go through, because Kumars were the pure devotees.
Purify your life with fiery devotional service
mayy āsakta-manāḥ pārtha yogaṁ yuñjan mad-āśrayaḥ
asaṁśayaṁ samagraṁ māṁ yathā jñāsyasi tac chṛṇu
[The Supreme Personality of Godhead said: Now hear, O son of Pṛthā, how by practicing yoga in full consciousness of Me, with mind attached to Me, you can know Me in full, free from doubt.](BG 7.1)
Always, mayy āsakta-manāḥ, you know.
yuñjann evaṁ sadātmānaṁ yogī vigata-kalmaṣaḥ
sukhena brahma-saṁsparśam atyantaṁ sukham aśnute
[Thus the self-controlled yogī, constantly engaged in yoga practice, becomes free from all material contamination and achieves the highest stage of perfect happiness in transcendental loving service to the Lord.](BG 6.28)
yuñjann evaṁ sadātmānaṁ yogī vigata-kalmaṣaḥ. yuñjann evaṁ sadātmānaṁ, always themselves they were practicing, sada bhakti yoga. vigata kalmasha, they did not have any inebriety’s. Every inebriety completely disappeared from them, and that’s why they did not grow more than five years old. They were Brahma’s mental children. They came out of the mind of Brahma, very pure. Brahma wanted them to marry and produce the children, because Brahma wanted to fill up this planet. And they completely denied in the beginning. “Father, we are supposed to serve you, we are supposed to obey you, but please excuse us. This thing we can’t do.” And so they were able to travel anywhere, because they were completely pure. Purified living entity, has no restrictions, as soon you have Australian passport or British passport or American passport, you can go anywhere, you are purified. American passport … British passport… you are purified, Indian passport… completely gone, rubbish. [laughs]. I am not criticizing, but this is how the material world goes. So as soon as you are purified, then no visa required. Here I come everytime, they require visa here. Some how or other I miss visa always. So that man knows me, he says, “Here he is.” [laughs] “somehow … now this time I am giving you, go.” Because I have the British passport so I am purified. [laughs]. God, please excuse us. This is the way. As soon as your life is thoroughly purified by the fiery devotional service to Kṛṣṇa then there is no restriction. So they were not restricted, they entered all the doors, and on seventh door this Jaya and Vijaya, its all Krishna’s arrangement, they stopped them.
Attachment leads to discrimination
So then, these were pure devotees, these Kumaras, they should not have been angry towards them. They may be compassionate towards them, that was the natural way. But Kṛṣṇa wanted something, so they became angry. All these four Kumars became angry. “Who are you?”, they said, “In this Vaikuntha how can you differentiate. There shouldn’t be any discrimination.”
In the pages of Bhāgavatam it is wisely said, that one should avoid these discrimination,because attachment to anything or any living entity, is the breeding ground of discrimination. We are bound to discriminate because we are attached to the living entity. And as soon as attachment is there, equal vision disappears. We are bound to discriminate. And those who discriminate, in the pages of Bhāgavatam it is said, that all living entities are part and parcel of Krishna. Some how or other we have to train our mind to look to every other entity as part and parcels, spiritual relationships. And because we look to the spirit, we don’t differentiate in the bodies. And if you really carry on, then Bhāgavatam says that, even the immovable things like mountains and trees, they also hate us. This is the result if discrimination.
Story: Jaya and Vijay cursed by four Kumaras
But some how or other, Krishna’s wish, that they became angry and they said you are not fit to be in Vaikuntha. So they cursed them that you should take birth in the material world. In the mean time, this was going on at the door, so Kṛṣṇa heard about it, and Kṛṣṇa himself came there. He said: “What did you do?” He said. “You should know that every living entity that comes to me, they must be pure.” And before Kumars came Lakshmi once had gone out and Lakshmi came back and they had stopped Lakshmi also. So Lakshmi had cursed them that “Now you will suffer from this tendency. I don’t curse you, but you will have to suffer.” So again they repeated and they stopped Kumars, because that was Krishna’s arrangement. We want to perform His own pastimes. So He has His own subtle ways, how to send the livings entities from Vaikuntha to the Earth planet or somewhere, in the material manifestation. So these two, Jaya and Vijaya, they were cursed, and Kṛṣṇa came there, and Kṛṣṇa said to Kumars, that “You have not cursed them, but it is my desire, that they should take birth in the material manifestation.” And then they were given the choice that either you, you are born as a devotee for seven lives or an enemy for three lives. So they selected enemy life. And this how somehow or other, in Diti’s home they were forced to take birth in the material manifestation. And as soon as they came, they were supposed to be enemy of Krishna. This was the reason why these pair of brothers always were enemy for three life times.
Death of Hiranyaksha
First birth was, Hiranyaksha and Hiranyakashipu, then second birth was Ravana and Kumbhakarana and then after that, Shishupala and Danta Vakra. These are the pairs, always enemy, always enemy. Shishupala was not able to speak, and since then he was abusing Krishna. He learnt the language by criticizing Krishna, so very adamant to criticizing. And every time he saw Kṛṣṇa he will flare up. Same thing happened regarding Hiranyaksha also. Hiranyaksha also was so very powerful. When these brothers stood erect their helmets would touch clouds. So high and mighty. With all the gada in hand. So powerful, materially very powerful. And this Hiranyaksha was so very powerful that within no time he smashed everybody in the material manifestation. In the end there was nobody to fight with him. So he said, “Now with whom he should fight?” So the mountains and hills were there. He smashed all these, and all land was flat, you know. Then again there was nobody. So he went into the ocean, went to Varuna, the demigod for water and he said, “Come on, give me fight”.
Varuna said: “This unnecessary trouble, I don’t want to incur. See, now I have retired, I have decided not to fight”.
“Tell me with whom I should fight?”
So he said “Yes, Vishnu is coming”, he said, “Because the earth is under water. So He is coming to pick the earth up, so He is coming. He is the right person to fight with. Why should your earth He will take?”
“Yes, the earth belongs to me. How can Vishnu touch it? I’ll see that He can’t touch it.”
So he was moving around in the ocean like anything. They were all mystics there were able to stand on water, go inside the water, and create all the trouble. And as we all know, in the end Varah Bhagavan had to come to pick the earth, and had to fight with him. This is how, after killing Hiranyaksha, Varaha Bhagavan also tells “It’s a very very difficult job” he says. So how powerful those demons may be. The lesson is that with material arrangements we cannot save ourselves. However, hard [we try], we make so many arrangements for our safety and even then death pounces on us.
Then what happened, Hiranyakashipu when he heard about his brother’s death, he flared up. And when he knew that Vishnu has killed, he became the enemy of Vishnu. He was supposed to be enemy, because he was cursed. But once, we should remember, they were the gatekeeper of Vishnu, so they were very nice devotees, associates of Krishna. They cannot have ignorance. It was their duty to fight with Krishna. So they really took life like that and they did not forget for a single second. Always they were remembering, remembering Kṛṣṇa as an enemy. And it so happened that Hiranyakashipu was very powerful. Hiranyakashipu was very upset. So he immediately ordered his soldiers that dvija-śreṣṭhā varṇāśrama, you know. “Whereever there is dvija, brahmanical culture, the yagna are going on or whatever, Vedas are sung, go to those places and smash them”, he said. “Gow – where there is cow protection, you kill the cows.” He said, “Where the cows are killed, Brahmins will automatically will be killed”, and this is what is happening now. Billions of cows are slaughtered, and we are keeping quiet, and the reactions are there. And then varna-ashramvyavastha, because our society were very nicely organized in Varna and Ashrama, and we know, that svanuṣṭhitasya dharmasya saṁsiddhir hari-toṣaṇam.
ataḥ pumbhir dvija-śreṣṭhā varṇāśrama-vibhāgaśaḥ
svanuṣṭhitasya dharmasya saṁsiddhir hari-toṣaṇam
[O best among the twice-born, it is therefore concluded that the highest perfection one can achieve by discharging the duties prescribed for one’s own occupation according to caste divisions and orders of life is to please the Personality of Godhead.] (SB 1.2.13)
That was the instruction, that whatever varṇā you are situated.
Always check whether Hari satisfied
You may be intelligent class, or you may be military class, or you may be business man or farmer or you may be servant, doing some humble service, these are the varnas. And in performing all these activities, we have to remember sanuthistasya ca dharmasya. You have to do your prescribed duties but the end must be samshudhhir Hari toshanam. We should always check whether Hari is satisfied or not.Are we performing these services according to His instructions or not? Suppose I tell you that go and prepare chapattis for me. So if you obey then I am happy. If the chapatti comes in front of me, then I say “O, Micheal is very good”. As soon as he disobeys, “He is a rascal, I don’t see chapatti on my plate and I am angry with him like anything”. His is how. Kṛṣṇa becomes angry. Yasmin tuste, sarvan bhavan tuste bhavati. If He is satisfied, every living entity is satisfied. And that is how we go, according to varna. And ashram also, whether you are a brahmachari, or grihastha or vanaprastha or sanyasi whatever it is, your duty is to satisfy Kṛṣṇa all the time. And this is varnaashrama vyavastha. So Hari was satisfied.
Hiranyakashipu consoles his relatives
He said, “Forget about Hari, repeat my name” “Hiranyakashipu”, “Hiranyakashipu”, “Hiranyakashipu”. And he was not satisfied then. Then what happened that in between, he had to console his mother and sister-in-law and nephews also. His mother Diti, and Vishnu Bhanu was his sister-in-law. So he wanted to console them. So he had plenty of knowledge, and those verses give us a nice outlook in his nature as Jaya and Vijaya. He consoled them very nicely. He said that, “Don’t worry, the soul is eternal. My brother is killed, no doubt, but he is still there, body is gone.” This knowledge he gives. Then he again told that “Please, living entities cannot be long enough together. Anytime they have to leave the body.”