How we can avoid the six enemies.

By Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj

Srila Madhavendra Puri perhaps said,

kamadinam kati na katidha palita durnidesas
tesam jata mayi na karuna na trapa nopasantih
utsrjyaitan atha yadu-pate sampratam labdha-buddhis
tvam ayatah saranam abhayam mam niyunksvatma-dasye
(Sri Bhakti-rasamrta-sindhu: Paschima-vibhaga, 2.35)

“O Lord of the Yadu dynasty, Krishna, I have come to Your feet to explain my position. Please consider it.”

What is that position? “Kamadinam kati na katidha palita durnidesas: for so long I have left no stone unturned to satisfy my masters: kama, krodha, lobha, moha, mada, and matsarya. These inner six enemies have very cruelly and harshly exacted such a great amount of service from me. But I have not received any remuneration from them, not a drop of peace. I have not been paid anything. From time immemorial, I have been rendering service to these enemies, but up till now, I have not seen any satisfaction in their faces. They are as hard as before.

“Palita durnidesas: and what have I not done? Whatever they have ordered, instantaneously I have obeyed that. In the middle of night, my lord said, ‘Oh, you must go there and steal something, some fruit from there.’ ‘You must charge your enemy with a bomb.’ Krodha, anger, roused me at midnight to kill someone, and I obeyed. So, what have I not done to carry out the order of these enemies living within me?

“Now I am disgusted, my Lord. I am now fully disgusted.

kamadinam kati na katidha palita durnidesas
tesam jata mayi na karuna

“I could not satisfy or propitiate them. Na trapa nopasantih: and in my own self, I also find that no reaction has yet come in me for that. Na trapa: I am not ashamed. Nopasantih: I have not made any reactionary or temporary truce: ‘I will stop. I can’t do this for the time being. Give me some rest.’

“But somehow, I don’t know why, or how, I have run to You. I have run to You! Utsrjyaitan, somehow I have avoided their vigilant eyes and run to You.

utsrjyaitan atha yadu-pate sampratam labdha-buddhis
tvam ayatah

“I have approached You. Saranam abhayam mam niyunksvatma-dasye: You are the real shelter who can save me from these enemies. I have felt this dictation from inside. Mam niyunksvatma-dasye: please give me some engagement. If You engage me, then they will all fly away in fear. If only they hear that You have given me shelter and engagement, then, whatever their account book may say, they will fly away.”

If we can make any contact with that plane, with the nirguna bhumi [land of dedication], then other plenary influences will withdraw at once.

nehabhikrama-naso ’sti pratyavayo na vidyate
svalpam apy asya dharmasya trayate mahato bhayat
(Srimad Bhagavad-gita: 2.40)

And we will be saved from great disaster.

“Please, grant me some shelter.”

That is the advice, instruction, of our Guru Madhavendra Puri: “Anyhow, run. When they are a little unmindful of you, at that moment run, take shelter.”


Spoken on 12 November 1981.