How to understand being insulted?

In general, karmic reactions are to be understood to be the result of our own past actions. But is is always the case? Are some situations outside of the Karmic balance?

Dr.Gopal Shinde, 13th May 2013

Dandavat to prabhus,

I have following question regarding Dhruv Maharaj
Kindly enlighten me.
I thought of asking this question to Guru Maharaj but then thought to keep it in this forum so as to not waste Guru Maharaj’s time

We get insulted because of our karma , we have insulted someone in past therefore they are insulting us in present , as Guru Maharaj has clarified in one of the question answer in Daily Thoughts through
My question is when did dhruva maharaj insult suruchi …in his past life? if he hadnt insulted suruchi why was he insulted ?

Kindly pardon my ignorance

aspiring to be your servant……
Mahabhagavat Das SDA, 14th May 2013

Dear Gopal,

Hare Krishna!

Srila Gurudeva never considers that his time is “wasted” when someone asks him a question. In fact, a spiritual master is served by us asking him questions and doing practical service to assist him “pariprashnena sevayaa”.

In fact, all of us, especially those who want to receive initiation, should make the effort to develop a personal relationship with him. He likes this, and we all benefit from having many disciples with a personal relationship with the spiritual master. Of course, he does spend upwards of 8 hours every day on email no matter where he is, answering emails practically every single moment he has. It took me a while to understand the great privilege of receiving an email from him… this is like disciples of Srila Prabhupada writing letters to him and receiving replies. Don’t think that this group is meant to replace that. It is meant to serve the spiritual master, not act as a barrier between the spiritual master and the students and disciples! 🙂

Yes, some questions may be directed to his disciples, and if unsatisfied/dissatisfied with the answer(s), one should approach Srila Gurudeva.

Your consideration to save some of his time is very noble, but do not feel that he has no time for you. He is your spiritual father, and to a father, hearing from children is always pleasurable.

Yes, correct, a pure devotee understands that all suffering is reduced reaction to their own previous actions… but in the case of Dhruva Maharaja, there is no recorded history of this, but just consider how long ago this happened… Maharaja Dhruva was the son of Uttanapada who was the son of Svayambhuva Manu who was the son of Lord Brahma, the creator of this universe which is currently 155 trillion, 20 billion years old. (ref:

For a pure devotee, such a thing is usually understood to be “Leela”, in other words, there is no karmic action-reaction cycle behind this, it is Leela, directly Krishna’s plan. Dhruva Maharaja is considered to be an eternally liberated soul, nitya siddha, even though he may have acted as a hot-headed little Kshatriya boy at some time.

Just like the example of Srila Prabhupada – he tried to establish League of Devotees in Jhansi, but he was cheated by some politician’s wife… does that mean that Srila Prabhupaa previously cheated that person? No, we cannot understand it in that way. This is Leela, Krishna’s direct plan to send Srila Prabhupada to America to establish ISKCON which would then flood the whole world with Krishna consciousness, including a little Indian city, famous for some historical reasons, known as Jhansi. 🙂

I hope this makes sense.

Mahabhagavat Das

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Author: Mahabhagavat Das SDA

I am a formally initiated disciple of His Grace Sriman Sankarshan Das Adhikari. My spiritual master was initiated by His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada in 1971. He is the author of the famous Ultimate Self Realization Course. Check it out at

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