Srimad Bhagavatam 10.54.10-12 - Krishna Marries Rukmini (download mp3) , (download flv) (download mp4)
by Radhanath Swami at ISKCON Chowpatty
The kings approached Sisupala, who was disturbed like a man who has lost his wife. His complexion was drained of color, his enthusiasm was gone, and his face appeared dried up. The kings spoke to him as follows.
Although Sisupala had not married Rukmini, he passionately considered her his property, and thus he was devastated, like a man who has lost his beloved wife.
bho bhoh purusa-sardula
daurmanasyam idam tyaja
na priyapriyayo rajan
nistha dehisu drsyate
[Jarasandha said:] Listen, Sisupala, O tiger among men, give up your depression. After all, embodied beings’ happiness and unhappiness is never seen to be permanent, O King.
yatha daru-mayi yosit
evam isvara-tantro ’yam
Just as a puppet in the form of a woman dances by the desire of the puppeteer, so this world, controlled by the Supreme Lord, struggles in both happiness and misery.
By the will of the Supreme Lord, living beings are awarded the proper results of their own activities. One who understands the Absolute Truth surrenders to the Absolute Truth, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, and is no longer considered to be within the material system of existence. Since those endeavoring within the material system, or world, are necessarily trying to exploit the creation of God, they must be subjected to reactions, which are perceived by the conditioned souls as miserable and joyful. In fact, the entire material way of life is a fiasco when seen from the perspective of absolute bliss.