How Devotees Deal with Calamities
Srima Bhagavatam 10.82.18-19 - How Devotees Deal with Calamities (download mp3)
by Vasudev Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty
arya bhratar aham manye
yad va apatsu mad-vartam
Queen Kunti said: My dear, respectable brother, I feel that my desires have been frustrated, because although all of you are most saintly, you forgot me during my calamities.
Here Queen Kunti addresses her brother Vasudeva.
suhrdo jñatayah putra
bhratarah pitarav api
yasya daivam adaksinam
Friends and family members — even children, brothers and parents — forget a dear one whom Providence no longer favors.
Srila Sridhara Svami and Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura both comment that Kunti does not blame her relatives for her suffering. Thus she calls them “most saintly persons” and alludes here to her own bad fortune as the cause of her unhappiness.