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"He causes beings to create beings and He causes beings to end beings. Bodies get born, bodies die; nothing more serious happens at birth or death. This has been taught us often by Vaasudeva. Why then should we doubt or deviate from the steady courage He has sought to give us?"

"You might say that it is not just, that He who caused us to be born, should be the person who kills us. Between birth and death, man too has some capacity to earn Punya and Papa, merit and demerit, and this has some influence on the course of events. Within these limits, the Lord plays the game of football with birth and death, and life."

"Birth and death are two high cliffs between which the river of life flows. The force of Atmic faith (Atmasakthi) is the bridge that spans the chasm and for those who have developed that force and faith, floods are of no concern. With Atmasakthi as their safe support, they can reach the other bank, braving all dangers. O, king! All this is but a grand puppet-show by that master-director. The Yadavas today, like the Kauravas yesterday, had no individuality of their own; there is no use blaming either."

"Can this material body, composed of the five elements - earth, water, fire, air and ether - move or act without His prompting? No. It is His amusement, to cause one to be born through another and to cause one to die through another. Else, how can you explain the fact of the snake laying eggs and warming them to bring out the young and then, eat the very children thus born? Even among them, it eats up only those whose term is ended, so to say, not every one of the snakelings. The fish that live in waters get caught in nets when their term ends; why, the small fish get eaten by the big ones and they, in their turn, get swallowed by even bigger ones. This is His law. The snake eats the frog, the peacock eats the snake; this is His game. Who can probe into the reasons for this? The truth is: 'Every single event is the decision of this Balagopala."

"We cannot sense the mystery of His play. We have failed to understand it. There is no profit in worrying over that failure, now. With that deluding human form, He moved with us, mixed with us, dined with us, behaved as if He was our kinsman and well-wisher, our friend and guide, and saved us from many a calamity that threatened to overwhelm us. He showered His divine mercy on us and solved for us the toughest problems that defied solution, in remarkably simple ways. During all this time that He was near and dear to us, we were carried away by pride that we had His grace; we did not try to fill ourselves with that supreme joy, to dive deep into the flood of His grace. We sought from Him mere external victory and temporal benefits; we ignored the vast treasure with which we could have filled our hearts. We never contemplated on His real reality."

"He guarded us as if we five were the five vital airs (Panchaprana) for Him. He came forward to help us and lead us in every undertaking, however small; and He fulfilled it for us. Brother! What shall I say? We might be born many times over, but we can never get again such a friend and kinsman. I have received from Him love much more intense than that of a mother, a love which no mother can confer."

"On many an occasion He bore the burdens of the Pandavas as His own and to relieve us of the bother, He used to plan measures within minutes and carry them on to final success. It is due to the gift of His grace that we Pandavas have survived in this world to this day."