Nepal Crash Victims were Supposed to Take
that Fateful Flight
BY: KRISHNA DASA
May 16, 2012 USA (SUN) The recent news article, "Nepal Crash Victims Were Not Suppose to Take That Fateful Flight" reveals a complete misunderstanding of spiritual principles by authors Pooja Naik and Jyoti Shelar of the Mumbai Mirror. Even the most neophyte devotee understands that not a blade of grass moves without the sanction of the Supreme Lord.
The authors had it half right, "That Fateful Flight." They were destined to be on that plane. The reporters contradict their own headline when they say "not suppose to take." Even if we give them wiggle room for literary license, the misunderstanding in the minds of anyone in the bodily concept of life is painfully experienced. "If only the weather was different," and a myriad of other "what-if's" plague the mind when there is a grasping at the straws of different scenarios.
The writers have performed a dis-service to their readers, what to speak of the relatives and friends left behind. Behind this confusing headline is a challenge to Krishna - fate is regarded as adjustable by some human or other unseen force. Not. The sooner the living entity accepts that God is the Supreme Personality guiding the wanderings of all living beings, the more peaceful will he become.
Jayananda, Visnujana, and others died during Srila Prabhupada's presence. I never heard that he got choked up or sentimental about their passing. He always saw it from a Krishna conscious perspective. Upon hearing the news of Visnujana's apparent suicide, Srila Prabhupada responded that it seemed he had indeed committed suicide....and that he was preaching in the heavenly planets. (Source: Hari-Sauri das in a Dandavats article).
There were devotees killed in car crashes, etc. I don't know of any instance when Srila Prabhupada "argued" with destiny. "As It Is" - not as it might have been. Pooja and Jyoti should take a page from Prabhupada's Gita before writing any more commentaries on the existential condition of life.