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SB 1.8 - The Lord pacifies the mourners

The Pāṇḍavas, desiring to deliver water to the dead relatives who had desired it, went to the Ganges with Draupadī. When death occurs, each of the family members pours out a potful of Ganges water for the departed soul and walks in a procession, with the ladies in the front. The Pāṇḍavas also followed this rule. Having lamented over the dead relatives, they bathed in the Ganges whose water is sanctified due to being mixed with the dust of the lotus feet of the Lord. Yudhiṣṭhira along with his brothers, Dhṛtarāṣṭra, Gandhārī, Kuntī, Draupadī and Kṛṣṇa were all present there.

Citing the stringent laws of the Almighty, the relentless movement of time (kālasya) and their reactions upon living beings, Kṛṣṇa and the sages pacified those who were shocked and affected. The Lord makes all the laws and orders which are dharma. When we are in the material world, our duty is to follow the orders of the Lord. When we are liberated, in that stage also we render transcendental loving service to the Lord. Mukti means to be reinstated in one’s original spiritual status after giving up the material conception of life. In that stage we can see both ourselves and the Lord face to face. We are illusioned in this world by our material attachments, which can be cleared by associating with the Lord’s devotees. These devotees are able to inject the transcendental sound into the depths of the bewildered heart and thus make one liberated from all lamentation and illusion. That is a summary of the pacifying measures for those affected by the reaction of stringent material laws. The victims of war were lamenting the problems of death, and the Lord pacified them on the basis of knowledge.