Dhritharashtra, because of his offences, we know that later on he wasn’t able to take up devotional service. Instead Vidhura gave him the next best he could give ; he gave him yoga meditation. So by doing yoga meditation, at least he could become liberated. Because he had committed so many offences against the devotees, against Krishna that how could he, after that, render devotional service? You see. It was impossible. Of course, we see that like Jagai Madhai, they committed so many offences but Lord Caitanya’s mercy was such that they could be engaged in devotional service. In that way, even Yamaraja , he was completely astonished. You see, Vidhura of course, is Yamaraj. And even he couldn’t give devotional service to his own brother, because he had committed offences. Because in that yuga, in Dwapara yuga, Krishna wasn’t so kind to forgive offences to that extent, you see. But Lord Caitanya is even more merciful than Krishna. Namo maha vadaanyaya Krishna prema pradhayate, Krishnaaya Krishna Caitanyaaya naamne Gaura Tvishe Namo Namaha. So, He is even more merciful than Krishna. He is giving out that mercy in spite of offences, He even gives out mercy, even forgives one for offences. Even the people who chant Nitai Gaura Radhey Shyam Hare Krishna Hare Ram and other concocted mantras, because somehow or other they are chanting Lord Caitanya’s name, even they are feeling some transcendental happiness from it, you see. But unfortunately, they are confusing people about the philosophy. So in that sense, it will take them some time to completely become purified but even then while they are chanting they can feel something, no doubt. That is the mercy of Lord Caitanya ; He doesn’t take offence very easily.
H.H. Jayapataka Swami Maharaj
1982, Dec, 15 SB @ Honolulu, Hawaii.