By Niraj Bidawatka
Natural calamities such as earthquakes, tsunamis, droughts, etc. are caused when there is an increase in the sinful activities of the people. We find information in the Srimad Bhagavatam that during the reign of pious kings such as Maharaja Yudhisthira, the earth was free from all kinds of natural calamities and there was ample production of foodgrains. This was due to the fact that under a pious king’s rule, sinful activities are not encouraged. Thus, when the scene is free from sinful acts, there is no chance of natural calamities.
But now the governments are giving unrestricted encouragement to sinful activities – slaughterhouses, where innocent animals are killed, are given permission to flourish, liquor consumption and gambling in the form of lottery, etc is encouraged because it increases the tax revenue, no proper law and order is maintained leading to increase in thefts, rapes and murders. When the scene is replete with such excessive sins, material nature takes revenge and the result is earthquakes, floods, famines and wars where sinful people are collectively killed.
The question that now arises is, “Why does one commit sins?” The answer is, “Due to material desires (Bg. 3.37).” If one is free from material desires, he will not commit any sins.
The inhabitants of Krishna’s planet are free from material desires and therefore devoid of the seed of sin. Since sinful activities are absent in the spiritual sky, where Krishna’s supreme planet is situated, there is no possibility of earthquakes and tsunamis. Therefore we should strive to go back to Krishna.
Going back to Krishna is simple – just chant Hare Krishna and go back home, back to Godhead, in order to live a life free from all dangers.
Lord Brahma says that the material world, where we are living, is full of dangers at every step, but for those who have taken shelter of Krishna’s lotus feet, there is no danger.