Notes on Ekendra Prabhu's lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.6.20 and Rama-lila
Because the Lord is beyond the reach of the senses, he can only be seen by one who has pleased him.
Maya makes sure that we are free from all material taints so we can go back to Godhead.
Points from Rama-lila that impressed me:
1. Srila Prabhupada writes that Lord Rama was even kind to Ravana after his death since he engaged Ravana's pious brother, Vibhisana, in performing his funeral ceremony so he would not go to hell. This is an incredible idea for one in mundane consciousness because the tendency is to be very vengeful toward one's enemy and to take pleasure in making him suffer. The Lord, however, looks to benefit everyone. All glories to Lord Rama!
2. When Rama was king there was no death for those who did not want it. This is another amazing idea. Talk about good government!
Although today was a fasting day, I did not look at my watch for the whole two-hour bhajan program at Krishna Lunch. I could not believe the two hours had gone so fast. That is the mercy of Lord Rama! I never remember that happening before.