Devotees: Bhishma

                                                                  Q. If Bhishma was a devotee of the Lord, then why did he choose to fight against the Pandavas? Also why did he have to undergo a painful situation of lying down in a bed of arrows?

                                                                  In addition, why didn't Bhishmadev surrender to Lord Krishna like Vibhishana surrendered to Lord Rama? Is it because Bhishma gave more importance to his vow (his dharma) than to surrender to Krishna?

                                                                  Q. It has always been puzzling for me when, in the heat of life's struggles, one faces situations of hardship, how does one know if it is, for example, Krishna testing our resolve to serve him, or is it karma because our endeavor is contaminated by material desires or, is it a message meant to make us realize that adjustments need to be made in order to achieve our goals?

                                                                  Q. Krishna says in Bhagavad Gita that He is Kala (Kalosmi). So time is eternal. But when we practically speak ("In due course of time, time will answer" etc) it apparently looks as though time changes. Please clarify how to understand this?

                                                                  Q. I have been (and continuing to be) in a constant attack of very intense miseries since the last 6 years. I am very fortunate and grateful for the association of devotees since the last 4 years. However sometimes I am so worn out and exhausted physically and mentally that I just want to be left alone for months being a recluse. This is partly because I'm forced to act happy and enthusiastic (amongst devotees or non-devotees) when there is so much mental agony, anguish and anxiety that is constantly bombarding my mind.

                                                                  Q. It is stated in SB 1.11.16-17 purport:

                                                                  "Ahuka, the father-in-law of Akrura, was not on good terms with Akrura."

                                                                  What is the background history of this discord between Ugrasena and Akrura?

                                                                  In Mahabharata it is explained that Ahuka and Akrura did not get on because there was doubt in each other's minds that the other did not support Krishna. They were always quarrelling because of this. Therefore in Mahabharata Santi Parva Chapter 85, vs 8-11 Bhisma laments that it is so hard to have them on one's side, but equally hard to not have them on one's side.

                                                                  (Mahabharata)

                                                                  Q. We hear that Kamsa had become the ruler of Mathura (where he made alliance with other demons, he married the two daughters of Jarasandha, he subdued or killed others) and his ambition was to be the Emperor even of all demigods.

                                                                  Also we read and hear about Kurus, Bhisma, Drona, Yudhisthira Maharaja etc.
                                                                  Many times they are also mentioned as emperor and ruler of planet earth.

                                                                  So,

                                                                  1. What's the correct understanding? Because both parties are contemporary and physical distance is very small (Delhi & Mathura).
                                                                  2. Is there any mention of Kamsa attacking Hastinapur? or