Glories of Lord Varadaraja - Part 3

Glories of Lord Varadaraja - Part 3

Sudarshana devi dasi

Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,

Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva.

This is in continuation of the previous offering titled "Glories of Lord Varadaraja" wherein we saw how 

1. Lord Varadaraja appeared from the sacrificial fire during the Ashwamedha yajna conducted by Lord Brahmaji in Kanchipuram. 

2. By mercy of Brahmaji Lord Athivarada agreed to give darshan to all and later by His sweet will decided to give darshan once in 40 years.

Now we shall continue further. 

So ever since the Lord revealed His presence in Ananda Sarovar, He has been giving His transcendental darshan to all devotees once in 40 years, so that conditioned souls like us can see the Lord at least once in our lifetime. Lakhs of people from all over the world come to have this transendental darshan - which is indeed a treat to our eyes and mind. Srila Prabhupada explains the meaning of the word darshan as "meeting" in Srimad Bhagavatam verse 1.8.25. So when we take darshan of the Lord, not only are we seeing Him, but He is also casting His loving glance upon us. In the Brahmavimohana lila when Lord Brahma after stealing away the calves and gopas of Krishna, returns to Vrindavan he could see that all the calves and gopas were still playing with Krishna. When he was perplexed, all the gopas and calves turned to Vishnu forms and thus made Brahmaji realise his mistake. In Srimad Bhagavatam verse 10.13.50 Sukadev Goswami while describing the beauty of the Vishnu forms says 

candrikaa-vishada-smeraih / saarunaapaanga-veekshitaih
svakaarthaanaam iva rajah / sattvaabhyaam srashtr-paalakaah

"Those Vishnu forms, by Their pure smiling, which resembled the increasing light of the moon, and by the sidelong glances of Their reddish eyes, created and protected the desires of Their own devotees, as if by the modes of passion and goodness."

Srila Prabhupada very nicely mentions in the purport to the above verse, "The word svakaarthaanaam refers to great desires. As mentioned in this verse, the glance of Lord Vishnu creates the desires of the devotees. A pure devotee, however, has no desires. Therefore Sanatana Gosvami comments that because the desires of devotees whose attention is fixed on Krishna have already been fulfilled, the Lord's sidelong glances create variegated desires in relation to Krishna and devotional service. In the material world, desire is a product of rajo-guna and tamo-guna, but desire in the spiritual world gives rise to a variety of everlasting transcendental service. Thus the word svakaarthaanaam refers to eagerness to serve Krishna."

So by His loving glance and smiling face, Lord not only creates the desire to serve Him, but He also protects that desire. In other words, He not only gives the inspiration, but also encourages the devotees engaged in His transcendental service. Our prayers to Srila Gurudeva and Srila Prabhupada to always remain in the loving glance of His Lordship and never be rejected by Him.

Krishna willing we shall continue to hear more glories of Lord in subsequent offering. 

Hare Krishna.
Thank you very much,
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Sudarshana devi dasi