Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept our humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva.
Today we were reciting the 85th Chapter of 10th Canto Srimad Bhagavatam - wherein the pastime Lord Krishna bringing back the six sons of Devaki is narrated. Since Devaki out of motherly affection longs to see the six sons who were mercilessly killed by her brother Kamsa, Lord Krishna brings them back to her - from the abode of Bali Maharaj. When she sees her sons alive, out of motherly affection milk spontaneously flows from her breast and she feeds them. In verse 10.85.55-56, Srila Sukadeva Goswami says -
pītvāmṛtaṁ payas tasyāḥ pīta-śeṣaṁ gadā-bhṛtaḥ
te namaskṛtya govindaṁ devakīṁ pitaraṁ balam
miṣatāṁ sarva-bhūtānāṁ yayur dhāma divaukasām
By drinking her nectarean milk, the remnants of what Krishna Himself had previously drunk, the six sons touched the transcendental body of the Lord, Narayana, and this contact awakened them to their original identities. They bowed down to Govinda, Devaki, their father and Balarama, and then, as everyone looked on, they left for the abode of the demigods.
The phrase 'nārāyaṇāṅga-saṁsparśa' is important to meditate in this verse. Drinking the remnants of milk that was drunk earlier by Krishna enabled the six sons to touch the transcendental body of the Lord. Such is the power of Krishna prasadam. Since Krishna's remnants (prasadam) is non-different from Him, honouring prasadam implies getting in touch with Krishna personally. When one honours prasadam, understanding its value and potency with gratitude, respect and faith - then this will immediately remind us about our constitutional position and enrich our devotional service. Since Krishna prasadam is so powerful and potent we should ensure that we prepare, serve and honor it with the right consciousness and not waste even a single morsel of rice. Right from the time when we prepare the bhoga, offer it to Krishna, then serve them to others as well as while honouring them ourselves, we should remember the causeless mercy of the Lord for enabling us to cook, serve and eat His remnants with a thankful heart.
Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Kalacakra Krsna das and Sudarshana devi dasi.
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