Competition to show Compassion - Part 1

Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances! All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva!

As parents, we love our children very much and we see that the mother and father compete with each other to shower their love on their children and this is a very fortunate position for the child. In bringing up the children, there are two things to be considered. One is "hitam" – that which is beneficial to the children and "priyam" - that which is pleasing to them. It is a challenge for the parents to find this balance because the children may become frustrated if we insist on them doing things which are beneficial to them, but they may not find pleasing and we will be spoiling the child if we go on doing things pleasing to them, which may not be very beneficial for their long term growth. It is nature's arrangement that the father is more inclined towards the hitam of the child and the mother to the priyam of the child and this helps in the healthy upbringing of the children.

We always find that once the couple becomes parents, all their focus and center of attention becomes the child and that becomes the only purpose of their existence. All the decisions in the family are made considering the welfare, comfort, and pleasure of the child. This attitude finds its source in our original Supreme Father Lord Vishnu and the Supreme Mother of all living entities Lakshmi Devi. That is why in Srimad Bhagavatam 8.8.25, They have been referred to as tri-jagato janako jananyā – The Father and the Mother of all the three worlds. The amazing thing we see in our original Supreme parents is that the very reason for Lord Vishnu and Lord Lakshmi to remain as Divine couple is Their children, that is all the living entities like us, on whom They want to shower Their mercy favor, and compassion.

The eighth canto of Srimad Bhagavatam describes the beautiful and brilliant pastime of the churning of the Milk Ocean and we find that so many things are produced out of the ocean because of the churning. Then there appeared the goddess of fortune Rama or Lakshmidevi who is the source of all opulences. She could not find Her match in all the denizens of heavens assembled there, because she could not find anyone naturally endowed with all the good qualities. Then Bhagavatam says in 8.8.23 that after full deliberation, the Goddess of fortune accepted Mukunda as her husband although He is independent and not in want of Her (ramā mukundam nirapeksham īpsitam). The Lord being fully self-sufficient and independent, He was not in want of the support or association of Lakshmidevi. If this is so, then we start wondering how could She win the bosom of the Lord as Her residence? The Lord is famously glorified as Srinivas or Sriniketan. This is very wonderfully answered in Srimad Bhagavatam 8.8.25:

tasyāḥ śriyas tri-jagato janako jananyā
vakṣo nivāsam akarot paramaṁ vibhūteḥ
śrīḥ svāḥ prajāḥ sakaruṇena nirīkṣaṇena
yatra sthitaidhayata sādhipatīṁs tri-lokān

The Supreme Personality of Godhead is the father of the three worlds, and His bosom is the residence of mother Lakshmi, the goddess of fortune, the proprietor of all opulences. The goddess of fortune, by Her favorable and merciful glance, can increase the opulence of the three worlds, along with their inhabitants and their directors, the demigods.

Krishna willing we shall meditate further on this in the subsequent offering.

Thank you very much.
Yours in the service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila gurudeva,
Vaijayantimala devi dasi
Abu Dhabi.