Gajendra's Prayers

28th Oct 2002
Vaijayantimala devi dasi

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

As we all know , the most auspicious Kartika month is going on. The glories of the Kartika month is discussed exhaustively in Padma Purana and Skanda Purana. Among the various austerities and activities we may undertake 
during this month, one is the reading of the episode of Gajendra's liberation from Srimad Bhagavatam. It is said in the puranas that if we undertake this study during this month , we will never again experience birth or death. As we mature in devotional service, however, we understand that these activities are to be done ultimately for the purpose 
of pleasing Krishna and not for any other fruitive results. The mere reading of these verses puts us in so much of transcendental bliss as all the verses in Srimad Bhagavatam are living personalities who always charge us with so 
much of devotion everytime we read them. One of the verses in the Gajendra's prayers of surrender is 8.3.17
Gajendra prays:

maadrk prapanna_pashu_paasa_vimokshanaaya
muktaaya bhuri_karunaaya namo 'layaaya
svaamsena sarva_tanu_bhrn_manasi pratita_
pratyag_drshe bhagavate brhate namas te

Translation : Since an animal such as I has surrendered unto You, who are supremely liberated, certainly You will release me from this dangerous position. Indeed, being extremely merciful, You incessantly try to deliver 
me. By your partial feature as Paramatma, You are situated in the hearts of all embodied beings. You are celebrated as direct transcendental knowledge, and You are unlimited. I offer my respectful obeisances unto You, the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

What a powerful prayer!!!! Each and every word of this verse which describes the transcendental qualities of the Lord is so overwhelming.

muktaaya - unto the Supreme, who is untouched by the contamination of material nature.

Srila Prabhupada says in his purport that God is liberated, and He tries to make us liberated.

bhurikarunaaya - who are unlimitedly merciful. The Lord is adhabra dayaa, adhabra karunaa and adhabra sauhrda. He is unlimitedly merciful, unlimitedly compassionate and unlimited well wisher for all the living entities. How He is merciful is explained by the next quality.

alayaya- who are never inattentive or idle ( for the purpose of my deliverance ) 

Srila Prabhupadaso beautifully explains in the purport that He is within our hearts and is not at all inattentive. His only aim is to deliver us from material life. It is not that He becomes attentive to us only when we offer prayer to Him. Even before we offer our prayers He incessantly tries to deliver us. He is never lazy in regard to our deliverance.

Pratyag drse - as a direct observer ( of all activities)

Krishna as a Paramatma is situated in the hearts of all embodies beings. That is why the acaryas have assured us that the essence of Krishna Consciousness is life long devotional activities and sentiment. We don't have to request Krishna to remember all that we have done. Krishna will not disqualify or discount our accumulated devotional activities due to a last moment epileptic fit or sudden heart failure.

Brhate - Who are unlimited.

Krishna is the possesor of unlimited opulence and He is the origin of everyone. This unlimited Lord with His unlimited Mercy is trying to make us liberated from this miserable material condition. The rememberance of this point is 
sure to make us more committed and dedicated in our devotional service.

Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Vaijayantimala devi dasi