Dear Vaishnavas,Hare Krishna. Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.
In my last mail, I quoted the lines - "Krsnena adbhuta karmanaa (Krsna, the performer of superhuman feats)". That particular verse is very intriguing. SB 1.8.46:-
"King Yudhishtira, who was much aggrieved, could not be convinced, despite instructions by great sages headed by Vyasa and the Lord Krsna Himself, the performer of superhuman feats, and despite all historical evidence".
The situation surrounding this verse is that after the Battle of Kurukshetra, Yudhishtira Maharaj became extremely distressed to see that millions of men were killed just for his becoming the King. He was so troubled by this, he kept brooding over the great massacre that happened in 18 days of fierce battle. On seeing Yudhistir Maharaj's depressed condition, Vyasadev tried to pacify him by quoting various historical evidence of battles waged by kings in the past. But that could not pacify him in anyway. Then Lord Krishna Himself, tried to console him. He could not console him either. When we hear this, we may get a genuine question - Even ordinary people like we are able to console others out of their distress many times. Or if we are despondent, some other friends or relatives are able to pacify or encourage us. But how is it that Lord Krsna who was acting as a personal advisor and well-wisher of the Pandavas, was not able to console Yudhishtira Maharaj ? Moreover being the Supreme Personality of Godhead, it is not an impossible task for Him to cool down Yudhishtira Maharaj. Does the title "adbhuta karmanaa" really suit Lord Krsna ?
How can we delineate the answer ? This is where the commentaries and conclusions of the bonafide acaryas prove invaluable for our understanding of the scriptures. Srila Prabhupada, inorder to kindle our thought process, asks this same question in his purport to this verse and gives the answer as well. Here is an excerpt from the purport:-
Krsna is designated herein as the performer of superhuman actions, but in this particular instance neither He nor Vyasa could convince King Yudhistira. Does it mean that He failed to be a superhuman actor? No, certainly not.The interpretation is that the Lord as Ishvara, or the Supersoul in the hearts of both King Yudhishtira and Vyasa, performed still more superhuman action because the Lord desired it. As Supersoul of King Yudhistira, He did not allow the King to be convinced by the words of Vyasa and others, including Himself, because He desired that the King hear instructions from the dying Bhishmadeva, who was another great devotee of the Lord.
This is how, to increase the fame of His devotees, the Lord keeps a low profile of Himself. During the battle, He did the same in the incident when He took the chariot wheel and ran towards Bishmadev to kill him. He broke His promise of not taking any weapon during the battle. But by that act, He saved Arjuna and at the same time satisfied the desire of Bishmadeva to have the darshan of the Lord carrying a weapon.
Again in this incident after the battle, in order to make the whole world realize the greatness of Bishmadev who is His pure devotee, He acted as Paramatma from within the heart of Yudhishtira Maharaj to not to listen to the consoling words of Himself which He was giving from outside as Lord Krishna and Vyasadeva. This is the superhuman feat which only the Lord can perform! And it only shows His incomparable love towards His dear devotees.
Thank you very much
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada
Kalacakra Krsna das
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