Krishna's Merciful Reciprocation

Krishna's Merciful Reciprocation

Vaijayantimala devi dasi

Dear Prabhujis and Matajis,
Hare Krishna! Please accept my dandavat pranams. All Glories to Srila prabhupada and Gurudev!

H.G. Kalacakra Krishna das 's mail on the Art of Bhakthi yoga is simply wonderful. Maharaj makes things so simple for us to understand and it is only our misfortune that we are not taking up the study of the nectar of Bhagavad Gita and Srimad Bhagavatham in all earnestness. Lord Krishna says in Bhagavad Gita 4.11,

                                       ye yathaa maam prapadyanthe /  taams tathaiva bhajaamy aham
                                          mama vartmaanuvartante / manushyaah paartha sarvasah

"As all surrender unto Me, I reward them accordingly. Everyone follows My path in all respects, O son of Prthaa."

H.H. Mahavishnu Goswami maharaj in one of his lectures, was nicely explaining this point on how Lord Krishna is the object of everyone's realization and He reciprocates according to the different intensities of love and other emotions for Him. This is nicely illustrated in Srimad Bhagavatham 10.43.17 when Krishna and Balarama entered the wrestling arena in Mathura .

                                                  mallaanaam asanir nrnaam nara-varah strinaam smaro murtimaan
                                               gopaanaam sva-jano asataam ksiti-bhujaam saastaa sva-pitroh sisuh
                                                     mrtyur bhoja-pater virad avidushaam tattvam param yoginaam
                                                      vrshninaam para-devateti vidito rangam gatah saagrajah


The various groups of people in the arena regarded Krishna in different ways when He entered it with His elder brother.

1.mallaanaam asanir- The wrestlers saw Krishna as a lightning bolt.
2.nrnaam nara-varah- the men of Mathura saw Him as the best of males.
3.strinaam smaro mutimaan- women saw Him as cupid in person.
4.gopaanaam sva-janah- the cowherd men saw Him as their relative.
5.asataam ksiti bhujaam saastaa- the impious rulers saw Him as a chastiser.
6.svapitoh sisuh- His parents saw Him as their child.
7.mrtyuh bhojapateh- the King of the Bhojas( Kamsa) saw Him as death.
8.viraat avidushaam- the unintelligent saw Krishna as the universal form.
9.tattvam param yoginaam- the yogis saw Him as the Absolute truth.
10.vrishninaam para-devataa-Vrshnis saw Him as their supreme worshipable Deity.

Thus ten kinds of persons saw Him in 10 different ways even though He is the same Krishna as an young boy entering the arena. This causeless and inconceivable mercy of the Lord is beautifully expressed by Lord Brahma in His prayers in Srimad Bhagavatam 3.9.11 when He says, "O my Lord, Your devotees can see You through the ears by the process of bonafide hearing, and thus their hearts become cleansed, and You take Your seat there. You are so merciful to Your devotees that You manifest Yourself in the particular eternal form of transcendence in which they always think of you.'

H.H. Bhakthi Vishrambha Madhava swami , who was here in Abudhabi recently, while explaining this verse was telling that the 'particular eternal form of transcendence ' not only means the various deity forms of Lord Krishna but also He takes the form of the transcendental verses or slokaas in Srimad Bhagavad Gita and Bhagavatam. That is why He is "Uttamasloka". So the Lord out of His causeless mercy, manifests Himself in the form of a verse or sloka from these scriptures as it is said that 'srimad bhagavathaakyoyam pratyaksha krishna eve hi'- Srimad Bhagavatham is Sri Krishna Himself. This can be realized when we listen to our Guru Maharaj singing the verse S.B.10.43.17 as we can experience the Lord in his singing the verse ,"mallaanaam asanir....' and the Lord undoubtedly takes His seat in our hearts as He is srutha-ikshita- seen through the ear.

These things should force us to turn to the pages of Srimad Bhagavad Gita and Srimad Bhaagavatham.

Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada,
Vaijayantimala devi dasi

Note from Moderator: Although this verse SB 10.43.17 has already appeared in Granthraj recently, we felt that it will be nice to refresh our minds and also it will be useful for the new members to the group. Moreover, H G Vaijayanti mathaji has written additional interesting points relating to this verse, that is worth meditating upon.