Krishna's Merciful Reciprocation

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

HG Kalacakra Krishna das's mail on the Art of Bhakti 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 Bhagavatam in all earnestness. Lord Krishna says in Bhagavad Gita 4.11,

ye yathā māṁ prapadyante tāṁs tathaiva bhajāmy aham
mama vartmānuvartante manuṣyāḥ pārtha sarvaśaḥ

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

HH 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 Bhagavatam 10.43.17 when Krishna and Balarama entered the wrestling arena in Mathura.

mallānām aśanir nṛṇāṁ nara-varaḥ strīṇāṁ smaro mūrtimān
gopānāṁ sva-jano ’satāṁ kṣiti-bhujāṁ śāstā sva-pitroḥ śiśuḥ
mṛtyur bhoja-pater virāḍ aviduṣāṁ tattvaṁ paraṁ yogināṁ
vṛṣṇīnāṁ para-devateti vidito raṅgaṁ gataḥ sāgrajaḥ

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

1. mallānām aśanir - The wrestlers saw Krishna as a lightning bolt.
2. nṛṇāṁ nara-varaḥ - the men of Mathura saw Him as the best of males.
3. strīṇāṁ smaro mūrtimān - women saw Him as cupid in person.
4. gopānāṁ sva-janaḥ - the cowherd men saw Him as their relative.
5. satāṁ kṣiti-bhujāṁ śāstā - the impious rulers saw Him as a chastiser.
6. sva-pitroḥ śiśuḥ - His parents saw Him as their child.
7. mṛtyur bhoja-pateḥ - the King of the Bhojas( Kamsa) saw Him as death.
8. virāḍ aviduṣāṁ - the unintelligent saw Krishna as the universal form.
9. tattvaṁ paraṁ yogināṁ - the yogis saw Him as the Absolute truth.
10. vṛṣṇīnāṁ para-devatā  - 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 bona fide 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 Abu Dhabi 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 slokas 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 bhagavathākyoyam pratyakṣa krsna eve hi'- Srimad Bhagavatam 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 śruta-īkṣita - seen through the ear.

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

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

Moderator's Note: 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, HG Vaijayanti mathaji has written additional interesting points relating to this verse, that is worth meditating upon.