Shelter at Krishna's Lotus Feet

Shelter at Krishna's Lotus Feet

11th Dec 2002
Vaijayantimala devi dasi

Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis!
Please accept my humble pranams. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev.

This is a nectarean verse from Srimad Bhagavatam 5.19.27:

satyam disaty arthitham arthitho nrnam
naivarthado yat punar arthita yatah
svayam vidhatte bhajatam anicchatam
icchapidhanam nija -pada-pallavam

"The Supreme Personality of Godhead fulfills the material desires of a devotee who approaches Him with such motives, but He does not bestow benedictions upon the devotee that will cause him to demand more benedictions again. However, the Lord willingly gives the devotee shelter at His own lotus feet, even though such a person does not aspire for it, and that shelter satisfies all his desires. That is the Supreme Personality's special mercy. "

In this regard Srila Prabhupada has included in his purport, the explanation from Caitanya caritamrta ( Madhya 22.37-39,41 )

Anyakami- a devotee may desire something other than service to the lotus feet of the Lord;

yadi kare krsnera bhajana- but if he engages in Lord Krishna's service

na magiteha krsna tare dena sva_carana- Krishna gives him shelter at His lotus feet, even though he does not aspire for it.

krsna kahe- the Lord says

ama bhaje-"He is engaged in My service";

mage visaya_sukha- "but he wants the benefit of material sense gratification".Amrta chadi visa mage- "Such a devotee is like a person who asks for poison instead of nectar."

Ei bada murkha - "That is his foolishness."

Ami _ vijna- "But I am experienced."

Ei murkhe 'visaya' kene diba- " Why should I give such a foolish person the dirty things of material enjoyment?"

Sva_ caranamrita- " It would be better for Me to give shelter at My lotus feet."

visaya bhulaiba- " I shall cause him to forget all material desires."

Kama lagi Krsna bhaje- if one engages in the service of the Lord for sense gratification:

paya krsna_rasa- the result is that he ultimately gets the taste for serving the lotus feet of the Lord.

kama chadi 'dasa' haite haya abhilase- He then gives up all material desires and wants to become an eternal servant of the Lord.

The Lord is so unlimitedly merciful that we go seeking poison and the Lord bestows us the nectar of service at His lotus feet. What more can we say other than repeating the words of Sri Uddhava who says, "tato anyam kam va dayalum saranam vrajema?" - How can we take the shelter of any person other than this Lord who is so merciful?

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