Offering Obeisances with Body - Part 6

Offering Obeisances with Body - Part 6

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Narahari Krishna Dasa

Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Mathajis,

Please accept my dandavat pranams. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Gurudeva.

This is in continuation of the previous offering titled "Offering Obeisances with Body". We have been meditating on the below points.

1. Seeking forgivance by offering obeisances.
2. Offering obeisances is beginning of devotional service.
3. Consequence of not offering obeisances.

In this offering we will see how we can counter a bewildering situation by offering obeisances to the Lord.

4. Counter bewildering situations by offering obeisances: We can learn this from the following pastime of Mother Yashoda with Lord Krishna. Once Lord Krishna swallowed dirt and Balaram and other friends complained to Mother Yashoda about this. Mother Yashoda chastised the Lord and the Lord replied, "I did not eat dirt and my friends complaining against me are liars." Mother Yashoda then asked Him to open His mouth so that she can examine whether He has eaten dirt. When the Lord opened His mouth, Yashoda could see in His mouth, the entire cosmic manifestation with moving and non-moving entities, actions and reactions of karma and the modes of nature etc. She also could see the Vrindavana Dhama and herself also Lord Krishna within His mouth. She became fearful and doubtful of her son's nature on seeing this unbelievable sight. 

She thought whether the vision is a dream, or an illusory creation by the external energy created by devatas or hallucination created by her own intelligence. She analyzed each of these possibilities and ruled them out and finally concluded that it might be due to some mystic power of Her son which she could not understand. Then she decided to surrender unto the Lord as follows.  In Srimad Bhagavatam verse 10.8.41 she says,

atho yathaavan na vitarka-gocaram
ceto manah karma vacobhir anjasaa
yad aashrayam yena yatah pratiyate
sudurvibhaavyam pranataasmi tat padam 

 

"Therefore let me surrender unto the Supreme Personality of Godhead and offer my obeisances unto Him, who is beyond the conception of human speculation, the mind, activities, words and arguments, who is the original cause of this cosmic manifestation, by whom the entire cosmos is maintained, and by whom we can conceive of its existence. Let me simply offer my obeisances, for He is beyond my contemplation, speculation and meditation. He is beyond all of my material activities."

Here mother Yashoda teaches us by her own example how to encounter a bewildering situation. Srila Prabhupada explains in his purport to the above verse, "Mother Yashoda, being a simple woman, could not find out the real cause of the vision; therefore, out of maternal affection, she simply offered obeisances unto the Supreme Lord to protect her child. She could do nothing but offer obeisances to the Lord. It is said, acintyaah khalu ye bhaavaa na taams tarkena yojayet (Mahabharata, Bhishma parva 5.22). One should not try to understand the supreme cause by argument or reasoning."

Krishna willing we shall continue to meditate more on this topic in the subsequent offering.

Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Gurudeva,
Narahari Krishna dasa,
Chennai.