Loving Offering - Part 2

Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis, 
Please accept our humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva.

This is in continuation of the previous offering titled "Loving Offering" wherein we were meditating on the different types of examples which our beloved spiritual master HH Mahavishnu Goswami had mentioned in his diary for the verse 9.26 of Bhagavad-Gita. In previous offering we saw that for 'patram', Maharaj gave the example of Draupadi satisfying the Lord by giving Him a small bit of leafy vegetable that was stuck in her akshaya patra. Today we will see the next offering. 

2) Pushpam pushpam means flower and Maharaj has nicely mentioned the example of Gajendra, offering flower to Supreme Lord who rushed to him on hearing the wonderful prayers of surrender offered by him. In Srimad Bhagavatam verse 8.3.32 Sukadev Goswami says, 

so ’ntaḥ-sarasy urubalena gṛhīta ārto
dṛṣṭvā garutmati hariṁ kha upātta-cakram
utkṣipya sāmbuja-karaṁ giramāha kṛcchrān
nārāyaṇākhila-guro bhagavan namas te

Gajendra had been forcefully captured by the crocodile in the water and was feeling acute pain, but when he saw that Narayana, wielding His disc, was coming in the sky on the back of Garuda, he immediately took a lotus flower in his trunk, and with great difficulty due to his painful condition, he uttered the following words: "O my Lord, Narayana, master of the universe, O Supreme Personality of Godhead, I offer my respectful obeisances unto You.

Srila Prabhupada writes in his purport to the above verse, "The King of the elephants was so very eager to see the Supreme Personality of Godhead that when he saw the Lord coming in the sky, with great pain and in a feeble voice he offered respect to the Lord. A devotee does not consider a dangerous position to be dangerous, for in such a dangerous position he can fervently pray to the Lord in great ecstasy. Thus a devotee regards danger as a good opportunity."

This act of Gajendra shows his level of devotion to Supreme Lord. As soon as he saw the Supreme Lord in the sky, he immediately wanted to offer Him something. He was in a very precarious situation, not only because he was in the body of elephant, but also because of crocodile grabbing his leg. But even in such pain, his spontaneous love for Lord gave him the presence of mind to just pick up the lotus flower from the lake, using his trunk and He offered it to the Lord, paid obeisances to Him using his body, mind and words. Just like how Bhishmadev while lying on the bed of arrows, but still he welcomed Lord and His devotees who had come to meet him, by smiles and gestures, according to time, place and circumstance - Gajendra also offered his respects to Supreme Lord.

When elephant Gajendra offered a lotus flower to the Lord and paid obeisances unto the Lord, He accepted the gesture and protected him from the clutches of the crocodile as well as the cycle of repeated birth and death. We find a similar kind of loving reciprocation between Lord and Bali Maharaj in Srimad Bhagavatam verse 8.23.2 wherein Bali Maharaj thanks the Lord for recognizing even his attempt to offer obeisances. Srila Prabhupada beautifully writes in the purport to that verse - "The Lord is so merciful, however, that although Bali Maharaja did not actually offer obeisances but only endeavored to do so within his mind, the Supreme Personality of Godhead blessed him with more mercy than even the demigods could ever expect....The Supreme Personality of Godhead is known as bhāva-grāhi janārdana because He takes only the essence of a devotee's attitude. If a devotee sincerely surrenders, the Lord, as the Supersoul in everyone's heart, immediately understands this. Thus even though, externally, a devotee may not render full service, if he is internally sincere and serious the Lord welcomes his service nonetheless."

In one of his lectures, His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada insists that whenever we go to temple to have darshan of the Lord, we should at least take with us one flower and fruit for offering. Gajendra's service amidst so much pain is a nice reminder for us. When we have some pain, we decide to stop the service, but we can see from Gajendra's example that how even bodily pains are not a barrier for expressing our love for the Lord, if we are honest in our desire and endeavors to serve Him.

Krishna willing, we shall try to meditate on the other offerings in the subsequent offering.

Hare Krishna.

Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva, 
Kalacakra Krsna das & Sudarshana devi dasi.