Surrender unto Supreme Lord

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

In Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 3, Chapter 20 we find Brahmaji beginning his service of creation as per the instruction of Supreme Lord. But in the course of that service, he faces so many disturbing situations. He immediately surrenders to Lord Krishna. Maitreya Muni while explaining to Vidura about how Lord responded to Brahmaji says in verse 3.20.28

so ’vadhāryāsya kārpaṇyaṁ viviktādhyātma-darśanaḥ
vimuñcātma-tanuṁ ghorām ity ukto vimumoca ha

The Lord, who can distinctly see the minds of others, perceived Brahmā’s distress and said to him: “Cast off this impure body of yours.” Thus commanded by the Lord, Brahmā cast off his body.

In the above verse, kārpaṇyaṁ means distress; avadhārya means perceive and viviktādhyātma-darśanaḥ means who can distinctly see the minds of others. These qualities are 100% applicable only for Lord and His pure devotees. In the conditioned state, no matter how much we love someone, we can never ever understand their mind or appreciate the pains the other person is going through. Nor can anyone understand us or relate to our pains. Many a times we get frustrated with others because of this lack of empathy or understanding. But reality is that everyone are limited. Even if someone understands our situations, pains and challenges, they would not be in a position to help us or relieve us from distress.

When Gajendra was caught by the crocodile in the lake, the other elephants who were his friends, relatives, wives, kith and kin - all tried their best to save him. When they were not successful in their attempts to save the elephant, they gave up their attempts. They lost hope and became weak in strength. So they left him. Also in Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 1 Chapter 6, Narada Muni narrates about his previous life to Vyasadev. He says how in that birth he was son of a maid-servant. When his mother left his body bitten by a snake, Narada Muni very nicely says in Srimad Bhagavatam verse 1.6.7  - "She wanted to look after my maintenance properly, but because she was not independent, she was not able to do anything for me. The world is under the full control of the Supreme Lord; therefore everyone is like a wooden doll in the hands of a puppet master."

Srila Prabhupada very nicely says in his purport to verse 3.20.28 - "The Lord is described here by the word viviktādhyātma-darśanaḥ. If anyone can completely perceive another’s distress without doubt, it is the Lord Himself. If someone is in distress and wants to get relief from his friend, sometimes it so happens that his friend does not appreciate the volume of distress he is suffering. But for the Supreme Lord it is not difficult. The Supreme Lord, as Paramātmā, is sitting within the heart of every living entity, and He directly perceives the exact causes of distress. In Bhagavad Gita the Lord says, sarvasya cāhaṁ hṛdi sanniviṣṭaḥ: “I am sitting in everyone’s heart, and because of Me one’s remembrance and forgetfulness occur.” Thus whenever one fully surrenders unto the Supreme Lord, one finds that He is sitting within one’s heart. He can give us direction how to get out of dangers or how to approach Him in devotional service."

So instead of being upset with people around us for not helping us or understanding our pains, we must simply surrender unto the lotus feet of Krishna. As our beloved spiritual master HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj says, Krishna is our only worthy shelter. All other shelters are  temporary, limited in knowledge, strength and can easily crumble down anytime. So it is best to always surrenderand  take shelter of Supreme Lord.

Hare Krishna.
Thank you very much,
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Sudarshana devi dasi.