Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva.
This is in continuation of the previous offering titled, "Krishna Returns with Interest" wherein we were meditating on verse 1.14.44 of Srimad Bhagavatam. In the previous offering we saw,
1. Root cause of our moroseness is forgetfulness of Krishna.
2. When a devotee remembers Krishna, He reciprocates in manifolds.
In one of the Bhagavatam classes, many devotees shared many wonderful pastimes of Lord wherein Lord Krishna reciprocates to His devotee's service, in inconceivable manner and Krishna willing we shall try to meditate on few of them in this series.
3. Putana wanted to kill Krishna. But inorder to execute her plan, she had to disguise herself as a beautiful gopi. In the pretext of feeding Krishna, she carried Him and attempted to feed Him poisoned milk to kill Krishna. But Krishna very mercifully considered only her good act of trying to feed Him and bestowed her the post of motherhood in the spiritual world. This glorious pastime is nicely mentioned in verse 3.2.23 of Srimad Bhagavatam
aho bakī yaṁ stana-kāla-kūṭaṁ
jighāṁsayāpāyayad apy asādhvī
lebhe gatiṁ dhātry-ucitāṁ tato ’nyaṁ
kaṁ vā dayāluṁ śaraṇaṁ vrajema
"Alas, how shall I take shelter of one more merciful than He who granted the position of mother to a she-demon [Pūtanā] although she was unfaithful and she prepared deadly poison to be sucked from her breast?"
As humans we may try to return help to people who help us or favour us. But we would not want to show any kindness, even by mistake to people who even intend to harm us. But here we see the glorious causeless mercy of the Supreme Lord. He is able overlook Putana's faults and simply take her attempt to serve Him, although it was just a fake attempt. His Divine Grace very nicely mentions in the purport to the above verse, "Lord Kṛṣṇa accepted the motherhood of Pūtanā because she pretended to be an affectionate mother, allowing Kṛṣṇa to suck her breast. The Lord accepts the least qualification of the living entity and awards him the highest reward. That is the standard of His character. Therefore, who but the Lord can be the ultimate shelter?"
4. In Ramayan we find that when Jatayu saw Sita being carried away to Lanka by Ravana, he tried his best to protect Sita Mata from the clutches of Ravana. First he gave him a lot of good counsel as to how it is not Vedic etiquette to abduct the wife of another person. When Ravana did not listen, in spite of his old-age, Jatayu fought with Ravana. In the fight, both his wings were cut. As a result, he could neither fly, nor fight anymore. In that condition also, he was holding on to his life, simply waiting to convey to Lord Rama - the whereabouts of Mother Sita. Then when Lord Rama came, Jatayu narrated all that had happened. Lord Ram appreciated Jatayu's efforts to fight against Ravana, though he could not win over Ravana, due to his old-age. Also when Jatayu left his body, Lord performed the final rites for him - a service which Lord could not do even for His father Dasarath. When Jatayu was leaving his body, Lord Rama blessed that he would go to Vaikuntha and also he could visit this material world also whenever he wanted. Such is the amazing benediction bestowed by Lord on His dear devotees who eagerly surrender all their energy in serving Him.
Krishna willing we shall try to meditate more on this topic in the subsequent offering.
Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Sudarshana devi dasi
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