Pleasing Krishna - Part 11

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, "Pleasing Krishna" wherein we were meditating on the pastime of the appearance of Lord Vishnu in the sacrificial arena of Prthu Maharaj. In the previous offering we saw how  we should always remember the mission of our life which is to always remember Krishna and share this gift of devotional service with others. By doing so we please Krishna. Now we shall see further.

11. Detain the Lord by good behaviour:
After offering His benedictions and instructions to Prthu Maharaj, Lord was about to leave. But Prthu Maharaj's qualities were so captivating that he captured all the attention of the Lord and so Lord could not leave. In Srimad Bhagavatam verse 4.20.20 Maitreya Muni says

prasthānābhimukho ’py enam anugraha-vilambitaḥ
paśyan padma-palāśākṣo na pratasthe suhṛt satām

The Lord was just about to leave, but because He was so greatly inclined toward the behavior of King Pṛthu, He did not depart. Seeing the behavior of Mahārāja Pṛthu with His lotus eyes, He was detained because He is always the well-wisher of His devotees. 

In the above verse, the word vilambitaḥ is very nicely translated by Srila Prabhupada as "detained". In school days we might have heard this word when we fail in class and we would not be promoted to next class, but detained in the same class. So in mundane sense, this word is not so appealing. But here in the context of verse, this word shows the glorious nature of Lord and His devotee Prthu Maharaj. Why did the Lord choose to be detained on earth instead of ascending to spiritual world? It is because He is suhṛt satām - always well-wisher of His devotees. Just like how parents are best well-wishers for a child in this world and always love to spend time with child, Lord being Supreme Parent is pleased to spend time with His pure devotees. Lord became extremely pleased when Prthu Maharaj forgave Indra and treated him very lovingly. Father is happy when children are all united. So Krishna also was pleased to see the loving interaction between Prthu Maharaj and Indra.

  Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Swami Prabhupada used to say, "Do not try to see Krishna. Serve Him in such a way that He comes to see you." Our beloved spiritual master HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj says that we should behave in such a manner that Krishna would love to stay with us, but many times our behaviour is such that Krishna would want to depart from us. That is why we must always take shelter of Srimad Bhagavatam. Maharaj says that in Bhagavatam we have 20% of verses about Lord's glories and 80% of the verses are about improving our character. So  both type of verses purify us. Hence by taking shelter of these verses, we become cleansed of all anarthas and when we develop loving relationship with other living entities, Krishna will be pleased with us.

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