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 Prthu Maharaj pleased the Lord by playing the role of responsible and ideal king. Now we shall see further.
In Srimad Bhagavatam verse 4.20.22, Maitreya Muni while narrating to Vidura about the loving dealings between Lord Vishnu and Prthu Maharaj says,
atṛpta-dṛg-gocaram āha pūruṣam
padā spṛśantaṁ kṣitim aṁsa unnate
The Supreme Personality of Godhead stood with His lotus feet almost touching the ground while He rested the front of His hand on the raised shoulder of Garuḍa, the enemy of the snakes. Mahārāja Pṛthu, wiping the tears from his eyes, tried to look upon the Lord, but it appeared that the King was not fully satisfied by looking at Him. Thus the King offered the following prayers.
Whenever the Lord descends in the material world, His only mission is to please the pure devotees. He also kills the demons who trouble His devotees. But all these pastimes which Lord performs here in this material world is only to give pleasure to His dear devotees. Satyavrata Muni describes in Damodar ashtakam, the Lord immerses His devotees in pools of esctacy - itidrik sva-lilabhir ananda-kunde by His childhood pastime. The Lord is all powerful and even fear personified fears Him. Yet out of His unalloyed love for His dear devotee, Mother Yashoda - the Lord played the role of ordinary child and appeared as if He is crying out of fear of punishment from her.
Similarly in the above verse Maitreya Muni says that the Lord's lotus feet was almost touching the ground. In his wonderful purport to the above verse Srila Prabhupada explains how demigods being advanced in their spiritual practice retain their weightlessness, even after descending to the material world and so they stand without touching the ground. His Divine Grace very nicely mentions in the purport, "Lord Viṣṇu is the Supreme Personality of Godhead, but because He lives in one of the planetary systems within this universe, He sometimes plays as if one of the demigods of this universe. When He first appeared before Pṛthu Mahārāja, He was not touching the ground of this earth, but when He was fully satisfied with the behavior and character of Mahārāja Pṛthu, He immediately acted as the Supreme Personality of Godhead Nārāyaṇa from Vaikuṇṭha. Out of affection for Pṛthu Mahārāja, He touched the earth, but He rested the front of His hand on the raised shoulder of Garuḍa, His carrier, as if to prevent Himself from falling down, since the Lord is not accustomed to stand on earthly ground. These are all symptoms of His great affection for Pṛthu Mahārāja."
Seeing such loving dealings, Prthu Maharaj had tears of esctacy. Such symptoms of transcendental esctacy appear only for those who are pure devotees. And we should be very careful not to imitate those symptoms at any point of time. When a devotee asked His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada about the significance of crying when we are chanting etc, His Divine Grace said a very nicel point. "Crying is a good symptom of a devotee. But everyone who cries is not a devotee." So one should not cry artificially for cheap name and fame. In case of Prthu Maharaj we find that he won the heart of Supreme Lord by his good behaviour and so the Lord wanted to stay on and continue to take association of pure devotee.
Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Sudarshana devi dasi.
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