Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept our humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva.
In Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 10, Chapter 2 Sukadev Goswami while narrating the appearance of Supreme Lord Krishna says to Parikshit Maharaj in verse 16
bhagavān api viśvātmā bhaktānām abhayaṅkaraḥ
āviveśāṁśa-bhāgena mana ānakadundubheḥ
Thus the Supreme Personality of Godhead, who is the Supersoul of all living entities and who vanquishes all the fear of His devotees, entered the mind of Vasudeva in full opulence.
In the above verse, the word ānakadundubheḥ - refers to Vasudev. Lord Krishna Who is
bhagavān - the Supreme Personality of Godhead,
viśvātmā - the Supersoul of all living entities,
bhaktānām abhayaṅkaraḥ - the Vanquisher of all the fears of His devotees
entered the mind of Vasudeva with full opulence - aṁśa-bhāgena. Srila Prabhupada in his word to word equivalents translates aṁśa-bhāgena as with all of His potent opulences (ṣaḍ-aiśvarya-pūrṇa).
In our daily lives also we might have experienced that the presence of people with demoniac mentality, inimical attitude etc will cause great fear in us - even when we are in good situation. On the contrary, the presence of genuine well-wishers will give us great solace, courage and fearlessness even when we are going through great difficulties in our lives. The well-wishers of this world have their own limitations. They cannot be present with us at all the places and at all times. They might move away from us, when we fail to reciprocate to them. But Lord Krishna is the best suhrt - Who mercifully accompanies the conditioned souls like us - life after life. As Paramatma (viśvātmā), He silently continues to stay with us, even if we ignore Him. He is patiently waiting for us to come back to the right path. So there is no doubt that when Lord Krishna - the best well-wisher for all of us, is present with us, there will be no reason for fear. There is no place for fear, when our dear Krishna is near. Lord Krishna Himself declares in Bhagavad Gita verse 5.29
bhoktāraṁ yajña-tapasāṁ sarva-loka-maheśvaram
suhṛdaṁ sarva-bhūtānāṁ jñātvā māṁ śāntim ṛcchati
A person in full consciousness of Me, knowing Me to be the ultimate beneficiary of all sacrifices and austerities, the Supreme Lord of all planets and demigods, and the benefactor and well-wisher of all living entities, attains peace from the pangs of material miseries.
We might wonder that since Lord is omnipresent and is also Supersoul in all living entities, so what does it mean by Lord entering in our life or mind? Srila Prabhupada in his purport to the above verse very nicely says, "Another meaning of viśvātmā is “the only lovable object for everyone.” Because of forgetfulness of this object, people are suffering in this material world, but if one fortunately revives his old consciousness of loving Kṛṣṇa and connects with Viśvātmā, one becomes perfect." Srimad Bhagavatam 4.3.23 says sattvaṁ viśuddhaṁ vasudeva-śabditaṁ - Srila Prabhupada explains in the purport - "In pure devotional service one simply serves the Supreme Personality of Godhead as a matter of duty, without reason and without being impeded by material conditions. That is called śuddha-sattva, or vasudeva, because in that stage the Supreme Person, Kṛṣṇa, is revealed in the heart of the devotee."
So Lord is definitely omnipresent, Supersoul, only lovable object for everyone (viśvātmā). But we can experience the Lord's presence, when we purify our consciousness by rendering pure devotional service unto Him. Forgetfulness of Krishna is the greatest misfortune and remembrance of Krishna is the greatest benediction in life. So as soon as we remember Him, He is present with us.
Krishna willing we shall continue 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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