Presence of Krishna - Part 6

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

This is in conclusion of the previous topic titled, "Presence of Krishna" wherein we we saw the below points. 

1) we can realise the presence of Krishna by purifying our consciousness and His presence instills fearlessness in us.
2) when Krishna resides in our hearts, nothing material touches us.
3) Residence Vs Accomodation
4) Purpose of going to dhama.
5) Presence of Krishna makes everything glorious.
6) Present Krishna to all.

Now we shall see further. 

In Srimad Bhagavatam verse 10.2.20, while continuing to narrate the appearance of Krishna, Sukadev Goswami says to Parikshit Maharaj

tāṁ vīkṣya kaṁsaḥ prabhayājitāntarāṁ
virocayantīṁ bhavanaṁ śuci-smitām
āhaiṣa me prāṇa-haro harir guhāṁ
dhruvaṁ śrito yan na pureyam īdṛśī

Because the Supreme Personality of Godhead was within her womb, Devakī illuminated the entire atmosphere in the place where she was confined. Seeing her jubilant, pure and smiling, Kaṁsa thought, “The Supreme Personality of Godhead, Viṣṇu, who is now within her, will kill me. Devakī has never before looked so brilliant and jubilant.”

In the above verse, the word ajitāntarāṁ  means ajita-antarāṁ -  because of keeping Ajita, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Viṣṇu, within herself;  prāṇa-haro harir  - means Lord Hari who will kills the life of Kamsa.

Herein the words used to glorify Lord - "Ajita" as well as "Hari" are very nice to meditate. Although there are unlimited names for Lord, since He is Uttama-shloka - the Lord who is glorified by choice poetry, His names used in particular shloka are also very apt according to the context. Ajita means the Lord who is unconquerable. Seeing the transcendental effulgence of his sister Devaki Kamsa was certain that Lord has taken shelter in Devaki's womb. Since Lord is Ajita - Kamsa was afraid that his death is certain now for it is not possible to win over Ajita. Hari means one who steals butter or steals away the miseries. But herein since Kamsa is fearful of losing his life, he is afraid that Lord will steal away his life from him and is thinking of him as prāṇa-hara. 

From this verse, we can also learn about the characteristics of devotees who carry Krishna in their hearts.  virocayan - illuminating, śuci-smitām - smiling and brilliant. śuci means purity and smitā means smiling. These are the trade-mark qualities of devotees.  Jubilance, purity and smiling - Krishna has these qualities in full. Srila Bhaktivinod Thakura in 7th stanza of Nama-kirtana song addresses him as samasta-guna-gana-dhama - reservoir of all good qualities. Pure devotees of the Lord, who carry Him in their hearts are also blessed with these qualities.

Another interesting point is that even demoniac person like Kamsa could recognise the presence of Krishna in Devaki.In this regard Srila Prabhupada very nicely writes in the purport of verse 10.2.20, "Kṛṣṇa has taken birth or taken shelter within the womb of the Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement. Men of Kaṁsa’s class, therefore, are very much afraid and are busy trying to stop this movement, especially in the Western countries. One politician has remarked that the Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement is spreading like an epidemic and that if not checked immediately, within ten years it may capture governmental power. There is, of course, such potency in the Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement. As stated by authorities (Cc. Ādi 17.22), kali-kāle nāma-rūpe kṛṣṇa-avatāra: in this age, Kṛṣṇa has appeared in the Hare Kṛṣṇa mahā-mantra. The Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement is spreading like wildfire all over the world, and it will go on doing so. Men who are like Kaṁsa are very much afraid of the movement’s progress and acceptance by the younger generation, but as Kṛṣṇa could not be killed by Kaṁsa, this movement cannot be checked by men of Kaṁsa’s class. The movement will go on increasing more and more, provided the leaders of the movement remain firmly Kṛṣṇa conscious by following the regulative principles and the primary activities of chanting the Hare Kṛṣṇa mantra regularly."

So inorder to curb our demoniac mentality within us and around us, we must always take shelter of Holy Names and then we will experience the presence of Krishna always.

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