Surrender unto His Lotus Feet - Part 1

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

In Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 2 Chapter 6, Lord Brahmaji while explaining about the creative energy of Lord to his son Narada makes it clear that everything comes from Supreme Lord. He says to Narada Muni, that he took all the ingredients for creation from Lord's virat form and that His transcendental body is the ultimate source of everything - be it trees, vegetation, minerals, sense organs, senses etc. His arms protect the demigods and other leaders who protect the general mass of people.In verse 2.6.7 Lord Brahmaji says

vikramo bhūr bhuvaḥ svaś ca
kṣemasya śaraṇasya ca
hareś caraṇa āspadam

Thus the forward steps of the Lord are the shelter for the upper, lower and heavenly planets, as well as for all that we need. His lotus feet serve as protection from all kinds of fear.

This is a very nice verse wherein Lord Brahmaji is making it clear that wherever we may be - bhur, bhuvar or svar, irrespective of the planetary system, The words kṣemasya  and  śaraṇasya in the above verse are worth meditating. Srila Prabhupada translates kṣemasya as protection of all that we have. In Bhagavad Gita Krishna says in verse 9.22

ananyāś cintayanto māṁ
ye janāḥ paryupāsate
teṣāṁ nityābhiyuktānāṁ
yoga-kṣemaṁ vahāmy aham

But those who always worship Me with exclusive devotion, meditating on My transcendental form – to them I carry what they lack, and I preserve what they have.

But we can see that even for conditioned souls like us who are entangled by the fear of losing whatever we have, Lord alone is protecting us. Our spiritual master HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj very nicely gives the example of our body. He says that, "the body is functioning normally ONLY because of the mercy of the Lord. It can never function otherwise. I don't know how we are surviving. It is a great struggle for the soul to remain in this matter for 60,70 years or whatever is our life time. The soul has to get energy from Paramatma. Otherwise soul has no capacity to run this body. So we depend on Him fully. We don't know the arrangement of Krishna. He is protecting us every second of our existence."

So be it material body, material assets or spiritual practices or spiritual values one may appear to possess, everything is protected by Supreme Lord Krishna.

His Divine Grace translates śaraṇasya as fearlessness. For all sorts of fear - the Lord's lotus feet alone are shelter. The greatest fear is fear of death. We may fear as to what would be our next destination or what would happen to our near and dear ones in our absence etc. But we can see how so many devotees of Lord face death joyfully - since they have full faith in Supreme Lord, That fearlessness is also a gift from the Lord. Brahmaji is very nicely glorifying the Lord as - sarva-kāma-varasyāpi - The Lord, Who bestows benedictions that we needWe should not misinterpret sarva-kāma-varasyāpi as one who gives us all we want. Lord is our loving Father. So He gives us all we need and not necessarily, all we want. If our wants are detrimental to our well-being, Lord chooses not to give them. Gajendra - the king of elephants by dint of his devotional service in his past life knew this. Thats why He surrendered unto His Lotus feet - hareś caraṇa āspadam

Krishna willing we shall meditate further on this topic in the subsequent offering.

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