Surrender unto His Lotus Feet - Part 3

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, "Surrender unto His Lotus Feet" wherein we were meditating on Srimad Bhagavatam verse 2.6.7. We heard from Brahmaji that Krishna's Lotus feet

1. Gives us all protection we need
2. Bestows fearlessness
3. Safest shelter at all times and for all of us.

Krishna willing we shall try to meditate on few prayers offered by devotees in Srimad Bhagavatam that teach us how they surrendered unto His Lotus feet.

In eigth Canto of Srimad Bhagavatam Sukadev Goswami narrates to Parikshit Maharaj about the life of elephant king Gajendra. Gajendra along with his friends and family members, was sporting in the lake in the Trikuta valley. In our normal routine also we might have experienced that, during favourable circumstances or florishing conditions of life, when we are very excited and having fun with our near and dear ones, we tend to become insensitive to others. We fail to even realise that our actions might be disturbing others. Likewise Gajendra and his family when they entered the lake, they forgot about the inhabitants of the lake and they were causing so much noise and disturbance. Angered by their behaviour the chief crocodile living in that lake, attacked Gajendra.

When his leg was caught by the crocodile, Gajendra tried his best to free himself from it's clutches. But neither his attempts, nor the attempts of his family members to pull him out of the lake could succeed. Sometimes in our lives also we would have faced situations wherein we would be suffering due to some problem. Our near and dear ones, well-wishers etc would very much want to help us. But somehow or the other - they might not be able to execute the help. Even if they attempted to help, they would not be able to free us from the problem. Likewise, when the family members could not free him, they began to cry.

Thousand years passed by. With the passage of time, the elephant being a land animal, became weaker and weaker as it was fighting in water - which is not its natural place of residence.Likewise we are spirit soul. And our natural condition is to serve Krishna. But when we get entangled in material atmosphere, without giving spiritual food for the soul we would become weak day by day. So after the long struggle of 1000 years, the elephant realised that neither his relatives, nor by his own strength, he could save himself from the impending death. So after lot of deliberation he decided to take shelter of the lotus feet of the Supreme Lord. His Divine Grace writes in the purport to verse 8.2.31, "Everyone in the material world is engaged in a struggle for existence. Everyone tries to save himself from danger, but when one is unable to save himself, if he is pious, he then takes shelter of the lotus feet of the Supreme Personality of Godhead."

Quoting Bhagavad Gita 7.16

catur-vidhā bhajante māṁ
janāḥ su-kṛtino ’rjuna
ārto jijñāsur arthārthī
jñānī ca bharatarṣabha

O best among the Bhāratas, four kinds of pious men begin to render devotional service unto Me – the distressed, the desirer of wealth, the inquisitive, and he who is searching for knowledge of the Absolute.

His Divine Grace says, in the purport to verse 8.2.31 ,"After considerable thought, he intelligently arrived at this correct decision. Such a decision is not reached by a sinful man. Therefore in Bhagavad Gita it is said that those who are pious (sukṛtī) can decide that in a dangerous or awkward condition one should seek shelter of the lotus feet of Kṛṣṇa."

Gajendra in his previous birth as Kind Indradyumna was a very pious person and so by the dint of piety, in his next life, he could take the best decision of surrendering unto the lotus feet of the Lord.

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

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