Surrender unto His Lotus Feet - Part 7

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 and about elephant king Gajendra surrendering to Lord's lotus feet when being attacked by crocodile in the lake.

Now we shall see further.

In Srimad Bhagavatam verse 8.3.2 through 8.3.29 we find Gajendra offering very nice prayers unto the Supreme Lord in a mood of complete surrender. Many years ago we heard from our beloved spiritual master HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj that when we are afflicted by adhibhautik miseries - miseries from other living entities - we should take shelter of Gajendra's prayers. For long time, I was of the opinion that just like crocodile troubling Gajendra, the inability of his kith and kin to save him in time of need, we should also understand that miseries we get are also due to our past karma. We should not blame the agents of karma. The inability of kith and kin to save us is also natural. The best course is to surrender to Supreme Lord. But Maharaj also wanted us to learn from Gajendra as to how to pray to Krishna. Even in that painful condition, Gajendra offered flower to Krishna and even in that tiresome situation of not having proper food for 1000 years, no sleep etc, Gajendra - in his prayers - he is not complaining about the crocodile to Krishna. He is not complaining that his family members are not helping him etc. He is simply glorifying Krishna - simply meditating on the glorious qualities of the Lord. This is a jewel-like quality which shines in every devotee in the pages of Srimad Bhagavatam. When they offer prayers, they glorify Krishna - which is the ultimate meaning of prayer. Prayer does not mean complaining about others, or sharing our wish-list with the Lord. Prayer means glorification of Lord. So Krishna willing we shall try to meditate on these prayers.

In Srimad Bhagavatam verse 8.3.2  

śrī-gajendra uvāca
oṁ namo bhagavate tasmai
yata etac cid-ātmakam

The King of the elephants, Gajendra, said: I offer my respectful obeisances unto the Supreme Person, Vāsudeva [oṁ namo bhagavate vāsudevāya]. Because of Him this material body acts due to the presence of spirit, and He is therefore the root cause of everyone. He is worshipable for such exalted persons as Brahmā and Śiva, and He has entered the heart of every living being. Let me meditate upon Him.

Few of the glorious qualities of Lord that are meditated by Sri Gajendra are

a. yata etac cid-ātmakam -  because of Him this body and material manifestation is moving due to consciousness.

This is something which we should remember every day, every moment of our life. Due to the causeless mercy, Krishna as Paramatma is staying in our body and in the bodies of family, friends, etc. The moment He chooses to leave there is no meaning or use of this body. In the purport to above verse Srila Prabhupada gives a more deeper meaning. He says, "The material body certainly consists only of material elements, but when one awakens to Kṛṣṇa conscious understanding, the body is no longer material but spiritual. The material body is meant for sense enjoyment, whereas the spiritual body engages in the transcendental loving service of the Lord. Therefore, a devotee who engages in the service of the Supreme Lord and who constantly thinks of Him should never be considered to have a material body. "

The material body also becomes spiritual when we recognise Krishna's presence in everything. Krishna is actually omnipresent. But when we recognise and accept His supremacy and engage in His service, then we begin to understand that everything related to Krishna is spiritual. In this regard His Divine Grace instructs us in particular that we should never commit the offence of considering Guru's body or Deity in temple to be material.

b. puruṣāya -  Supreme Person - Lord 

c. ādi-bījāya -  who is the origin or root cause of everything

d. pareśāyā -   who is supreme, transcendental and worshipable for such exalted persons as Brahmā and Śiva;

Through these above words Gajendra is establishing the fact that Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Supreme Enjoyer, He is sarva kārana kāranam - root cause of everything, He is Parameshwara  - Supreme controller.

We can see how Gajendra is also glorifying the Lord like how Kunti Maharani and Brahmaji had glorified Lord in their prayers.

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 Gurudeva
Sudarshana devi dasi