Surrender unto His Lotus Feet - Part 9

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. In the last offering we saw the verse 8.3.3 wherein Gajendra offered his obeisances to the Lord on Whom everything is resting in the cosmos. He is the creator and maintainer of the entire cosmos and He is self-sufficient.

Now we shall see next prayer.

In Srimad Bhagavatam verse 8.3.4 Gajendra prays

yaḥ svātmanīdaṁ nija-māyayārpitaṁ
kvacid vibhātaṁ kva ca tat tirohitam
aviddha-dṛk sākṣy ubhayaṁ tad īkṣate
sa ātma-mūlo ’vatu māṁ parāt-paraḥ

The Supreme Personality of Godhead, by expanding His own energy, keeps this cosmic manifestation visible and again sometimes renders it invisible. He is both the supreme cause and the supreme result, the observer and the witness, in all circumstances. Thus He is transcendental to everything. May that Supreme Personality of Godhead give me protection.

In this verse Gajendra glorifies Krishna as

1. aviddha-dṛk - He sees everything. Our vision is very limited. We have just 2 eyes and that too we can see only under certain conditions - availability of light etc. Also with time - our vision deteroirates. Especially when we misuse the vision for seeing unwanted things, the deteroiration is faster. Even when vision is good, we can't see everything that is happening everywhere all the time. But Supreme Lord being omnipresent, omnipotent and omniscient - can see everything, all the time. Even for seeing some things, we would need goggles, telescope, microspcope, binoculars or CCTV cameras, TV, social media and so many other paraphernalia to see things which are far away, very small or things which are happening in some other place respectively. But Lord can see everything, all the time, by His own potency. 

2.  sākṣy - witness Many times when we do something wrong, we try to ensure that no-one is watching us. But what we fail to realise is that, no matter how much hard we try, we cannot hide ourselves from Supreme Lord who is omnipresent and also present right within us in the form of Paramatma. And even in this world, when His devotees asked Him to be a witness for their conversation, Lord in the form of Sakshi Gopal did not hesitate to walk all the way from Vrindavan to Orissa. Since He is always present, He is witness to all things happening.

3. ātma-mūlo - self-sufficient, having no other cause; In the previous verse also Gajendra glorified the Lord as svayambhuvam. Since Lord is self-sufficent He is not depenedent on anyone or anything for the creation, mainitenance and annihiliation of this material cosmos. By His nija-māya - own potency He can make this cosmos manifest and then make it unmanifested as per His sweet will. 

Pure devotees of the Lord who are always absorbed in meditating the glorious qualities of the Lord - also imbibe these qualities. They don't depend on others for anything. In the case of Surdas we can see that since he was fully dependent on Krishna, he was always self-sufficient. Even when Akbar insisted him to ask for boons, he refused. He said he doesn't need anything from anyone as he is servant of the Lord Who is self-sufficient.

4. parāt-paraḥ - He is transcendental to transcendental, or above all transcendence. Lord is above all transcendence. So dualities, material modes etc do not touch Him. Even when He appears in this material world, there is no degradation in His potency. In whatever incarnation He appears - human, animal, aquatic, young, old, kshatriya, brahmana etc - at all times He is transcendental.

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