Surrender unto His Lotus Feet - Part 11

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 8.3.5 wherein Gajendra offered his obeisances to the Lord Who is vibhuḥ - the Supreme - Who abhivirājate shines or continues to exist even after the annihiliation of the planets and their director. 

Now we shall see next prayer.

Since Lord is Lord is Vibhu - Unlimited and Supreme, Lord could not be understood by our puny brain or limited senses. So in Srimad Bhagavatam verse 8.3.6 Gajendra prays

na yasya devā ṛṣayaḥ padaṁ vidur
jantuḥ punaḥ ko ’rhati gantum īritum
yathā naṭasyākṛtibhir viceṣṭato
duratyayānukramaṇaḥ sa māvatu

An artist onstage, being covered by attractive dresses and dancing with different movements, is not understood by his audience; similarly, the activities and features of the supreme artist cannot be understood even by the demigods or great sages, and certainly not by those who are unintelligent like animals. Neither the demigods and sages nor the unintelligent can understand the features of the Lord, nor can they express in words His actual position. May that Supreme Personality of Godhead give me protection.

In this verse we can see Gajendra glorifying the inconceivable nature of the Supreme Lord Who is also known as Adhokshaja. Kunti Maharani prays in Srimad Bhagavatam verse 1.8.19

ajñādhokṣajam avyayam
na lakṣyase mūḍha-dṛśā
naṭo nāṭyadharo yathā

Being beyond the range of limited sense perception, You are the eternally irreproachable factor covered by the curtain of deluding energy. You are invisible to the foolish observer, exactly as an actor dressed as a player is not recognized.

Gajendra also is giving the example of how it is difficult fo us to recognise the artist on-stage, even in this material world, it is more so difficult in case of Supreme artist Krishna. We can see how even great sages and demigods like Brahma also could not recognise Krishna or understand His glories. Neither can they express His glories through words. Lord Brahmaji says in Srimad Bhagavatam verse 2.7.41

nāntaṁ vidāmy aham amī munayo ’gra-jās te
māyā-balasya puruṣasya kuto ’varā ye
gāyan guṇān daśa-śatānana ādi-devaḥ
śeṣo ’dhunāpi samavasyati nāsya pāram

Neither I nor all the sages born before you know fully the omnipotent Personality of Godhead. So what can others, who are born after us, know about Him? Even the first incarnation of the Lord, namely Śeṣa, has not been able to reach the limit of such knowledge, although He is describing the qualities of the Lord with ten hundred faces.

 In this regard we heard a nice pastime of the Lord with a devotee called Somasharma in Haridwar, which was earlier known as Mayapuri. Somasharma had the intense desire to know how powerful Lord Vishnu is. Lord Vishnu advised him not to have such impossible desires, but Somasharma was stubborn and so Lord smiled and disappeared. 

Later when Somasharma went to take bath in the Ganges, he suddenly started feeling as if he was encaged in the womb of a tribal woman. Soon he was born as a small tribal girl, then after few years, the girl was married. She begot so many children and was busy taking care of them. Then one day when she went to take bath in the Ganges, Lord again transformed her back to a old sage. When the sage came out of water, few young sages approached him and asked - "We were searching for you since morning. Why did you take so long to take take bath?" The old sage was totally confused as to who he was. At that time Lord appeared before him and transformed him back to Somasharma. 

Then Somasharma realised that Lord Vishnu's power are unlimited and that He is inconceivable by our tiny brains. By the causeless mercy of Lord all his illusion got vanished and since then Mayapuri was known as Haridwar.

We see in the pages of Srimad Bhagavatam devotees like Prahlad Maharaj, Dhruva Maharaj offer such wonderful prayers glorifying Lord Krishna even at such a young age, by the transcendental touch of Krishna, So we can see by His causeless mercy, Lord reveals Himself to His dear devotees Who are surrendered to Him.  So best thing is to surrender unto the Supreme Lord and simply follow the footsteps of pure devotees and follow their instructions. 

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