Surrender unto His Lotus Feet - Part 13

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 8.3.7 wherein Gajendra said that those who are eager to see the lotus feet of Lord are friendly to all, see everyone equally, and perfectly follow their vows of brahmacarya, vanaprastha and sannyasa.      .

Now we shall see next prayer.

In Srimad Bhagavatam verse 8.3.8 Gajendra prays

na vidyate yasya ca janma karma vā
na nāma-rūpe guṇa-doṣa eva vā
tathāpi lokāpyaya-sambhavāya yaḥ
sva-māyayā tāny anukālam ṛcchati

The Supreme Personality of Godhead has no material birth, activities, name, form, qualities or faults. To fulfill the purpose for which this material world is created and destroyed, He comes in the form of a human being like Lord Rāma or Lord Kṛṣṇa by His original internal potency.

Gajendra says that Lord's janma, karma, nāma-rūpe, guṇa-doṣa are all transcendental and not material. His appearance in this world to parents in this mortal world, the various pastimes Lord performs, in His various incarnations are all transcendental. We should not make the mistake of comparing Lord's activities with that of normal human-being and undermine His acts of stealing gopi's dresses or dancing with gopis. His acts of killing the demons and protecting the devotees - all are transcendental. 

Likewise - the Lord is always complete and potent even when He appears as a small child or hog or tortoise. There is no lack in His fame, beauty, purity in any of these forms. He is the controller of all modes and is transcendental to all material qualities or faults.

In his wonderful purport to the above verse Srila Prabhupada says, "His name is not material; otherwise how could one get liberation by chanting Hare Kṛṣṇa, Hare Rāma? The names of the Lord like Rāma and Kṛṣṇa are nondifferent from the person Rāma and Kṛṣṇa. Thus by chanting the Hare Kṛṣṇa mantra one constantly associates with Rāma and Kṛṣṇa, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, and therefore becomes liberated."

Brahmaji, while narrating to Narada Muni about the pastime of how Lord appeared for protecting Gajendra says in Srimad Bhagavatam verse 2.7.15

antaḥ-sarasy uru-balena pade gṛhīto
grāheṇa yūtha-patir ambuja-hasta ārtaḥ
āhedam ādi-puruṣākhila-loka-nātha
tīrtha-śravaḥ śravaṇa-maṅgala-nāmadheya

The leader of the elephants, whose leg was attacked in a river by a crocodile of superior strength, was much aggrieved. Taking a lotus flower in his trunk, he addressed the Lord, saying, “O original enjoyer, Lord of the universe! O deliverer, as famous as a place of pilgrimage! All are purified simply by hearing Your holy name, which is worthy to be chanted.”

Here also we find Gajendra glorifying the Lord's Names as śravaṇa-maṅgala are and nāmadheya. Lord's names are so auspicious that everyone gets purified by hearing His Names and so they are the ones worthy to be chanted.

May we purify our existence by always taking shelter of His Holy Names,

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