Surrender unto His Lotus Feet - Part 24

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 8.3.17 wherein Gajendra glorifies the Supreme Lord Who is unlimitedly merciful and always attentive to liberate His dear devotees.

In verse 8.3.18 Gajendra prays

ātmātma-jāpta-gṛha-vitta-janeṣu saktair
duṣprāpaṇāya guṇa-saṅga-vivarjitāya
muktātmabhiḥ sva-hṛdaye paribhāvitāya
jñānātmane bhagavate nama īśvarāya

My Lord, those who are completely freed from material contamination always meditate upon You within the cores of their hearts. You are extremely difficult to attain for those like me who are too attached to mental concoction, home, relatives, friends, money, servants and assistants. You are the Supreme Personality of Godhead, uncontaminated by the modes of nature. You are the reservoir of all enlightenment, the supreme controller. I therefore offer my respectful obeisances unto You.

Gajendra glorifies the Lord as follows.

1. duṣprāpaṇāya -  Who is very difficult to attain (for those who are too attached to family, friends, wealth etc)

2. guṇa-saṅga-vivarjitāya - Who is not contaminated by three modes of material nature

3. muktātmabhiḥ sva-hṛdaye paribhāvitāya -  Who is worshiped within the core of their hearts, by those who are already liberated

4. jñānātmane - the reservoir of all enlightenment,

5. bhagavate - the Supreme Personality of Godhead

6. īśvarāya - Supreme Controller

Herein Gajendra is humbly expressing his position as to why it is very difficuly for him to attain the Supreme Lord. Before being attacked by the crocodile, he was leading a very royal life in the forest, surrounded by friends and family members. He was happily absorbed in enjoying with all his associates. So at that time, he did not remember the Lord's lotus feet. When we are surrounded by friends, family, servants, wealth etc, we start thinking that we are all powerful and we foolishly plan so many things ffor ourselves.

Lord Krishna Himself expresses in Bhagabad Gita, Chapter 16, verses 13-15 The demoniac person thinks: “So much wealth do I have today, and I will gain more according to my schemes. So much is mine now, and it will increase in the future, more and more. He is my enemy, and I have killed him, and my other enemies will also be killed. I am the lord of everything. I am the enjoyer. I am perfect, powerful and happy. I am the richest man, surrounded by aristocratic relatives. There is none so powerful and happy as I am. I shall perform sacrifices, I shall give some charity, and thus I shall rejoice.” In this way, such persons are deluded by ignorance.

To come out of this ignorance we should take shelter of the Supreme Lord. Lord's lotus feet alone is the safest eternal shelter for us. All other shelters will crumble. But many times, out of ignorance, we get illuded by the temporary false shelters in this world and consider them as infallible soldiers who will protect/save us in times of need. But those who are muktātmabhiḥ - liberated souls, knowing the futility of being attached to temporary material things in this world, always worship the Lord in the core of their hearts. By taking shelter of the Supreme controller, Supreme Personality of Godhead, Who is the reservoir of all enlightenment, the pure devotees also get empowered by the Lord to rise above the modes of material nature.

To such glorious Lord, Gajendra offers His respectful obeisances.

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