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 8.3.20 wherein Gajendra says that pure devotees of the Lord experience transcendental bliss by singing and hearing the glories of the Lord and so they don't ask for any other benediction. Now we shall see further.
In verse 8.3.21 Gajendra prays
tam akṣaraṁ brahma paraṁ pareśam
atīndriyaṁ sūkṣmam ivātidūram
anantam ādyaṁ paripūrṇam īḍe
I, however, am in danger. Thus I pray to that Supreme Personality of Godhead, who is eternally existing, who is invisible, who is the Lord of all great personalities, such as Brahmā, and who is available only by transcendental bhakti-yoga. Being extremely subtle, He is beyond the reach of my senses and transcendental to all external realization. He is unlimited, He is the original cause, and He is completely full in everything. I offer my obeisances unto Him.
In the previous verse Gajendra says how pure devotees know that to be engaged in devotional service of the Lord is the greatest benediction in life and so they don't ask for anything else. Capturing the humble mood of Gajendra, Srila Prabhupada has very nicely paraphased in the translation - "I, however, am in danger. Thus I pray to that Supreme Personality of Godhead." This shows how Gajendra is fully dependent on Lord's mercy for his protection. He very nicely glorifies the below transcendental qualities of the Lord
1. akṣaraṁ - eternally existing
2. brahma paraṁ - the Supreme transcendental
3. pareśam - the Lord of the Supreme Personalities
4. avyaktam - invisible or not able to be realized by the mind and senses
5. ādhyātmika-yoga-gamyam - transcendental and so could be known only by bhakti yoga
6. atīndriyaṁ - beyond the perception of material senses;
7. sūkṣmam - minute or subtle
8. ivātidūram - very far away
9. anantam - unlimited
10. ādyaṁ - original
11. paripūrṇam - completely full.
Generally when we are in pain, we always focus on pain and crib and don't remember Krishna or His greatness. it is not so easy to glorify Lord when caught by a crocodile. But we can see the nice devotional mood of Gajendra. By the strength of devotion, he is able to offer such nice prayers. Srila Prabhupada says in the purport to the above verse - "Unalloyed devotees have nothing to ask from the Supreme Personality of Godhead, but Gajendra, the King of the elephants, was circumstantially asking for an immediate benediction because he had no other way to be rescued. Sometimes, when there is no alternative, a pure devotee, being fully dependent on the mercy of the Supreme Lord, prays for some benediction. But in such a prayer there is also regret.."
We see in case of Dhruva Maharaj also, initially he had approached Krishna for material benediction. But after practising devotional service and having obtained darshan of the Lord, he regrets for approaching the Lord for material benefits. Such devotees by their personal example are teaching us what is the ultimate benediction in life. As mentioned in Srimad Bhagavatam, whether we have no material desires or full of material desire or spiritual desire - we can approach Lord. But at the same time we should have the maturity to accept whatever Lord reciprocates because He know what is best for us.
The words ādhyātmika-yoga-gamyam is worth meditating. The Lord is definitely anantam - unlimited, ivātidūram - very far away, sūkṣmam - minute or subtle, atīndriyaṁ - beyond the perception of material senses; avyaktam - invisible or not able to be realized by the mind and senses - But His Divine Grace says that he could be approached only by the process of bhakti-yoga which has been kindly taught by Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu.
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
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