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 8.3.21 wherein Gajendra says that although Lord is invisible, subtle, very far away, beyond the perception of material senses, He could be approached only by pure devotional service. Now we shall see further.
In verses 8.3.22-24 Gajendra prays
yasya brahmādayo devā
vedā lokāś carācarāḥ
phalgvyā ca kalayā kṛtāḥ
yathārciṣo ’gneḥ savitur gabhastayo
niryānti saṁyānty asakṛt sva-rociṣaḥ
tathā yato ’yaṁ guṇa-sampravāho
buddhir manaḥ khāni śarīra-sargāḥ
sa vai na devāsura-martya-tiryaṅ
na strī na ṣaṇḍho na pumān na jantuḥ
nāyaṁ guṇaḥ karma na san na cāsan
niṣedha-śeṣo jayatād aśeṣaḥ
The Supreme Personality of Godhead creates His minor parts and parcels, the jīva-tattva, beginning with Lord Brahmā, the demigods and the expansions of Vedic knowledge [Sāma, Ṛg, Yajur and Atharva] and including all other living entities, moving and nonmoving, with their different names and characteristics. As the sparks of a fire or the shining rays of the sun emanate from their source and merge into it again and again, the mind, the intelligence, the senses, the gross and subtle material bodies, and the continuous transformations of the different modes of nature all emanate from the Lord and again merge into Him. He is neither demigod nor demon, neither human nor bird or beast. He is not woman, man, or neuter, nor is He an animal. He is not a material quality, a fruitive activity, a manifestation or nonmanifestation. He is the last word in the discrimination of “not this, not this,” and He is unlimited. All glories to the Supreme Personality of Godhead!
In these verses Gajendra glorifies the unlimited aśeṣaḥ nature of the Lord Who is the creator of all living entities, moving and non-moving in the material cosmos. Yet He is not equal to them. All are His part and parcels and as confirmed by Lord in the seed verses of Bhagavad Gita and Srimad Bhagavatam, everything emanates from Him. He is the source of all spiritual and material world. He is eternal and so existed before the maifestation of this cosmos, He is present now and will continue to exist after the annihiliation of the cosmos as well.
Lord is glorified in the scriptures as asamodrhva - No one is equal to Him or greater than Him. Although He is inconceivable and unlimited, He mercifully appears in the form of various incarnations as well as in the form of Deities, Scriptures ans Holy Names out of His causeless mercy. But in all these forms He remains transcendental and is not contaminated by the modes of material nature. In one of his lectures on verse 3.25.26 His Divine Grace very nicely says, "The Deity is Kṛṣṇa. Don't think otherwise. Kṛṣṇa has agreed to be dressed by you. If you think of Kṛṣṇa, about His virāḍ-rūpa, you will fail to bring dress for that virāḍ. His head is on the sky; His another leg is on the Pātāla. That is also true. But you cannot conceive of Kṛṣṇa in His virāḍ-rūpa and at the same time dress Him and give Him something to eat. That is not possible. Therefore Kṛṣṇa has become so merciful. So Kṛṣṇa... Aṇor aṇīyān mahato mahīyān [Kaṭha Upaniṣad 1.2.20]. He can become bigger than the biggest and the smaller than the smallest. That is Kṛṣṇa."
In Damodar leela also we see that Lord is unlimited. His potencies are also unlimited. So actually it is not possible to bind Him with a rope. But unlimited Lord, out of His unlimited mercy allowed Yashoda Mata to bind Him with a small rope.
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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