Surrender unto His Lotus Feet - Part 30

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 8.3.25 wherein Gajendra prays to the Lord to destroy the covering of ignorance. Now we shall see further.

In verse 8.3.26 Gajendra prays

so ’haṁ viśva-sṛjaṁ viśvam
aviśvaṁ viśva-vedasam
viśvātmānam ajaṁ brahma
praṇato ’smi paraṁ padam

Now, fully desiring release from material life, I offer my respectful obeisances unto that Supreme Person who is the creator of the universe, who is Himself the form of the universe and who is nonetheless transcendental to this cosmic manifestation. He is the supreme knower of everything in this world, the Supersoul of the universe. He is the unborn, supremely situated Lord. I offer my respectful obeisances unto Him.

We can again see the very nice choice of words by Gajendra in this verse. Indeed when one attempts to glorify the Lord, the Lord empowers Him from within and as promised (dadāmi buddhi-yogaṁ taṁ) He gives all the intelligence to glorify Him. Gajendra glorifies the Lord as follows

1. viśva-sṛjaṁ - unto Him Who has created this cosmic manifestation
2. viśvam  - Who is Himself the whole cosmic presentation
3. aviśvaṁ - although He is transcendental to the cosmic manifestation
4. viśva-vedasam - who is the knower or ingredient of this universal manifestation
5. viśvātmānam - the soul of the universe
6. ajaṁ - who is never born, eternally existing
7. brahma - the Supreme;
8. paraṁ  - who is transcendental
9. padam - the shelter.

Krishna Himself declares in the third seed verse of Srimad Bhagavatam 2.9.34

yathā mahānti bhūtāni
bhūteṣūccāvaceṣv anu
praviṣṭāny apraviṣṭāni
tathā teṣu na teṣv aham

O Brahmā, please know that the universal elements enter into the cosmos and at the same time do not enter into the cosmos; similarly, I Myself also exist within everything created, and at the same time I am outside of everything.

Lord has created this cosmos and is all pervading. Just like how our material body will not function without the presence of soul and Super-soul, the material cosmos does not function in His absence. The eternal unborn Lord enters into each of the universe and enlivens it. But at the same time He is transcendental to it. 

Srila Prabhupada explains in his purport to the above verse, "The impersonalists cannot imagine or even perceive that the Supreme Brahman is thus all-pervading, and therefore they conclude that there is no possibility of His personal form. Herein lies the mystery of His transcendental knowledge. This mystery is transcendental love of Godhead, and one who is surcharged with such transcendental love of Godhead can without difficulty see the Personality of Godhead in every atom and every movable or immovable object. And at the same time he can see the Personality of Godhead in His own abode, Goloka, enjoying eternal pastimes with His eternal associates, who are also expansions of His transcendental existence."

The Lord reveals Himself to those who are fully surrendered to Him and for those who are demoniac, He covers Himself by the curtain of illusory energy. His lotus feet are the safest shelter and to such transcendental 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