Surrender unto His Lotus Feet - Part 31

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 8.3.26 wherein Gajendra glorifies the all pervading nature of the Supreme Lord. Now we shall see further.

In Srimad Bhagavatam verse 8.3.27 Gajendra prays,

yoga-randhita-karmāṇo
hṛdi yoga-vibhāvite
yogino yaṁ prapaśyanti
yogeśaṁ taṁ nato ’smy aham

I offer my respectful obeisances unto the Supreme, the Supersoul, the master of all mystic yoga, who is seen in the core of the heart by perfect mystics, when they are completely purified and freed from the reactions of fruitive activity by practicing bhakti-yoga.

In this prayer Gajendra glorifies the Lord as yogeśaṁ - The Master of all Mystics. Gajendra makes it very clear that darshan of the Lord is not so cheap. He could be seen only by yogis who are yoga-vibhāvite - completely purified and clean. And the purification process is also mentioned by Gajendra - yoga-randhita-karmāṇo. When the reactions of our past sinful acts are all burnt by fire of sincere devotional service, then we would able to have darshan of the Lord. Our beloved spiritual master HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj says that Krishna is "param pavitram" - Supreme Pure. We cannot approach the Supreme Pure with a dirty heart - filled with all anarthas. The best method to cleanse our hearts as directed by Guru, Sadhu and Shastras is devotional service. Krishna also says in Bhagavad Gita verse 18.55

bhaktyā mām abhijānāti
yāvān yaś cāsmi tattvataḥ
tato māṁ tattvato jñātvā
viśate tad-anantaram

One can understand Me as I am, as the Supreme Personality of Godhead, only by devotional service. And when one is in full consciousness of Me by such devotion, he can enter into the kingdom of God.

 Srila Prabhupada very nicely captures the humble mood of Gajendra in his purport to verse 8.3.27. His Divine Grace says that how Gajendra - inspite of being in the body of animal could simply accept the fact there must be a Supreme Person behind the creation, whereas there are so many atheist who, due to their sinful acts are unable to admit this. His Divine Grace also says that 

"As authoritatively stated in the Srimad Bhagavatam 12.13.1 dhyānāvasthita-tad-gatena manasā paśyanti yaṁ yoginaḥ: a yogī is one who always meditates on the lotus feet of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. This is also confirmed in the Brahma-saṁhitā (5.38):

premāñjana-cchurita-bhakti-vilocanena
santaḥ sadaiva hṛdayeṣu vilokayanti
yaṁ śyāmasundaram acintya-guṇa-svarūpaṁ
govindam ādi-puruṣaṁ tam ahaṁ bhajāmi

I worship Govinda, the primeval Lord, who is Śyāmasundara, Kṛṣṇa Himself, with inconceivable innumerable attributes, whom the pure devotees see in their heart of hearts with the eye of devotion tinged with the salve of love.”

The bhakti-yogī constantly sees Śyāmasundara — beautiful Lord Kṛṣṇa with His blackish bodily hue. Because the King of the elephants, Gajendra, thought himself an ordinary animal, he thought himself unfit to see the Lord. In his humility, he thought that he could not practice yoga. In other words, how can those who are like animals in the bodily concept of life, and who have no purity of consciousness, practice yoga?"

With great respect and humility Gajendra offers his respectful obeisances to the Lord who reveals Himself to pure devotees.

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