The Greatness of Lord Damodara- Part 8

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 titled "The Greatness of Lord Damodara" wherein we were trying to meditate on the meaning of Srimad Bhagavatam 10.9.13. In previous offerings we saw that the Lord is unlimited in space and time and that Krishna is the Supreme cause. He also pervades everything in His spiritual form and hence He is beyond measure. Hence it is not possible for Mother Yashoda to bind Lord Krishna with a rope. But how come she bound Him? This is answered in the sloka of Shrimad Bhagavatam 10.9.14 : 

taṁ matvātmajam avyaktaṁ martya-liṅgam adhokṣajam
gopikolūkhale dāmnā babandha prākṛtaṁ yathā

That unmanifested person, who is beyond the perception of the senses, had now appeared as a human child, and mother Yasoda, considering Him her own ordinary child, bound Him to the wooden mortar with a rope.

Here Mother Yashoda could bind Him because she thought of Him as her son (ātmajam) and responding to her motherly love, the Lord agreed to be bound. Srila Prabhupada answers in the purport, "We must conclude that this took place simply on the platform of pure transcendental love. This was the only cause.. Krishna cannot be measured or calculated by Vedic knowledge (vedeṣu durlabham). He is available only to devotees (adurlabham ātma-bhaktau). Devotees can handle Him because they act on the basis of loving service (bhaktyā mām abhijānāti yāvān yaś cāsmi tattvataḥ). Thus mother Yashoda wanted to bind Him."  

And when she tried to bind Him with the rope, the rope was always two fingers short and this gives glimpse of Lord's unlimited nature. Finally, after Mother Yashoda tied many ropes together and was determined to bind Him, the Lord agreed to be bound. So it is not the rope which bound the Lord, but it is the pure love of Mother Yashoda which bound the Lord. So the Damodarashtakam states "bhakti baddham". (He is bound by pure love).

Krishna willing, we will continue to see how the Lord was bound by Mother Yashoda in the subsequent offering.

Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Narahari Krishna das
Ipswich.