Srila Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj Vyasa Puja 2016 - Part 11

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 "Srila Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj Vyasa Puja 2016", wherein we were hearing some of the glorifications of Maharaj, which were shared by the devotees in Sri Sri Radha Neel Madhav dham, Rajkot on the auspicious occasion of his Vyasa Puja. Now we shall hear further.

HG Anasuya Mataji from Minneapolis: Maharaj, you have always taught us so many prayers and you have also encouraged us to learn prayers. So today I would like to offer the first two shlokas from Jantur prayers in Srimad Bhagavatam verses 3.31.12 and 13:

jantur uvāca
tasyopasannam avituṁ jagad icchayātta-
nānā-tanor bhuvi calac-caraṇāravindam
so ’haṁ vrajāmi śaraṇaṁ hy akuto-bhayaṁ me
yenedṛśī gatir adarśy asato’nurūpā
yas tv atra baddha iva karmabhir āvṛtātmā
bhūtendriyāśayamayīm avalambya māyā
āste viśuddham avikāram akhaṇḍa-bodham
ātapyamāna-hṛdaye ’vasitaṁ namāmi

The human soul says: I take shelter of the lotus feet of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, who appears in His various eternal forms and walks on the surface of the world. I take shelter of Him only, because He can give me relief from all fear and from Him I have received this condition of life, which is just befitting my impious activities. I, the pure soul, appearing now bound by my activities, am lying in the womb of my mother by the arrangement of mäyä. I offer my respectful obeisances unto Him who is also here with me but who is unaffected and changeless. He is unlimited, but He is perceived in the repentant heart. To Him I offer my respectful obeisances.

These prayers are very poignant and deep. I wanted to meditate on some of the words which are used in these verses to refer to Krishna and some of them which are used to refer to us. The words used for referring Krishna are

a) icchayā — by His own will
b) avikāram — without change;
c) akuto-bhayaṁ — giving relief from all fear; 
d) viśuddham—completely pure; 
e) akhaṇda-bodham
possessed of unlimited knowledge;

The Lord is completely independent. He comes by His own will and He goes by His own will whereas the living entity in the womb is completely controlled by its karma - activities. It has no freedom what so ever. The Lord walks on the surface of the earth. But living entity in the womb is in a precarious condition. It cannot move out freely. It is completely bound. The Lord gives fearlessness to everyone. But the living entity in the womb is completely in fear and frightened. Lord is completely pure, never changes, and has unlimited knowledge in contrast to the living entity."
 
Krishna willing, we shall continue to hear further glories of Maharaj in the subsequent offering.

Hare Krishna.
Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Sudarshana devi dasi.