Highest Transcendental Bliss

Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev.

The dealings of Lord Krishna with His pure devotees are so very transcendental. One such astounding relationship of a devotee and the Lord, was of Bhishmadeva with Lord Krishna, during the Battlefield of Kurukshetra. The wonderful part of such a dealing with the devotee, is that the pure devotee can please the Lord even while playing the part of an enemy. As said by Srila Prabhupada in his purport to the subsequent verses, Lord is Ajita, but He still takes pleasure in coming before Bhishmadeva with wounds. He did so since his devotee wanted to see the transcendental beauty of the Lord decorated with wounds created by the pure devotee. The Lord is never the order supplier, but out of causeless mercy for his pure devotees, sometimes He carries out the order of the devotees and is pleased just like a father is pleased to carry out the order of his small child.

Just like an expecting mother enjoys the kicks of the foetus within the womb, similarly, the Lord enjoyed the arrows of Bhishmadeva like a shower of roses and was perfectly happy with it.

In the following verse from Srimad Bhagavatam, 1.9.34, Bhishmadeva on his bed of arrows, focuses his mind upon the beautiful description of the Lord during the Battle of Kurukshetra.

yudhi turaga-rajo-vidhūmra-viṣvak-
mama niśita-śarair vibhidyamāna-
tvaci vilasat-kavace ’stu kṛṣṇa ātmā

On the battlefield where Shri Krishna attended Arjuna out of friendship, the flowing hair of Lord Krishna turned ashen due to the dust raised by the hoofs of the horses. And because of His labor, beads of sweat wetted His face. All these decorations, intensified by the wounds dealt by my sharp arrows, were enjoyed by Him. Let my mind thus go unto Shri Krishna.

While Bhishmadeva was on the bed of arrows after the Battle of Kurukshetra, looking at Krishna, he was freed from all material inauspiciousness and relieved of all bodily pains caused by the arrow wounds. He was constantly remembering all the beautiful details of the Lord, right from the particular glittering dress of Lord Krishna which He put on as the driver of Arjuna's chariot. Bhishmadeva couldn't stop relishing the beautiful form of the Lord, how His beautiful flowing black hair had ashen from the dust of the battle, how His face was decorated with the beads of sweat like dew on the blue lotus flower, how smears of blood enhanced the beauty of the transcendental body of the Lord. Even when the Lord was gushing towards him with the hurl of the wheel, preparing to kill him, Bhishmadeva was all filled with ecstasy. Bhishma wanted to see the Lord in that mood and just to fulfil his desire, the Lord ignored his personal vow of not fighting in the battlefield and ran towards Bhishmadev carrying the chariot wheel. This relationship was the reciprocation of the deepest love between the Lord and His pure devotees, in order to derive the highest transcendental bliss.

Even in our daily sadhana we would have experienced on days when we are eager to do serve the Lord - either in the form of chanting our rounds continuously without breaks or cooking something special for Him - though there might be many apparently tight schedules or difficult circumstances - the Lord lovingly reciprocates to our smallest tinge of eagerness and arranges everything perfectly and enables us to serve Him."Ye yathā māṁ prapadyante tāṁs tathaiva bhajāmy aham" - "As all surrender unto Me, I reward them accordingly." Inspite of experiencing these wonderful reciprocations our minds get easily distracted and we forget to serve Him the same eagerness always. The only way to overcome this forgetfulness is by constant study of the Lord's pastimes with His devotees.

I pray unto the lotus feet of Srila Prabhupada for giving me an opportunity to relish such a beautiful pastime between the Lord and His dear devotee Bhishmadev. If studying this pastime itself is so blissful, we can imagine how much more blissful it would be when we are always in His transcendental loving service.

Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev,
Nayana Priya devi dasi
Abu Dhabi.