Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva.
In Srimad Bhagavatam verse 1.8.38, Kunti devi prays
ke vayaṁ nāma-rūpābhyāṁ yadubhiḥ saha pāṇḍavāḥ
bhavato ’darśanaṁ yarhi hṛṣīkāṇām iveśituḥ
As the name and fame of a particular body is finished with the disappearance of the living spirit, similarly if You do not look upon us, all our fame and activities, along with the Pandavas and Yadus, will end at once.
As soon as soul leaves our body, the body loses its value. People around us no longer refer by our name nor do they treat it with respect. Even our nearest kith or kin would want to get rid of the body as soon as possible. Similar manner if Krishna is absent in our lives, we are all big zeroes. There is no value for us without Him. With Krishna we are all heroes and without Him we are all zeroes. As Gurudev says, we might have so many zeroes. But simply by adding 1 in front of it, the value increases. Else zeroes alone have no value. Similarly just by adding Krishna in our lives, it becomes meaningful and valuable. Kunti devi had 5 powerful sons and each son had so many special qualities. Normal nature of any mother is to feel proud of her children's abilities. But Kunti devi being a wonderful devotee of the Lord, very well knew that the very existence of her children was due to Sri Krishna. This is a very important lesson that we need to learn from her. Whatever qualities we possess or talents we have - is coming from Him and we don't own anything. So there is nothing to be proud about this. Unless the Lord the sanctions/look upon us, we cannot perform anything and we are as good as non-entities. In his wonderful purport to the above verse, Srila Prabhupada says, "without the guidance of Lord Krishna all of them are nonentities, as much as the senses of the body are useless without the guidance of consciousness. No one should be proud of his prestige, power and fame without being guided by the favor of the Supreme Lord. The living beings are always dependent, and the ultimate dependable object is the Lord Himself."
In the Kurukshetra war, after the battle was over Lord Krishna asks Arjuna to get down from the chariot first although as per usual customs, charioteer is first supposed to get down and help the passenger to do so. Arjuna obeyed the Lord's words and got down. After that Krishna got down and immediately the chariot burst into flames. The Lord explains the reason for this in Mahabharata (Shalya Parva- 61.18,19) as follows
astrair bahuvidhair dagdhaḥ pūrvam evāyam arjuna
madadhiṣthitatvāt samare na viśīrṇaḥ parantapa
idānīm tu viśīrṇo' yam dagdho brahmāstra tejasā
mayā vimuktaḥ kaunteya tvayy adya kṛtakarmaṇi
Lord Vasudeva said: The chariot O Arjuna, was previously attacked and consumed by various divine weapons such as Brahmastra etc. shot by Bhishma, Karna, Drona and others. It was because I had sat upon it during battle that it did not fall into pieces, O scorcher of foes! Previously consumed by the energy of brahmastra, it has been reduced to ashes upon my abandoning it, after attainment of your objectives (of winning the war)!
So only because of presence of Lord, our life is going fine. Lord further affirms in Bhagavad Gita verse 15.13 - gaam aavishya ca bhutaani / dhaarayaamy aham ojasaa - "I enter into each planet, and by My energy they stay in orbit." Gurudev used to mention that its only because of Lord's presence, the planets are going in their respective orbits without hitting each other.
The phrase bhavato adarshanam means "Your absence" or "if the Lord does not look upon us". That condition is a very dangerous position for us. In Srimad Bhagavatam verse 7.9.19, Prahlad Maharaj also prays
bālasya neha śaraṇaṁ pitarau nṛsiṁha
nārtasya cāgadam udanvati majjato nauḥ
taptasya tat-pratividhir ya ihāñjaseṣṭas
tāvad vibho tanu-bhṛtāṁ tvad-upekṣitānām
"My Lord Nrisimhadeva, O Supreme, because of a bodily conception of life, embodied souls neglected and not cared for by You cannot do anything for their betterment. Whatever remedies they accept, although perhaps temporarily beneficial, are certainly impermanent. For example, a father and mother cannot protect their child, a physician and medicine cannot relieve a suffering patient, and a boat on the ocean cannot protect a drowning man."
Srila Prabhupada mentions in the purport -"We can never be happy without the mercy of the Supreme Lord (tvad upekshitaanaam). If we keep displeasing our Supreme Father, we shall never be happy within this material world, in either the upper or lower planetary systems." So after understanding the real truth of the potency of Lord's presence in our life, it is important that we should behave in such a manner that Lord is eager to look upon us and always be present in our lives.
Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Sudarshana devi dasi.
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