" All My Relatives will protect Me "

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

I came across an interesting note in Sri Caitanya Mangala written by Sri Locana das Thakur.  After taking sannyasa, when Caitanya Mahaprabhu was travelling along with his associates, Sri Nithyananada, Mukunda and Gadadhara, they happened to meet a sinful toll collector who was harassing pilgirms crossing the river on their way to Puri. Displeased by this, Mahaprabhu charged like a mad lion towards him and  as soon as the toll collector saw  Mahaprabhu's face, his sinful heart was cleansed - (ceto darpana mārjanam) and he was able to realise that  Mahaprabhu is the Supreme Personality of Godhead . Even before Mahaprabhu could chastise him,  he came running towards Mahaprabhu, repented for his sins and asked for forgiveness and by the mercy of the Lord, began to chant the Holy name in full ecstasy. 

Thrilled by this incident, Mukunda, the Lord's associate told Him, "I know that from now on we have nothing to fear from any toll collectors ". Smiling slightly,  Lord Caitanya said, "What shall I say Mukunda ? I've taken shelter of the sannyasa order. What can a toll collector do to Me? "

Mukunda said, "Still the last toll collector gave You trouble."

Lord Caitanya said, "Listen Mukunda , all My relatives will protect Me".  The Lord quoted a verse from the Santi-sataka: 

"Patience is one's father.
Forgiveness is one's mother.
Eternal Peace is one's wife.
Truth is one's son.
Kindness is one's sister.
Control of the mind is one's brother. 
The earth is one's bed.
The 10 directions are one's clothing.
Nectarean knowledge is one's food." 

With a blissful smile Gaurahari said, "If these are one's relatives then please tell Me, My friend how can he be afraid of anything? These relatives have carefully carried Me this far."

We all love and pay special care and attention to our family members - father, mother, spouse, brother and sister.  Through this verse Mahaprabhu is teaching us the 6 important qualities which are to be taken care like those relatives. If only we possess patience, forgiveness, peace, truth, kindness and control of the mind - nothing could harm /fear/cause anxiety to us.

When we have relatives, it becomes our duty to nourish them and provide them the basic necessities of life ( food clothing and shelter). In the last 3 lines of the verse, the Lord has nicely quoted what sort of  food, clothing and shelter that needs to be provided to nourish these relatives.

The foremost necessity food - is the nectarean knowledge - Krsna katha - by propagating the Krsna Katha  in all the 10 directions in this earth, these relatives would blissfully dwell with us and direct us correctly in all situations. 

May the merciful Lord Gaurasundar bless us with these relatives and guide us in nourishing them well.

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