Seeing Opportunity to Serve in Every Obstacle

2014-01-26
Srimad Bhagavatam 10.36.16 - Seeing Opportunity to Serve in Every Obstacle (download mp3) , (download flv) and (download mp4)
by Radhanath Swami at ISKCON Chowpatty
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SB 10.36.16
ariste nihate daitye
 krsnenadbhuta-karmana
kamsayathaha bhagavan
 narado deva-darsanah

Translation:
After Aristasura had been killed by Krsna, who acts wonderfully, Narada Muni went to speak to King Kamsa. That powerful sage of godly vision addressed the King as follows.

Purport:
The term deva-darsana can be understood in many ways, all of which are consistent with the context and purport of this narration. Deva means “God,” and darsanah means “seeing” or “an audience with a great personality.” Thus deva-darsana, a name for Narada Muni, indicates that Narada has attained the perfection of seeing God, that getting Narada’s audience is as good as getting God’s (since Narada is a pure representative of the Lord), and also that Narada’s audience is as good as that of the demigods, who are also known as devas. That there are all these meanings of the term deva-darsanah reveals something of the richness of the Srimad-Bhagavatam’s language.

From the Puranas, Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura has quoted twenty verses describing a joking conversation between Radha and Krsna that took place after Krsna had killed the demon Arista. This conversation, so kindly quoted by the acarya, describes the origin of Radha-kunda and Syama-kunda, Radha’s and Krsna’s bathing ponds. The verses are as follows:

masman sprsadya vrsabhardana hanta mugdha
 ghoro ’suro ’yam ayi krsna tad apy ayam gauh
vrtro yatha dvija ihasty ayi niskrtih kim
 sudhyed bhavams tri-bhuvana-sthita-tirtha-krcchrat

“The innocent young gopis said, ‘Ah, Krsna, don’t touch us now, O killer of a bull! Alas, even though Arista was a terrible demon, still he was a male cow, so You will have to undergo atonement, just as Lord Indra did after killing Vrtrasura. But how can You purify Yourself without going to the trouble of visiting every single holy place in the three worlds?’”

kim paryatami bhuvanany adhunaiva sarva
 aniya tirtha-vitatih karavani tasu
snanam vilokayata tavad idam mukundah
 procyaiva tatra krtavan bata parsni-ghatam

“[Krsna replied,] ‘Why should I have to wander throughout the entire universe? I will at once bring all the countless pilgrimage places here and take My bath in them. Just watch!’ With this, Lord Mukunda struck His heel on the ground.”

patalato jalam idam kila bhogavatya
 ayatam atra nikhila api tirtha-sanghah
agacchateti bhagavad-vacasa ta etya
 tatraiva rejur atha krsna uvaca gopih

“[Then He said,] ‘This is the water of the Bhogavati River, coming from the Patala region. And now, O holy places, all of you please come here!’ When the Supreme Lord had spoken these words, all the holy places went there and appeared before Him. Krsna then addressed the gopis as follows.”

tirthani pasyata harer vacasa tavaivam
 naiva pratima iti ta atha tirtha-varyah
procuh krtañjali-puta lavanabdhir asmi
 ksirabdhir asmi srnutamara-dirghikasmi

“‘See all the holy places!’

“But the gopis replied, ‘We don’t see them as You describe.’

“Then those best of holy places, joining their palms in supplication, spoke up:

“‘I am the salt ocean.’

“‘I am the Ocean of Milk.’

“‘I am the Amara-dirghika.’”

sono ’pi sindhur aham asmi bhavami tamra-
 parni ca puskaram aham ca sarasvati ca
godavari ravi-suta sarayuh prayago
 revasmi pasyata jalam kuruta pratitim

“‘I am the river Sona.’

“‘I am the Sindhu.’

“‘I am the Tamraparni.’

“‘I am the holy place Puskara.’

“‘I am the river Sarasvati.’

“‘And we are the Godavari, Yamuna and Reva rivers and the confluence of rivers at Prayaga. Just see our waters!’”

snatva tato harir ati-prajagalbha eva
 suddhah saro ’py akaravam sthita-sarva-tirtham
yusmabhir atma-janusiha krto na dharmah
 ko ’pi ksitav atha sakhir nijagada radha

“After purifying Himself by bathing, Lord Hari became quite arrogant and said, ‘I have produced a pond containing all the various holy places, whereas you gopis must never have executed any religious duties on this earth for the pleasure of Lord Brahma.’ Then Srimati Radharani addressed Her girlfriends as follows.”

karyam mayapy ati-manohara-kundam ekam
 tasmad yatadhvam iti tad-vacanena tabhih
sri-krsna-kunda-tata-pascima-disya-mando
 gartah krto vrsabha-daitya-khurair vyaloki

“‘I must create an even more beautiful pond. So go to work!’ Having heard these words, the gopis saw that Aristasura’s hooves had dug a shallow ditch just west of Sri Krsna’s pond.”

tatrardra-mrn-mrdula-gola-tatih prati-sva-
 hastoddhrta anati-dura-gata vidhaya
divyam sarah prakatitam ghatika-dvayena
 tabhir vilokya sarasam smarate sma krsnah

“At that nearby spot, all the gopis began digging up lumps of soft mud with their hands, and in this way a divine pond manifested in the short span of an hour. Krsna was astonished to see the lake they produced.”

proce ca tirtha-salilaih paripurayaitan
 mat-kundatah sarasijaksi sahalibhis tvam
radha tada na na na neti jagada yasmat
 tvat-kunda-niram uru-go-vadha-patakaktam

“He said, ‘Go ahead, lotus-eyed one. You and Your companions should fill this pond with water from Mine.’

“But Radha replied, ‘No, no, no, no! This is impossible, since the water of Your pond is contaminated by Your terrible sin of killing a cow.’”

ahrtya punya-salilam sata-koti-kumbhaih
 sakhy-arbudena saha manasa-jahnavitah
etat sarah sva-madhuna paripurayami
 tenaiva kirtim atulam tanavani loke

“‘I will have My countless gopi companions bring the pure water of the Manasa-ganga here in billions of pots. In this way I will fill this lake with My own water and thus make its renown unequaled in the entire world.’”

krsnengitena sahasaitya samasta-tirtha-
 sakhyas tadiya-saraso dhrta-divya-murtih
tustava tatra vrsabhanu-sutam pranamya
 bhaktya krtañjali-putah sravad-asra-dharah

“Lord Krsna then gestured to a heavenly personality who was an intimate associate of all the holy places. Suddenly that person rose up out of Krsna’s pond and bowed down to the daughter of Sri Vrsabhanu [Radharani]. Then, with palms joined and tears pouring from his eyes, he began praying to Her in devotion.”

devi tvadiya-mahimanam avaiti sarva
 sastrartha-vin na ca vidhir na haro na laksmih
kintv eka eva purusartha-siromanis tvat-
 prasveda-marjana-parah svayam eva krsnah

“‘O goddess, even Lord Brahma himself, the knower of all scriptures, cannot understand Your glories, nor can Lord Siva or Laksmi. Only Krsna, the supreme goal of all human endeavor, can understand them, and thus He feels obliged to personally make sure that You can wash away Your perspiration when You are fatigued.’”

yas caru-yavaka-rasena bhavat-padabjam
 arajya nupuram aho nidadhati nityam
prapya tvadiya-nayanabja-tata-prasadam
 svam manyate parama-dhanyatamam prahrsyan

tasyajñayaiva sahasa vayam ajagama
 tat-parsni-ghata-krta-kunda-vare vasamah
tvam cet prasidasi karosi krpa-kataksam
 tarhy eva tarsa-vitapi phalito bhaven nah

“‘He is always anointing Your lotus feet with nectarean caru and yavaka and decorating them with ankle bells, and He rejoices and feels most fortunate simply by satisfying the tips of the toes of Your lotus feet. On His order we have immediately come here to live in this most excellent pond, which He created by one stroke of His heel. But only if You now feel satisfied with us and bestow upon us Your merciful glance will the tree of our desire bear fruit.’”

srutva stutim nikhila-tirtha-ganasya tusta
 praha sma tarsam ayi vedayateti radha
yama tvadiya-sarasim sa-phala bhavama
 ity eva no vara iti prakatam tadocuh

“Hearing this prayer spoken by the representative of the full assembly of holy places, Sri Radha was pleased and said, ‘So, kindly tell Me your desire.’

“They then told Her plainly, ‘Our lives would be successful if we could come to Your pond. That is the benediction we desire.’”

agacchateti vrsabhanu-suta smitasya
 provaca kanta-vadanabja-dhrtaksi-kona
sakhyo ’pi tatra krta-sammatayah sukhabdhau
 magna virejur akhila sthira-jangamas ca

“Glancing at Her beloved from the corners of Her eyes, the daughter of Vrsabhanu replied with a smile, ‘Please come.’ Her gopi companions all agreed with Her decision and became immersed in the ocean of happiness. Indeed, the beauty of all creatures, both mobile and stationary, was enhanced.”

prapya prasadam atha te vrsabhanujayah
 sri-krsna-kunda-gata-tirtha-varah prasahya
bhittveva bhittim ati-vegata eva radha-
 kundam vyadhuh sva-salilaih paripurnam eva

“Thus gaining the grace of Srimati Radharani, the holy rivers and lakes in Sri Krsna-kunda forcibly broke through its boundary walls and swiftly filled Radha-kunda with their waters.”

proce harih priyatame tava kundam etan
 mat-kundato ’pi mahimadhikam astu loke
atraiva me salila-kelir ihaiva nityam
 snanam yatha tvam asi tadvad idam saro me

“Lord Hari then said, ‘My dear Radha, may this pond of Yours become even more world-renowned than Mine. I will always come here to bathe and to enjoy My water pastimes. Indeed, this lake is as dear to Me as You are.’”

radhabravid aham api sva-sakhibhir etya
 snasyamy arista-sata-mardanam astu tasya
yo ’rista-mardana-sarasy uru-bhaktir atra
 snayad vasen mama sa eva maha-priyo ’stu

“Radha replied, ‘I will come to bathe in Your pond as well, even though You may kill hundreds of Arista demons here. In the future, anyone who has intense devotion for this lake, which is on the spot where You chastised Aristasura, and who bathes or resides here is sure to become very dear to Me.’”

rasotsavam prakurute sma ca tatra ratrau
 krsnambudah krta-maha-rasa-harsa-varsah
sri-radhika-pravara-vidyud alankrta-sris
 trailokya-madhya-vitati-krta-divya-kirtih

“That night Lord Krsna initiated a rasa dance at Radha-kunda, generating a torrent of the greatest mood of splendorous pleasure. Sri Krsna resembled a cloud, and Srimati Radharani a brilliant flash of lightning filling the sky with abundant beauty. In this way Their divine glories permeated the expanses of the three worlds.”

As a final note, it should be mentioned that Narada Muni, being a great sage, understood that the killing of Arista more or less concluded the pastimes of Krsna in Vrndavana. Therefore Narada, anxious to facilitate the transferal of Krsna’s pastimes to Mathura, approached Kamsa and addressed him as follows.

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