Illusory Energy of the Lord
Srimad Bhagavatam 10.85.52-54 - Illusory Energy of the Lord (download mp3)
by Shyam Charan Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty
ity uktva tan samadaya
punar dvaravatim etya
matuh putran ayacchatam
[Sukadeva Gosvami continued:] After saying this, Lord Krsna and Lord Balarama, having been duly worshiped by Bali Maharaja, took the six sons and returned to Dvaraka, where They presented them to Their mother.
tan drstva balakan devi
murdhny ajighrad abhiksnasah
When she saw her lost children, Goddess Devaki felt such affection for them that milk flowed from her breasts. She embraced them and took them onto her lap, smelling their heads again and again.
apayayat stanam prita
mohita mayaya visnor
yaya srstih pravartate
Lovingly she let her sons drink from her breast, which became wet with milk just by their touch. She was entranced by the same illusory energy of Lord Visnu that initiates the creation of the universe.
In the opinion of Srila Jiva Gosvami, the word srsti can here also refer to the creative process by which Lord Visnu’s Yoga-maya arranges the settings and situations of His pastimes. There is indeed no question of Mother Devaki being affected by the material aspect of Maya.