Srimad Bhagavatam 11.06.18 - Evaluating Action Without Understanding Position Causes Delusion (download mp3)
by Mukunda Mala Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty
patnyas tu sodasa-sahasram ananga-banair
yasyendriyam vimathitum karanair na vibhvyah
My Lord, You are living with sixteen thousand exquisitely beautiful, aristocratic wives. By their irresistible coy and smiling glances and by their lovely arching eyebrows, they send You messages of eager conjugal love. But they are completely unable to disturb the mind and senses of Your Lordship.
In the previous verse it was clearly stated that no material object can attract the senses of the Lord. Now in this verse it is demonstrated that the Lord has no desire to enjoy even spiritual sense gratification. Krsna is complete in Himself. He is the reservoir of all pleasure, and He does not lust after anything material or spiritual. The argument may be given that Krsna, in order to please His wife Satyabhama, stole a parijata flower from heaven and thus appeared to be a henpecked husband under the control of His loving wife. But although Krsna is sometimes conquered by the love of His devotees, He is never influenced by the desire to enjoy like an ordinary, lusty materialistic person. The nondevotees cannot understand the overwhelming loving feelings exchanged between the Lord and His pure devotees. Krsna may be conquered by our intense love for Him, and thus pure devotees can control the Lord. For example, the elderly gopis in Vrndavana would clap their hands in different rhythms to make Krsna dance, and in Dvaraka Satyabhama ordered Krsna to bring her a flower as proof of His love for her. As stated in Srinivasa Acarya’s song to the Six Gosvamis, gopi-bhava-rasamrtabdhi-lahari-kallola-magnau muhuh: the love between the Lord and His pure devotee is an ocean of spiritual bliss. But at the same time, Krsna remains completely self-satisfied. Krsna indifferently gave up the company of the incomparable young damsels of Vraja-bhumi, the gopis, and went to Mathura at the request of His uncle, Akrura. Thus neither the gopis of Vrndavana nor the queens of Dvaraka could arouse an enjoying spirit in Krsna. When all is said and done, pleasure in this world means sex. But this mundane sexual attraction is simply a perverted reflection of the transcendental loving affairs between Krsna and His eternal associates in the spiritual world. The gopis of Vrndavana are unsophisticated village girls, whereas the queens in Dvaraka are aristocratic young ladies. But both the gopis and the queens are overwhelmed with love for Krsna. As the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Krsna displays the highest perfection of beauty, strength, wealth, fame, knowledge and renunciation and is thus completely satisfied by His own supreme position. He reciprocates spiritual loving affairs with the gopis and queens simply for their sake. Only fools think that Lord Krsna could be attracted by the perverted illusory pleasures to which we poor conditioned souls are so blindly attached. Therefore everyone should recognize the supreme transcendental position of the Personality of Godhead and surrender to Him. That is the clear implication of this statement by the demigods.