Srimad Bhagavatam 11.06.11 - Glories of Lotus Feet of Lord Krishna (download mp3)
by Narsimha Kripa Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty
yas cintyate prayata-panibhir adhvaragnau
trayya nirukta-vidhinesa havir grhitva
adhyatma-yoga uta yogibhir atma-mayam
jijñasubhih parama-bhagavataih paristah
Those about to offer oblations into the fire of sacrifice in accordance with the Rg, Yajur and Sama Vedas meditate on Your lotus feet. Similarly, the practitioners of transcendental yoga meditate upon Your lotus feet, hoping for knowledge about Your divine mystic potency, and the most elevated pure devotees perfectly worship Your lotus feet, desiring to cross beyond Your illusory potency.
The words atma-mayam jijñasubhih are significant in this verse. The mystic yogis (adhyatma-yoga uta yogibhih) are eager to acquire knowledge of the Lord’s mystic potencies, whereas the pure devotees (parama-bhagavataih) are eager to cross beyond the kingdom of illusion so that they can serve Lord Krsna’s lotus feet in pure loving ecstasy. In any case, everyone is interested in the potency of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. The atheistic material scientists are also fascinated by the external material potency of the Lord, and the gross sense gratifiers are attracted by the physical body, which is also atma-maya, or an expansion of the Lord’s potency. Although all of the Lord’s potencies are qualitatively one with the Lord, and therefore with each other, the blissful spiritual potency is nevertheless supreme because it establishes relationships between the Lord and the pure living entities on the platform of eternal happiness. Every living entity is originally a loving servitor of the Lord, and the spiritual energy of the Lord engages the living entity in his pure constitutional position beyond illusion.
Our dreaming and waking experiences are both activities of the mind; however, the activities we perform while awake are more valuable because they establish us in our permanent situation. Similarly, at every moment every living entity is experiencing one of the innumerable potencies of the Supreme Lord. However, the experience of the spiritual potency is more significant because it establishes the living entity in his eternal, constitutional position as a faithful servitor of the Personality of Godhead.
The demigods are glorifying the Lord’s lotus feet because they are personally very eager to be purified by contact with those feet (tavanghrir asmakam asubhasaya-dhumaketuh syat). When a sincere devotee eagerly desires to attain the shelter of the Lord’s lotus feet, the Lord brings him to His personal abode, just as the demigods were brought to Dvaraka by Lord Krsna’s arrangement.