Srimad Bhagavatam 11.06.10 - Overcoming Fear Desire and Anger to Take Shelter of Krishna (download mp3)
by Chaitanya Charan Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty
syan nas tavanghrir asubhasaya-dhumaketuh
ksemaya yo munibhir ardra-hrdohyamanah
yah satvataih sama-vibhutaya atmavadbhir
vyuhe ’rcitah savanasah svar-atikramaya
Great sages, desiring the highest benefit in life, always cherish Your lotus feet within their hearts, which are melted by love for You. Similarly, Your self-controlled devotees, desiring to cross beyond the material kingdom of heaven to achieve opulence equal to Yours, worship Your lotus feet in the morning, at noon and in the evening. Thus, they meditate upon Your Lordship in Your quadruple expansion. Your lotus feet are just like a blazing fire that burns to ashes all the inauspicious desires for material sense gratification.
The conditioned living entity can purify his existence simply by having firm faith in the transcendental glories of the Personality of Godhead. What then can be said of the extraordinary good fortune of the demigods, who were directly seeing Lord Krsna’s lotus feet? Although we are presently afflicted by innumerable material desires, these desires are temporary. The eternal living entity is meant to experience a loving relationship with the supreme living entity, the Personality of Godhead; and by rendering pure devotional service to the Lord, the heart of the living entity is completely satisfied.
The word dhumaketu in this verse indicates a flaming comet or fire, which represents Lord Siva. Lord Siva is the master of the mode of ignorance, and Lord Krsna’s lotus feet are compared to the comet, a symbol of the potency of Siva, which can destroy all ignorance within the heart. The word sama-vibhutaye (“for achieving equal opulence”) indicates that the pure devotees go back home, back to Godhead, and enjoy the infinite bliss of the spiritual world. Lord Krsna is endowed with unlimited opulent paraphernalia for enjoyment, and a liberated soul who goes to Krsna’s abode is awarded all opulence for serving the Lord. According to Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura, the word vyuhe in this verse indicates the three purusa incarnations, namely Maha-Visnu, Garbhodakasayi Visnu and Ksirodakasayi Visnu, as well as Vasudeva. If we can scientifically understand how Krsna expands Himself to create the material world, we shall immediately experience that everything is the property of Krsna and thus become free from the desire to exploit it for our own selfish purposes. Krsna is the Supreme Lord, the master of everyone and the reservoir of all opulences, and one should remember His lotus feet in the morning, at noon and in the evening. One who always remembers Krsna and never forgets Him will experience real, blissful life beyond the pale shadow of material illusion.