Srimad Bhagavatam 11.07.02-03 - Higher Pastimes should be Approached according to Qualification (download mp3)
by Mukunda Mala Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty
maya nispaditam hy atra
yad-artham avatirno ’ham
Answering the prayer of Lord Brahma, I descended within this world along with My plenary portion, Lord Baladeva, and performed various activities on behalf of the demigods. I have now completed My mission here.
kulam vai sapa-nirdagdham
samudrah saptame hy enam
purim ca plavayisyati
Now due to the brahmanas’ curse the Yadu dynasty will certainly perish by fighting among themselves; and on the seventh day from today the ocean will rise up and inundate this city of Dvaraka.
In this and the following verses, Lord Krsna indicates to Uddhava that he should immediately fix himself in self-realization by giving up all identification with the material world. Srila Jiva Gosvami has pointed out that the Yadu dynasty was not actually destroyed by Lord Krsna but merely removed from the vision of the world through the curse of the brahmanas; similarly, the Lord’s eternal abode Dvaraka can never be drowned by the ocean. Nevertheless, all external approaches to this transcendental city were covered by the ocean, and thus the Lord’s abode remains inaccessible to foolish persons in Kali-yuga, as will be described later in this canto.
By the Lord’s mystic potency, called yoga-maya, He reveals His own form, abode, paraphernalia, pastimes, entourage, and so on, and at the suitable time He removes all of these from our mundane sight. Although bewildered conditioned souls may doubt the spiritual potency of the Lord, the pure devotees can directly perceive and relish His transcendental appearance and disappearance, which are described in Bhagavad-gita as janma karma ca me divyam. If one faithfully accepts this perfect knowledge of the Lord’s transcendental nature, then surely one will go back home, back to Godhead, and become an eternal companion of Lord Krsna.