Krishna-The All Opulent Lord

Srimad Bhagavatam 10.07.08-09 - Krishna-The All Opulent Lord (download mp3) , (download flv) and (download mp4)
by Dayananda Swami at ISKCON Chowpatty

SB 10.7.8
drstva yasoda-pramukha vraja-striya
autthanike karmani yah samagatah
nandadayas cadbhuta-darsanakulah
katham svayam vai sakatam viparyagat

When mother Yasoda and the other ladies who had assembled for the utthana festival, and all the men, headed by Nanda Maharaja, saw the wonderful situation, they began to wonder how the handcart had collapsed by itself. They began to wander here and there, trying to find the cause, but were unable to do so.

SB 10.7.9
ucur avyavasita-matin
gopan gopis ca balakah
rudatanena padena
ksiptam etan na samsayah

The assembled cowherd men and ladies began to contemplate how this thing had happened. "Is it the work of some demon or evil planet?" they asked. At that time, the small children present asserted that the cart had been kicked apart by the baby Krsna. As soon as the crying baby bad kicked the cart's wheel, the cart had collapsed. There was no doubt about it.

We have heard of people's being haunted by ghosts. Having no gross material body, a ghost seeks shelter of a gross body to stay in and haunt. The Sakatasura was a ghost who had taken shelter of the handcart and was looking for the opportunity to do mischief to Krsna. When Krsna kicked the cart with His small and very delicate legs, the ghost was immediately pushed down to the earth and his shelter dismantled, as already described. This was possible for Krsna because He has full potency, as confirmed in the Brahma-samhita (5.32):

angani yasya sakalendriya-vrttimanti
pasyanti panti kalayanti ciram jaganti
govindam adi-purusam tam aham bhajami

Krsna's body is sac-cid-ananda-vigraha [Bs. 5.1], or ananda-cinmaya-rasa-vigraha. That is, any of the parts of His ananda-cinmaya body can act for any other part. Such are the inconceivable potencies of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. The Supreme Lord does not need to acquire these potencies; He already has them. Thus Krsna kicked His little legs, and His whole purpose was fulfilled. Also, when the handcart broke, an ordinary child could have been injured in many ways, but because Krsna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead, He enjoyed the dismantling of the cart, and nothing injured Him. Everything done by Him is ananda-cinmaya-rasa, full transcendental bliss. Thus Krsna factually enjoyed.

The nearby children saw that actually Krsna had kicked the wheel of the cart and this was how the accident happened. By the arrangement of yogamaya, all the gopis and gopas thought that the accident had taken place because of some bad planet or some ghost, but in fact everything was done by Krsna and enjoyed by Him. Those who enjoy the activities of Krsna are also on the platform of ananda-cinmaya-rasa; they are liberated from the material platform. When one develops the practice of hearing krsna-katha, he is certainly transcendental to material existence, as confirmed in Bhagavad-gita (sa gunan samatityaitan brahma-bhuyaya kalpate [Bg. 14.26]). Unless one is on the spiritual platform, one cannot enjoy the transcendental activities of Krsna; or in other words, whoever engages in hearing the transcendental activities of Ksna is not on the material platform, but on the transcendental, spiritual platform.