The Highest Nature of Rasa

Srimad Bhagavatam 10.13.12 - The Highest Nature of Rasa (download mp3) , (download flv) and (download mp4)
by Radha Gopinath Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty

SB 10.13.13
tan drstva bhaya-santrastan
 uce krsno ’sya bhi-bhayam
mitrany asan ma viramate-
 hanesye vatsakan aham

When Krsna saw that His friends the cowherd boys were frightened, He, the fierce controller even of fear itself, said, just to mitigate their fear, “My dear friends, do not stop eating. I shall bring your calves back to this spot by personally going after them Myself.”

In the presence of Krsna’s friendship, a devotee cannot have any fear. Krsna is the supreme controller, the controller of even death, which is supposed to be the ultimate fear in this material world. Bhayam dvitiyabhinivesatah syat (Bhag. 11.2.37). This fear arises because of lack of Krsna consciousness; otherwise there cannot be any fear. For one who has taken shelter of the lotus feet of Krsna, this material world of fear becomes hardly dangerous at all.

bhavambudhir vatsa-padam param padam
 padam padam yad vipadam na tesam

Bhavambudhih, the material ocean of fear, becomes very easy to cross by the mercy of the supreme controller. This material world, in which there is fear and danger at every step (padam padam yad vipadam), is not meant for those who have taken shelter at Krsna’s lotus feet. Such persons are delivered from this fearful world.

samasrita ye pada-pallava-plavam
 mahat-padam punya-yaso murareh
bhavambudhir vatsa-padam param padam
 padam padam yad vipadam na tesam

(Bhag. 10.14.58)

Everyone, therefore, should take shelter of the Supreme Person, who is the source of fearlessness, and thus be secure.