Falling Down And Falling Away

Srimad Bhagavatam 10.27.22-23 - Falling Down And Falling Away (download mp3)
by Chaitanya Charan Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty

SB 10.27.22-23
sri-suka uvaca
evam krsnam upamantrya
 surabhih payasatmanah
jalair akasa-gangaya
indrah surarsibhih sakam
 codito deva-matrbhih
abhyasiƱcata dasarham
 govinda iti cabhyadhat

Sukadeva Gosvami said: Having thus appealed to Lord Krsna, mother Surabhi performed His bathing ceremony with her own milk, and Indra, ordered by Aditi and other mothers of the demigods, anointed the Lord with heavenly Ganga water from the trunk of Indra’s elephant carrier, Airavata. Thus, in the company of the demigods and great sages, Indra coronated Lord Krsna, the descendant of Dasarha, and gave Him the name Govinda.

According to the acaryas, because Indra was embarrassed by his blunder of attacking Vrndavana, he was reluctant to worship the Lord. Therefore the heavenly mothers, such as Aditi, encouraged him to go ahead and do so. Feeling authorized by the encouragement of demigods less offensive than he, Indra then bathed the Lord. Indra discovered that the beautiful cowherd boy named Krsna is indeed the Supreme Personality of Godhead.