From Sleeping In Ignorance To Awaking In Spirituality

SB.10.51.22-26 - From Sleeping In Ignorance To Awaking In Spirituality (download mp3)
by Sankirtan Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty

SB 10.51.22
yavane bhasma-san nite
 bhagavan satvatarsabhah
atmanam darsayam asa
 mucukundaya dhimate

After the Yavana was burnt to ashes, the Supreme Lord, chief of the Satvatas, revealed Himself to the wise Mucukunda.

SB 10.51.23-26
tam alokya ghana-syamam
srivatsa-vaksasam bhrajat
 kaustubhena virajitam
catur-bhujam rocamanam
 vaijayantya ca malaya
preksaniyam nr-lokasya
apivya-vayasam matta-
paryaprcchan maha-buddhis
 tejasa tasya dharsitah
sankitah sanakai raja
 durdharsam iva tejasa

As he gazed at the Lord, King Mucukunda saw that He was dark blue like a cloud, had four arms, and wore a yellow silk garment. On His chest He bore the Srivatsa mark and on His neck the brilliantly glowing Kaustubha gem. Adorned with a Vaijayanti garland, the Lord displayed His handsome, peaceful face, which attracts the eyes of all mankind with its shark-shaped earrings and affectionately smiling glance. The beauty of His youthful form was unexcelled, and He moved with the nobility of an angry lion. The highly intelligent King was overwhelmed by the Lord’s effulgence, which showed Him to be invincible. Expressing his uncertainty, Mucukunda hesitantly questioned Lord Krsna as follows.

It is significant that text 24 states, catur-bhujam rocamanam: “The Lord was seen in the beauty of His four-armed form.” Throughout this great work, we find Lord Krsna manifesting His various transcendental forms, most prominently the two-armed form of Krsna and the four-armed form of Narayana or Visnu. Thus there is no doubt that Krsna and Visnu are nondifferent, or that Krsna is the original form of the Lord. These things are sometimes misunderstood, but the great acaryas, experts in spiritual science, have clarified the matter for us. God in His original form is not merely the creator, maintainer and destroyer, or the punisher of conditioned souls, but rather the infinitely beautiful Godhead, enjoying in His own right, in His own abode. This is the form of Krsna, the same Krsna who expands Himself into Visnu forms for the maintenance of our bumbling world.

Srila Jiva Gosvami mentions that the word sankitah, “having some doubt,” indicates that Mucukunda was thinking, “Is this indeed the Supreme Lord?” He expresses himself frankly in the following verses.