Krishna Protects his Devotees

Srimad Bhagavatam 10.60.35 - Krishna Protects his Devotees (download mp3) and (download mp4)
by Bhakti Visrambha Madhava Swami at ISKCON Chowpatty

SB 10.60.35
satyam bhayad iva gunebhya urukramantah
 sete samudra upalambhana-matra atma
nityam kad-indriya-ganaih krta-vigrahas tvam
 tvat-sevakair nrpa-padam vidhutam tamo ’ndham

Yes, my Lord Urukrama, You lay down within the ocean as if afraid of the material modes, and thus in pure consciousness You appear within the heart as the Supersoul. You are always battling against the foolish material senses, and indeed even Your servants reject the privilege of royal dominion, which leads to the blindness of ignorance.

In text 12 Lord Krsna said, rajabhyo bibhyatah su-bhru samudram saranam gatan: “Out of fear of the kings, We took shelter in the ocean.” Here Srimati Rukmini-devi points out that the actual rulers of this world are the gunas, the material modes of nature, which impel all living beings to act. Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti points out that because Lord Krsna fears that His devotee will come under the influence of the modes of nature and become entangled in sense gratification, He enters the internal ocean of their hearts, where He remains as the omniscient Supersoul (upalambhana-matra atma). Thus He protects His devotees. The word upalambhana-matrah also indicates that the Lord is the object of meditation for His devotees.

In text 12 Lord Krsna also said, balavadbhih krta-dvesan: “We created enmity with the powerful.” Here Srimati Rukmini-devi points out that it is the material senses which are actually powerful in this world. The Supreme Lord has taken up the battle against sense gratification on the part of His devotees, and thus He is constantly trying to help them in their struggle for spiritual purity. When the devotees become free of unwanted material habits, the Lord reveals Himself to them, and then the eternal loving relationship between the Lord and His devotees becomes an irrevocable fact.

In the same verse Krsna stated, tyakta-nrpasanan: “We renounced the royal throne.” But here Srimati Rukmini-devi points out that the position of political supremacy in this world usually implicates so-called powerful leaders in darkness and blindness. As the saying goes, “Power corrupts.” Thus even the Lord’s loving servants tend to shy away from political intrigue and power politics. The Lord Himself, being completely satisfied in His own spiritual bliss, would hardly be interested in occupying mundane political positions. Thus Srimati Rukmini-devi correctly interprets the Lord’s actions as evidence of His supreme transcendental nature.