Mercy of Lord Advaita Acharya

Srimad Bhagavatam 10.90.25 - Mercy of Lord Advaita Acharya (download mp3)
by Devamrita Swami at ISKCON Chowpatty

SB 10.90.25
sri-suka uvaca
itidrsena bhavena
 krsne yogesvaresvare
kriyamanena madhavyo
 lebhire paramam gatim

Sukadeva Gosvami said: By thus speaking and acting with such ecstatic love for Lord Krsna, the master of all masters of mystic yoga, His loving wives attained the ultimate goal of life.

According to Acarya Sri Jiva Gosvami, here Sukadeva Gosvami uses the present tense of the word kriyamanena to indicate that the Lord’s queens attained His eternal abode immediately, without delay. By this insight the acarya helps refute the false notion that after Lord Krsna’s departure from this world, some primitive cowherds kidnapped His queens while they were under the protection of Arjuna. In fact, as the self-realized Vaisnava commentators elsewhere explain, Lord Krsna Himself appeared in the guise of the thieves who abducted the queens. For further information on this subject, see Srila Prabhupada’s purport to Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.15.20.

Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti remarks that the supreme goal attained by these exalted women was not the liberation of the impersonal yogis but the perfect state of prema-bhakti, pure loving devotion. Indeed, since they were already imbued with divine love of God from the very beginning, they possessed transcendental bodies of eternity, knowledge and bliss, in which they were fully able to relish the pleasure of reciprocating with the Supreme Lord in his most intimate, sweet pastimes. Specifically, in the opinion of Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti, their love of God matured into the ecstasy of madness in pure love (bhavonmada), just as the gopis’ love did when Krsna disappeared from their midst during the rasa dance. At that time the gopis experienced the full development of ecstatic madness, which they expressed in their inquiries from the various creatures of the forest and in such words as krsno ’ham pasyata gatim: “I am Krsna! Just see how gracefully I move!” (Bhag. 10.30.19) Similarly, the vilasa, or flourishing transformation, of the ecstatic love of Lord Dvarakadhisa’s principal queens has produced the prema-vaicitrya symptoms they have exhibited here.