Srimad Bhagavatam 11.19.09 - The Most Safest Place in the entire Creation is Lotus Feet of Krishna (download mp3)
by Shivram Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty
pasyami nanyac charanam tavanghri-
My dear Lord, for one who is being tormented on the terrible path of birth and death and is constantly overwhelmed by the threefold miseries, I do not see any possible shelter other than Your two lotus feet, which are just like a refreshing umbrella that pours down showers of delicious nectar.
Lord Krsna, recognizing Uddhava’s highly intellectual nature, has repeatedly recommended to him that one should achieve perfection by cultivation of transcendental knowledge. But the Lord has also clearly demonstrated that such knowledge must bring one to the point of loving devotional service to Him, for otherwise it is useless. In this verse Sri Uddhava corroborates Lord Krsna’s statements that actual happiness is obtained by surrendering to His lotus feet. When the incarnation of Godhead Prthu Maharaja was crowned, the demigod Vayu presented him with an umbrella that constantly sprayed fine particles of water. The Lord’s two lotus feet are similarly compared here to a wonderful umbrella that produces a constant shower of delicious nectar, the bliss of Krsna consciousness. Normally, speculative analytic knowledge terminates in an impersonal conception of the Absolute Truth, but the so-called bliss of merging into impersonal spiritual existence can never be compared to the bliss of Krsna consciousness, as stated here by Sri Uddhava. Krsna consciousness thus automatically constitutes perfect knowledge, since Lord Krsna is the ultimate shelter of all living entities. The words abhihatasya and abhivarsat are significant in this verse. Abhihatasya indicates one who is being defeated on all sides by the onslaught of material nature, whereas abhivarsat indicates a downpour of nectar that eliminates all of the problems of material existence. By our intelligence we should look beyond the dull material body and nonsensical material mind to observe the unlimited shower of blissful nectar coming from the two lotus feet of Lord Krsna. Then our real good fortune will begin.