Srimad Bhagavatam 8.12.37
om namo bhagavate vasudevaya
Sankarshan Das Adhikari: We are diving even deeper into the sweet nectarean ocean of Srimad Bhagavatam, Eighth Canto, Chapter number 12 "Mohini murti bewilders Lord Shiva" Text number 37.
tam aviklavam avridam
tam — him (Lord Siva); aviklavam — without being agitated by the incident that had taken place; avridam — without being ashamed; alaksya — seeing; madhu-sudanah — the Supreme Personality of Godhead, who is known as Madhusudana, the killer of the demon Madhu; uvaca — said; parama-pritah — being very pleased; bibhrat — assuming; svam — His own; paurusim — original; tanum — form.
“Seeing Lord Siva un-agitated and unashamed, Lord Visnu [Madhusudana] was very pleased. Thus He resumed His original form and spoke as follows”.
Although Lord Siva was aghast at the potency of Lord Visnu, he did not feel ashamed. Rather, he was proud to be defeated by Lord Visnu. Nothing is hidden from the Supreme Personality of Godhead, for He is in everyone's heart. Indeed, the Lord says in Bhagavad-gita (15.15), sarvasya caham hrdi sannivisto mattah smrtir jnanam apohanam ca: "I am seated in everyone's heart, and from Me come remembrance, knowledge and forgetfulness." Whatever happened had taken place under the direction of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, and therefore there was no cause to be sorry or ashamed. Although Lord Siva is never defeated by anyone, when defeated by Lord Visnu he felt proud that he had such an exalted and powerful master. [End of purport]
Sankarshan Das Adhikari: It is very interesting to note that the concluding sentence or line in each purport of today and yesterday is practically the same exact statement. We will read the end of yesterday's purport, “He (referring to Lord Siva), felt proud to have such an exalted master”. And now in today's purport, Prabhupada says, “He felt proud that He had such an exalted and powerful master”. If you notice it is almost exactly the same words. Except Prabhupada added 'powerful' to it. Yesterday it was the 'exalted master' and today it is the ‘exalted and powerful master’. And what is the same feeling of Lord Siva towards that exalted and powerful master? He is proud. And that word 'proud' which appears in today and yesterday's purport is also mentioned in the beginning of today's purport. Instead of being ashamed to be defeated by Lord Visnu, Lord Siva was proud to be defeated by Lord Visnu. So we can look into our own hearts, if a superior Vaisnava or Lord Krishna Himself defeats us, are we proud or are we humiliated? Of course in this case Lord Siva had actually done nothing wrong in one sense, because he was simply being attracted to Krishna. The fact is we have a lot to be ashamed about by our being attracted to material nature but still we can feel very good when we are defeated by Krishna. We can see how kind Krishna is upon us. There is a difference between devotees being defeated and non-devotees being defeated by the Lord. It is like the difference between the position of an orphan and the position of the son of the king. When an orphan finds himself in a difficult position, he has no one to turn to. But when the son or daughter of the king is in difficulty, do they have any difficultly? No. Because all they have to do is turn to the king who is all powerful and can solve all problems.
So the devotee of the Lord even though sometimes he is put into difficulty is actually never in difficulty because he is the son of the king. He is Krishna's dear devotee. And Krishna is all powerful. So what is the difficulty? It is actually an apparent difficulty only. A devotee sees nothing as difficulty. In fact a devotee begs for difficulties.
vipadah santu tah sasvat
Queen Kunti is praying in this way. She is our Siksa Guru. She is praying that "My dear Krishna, jagadguru, let those difficulties come again and again and again. Because when I am in difficulty I am intensely taking shelter of You and I am seeing You within my heart. And because I am seeing You in this way, I am no longer seeing the repetition of birth and death. So, please bless me, my dear Lord Krishna, give me more and more difficulties". So actually as soon as we adopt this mood of Queen Kuntidevi there will not be such a thing as difficulty. At every step we will experience the greatest blessing of Krishna whether it is sukha or whether it is duhkha, happiness or distress. We will see absolutely everything as the very special blessings of Krishna upon us, and therefore we will taste great happiness in pleasing circumstances and in displeasing circumstances.
It is interesting to note here how nothing is hidden from the Supreme Personality of Godhead and that everything is taking place under His direction. So this proves there is no reason to be in any feeling of distress, if Krishna knows everything and He is arranging everything. Then what is the difficulty? There is no difficulty. There is one difficulty however. That is not being Krishna conscious. That is the problem. That is the only problem. Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura has stated that, “There is no scarcity of anything in this world, except for one thing, Krishna consciousness”. There is all facility. Everything is there. But we have forgotten Krishna. Srila Prabhupada one time was riding in a car in New York City. And at that time the tallest building was called the Empire State Building. That was long before they built the World Trade Center and somebody knocked it down. Maybe it is again the tallest building. I don't know. But anyway Prabhupada was looking at New York City driving in the car. And he was saying this thing is zero, that thing is zero, the Empire State building is zero, so many zeroes. So that is the position. Riga zero, Latvia zero, the Baltic zero, Europe zero, and the planet Earth zero, so many zeroes. But when you take those zeroes and you line them up, a big row of zeroes. You can have so many big, big lines of zeros, what is it equal to? Zero. But if you put one in front of that big, big long line of zeroes then it becomes a humongous number. Actually all you need is six zeroes to get a million. Nine zeroes will give you a billion. Twelve zeroes will give you a trillion. Fifteen zeroes will give you a quadrillion. It is incredible. This world is full of so many zeroes everywhere. That street car over there is zero. There are so many zeroes everywhere all over Riga, hundreds and thousands of zeroes here in Riga. So without Krishna, this Riga has no value. Absolutely it has no value without Krishna. But when you bring Krishna, you bring Sri Sri Gaura Nitai. If you put them here in Riga, then Riga becomes incalculably valuable. So, that is all what we have to do. We simply have to put Krishna in the center. Isn't this what we are advised in the Sri Isopanisad?
isavasyam idam sarvam yat kinca jagatyam jagat
This is quoted in the Sri Isopanisad:
“Everything animate or inanimate that is within the universe is controlled and owned by the Lord. One should therefore accept only those things that are set aside as one's quota. And one must not accept other things knowing well to whom they belong”.
And who is that proprietor? Sarva loka mahesvaram. Krishna says, "I am that owner". So, everywhere we go we have to see the property of Krishna. Riga belongs to Krishna. Latvia belongs to Krishna. The Baltic countries belong to Krishna. Europe belongs to Krishna. The whole world belongs to Krishna. We belong to Krishna. This will make us happy if we see everything as His property.
[Aside: Sri Sri Gaura Nitai ki jaya!/Sri Sri Radha Damodara ki jaya!]
So now let me ask you this, who is the rightful enjoyer? The rightful enjoyer is the owner. So, Krishna is the actual enjoyer of everything - bhoktaram yajña tapasam. Krishna is the enjoyer. If you try to enjoy something which does not belong to you then what are you, if you do that? You are a thief. And you are subject to the punishment by the law. At this very moment in Texas, where Mataji and I have just come from, there is level five hurricane which is the third most intense hurricane in the history of the National Hurricane Center. It is barreling like a juggernaut towards the Texas coast. The foolish karmis do not understand how to deal with such things. The city of Houston which is the fourth largest city in the United States is being evacuated. They are all heading towards Austin and Dallas and all points west and north. The foolish karmis don't know how to deal with such things except run. But we followers of Vedic culture, we understand these are called adidaivic miseries, miseries caused by the demigods. And why are they coming? There is one word answer - karma. So if we can learn how to live in harmony with the Supreme and give up this mentality of wanting to enjoy that which belongs to the Lord, then we will not have to take these punishments from nature. Just like New Orleans was punished by the hurricane Katrina, now Texas is being punished by the hurricane Rita. These are all coming because we are not recognizing who is the owner - sarva loka mahesvaram. If we will simply recognize who is the actual proprietor and engage everything in His service then this whole material world will become like paradise. Prabhupada says, “We can have another Satya Yuga right in the middle of Kali Yuga”. The whole atmosphere of the world can be changed. We simply have to give up the mentality of a thief, wanting to enjoy somebody else's property, wanting to go beyond our quota. We all have a quota. The brahmachari has his quota, the householder has his quota, the sannyasi has his quota, everyone has his quota. We are allotted by the laws of God what we need to keep body and soul together. If we follow dharma, the principles of religion, then we will be completely happy. That is why we have to study this Krishna consciousness philosophy very, very, very carefully and very carefully follow it also. Because if you don't understand the philosophy, that is no excuse. You can't say, "Well, I disobeyed dharma because I did not know what dharma was. So it is OK." If somebody comes here from the UK where they drive on the left side of the street and he starts driving on the left side of the street in Riga, the police will capture him and give him one ticket. And if he tells them, “I didn't know, I am from UK where I was supposed to keep to the left." Will the policeman accept his excuse? Ignorance is no excuse. You can't say “I didn't know what dharma is so I am not liable to be punished because of deviating from dharma.” You may convince some people that your argument is correct. But I beg to inform you of one point; the Yamadutas won't buy your argument. You can't sweet talk the Yamadutas. Therefore one should find out what is actual dharma and learn how to live in accordance with dharma. And then you will be the happiest person in the universe. We guarantee it.
So, are there any questions?
SDA: I am kind of half way picking up your question. What you were saying?
Devotee: I am asking about Sikshastaka. It says "Lord, although you are so kind to me.
SDA: "Unfortunately I don't have any attraction for Your name". Yes.
Visnupriya Mataji: Is it not a sad feeling for us?
Translator: It should make us morose.
SDA: Yes. If you are morose, it is because you are not following the process correctly. But if you are actually Krishna conscious, you will be enlivened all the time.
Devotee: This verse is mentioning the sadness. It is worse.
SDA: "Unfortunate that I am, I don't have any attraction for Your name". This is called vipralamba. A devotee is lamenting. It appears to be a state of great grief like somebody lost a loved one and they are all feeling horrible. So Lord Caitanya appears to be feeling very bad and feeling so unfortunate that, “I have no taste for the Name.” But you have to understand this. This is a devotional sentiment of being separated from the taste for the Name. This is very nicely explained by Bhaktivinoda Thakura in “kabe habe bolo se din amar” [Sings] “aparadha ghuci, suddha name ruci, krpa-bale habe hrdoye sancar.” He is saying, "When my offenses ceasing, the taste of the Name increasing, when in my heart will your mercy shine? When, O when will that day be mine?" The intense hankering out of a feeling of separation of tasting the Name actually is a very exalted state of spiritual ecstasy. The anguish of separation from Krishna and the anguish expressed by Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu of being separated from nama ruci is an exalted state of spiritual ecstasy. Not to be compared with the whimpering lamentation of a foolish child.
VPM: Not material moroseness as she said
SDA: Material moroseness. Right. One has to actually learn how to cry out for Krishna. We are crying for Maya. [Imitates crying]. "Oh I can't [inaudible]. That is how we are crying now. We have to learn how to cry for Krishna. That is the crying of the great acaryas. We have to learn how to cry for Krishna. That is the highest ecstasy. The gopis were crying for Krishna when He went to Mathura. That crying of the gopis is worshipped by the great acaryas as the greatest Krishna prema. The greatest ecstasy of love of God is to be able to cry for Krishna.
So one more quick question. We have a preaching program today so we have to kind of cut a little short. We thank you very much and now we have some special nice prasadam to distribute to everyone.
Grantharaja Srimad Bhagavatam ki jaya!
[Transcribed By Her Grace Bhaktin Priya]