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Please forgive whatever I may have done in madness or in love


Bhagavad-gita As It Is | Part [BG.11.26] 

TEXTS 41-42:

sakheti matva prasabham yad uktam
he krishna he yadava he sakheti
ajanata mahimanam tavedam
maya pramadat pranayena vapi

 

yac cavahasartham asat-krito 'si
vihara-sayyasana-bhojaneshu
eko 'tha vapy acyuta tat-samaksham
tat kshamaye tvam aham aprameyam

 

TRANSLATION:

Thinking of You as my friend, I have rashly addressed You "O Krishna," "O Yadava," "O my friend," not knowing Your glories. Please forgive whatever I may have done in madness or in love. I have dishonored You many times, jesting as we relaxed, lay on the same bed, or sat or ate together, sometimes alone and sometimes in front of many friends. O infallible one, please excuse me for all those offenses.

 

PURPORT:

Although Krishna is manifested before Arjuna in His universal form, Arjuna remembers his friendly relationship with Krishna and is therefore asking pardon and requesting Krishna to excuse him for the many informal gestures which arise out of friendship. He is admitting that formerly he did not know that Krishna could assume such a universal form, although Krishna explained it as his intimate friend. Arjuna did not know how many times he may have dishonored Krishna by addressing Him "O my friend," "O Krishna," "O Yadava," etc., without acknowledging His opulence. But Krishna is so kind and merciful that in spite of such opulence He played with Arjuna as a friend. Such is the transcendental loving reciprocation between the devotee and the Lord. The relationship between the living entity and Krishna is fixed eternally; it cannot be forgotten, as we can see from the behavior of Arjuna. Although Arjuna has seen the opulence in the universal form, he cannot forget his friendly relationship with Krishna. 

Translation and commentary by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

 

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Dinesh
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Jaya Radhe Jaya Krishna

 
Jaya Radhe Jaya Krishna

Official Name: Sri Vraja Dhama Mahimamrta (The Nectarean Glories of Vraja-dhäma)
Author: Krsnadasa Kaviraja Goswami

(1)
jaya radhe, jaya krishna, jaya vriindavan
sri govinda, gopinatha, madana-mohan

(2)
syama-kunda, radha-kunda, giri-govardhan
kalindi jamuna jaya, jaya mahavan

(3)
kesi-ghata, bamsi-bata, dwadasa-kanan
jaha saba lila koilo sri-nanda-nandan

(4)
sri-nanda-jasoda jaya, jaya gopa-gan
sridamadi jaya, jaya dhenu-vatsa-gan

(5)
jaya brishabhanu, jaya kirtida sundari
jaya paurnamasi, jaya abhira-nagari

(6)
jaya jaya gopiswara vrindavana-majh
jaya jaya krishna-sakha batu dwija-raj

(7)
jaya rama-ghata, jaya rohini-nandan
jaya jaya vrindavana-basi jata jan

(8)
jaya dwija-patni, jaya naga-kanya-gan
bhaktite jahara pailo govinda-caran

(9)
sri-rasa-mandala jaya, jaya radha-syam
jaya jaya rasa-lila sarva-manoram

(10)
jaya jayojjwala-rasa sarva-rasa-sar
parakiya-bhave jaha brajete pracar

(11)
sri-jahnava-pada-padma koriya smaran
dina krishna-dasa kohe nama-sankirtan
 
(1) All glories to Radha and Krishna and the divine forest of Vrindavana. All glories to the three presiding Deities of Vrindavana—Sri Govinda, Gopinatha, and Madana-mohana.

(2) All glories to Syama-kunda, Radha-kunda, Govardhana Hill, and the Yamuna River (Kalindi). All glories to the great forest known as Mahavana, where Krishna and Balarama displayed all of Their childhood pastimes.

(3) All glories to Kesi-ghata, where Krishna killed the Kesi demon. All glories to the Vamsi-vata tree, where Krishna attracted all the gopis to come by playing His flute. Glories to all of the twelve forests of Vraja. At these places the son of Nanda, Sri Krishna, performed all of His pastimes.

(4) All glories to Krishna's divine father and mother, Nanda and Yasoda. All glories to the cowherd boys, headed by Sridama, the older brother of Srimati Radharani and Ananga Manjari. All glories to the cows and calves of Vraja.

(5) All glories to Radha's divine father and mother, Vrishabhanu and the beautiful Kirtida. All glories to Paurnamasi, the mother of Sandipani Muni, grandmother of Madhumangala and Nandimukhi, and beloved disciple of Devarshi Narada. All glories to the young cowherd maidens of Vraja.

(6) All glories, all glories to Gopisvara Siva, who resides in Vrindavana in order to protect the holy dhama. All glories, all glories to Krishna's funny brahmana friend, Madhumangala.

(7) All glories to Rama-ghata, where Lord Balarama performed His rasa dance. All glories to Lord Balarama, the son of Rohini. All glories, all glories to all of the residents of Vrindavana.

(8) All glories to the wives of the proud Vedic brahmanas. All glories to the wives of the Kaliya serpent. Through pure devotion they all obtained the lotus feet of Lord Govinda.

(9) All glories to the place where the rasa dance of Sri Krishna was performed. All glories to Radha and Syama. All glories, all glories to the divine rasa dance, which is the most beautiful of all Lord Krishna's pastimes.

(10) All glories, all glories to the mellow of conjugal love, which is the most excellent of all rasas and is propagated in Vraja by Sri Krishna in the form of the divine parakiya-bhava [paramour love].

(11) Remembering the lotus feet of Lord Nityananda's consort, Sri Jahnava Devi, this very fallen and lowly servant of Krishna sings the sankirtana of the holy name.



Listen:
Jaya Radhe Jaya Krishna – Sung by Srila Prabhupada
Jaya Radhe Jaya Krishna – Sung by HG Jai Sachinandana Prabhu
Jaya Radhe Jaya Krishna – Sung by HG Sivarama Prabhu
Jaya Radhe Jaya Krishna – Sung by HH Indradyumna Swami
Jaya Radhe Jaya Krishna – Sung by HH Lokanatha Swami

Source : http://www.vaishnavsongs.com/jaya-radhe-jaya-krishna/#more-1789

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Yours
Dinesh
Blog:
http://dinesh-krsna.blogspot.com


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KKSblog.com - To be in a mood of the Gosvamis



To be in a mood of the Gosvamis

Posted: 29 Sep 2011 12:12 PM PDT

(Kadamba Kanana Swami, New Ekacakra, Slovakia, 2011)

Srila Prabhupada was speaking about the Krsna-Balarama Mandir. He explained:

"I want twenty five Gosvamis to stay here in this Krsna- Balarama Mandir! Twenty five men who are just like the six Gosvamis. I want them to stay here. When we are in that mood then we can serve Krishna! Unless we become absorbed in hearing and chanting just like the Gosvamis, then we will not be able to appreciate devotional service."

Then we think that:

" Our spiritual masters gave us all these responsibilities. We have to look after the deities and the temple… it's too much! He's just giving us too much headache!"

And one will experience that devotional service is becoming a burden:

"It's too much! All this service is too much! All this chanting is too much. Getting up too early is just too much!"

So this will happen when we are not sufficiently absorbed in hearing and chanting, and that we will begin to experience devotional service as being mundane… although it is not!

Deeply absorbed

Posted: 29 Sep 2011 07:04 AM PDT

(Kadamba Kanana Swami, New Ekacakra, Slovakia, 2011)

All these acaryas, wrote commentaries about so many scriptures, and if you look at these commentaries, you can see that they studied every verse very carefully. They read the verse and were thinking about it:

"What does this mean?"

So they spent a lot of time with the scriptures! Srila Prabhupada used to go to sleep at about 10.30 PM and rise at 12.30 AM, and then spend the night absorbed in scriptures. And of course, he was trying to enter deep into the scriptures and present the essence to the people of the world! But he was deeply absorbed, so that is the only way! We will never become Krishna Conscious if we don't become absorbed!




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Dinesh
Blog:http://dinesh-krsna.blogspot.com


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Like 'Facebook Like' ???

When we like someone we'll start liking everything associated with
that person.Likewise if we dont like someone we hate everything that's
linked to that person. When we dont like someone,seeing things
associated with that person, brings us so much irritation.
A mother when she sees the dress of her child(in absence) thinks of
that child with so much Love. Same applies to husband/wife
relationships.
Now in Bhagavad Gita,Krishna says How He has manifested Himself as
material nature. So when we see the magnanimity and beauty of nature
we've to remember Krishna.
There's nothing in the entire cosmic manifestation without the
touch/control of Krishna.
Therefore,everything can be used to connect with Krishna, as it's
already connected to Him. Even though He is very far(Goloka),He's
near(everywhere) as well.

Hari Om Tat Sat!(this is done as a sacrifice to the Supreme
Personality of Godhead,Sri Krishna)

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Dinesh
Blog:http://dinesh-krsna.blogspot.com
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Maya is kicking to teach us lessons!

Maya is repeatedly kicking to make us understand that we are not enjoyers.
It's this desire to enjoy disparately from the Supreme Lord which is
bringing so much frustration in our lives. The more we want to enjoy,
the more we'll suffer. The less we want to enjoy,the less the
suffering.
Inference is we are not enjoyers but by just co-operating for the
enjoyment of the Supreme Lord,we feel unlimited bliss even though we
are limited. Fruitive activities mentioned in the Vedas are traps for
a devotee of Krishna and it's only for those who think they can be
happy within this world.


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Dinesh
Blog:http://dinesh-krsna.blogspot.com
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KKSblog.com - This is the Aim of life Part 2


This is the Aim of life Part 2

Posted: 27 Sep 2011 08:00 AM PDT

(Kadamba Kanana Swami, New Ekacakra, Slovakia, 2011)

We must look for purification, and try to bring more Krishna in our life! Still it is described that when Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur was chanting, that he was not doing it in a fanatic mood. He was not pushing himself, and he was chanting so many rounds. But it said that he was chanting quite slow. And that he was chanting in a almost musical way. So in this way we see that when the ācāryas are chanting they are not thinking:

"When will I finish my rounds….when will this chanting be finished! I have to get seriously into it and then my chanting will be finished….just a little more and then my chanting will be finished".

This is the nature of the conditioned soul. What we see in great devotees like
Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur, is that they were very happy to be chanting! So there was no rush!



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Yours
Dinesh
Blog:http://dinesh-krsna.blogspot.com


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Let’s Talk by Jahnavi Harrison

Let's Talk.

by jahnavi



The Hudson reminded me of the Ganges last night.

Last night I arrived in NYC again, skimming over the Hudson at sunset to touch down in the city once more.

I've been saying my mantra 'I'm trying not to travel - it just keeps happening!' Needless to say, I must not be trying very hard, because my wheels keep turning. This month I came from England straight to LA, to Joshua Tree, to Santa Barbara, to Laguna Beach, to Florida, and now back in the Big Apple. It's all connected in an attempt to take kirtan wherever there is an enthusiasm for it, but it can sometimes feel like living in a series of trailers. Movie trailers that is, not Winnebagos. The people around me are changing all the time - the places, the pillows, the temperature. I try and stay as adaptable as I can, but it can be overwhelming at times. As soon as you adjust, you're changing again. There are only a few constants in the midst of it all.

One is my personal sadhana - my japa meditation that I do every day. Though I sometimes struggle with time zone changes to get up early and do it first thing, and doing it on the plane is an exercise in fighting every kind of distraction possible, if I give it priority, it gives focus and spiritual strength to my life on a daily basis. The other is unfortunately, my laptop. Staying connected with the world through email, Skype, and though I hate to say it, Facebook, gives some continuity. It's alright I suppose - a symptom of our modern age. But sometimes I worry that looking at a screen becomes easier than interacting with those around me. Sometimes you just don't want to answer the same old questions again, or tell your life history to yet another new set of perfectly well intentioned people.

I've always been shy, so this is something I've thought about a lot in my life. What is the value of making the endeavour to connect personally? In gaining confidence, and trying to remember that my laptop and phone are just tools for genuine human exchange, it's getting easier to realise that the true and deep connection between people is magical. Closing the email inbox and opening myself to an unexpected conversation in person has often had the most extraordinary consequences, within and without. It's common sense, but sometimes that's not so common.

I attribute so much of anything going right in my life to encouragement and love from others. There is a quality of energy exchange that seems to be able to transform, from the inside out. All the more so in person, as I have been experiencing lately. Though there are all too many people whose kind words are only niceties, there are also an equal amount who really mean what they say. If words took physical shape and form as they emerged, perhaps they'd be jewels.

Electric communication will never be a substitute for the face of someone who with their soul encourages another person to be brave and true.  - Charles Dickens

Source/Originally published at : http://jahnavi.wordpress.com/2011/09/27/lets-talk/

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Yours
Dinesh
Blog:http://dinesh-krsna.blogspot.com


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KKSblog.com - To work for the benefit of others



Posted: 25 Sep 2011 04:47 PM PDT
(Kadamba Kanana Swami, Martin, Slovakia, 2011)

The whole world has a spiritual tradition. Just see everywhere in every country,
 there are temples mosques, churches and all kinds of religious things.
There are pyramids. The whole world has many traditional monuments everywhere.

I went to Rio De Janeiro and on the side of the city where the mountain is,
 there is a 45 metres high statue of Jesus. It's impressive, when you stand
in the city of Rio De Janeiro, then you can see that statue, which really
looks like somebody is watching over this city. Some people may or
may not believe it, but it does emanate some power.
If we go to Rome and look at the Vatican, it is impressive.
Such a big building that we become a little humble. Our mind goes through
different moods. Sometimes we are proud….we feel strong, and
other times when we stand on top of a mountain we feel small! In
all the traditions of the world we find an exceptional class of people,
which are known as the saints.
The west has its saints….the east has its saints. These saints
are people who are very religious minded, and they seem to
have a great happiness within. So history had its saints
and also in modern times, there are still saintly people – people
who are willing to work for the benefit of others!
Posted: 25 Sep 2011 04:40 PM PDT
(Kadamba Kanana Swami, Martin, Slovakia, 2011)

Everyday we ask people:
"How are you? Are you all right?"
We constantly have to ask, because the mind is just like the weather – it changes all the time. In this way people are actually under the control of the mind. The mind is connected to the senses:
"Oh, what do we see? I must have it? Whatever I see, I must have."
The eyes are connected to my mind:
"Now I see it, and now it is in my head. I think about and dream about it. I cannot live without it anymore.
Yes, but we must learn to rise above the mind! Because this mind gets us entangled in so many things, and all these things – we desire them, but how much happiness do they bring us? So many false dreams!
 



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Yours
Dinesh
Blog:http://dinesh-krsna.blogspot.com/


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The Monster Market of the Gangsters!

The whole marketing industry is making huge profits by inducing the
common mass of people with the attraction between the opposite sex.
You might have seen in most of the advertisements that there'll be no
relation between the product or service being promoted and the theme
of the ads.
The ads are made after thorough psychological
Study in such a way that we'll get enamoured by the ads even without
our knowledge.They inject poison into our minds and influence our
consciousness without even our notice.
Actually people want themselves to be cheated and they like themselves
cheated by some one who does word jugglery.
The sweet feminine voice is another tool to attract anyone who hears
that. Thats why you can see any women who can sing so nicely are
making huge money in the marketing industry. But unless we understand
that we are being exploited by our own sinful desires(which is to
enjoy the nature separately from God),there's no chance of us saving
our soul.
One who loses the imperishable(soul) soon loses the perishable(body)
as well.If wealth is lost nothing is lost,but if character is
lost,everything is lost!

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Yours
Dinesh
Blog:http://dinesh-krsna.blogspot.com
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Krishna always wears peacock feather-Must Read!

When one day Krishna woke first from a rest in the forest with his
cowherd friends, he decided to wake everyone and call the cows grazing
at a distance by playing his flute. When Krishna blew the nectar of
his lips into the flute, a melodious raga with a slow rhythm and a
deep base emerged from its end. This wonderful vibration enchanted the
peacocks in and around the Govardhan hills. Their hearts began to sing
in happiness and fill the skies with their own song. The resonant
vibrations from the flute encouraged the peacocks to dance. Krishna,
who is the source of all dramatic arts, was pleased with their dance
and encouraged them by his kind glances and sweet smiling. They cried
with joy and it sounded all over the hills. In time, their sounds
became indistinguishable from the echoes. They became excited and
jumped up and down, flapping their wings. As the peacocks danced, the
kings of peacocks made his way to the lotus feet of SriKrishna,
touches His holy feet and makes a sound which SriKrishna understands
as a thanking note and requesting Him to dance with them. SriKrishna
accepts to dance and moves amidst them, dancing like the peacocks
increasing the tempo and playing to the rhythm of His steps. The bliss
of the peacocks increased multifold when SriKrishna danced with them.
It was so overwhelming, that some peacocks fainted. All the animals
and cowherds of the Govardhan hills stood transfixed, unable to move
their eyes away from the dance of SriKrishna. The flute in
SriKrishna's hand seeing the uncommon performance of its master began
to sing on its own. The spectacle was extremely splendid when seen
from the top of the Govardhan hills, the heaven and even the
netherland. They danced for a long time and slowly the tired peacocks
stopped dancing. Then Krishna danced to the rhythm of His own steps.
After many days, when he stopped dancing, there was an enchanting
silence. The king of the peacocks approached SriKrishna with great
humility, bowed down his head and said, "You have created a festival
of bliss for which we remain eternally indebted to You. It is our duty
to offer you 'Gurudakshina'. I request You to accept our only
opulence, our plumage. Wear them on your crown as a decoration." With
large tears of ecstasy, the king of peacocks dropped many divine
feathers. SriKrishna lovingly accepted the offering of the peacocks
and picked up the feathers and to everybody's joy, placed a few of
them on his turban. Thus he came to wear the peacock feathers.

By: Rohi Doll Mataji from Sydney Australia!!
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Yours
Dinesh
Blog:http://dinesh-krsna.blogspot.com/

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KKSblog.com - Transcedental addiction



Transcedental addiction

Posted: 24 Sep 2011 04:51 PM PDT

(Kadamba Kanana Swami, Modra, Slovakia, 2011)

All the temporary relationships in this world will oneday break our heart, but spiritual things are not like that – they are eternal. The kirtan is not at all temporary. It hasn't stopped….it's still going on. It continues in our consciousness. Maybe it looks like the music has stopped and that may echo for a little while in our minds until we forget it.

The name of Krishna is non different from Krishna, and the connection we made with Krishna in this kirtan, that will continue from where we left off! So the kirtan is not temporary………………………Our eternal relationship with Krishna is getting deeper and deeper. Devotional service is different. There is always this eternal damage. First we know it theoretically, and then as we begin to perceive Krishna more than we know it practically….and then we get more and more enthusiastic about it, and we begin to get addicted to kirtan. We can't stop anymore. We have to do it again and again until we lose our voices…until we have no hands left…..and even then in between we still do it again. It becomes a transcendental addiction!

To do our best!

Posted: 24 Sep 2011 04:11 PM PDT

(Kadamba Kanana Swami, Modra, Slovakia, 2011)


Once we begin our devotional service then we want to do something more. It's very nice, since you do the best you can for Krishna without expecting anything in return!

Usually in the world you do the worst possible job and you want the most money for it! As the boss complains, you then go to the union. But in Krishna Consciousness we try to do the best as we can and we don't get paid! It's wonderful….you invite everyone to try it!

Soweto Ratha Yatra

Posted: 24 Sep 2011 01:27 PM PDT

The day after Pretoria Ratha Yatra, Lord Jagannatha decided to bless the citizens of Soweto, a less affluent region of Johannesburg inhabited by African people. Its name is an English syllabic abbreviation for South Western Townships.

It was a nice parade and the local children constantly followed Jagannatha's chariot as devotees generously distributed Mahaprasadam in form of candy and lollipops. The Ratha Yatra procession was well received – many people were watching, some clapped their hands and others even danced.

At the festival site, a huge initiation ceremony took place as the main event. Eight devotees received first initiation from HH Kadamba Kanana Maharaja. A nice kirtana started the ceremony, followed by a powerful lecture by Maharaja, HH Bhakti Caitanya Maharaja and HH Bhakti Nrsmha Maharaja. The initiates were blessed with wonderful names like Ujjvala, Candrasekhar and Rasaraja. It was a truly transcendental event which ended with another roaring kirtana.

Maharaja stayed a further two days in Pretoria and then travelled to Cape Town for a week-longvisit.

If can't see the slideshow, visit flickr!

Pretoria Ratha Yatra

Posted: 24 Sep 2011 01:19 PM PDT

Maharaja's stay in Durban continued with a function on the South Coast of Kwa-zulu Natal that was hosted by HG Haridev. It was held in a rented hall and well attended. The program for the evening consisted of a performance by a Bhajana Band, kirtanas by Maharaja, talks from both HH Kadamba Kanana Maharaja and HH Bhakti Caitanya Maharaja, and a newly released movie by HH Bhakti Caitanya Maharaja was featured.

On Saturday (17 September), Maharaja flew to Pretoria, to be part of the first Pretoria Ratha Yatra ever held there. Devotees from all over South Africa, and some from Swaziland, graced this grand event. Ecstatic kirtanas were led by great kirtaniers like HH Kadamba Kanana Maharaja, HH Bhakti Caitanya Maharaja, HG Mahaprabhu and HG Savya Saci. The occasion was blessed by wonderful weather as the devotees pulled Their Lordships Jagannatha Baladeva and Subhadra Devi through the city to Pretoria's Union State building, were the festival site was set up. It was quite impressive to see the devotees having their international 'Festival of chariots' in the governmental area of South Africa's capital city.

Can't view this slide show? Visit flickr!


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Yours
Dinesh
Blog:http://dinesh-krsna.blogspot.com


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Hare Krishna...


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Devotees can protect us even from the anger of Krishna...when we take shelter of them.

Padyavali Dasi # The process is that by the grace of the devotee the
mercy of the Lord is obtained, and by the mercy of the Lord a chance
to serve the Lord's devotee is obtained…. Devotees are therefore more
merciful than the Lord, and in devotional service the mercy of a
devotee is more valuable than the mercy of the Lord… --Bhaktivedanta
purport Padyavali Dasi# This is an excerpt from the Bhaktivedanta
purport when Srila Prabhupada mentioned it in relation with the
history of the demon Maya Danava who was an inhabitant of the forest
Khandava, and when the Khandava Forest was set on fire, he asked
...protection from Arjuna. Arjuna saved his life, and as a result of
this the demon felt obliged. He reciprocated by building a wonderful
assembly house for the Pāṇḍavas... And yet Lord Kṛṣṇa wanted to
kill him. When he was chased both by the fire and by the wheel of Lord
Kṛṣṇa, he took shelter of such a devotee as Arjuna, who saved him
from the wrath of the fire of Lord Śrī Kṛṣṇa.. Both the fire and
the Lord ceased from chasing the demon as soon as both of them saw
that the demon was given shelter by such a devotee as Arjuna. This
demon, feeling obliged to Arjuna, wanted to do him some service to
show his gratefulness, but Arjuna declined to accept anything from him
in exchange. Lord Śrī Kṛṣṇa, however, being pleased with Maya for
his taking shelter of a devotee, asked him to render service unto King
Yudhiṣṭhira by building a wonderful assembly house...

--
Yours
Dinesh
Blog:http://dinesh-krsna.blogspot.com
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via Mayapur TV Archives by ashok on 9/22/11

ABOUT THE SPEAKER
His Grace Jananivas prabhu joined Srila Prabhupada in Mayapur from the beginning of the project (1972) and has been the personal servant of their Lordships Sri Sri Radha Madhava ever since. He enlivens the world by the ever increasingly high standard of the deity worship performed in Mayapur under his guidance. The world can now also benefit from his association via these classes. Prabhu never fails to bring the consciousness of the listener to a higher level, always deeper realizations. He knows the art of opening the heart to be ready to welcome devotional service. My obeisances onto him.

Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 4.20.27
athābhaje tvākhila-pūruṣottamaḿ
guṇālayaḿ padma-kareva lālasaḥ
apy āvayor eka-pati-spṛdhoḥ kalir
na syāt kṛta-tvac-caraṇaika-tānayoḥ

SYNONYMS
atha — therefore; ābhaje — I shall engage in devotional service; tvā — unto You; akhila — all-inclusive; pūruṣa-uttamam — the Supreme Personality of Godhead; guṇa-ālayam — the reservoir of all transcendental qualities; padma-karā — the goddess of fortune, who carries a lotus flower in her hand; iva — like; lālasaḥ — being desirous; api — indeed; āvayoḥ — of Lakṣmī and me; eka-pati — one master; spṛdhoḥ — competing; kaliḥ — quarrel; na — not; syāt — may take place; kṛta — having done; tvat-caraṇa — unto Your lotus feet; eka-tānayoḥ — one attention.

TRANSLATION
Now I wish to engage in the service of the lotus feet of the Supreme Personality of Godhead and to serve just like the goddess of fortune, who carries a lotus flower in her hand, because His Lordship, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, is the reservoir of all transcendental qualities. I am afraid that the goddess of fortune and I would quarrel because both of us would be attentively engaged in the same service.

PURPORT
The Lord is here addressed as akhila-pūruṣottama, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord of the entire creation. puruṣa means "the enjoyer," and uttama means "the best." There are different kinds of puruṣas, or enjoyers, within the universe. Generally they can be divided into three classes — those who are conditioned, those who are liberated and those who are eternal. In the Vedas the Supreme Lord is called the supreme eternal of all eternals (nityo nityānām). Both the Supreme Personality of Godhead and the living entities are eternal. The supreme eternals are the viṣṇu-tattva, or Lord Viṣṇu and His expansions. So nitya refers to the Personality of Godhead, beginning from Kṛṣṇa to Mahā-Viṣṇu, Nārāyaṇa and other expansions of Lord Kṛṣṇa. As stated in the Brahma-saḿhitā (rāmādi-mūrtiṣu), there are millions and trillions of expansions of Lord Viṣṇu, as Rāma, Nṛsiḿha, Varāha and other incarnations. All of them are called eternals.

The word mukta refers to the living entities who never come within this material world. The baddhas are those living entities who are almost eternally living within this material world. The baddhas are struggling very hard within this material world to become free from the threefold miseries of material nature and to enjoy life, whereas the muktas are already liberated. They never come into this material world. Lord Viṣṇu is the master of this material world, and there is no question of His being controlled by material nature. Consequently, Lord Viṣṇu is addressed here as pūruṣottama, the best of all living entities — namely viṣṇu-tattvas and jīva-tattvas. It is a great offense, therefore, to compare Lord Viṣṇu and the jīva-tattva or consider them on an equal level. The Māyāvādī philosophers equalize the jīvas and the Supreme Lord and consider them to be one, but that is the greatest offense to the lotus feet of Lord Viṣṇu.

Here in the material world we have practical experience that a superior person is worshiped by an inferior one. Similarly, pūruṣottama, the greatest, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Kṛṣṇa, or Lord Viṣṇu, is always worshiped by others. Pṛthu Mahārāja therefore decided to engage in the service of the lotus feet of Lord Viṣṇu. Pṛthu Mahārāja is considered to be an incarnation of Lord Viṣṇu, but he is called a śaktyāveśa incarnation. Another significant word in this verse is guṇālayam, which refers to Viṣṇu as the reservoir of all transcendental qualities. The Māyāvādī philosophers take the Absolute Truth to be nirguṇa ("without qualities"), in accordance with the impersonalistic view, but actually the Lord is the reservoir of all good qualities. One of the most important qualities of the Lord is His inclination to His devotees, for which He is called bhakta-vatsala. The devotees are always very much inclined to render service unto the lotus feet of the Lord, and the Lord is also very much inclined to accept loving service from His devotees. In that exchange of service there are many transcendental transactions, which are called transcendental qualitative activities. Some of the transcendental qualities of the Lord are that He is omniscient, omnipresent, all-pervasive, all-powerful, the cause of all causes, the Absolute Truth, the reservoir of all pleasures, the reservoir of all knowledge, the all-auspicious and so on.

Pṛthu Mahārāja desired to serve the Lord with the goddess of fortune, but this desire does not mean that he was situated on the platform of mādhurya-rasa. The goddess of fortune is engaged in the service of the Lord in the rasa of mādhurya, conjugal love. Although her position is on the chest of the Lord, the goddess of fortune, in her position as a devotee, takes pleasure in serving the lotus feet of the Lord. Pṛthu Mahārāja was thinking only of the lotus feet of the Lord because he is on the platform of dāsya-rasa, or servitorship of the Lord. From the next verse we learn that Pṛthu Mahārāja was thinking of the goddess of fortune as the universal mother, jagan-mātā. Consequently there was no question of his competing with her on the platform of mādhurya-rasa. Nonetheless he feared that she might take offense at his engaging in the service of the Lord. This suggests that in the absolute world there is sometimes competition between servitors in the service of the Lord, but such competition is without malice. In the Vaikuṇṭha worlds if a devotee excels in the service of the Lord, others do not become envious of his excellent service but rather aspire to come to the platform of that service.

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