Krishna Leela Series Part 28 Prayers Of Indra, The King Of Heaven
KRISHNA KRISHNA LEELA 28 TH Discourse HARE
Previously … “ Wonderful Krishna” Killing of Demons Protection of Devotees Do’s & Don’ts
KRISHNA IS UTTAMASHLOKA Srimad Bhagavatam 1.5.22 idaḿ hi puḿsas tapasaḥ śrutasya vā sviṣṭasya sūktasya ca buddhi-dattayoḥ avicyuto 'rthaḥ kavibhir nirūpito yad-uttamaśloka-guṇānuvarṇanam Learned circles have positively concluded that the infallible purpose of the advancement of knowledge, namely austerities, study of the Vedas, sacrifice, chanting of hymns and charity, culminates in the transcendental descriptions of the Lord, who is defined in choice poetry.
CHAPTER 27 PRAYERS BY INDRA, THE KING OF HEAVEN
Goloka Surabhi Cow & Indra appear from heavenly planet Indra was conscious of his offence Humbly appeared from secluded place Indra falls down at lotus feet of Krishna, although his crown dazzled like sunshine. Indra knew Krishna’s supreme position but could not believe Krishna’s human-ness. God’s supremacy is multi-faceted. Position of Avatara
Thought no one could be more powerful than him within the universe Krishna is powerful when within or beyond universe. His supremacy is never compromised. nāhaḿ prakāśaḥ sarvasya yoga-māyā-samāvṛtaḥ mūḍho 'yaḿ nābhijānāti loko mām ajam avyayam (BG 7.25) I am never manifest to the foolish and unintelligent. For them I am covered by My internal potency, and therefore they do not know that I am unborn and infallible. Indra’s pride is destroyed - humble
Indra’s Prayers Puffed up – ahankara – felt offended by Krishna’s stopping Indra-yajna Devatas offered oblations But Vishnu mantra has to be chanted and yajna-purusha pleased as the sole benefactor. AntaryAmi Krishna is Supreme Personality of Godhead Tattva has to be properly understood – Lord and devatAs have to be understood in terms of tattva. Krishna’s position is vishuddha-sattvam above even mundane goodness
Vaikuntha Om tad vishno paramam padam (Rg Veda) Krishna’s description of dhAma in BG na sasAnkho na pAvakaha Krishna’s name, fame, qualities, pastimes, etc. are all transcendental TRANSCENDENTAL – meaning Only those totally free from the material modes can go there. Only pure can associate with The Pure.
vedeshu durlabham adurlabham Atma bhaktau (Brahma Samhita) Wrong idea that God accepts material body Krishna’s & Arjuna’s birth Lifting Govardhana Hill Showing Universal Form
Lord is original father mAtA dhAtA pitAmaha Adi guru Krishnam vande jagad gurum Original proprietor bhoktaram yajna tapasAm sarva loka mahesvaram Krishna is Eternal Time Chastises Offenders Merciful to Devotees jnAna dIpena bhAsvata Material World is Prison House
Atma mAyayA Krishna’s Appearance Glorious to Earth Soul in Body Pearl in Oyster Living Entities compete for leadership Rat Race Krishna is Maheshvara Elders’ right to chastise dependents
Indra admits his offence – does not know Krishna’s unlimited power Presents himself as fool number one Seeks Krishna’s blessings so that he may not repeat his foolishness Lord’s appearance – 2 fold Servant’s right to seek to be excused for offences
Lord’s form is eternal Root of creation VAsudeva Supreme Person, Supreme Soul, Master of all pure devotees Indra’s ignorance to cause disturbance by sending torrential rain and hailstorm Acted out of anger lack of satisfaction Lord destroys to reform Krishna is not just Supreme controller but also Spiritual master (Guru) of all living entities.
Lord Krishna’s response Stopped Indra yajna just to show mercy Revive memory of who is in charge AvaranAtmika & prakshepAtmika shakti Krishna – Suresha / Mahesha / Mahendra Devatas partake of Krishna’s glories too Gold ring analogy – sun & sunshine All of us are dependent on Krishna’s mercy punar mooshika bhava Krishna is supremely independent. His favour is causeless. But dependent on His devotees too False pride and downfall withdrawal of opulences
Krishna sometimes removes all opulences. Increase surrender Special favour Bhakti does not make one poor. Krishna brings us towards pure devotion. Training us to see the world correctly Waking someone from slumber Surgeon’s knife
Krishna tells Indra to return to his kingdom. Remember your subordinate position. “ Be king but be humble and not be controlled by false pride.”
Surabhi’s worship Krishna – most powerful of all mystic yogis – Yogeshwara Soul of the universe – ParamAtma – source of cosmic manifestation Cows which are Surabhi’s descendants remained under Krishna’s shelter despite Indra’s attack. You are our Indra – Indra is protector of his group – likewise Lord is protector of all groups. Namo brahmanya devAya go brahmana hitaya cha Bathing Lord with her milk
Krishna bathed by Surabhi cows’ milk. Indra bathed by Ganges water through AirAvata’s trunk. Indra, Surabhi cows and all devatas and their mothers bathed Krishna and Ganges water and Surabhi milk. Krishna was pleased with them. Residents of heavenly planets glorified Krishna. Poured flowers from sky Cows overflooded earth with milk.
Krishna’s Grace All things happened nicely and lower animals were no longer envious. A Powerful Example Krishna is Govinda Indra left for heavenly kingdom with different devas through cosmic space.
River water began to flow – nourished trees – fruits & flowers of different colours & tastes. Trees began to pour drops of honey. Hills and mountains began to produce potential medicinal plants & valuable stones.
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