(Kadamba Kanana Swami, Berlin, September 2011) It is often said that the devotee is not desiring anything in return for his service, and that is a fact. The devotee is not asking for any reward … more
Dancing in ecstasy is natural but it has to be learnt. Glorifying Krsna is also natural because Krsna’s qualities are so wonderful- that is not at all difficult to describe – the amazing nature of Krsna! That is very simple.
One can look in all directions and find something wonderful about Krsna. For example let us go to Srimad Bhagavatum and in the beginning of the Bhagavatam we get some little portion of the Mahabharata. We get the situation where Aśvatthāmā has decided to kill the very last of the Pandavas, so that they will become extinct by killing Maharaja Pariksit in the womb as is planned. For the purpose thus he has unleashed the ultimate weapon: a brahmastra.
So this weapon is coming with great speed towards the womb, but Uttarā is running towards Krsna for protection! Krsna is personally protecting the embryo in the womb – Maharaja Pariksit.
Later we see how Maharaja Pariksit then for an entire lifetime is simply searching for that personality, that he saw when he was within the womb.
He had the darshan within the womb of the Supreme Lord – even before his birth. After that Maharaja Pariksit was no longer interested in any other person. Therefore, his name became Pariksit – the one who is doing a pariksha – a test from whoever he met;
“ Is this the one I met?”
“Is this the one?”
“Is that the one?”
Like that Maharaja Pariksit was not interested in mundane life. He simply had no interest, although he was the emperor of the world, he had no interest in mundane life. So how merciful was Krsna? That he appeared in the womb to give darshan to Maharaja Pariksit. “Why did he do that?”
We can think of different reasons. One is that Maharaja Pariksit must have been a very special soul who already in the last life must have been a devotee. Otherwise why would the Lord appear in this life – one can argue.
But, one might also consider other reasons. Another reason would be that, his fathers and grandfathers – they were extraordinary personalities. His grandfathers – he had five, they had pleased the Supreme Personality of Godhead. So, when one’s grandfather has pleased the Supreme Personality of Godhead, then all auspiciousness will come upon us. That is Krsna’s kindness, because Krsna recognises relationships. Krsna knows very well that the grandson is dear to the grandfather, so therefore when the grandfather is his devotee than naturally he will shower that grandchild with his blessing!
(Kadamba Kanana Swami, Chowpatty, 11th December 2010)