(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 11 October 2011, Melbourne, Australia, Home Program)

Damodarastakam, Verse 1

To the Supreme Lord, whose form is the embodiment of eternal existence, knowledge, and bliss, whose shark-shaped earrings are swinging to and fro, who is beautifully shining in the divine realm of Gokula, who (due to the offense of breaking the pot of yogurt that His mother was churning into butter and then stealing the butter that was kept hanging from a swing) is quickly running from the wooden grinding mortar in fear of mother Yasoda, but who has been caught from behind by her who ran after Him with greater speed-to that Supreme Lord, Sri Damodara, I offer my humble obeisances.

Who can run faster than the Supreme Lord!? It is not possible. We remember that Krsna was Ranchor, the one who left the battlefield; he ran away from the battlefield and there was this Yavana King who was chasing him. The Yavana was running at the full speed and Krsna was very casually walking but still the Yavana could not catch up with him. Yavana was running and running but, somehow or other, he kept at the same distance and was not getting any closer. That is Krsna!

Of course, we know that Krsna arranged that Mucukunda was sleeping there. Mucukunda had that blessing – because Indra used to wake him up to fight against the asuras, so he asked for a blessing that whoever wakes him up, he can burn them to ashes, so Indra let him sleep. But then, this Yavana woke him up and the Yavana was burnt to ashes, all by Krsna’s arrangement! So we see that no one can run faster than Krsna. Mother Yasoda was able to run faster than Krsna not because she was faster than Krsna but simply because Krsna was captured by her love. It was not the speed; it was the love by which she captured Krsna.

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