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Two Essential Keys to Increase our Attraction to Sri Krishna - Part 2

What does Krishna do when He sees that His devotee has become proud?

Krishna shakes every devotee by putting him or her into a position where his/her self-confidence breaks, so that the devotee has the opportunity to take full shelter of Krishna.

Bhakti is never an emotion of this world. It comes from the transcendental domain. For bhakti to descend, the devotee has to come into a humble position of mind in which he can offer humble prayers in full self-surrender. Out of His mercy, Krishna shows us within our life our own limitations and in this way deconstructs our pride. Only then can genuine humility manifest itself. When Krishna sees a devotee has become proud, He always brings him down from this dangerous position, where a fall-down is almost guaranteed. He does this by frustrating the abilities of His devotee. In devotional life the way up is almost always the way down. In other words, only through humility can we become elevated to the spiritual world. In the Brahma-vimohana-lila, Krishna shook Brahma’s self-confidence to awaken him to krishna-bhakti.

For Krishna, a whole year passed where He was immersing Himself and the Vrajavasis in the ocean of divine loving reciprocation. For Lord Brahma, who lives in a different time frame, only a second had passed. When he returned to Vraja, there was a great surprise waiting for him - a volcanic eruption of love that drowned every single resident like a stream of love. Finally, Krishna showed Brahma the actions of His Yoga-maya potency by revealing how each and every expansion of the cowherd boys and calves was a Vishnu expansion. All the calves and cowherd boys transformed into a beautiful four-armed Vishnu form. In this way, Krishna told Brahma: “You chant this mantra om namo bhagavate vasudevaya. See, here are unlimited expansions of Vasudeva Krishna, and they all come from Me: that little cowherd boy, holding a flute and a cowherd herding stick in one hand and a lump of sweet rice mixed with fruits in another. Don’t doubt any longer that it is Me who is the cause of all causes.”

In the Brahma-vimohana-lila, Lord Brahma understood his lessons. After seeing the divine manifestations of Krishna’s opulence, he hastily got down from his swan carrier, fell down like a golden rod and touched the lotus feet of Lord Krishna with the tips of the four crowns on his heads. Usually, the demigods never touch the ground. They always float a little bit above the earth. But when Brahma saw the greatness of Krishna, he voluntarily gave up his prestige of being the leader of the demigods. Brahma has four heads, which means that his intelligence works in every direction, but he surrendered everything before little Krishna and with tears of repentance he washed the lotus feet of the Lord. He was so much moved that he was unable to compose himself; rising and falling again and again at Krishna’s lotus feet, he could only remember the greatness of the Lord. Then wiping the two eyes on each of his four faces, he slowly got up and began to offer prayers with the utmost humility, respect and attention. One of his prayers is:

“For those who have accepted the boat of the lotus feet of the Lord, who is the shelter of the cosmic manifestation and is famous as Murāri, the enemy of the Mura demon, the ocean of the material world is like the water contained in a calf’s hoof-print. Their goal is paraṁ padam, Vaikuṇṭha, the place where there are no material miseries, not the place where there is danger at every step.” (Srimad Bhagavatam 10.12.58)

May all of us take inspiration from this wonderful pastime, where the powerful creator of the material world is overwhelmed by the majestic opulence and sweetness of Lord Krishna. May we all pray to the Lord and sincerely appeal for His compassion. I wish to end this katha (narration) with a sincere appeal for Krishna’s compassion.

O Lord Krishna, I have fallen into this world and am helplessly in the hands of material nature. My original desires have been replaced by desires that are not my own.

But please, O Lord, ocean of compassion (daya sindhu), don’t abandon me. Please, rescue Your lost servant.

I am slowly drowning in the ocean of maya. Although I have been calling for help, no one has heard me.

Please,  O Lord, take me in the safe boat of Your mercy. O ocean of compassion – don’t abandon me, please rescue Your lost servant. 

O Lord – if You look for my qualifications, You will find none. Your forgiveness is my only good quality. Please give me the service of the devotees who are dear to You. Please, O Lord, hand me the rope of Your mercy and pull me up. O ocean of compassion – don’t abandon me, please rescue Your lost servant.

When Krishna sees that we turn to Him by hearing about His glories, He becomes attracted and sits on the lotus of our hearts, where He purifies all the dirt of material existence – some of it already millions of years old!

Please, try it!

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