Those superexcellent pastimes of Lord Krsna’s babyhood drowned the
Inhabitants of Gokula in pools of ecstasy. To the devotees who are
Attracted only to His majestic aspect of Narayana in Vaikuntha, the
Lord herein reveals: "I am conquered and overwhelmed by pure
Loving devotion." To the Supreme Lord Damodra, my
obesances hundreds and hundreds of times.
Born in Jagannath Puri in 1957
he became associated with
ISKCON while on his second
year in college. He joined the
Society in 1978 and was intiated
by His Holiness Jayapataka
Swami the following year during
the Gaura Purnima Festival in Sri
Dham Mayapur. From then on he
served in various capacities, first
as sankirtan leader in Kolkata,
then on the boat preaching party
in Mayapur. Starting in 1983 he
served four years as Temple
President in Bhuvaneswar.
In 1987 he returned to Mayapur
to become general manager.
Under his supervision the Gita
College preaching and book
distribution were develop-ed. At
present Maharaja is serving in
Mayapur as Co-director and one
of the GBC members.
vinasaya ca duskrtam
sambhavami yuge yuge
"To deliver the pious and to annihilate the miscreants, as well as to reestablish
the principles of religion, I Myself appear, millennium after millennium."
From the above statement of Lord Sri Krsna in the Bhagavad-gita it is
understood that the Lord incarnates in each yuga for protecting His devotees,
annihilating the demons and re-establishing dharma. But our Vaisnava
acaryas have stated that there is a higher purpose for the advent of the Lord
in this material world. According to them, the three reasons given above are
As stated in scripture:
karomi vividhah kriyah
"I perform different pastimes in this world to give pleasure to my devotees."
katham pasyema hi striyah
"You Yourself descend to propagate the transcendental science of devotional
service unto the hearts of the advanced transcendentalists and mental
speculators, who are purified by being able to discriminate between matter
and spirit. How, then, can we women know You perfectly?"
As stated in Srimad-Bhagavatam (10.33.36):
mdanusam deham Gsthitah
bhajate tadrsih krida
yah srutvd tat-paro bhavet
"Lord Krsna descends apparently as a human being, and He exhibits His
transcendental pastimes in Vrndavana so that the conditioned soul may be
attracted to hearing His transcendental activities."
From the above references it is understood that the purpose of the Lord’s
advent is to attract people by His transcendental pastimes.
It is true that people will naturally be attracted to the Lord when they hear of
His wonderful pastimes, but they may need the key of understanding, given
by the dcaryas, to unlock this great treasure.
In general, the world and its religions believe that God has no form. Even in
Hinduism, this concept of a formless God is very strong. If you say God has
no form then it is easily accepted, because formlessness is seen as something
extraordinary. Ordinary people have a form, but God is extraordinary,
therefore He must have no form. People readily accept this concept. Those
who do accept the personal aspect of God, more easily accept Lord Visnu or
Narayana as God. It is easy for people to accept the extraordinary form of Lord
Visnu as God. He has four hands, a blue body and is lying on a serpent in the
ocean of milk, or residing in Vaikuntha, etc. But when it comes to accepting
Lord Rama or Lord Krsna as God, many questions and doubts seem to arise
in the mind. The Lord in these forms has exhibited many extraordinary
feats as well as very common activities, which lead people to doubt whether
Sri Rama and Sri Krsna are really God or not. For example, the seemingly
worldly behavior of Lord Ramacandra when He was banished to the forest
and His wife was stolen by Ravana. Lord Rama was lamenting and crying
for His wife. This apparent contradiction is also prevalent in the pastimes off
Lord Sri Krsna. Asa child, He was afraid of the stick in His mother’s hand, He
stole butter in different houses, He danced with the wives of other men in the
middle of the night, etc. By hearing of these seemingly common activities,
some people begin to doubt that Krsna and Rama are actually God. How can
God have all these qualities when He is transcendental to material qualities?
Param brahma, God, has unlimited good qualities. But there are eighteen
qualities that God does not possess, for example:
The sdstras name eighteen principal faults that are never present in the
Lord: illusion, laziness, error, cruelty, intense lust, fickleness, arrogance,
envy, violence, sorrow, fatigue, dishonesty, anger, longing, fear, confusion,
partiality, and dependency on others.
Though these qualities are not supposed to be within God, we see in the many
pastimes of Sri Rama and Sri Krsna that some these qualities are exhibited by
the Lord. How can we reconcile this?
If we simply read scripture, we cannot understand. We will become more
bewildered by the pastimes of God, and as a result the purpose of the Lord's
advent will have failed. The Lord appears to exhibit His pastimes by which
people will be attracted to Him, but in reality we see that simply by hearing
about His pastimes many doubts begin to surface. To fully grasp the nectar of
the Lord’s pastimes, we must hear them explained by the dcaryas.
By paying careful attention to the explanations given by the Vaisnava dcaryas,
all doubts will be dispelled and it will become clear that the qualities which
seem to disqualify the Lord as God are actually wonderful qualities which
enhance His greatness.
Through this description of the dama-bandhana-lila we will explore this great
Srila Sukadeva Gosvami has described this special pastime of dama-bandhana
in Srimad-Bhagavatam in great ecstasy. Moreover, our great Vaisnava acaryas
have given insightful commentaries on this topic which provide greater
clarity and sweetness. The dama-bandhana pastime chapter of this book
includes the commentaries of Srila Vigvanatha Cakravarti Thakura and Srila
Jiva Gosvami. Srila Jiva Gosvami has also very wonderfully described this
pastime of binding Krsna in his book Gopdala-campii. I have added some
of that description as it has been translated by His Holiness Bhanu Swami.
While I was about to finish compiling this chapter, I came across a lecture
given by His Holiness Radha-Govinda Goswami Maharaja, which has been
published in a small book. Upon reading that book I discovered further
interesting descriptions and could not help but include them. Thus this book
is a combination of various nectarean commentaries of some of our great
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