May 31, 2020
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What does the Month of Kartik Reveal? – Part 2


Another aspect this month highlights is God becoming afraid.  Who heard of God been afraid? We are brought up in the world were we are taught to be “GOD-FEARING”.  You must fear the wrath of God or you will dwell in Hell. But during in this month we worship a Krsna been afraid of his mother.

rudantam muhur netra-yugmam mrjantam
karambhoja-yugmena sataika-netram
muhuh svasa-kampa-trirekhaika-kantha-
sthita-graivam damodaram bhakti-baddham

[Seeing the whipping stick in His mother’s hand,] He is crying and rubbing His eyes again and again with His two lotus hands. His eyes are filled with fear, and the necklace of pearls around His neck, which is marked with three lines like a conchshell, is shaking because of His quick breathing due to crying. To this Supreme Lord, Sri Damodara, whose belly is bound not with ropes but with His mother’s pure love, I offer my humble obeisances.

How it possible for Krsna, God to become afraid, Srila Prabhupada explains to his disciple Madhudvisa. 

Prabhupäda: Yes, He has become… The Supreme Personality of Godhead, who is, I mean to say, afraid, who is fearful by everyone, Yasoda.., and Krsna has become fearful to Yasoda: “My dear mother, kindly do not bind Me. I shall obey your orders.” So Yasoda has become more than God, more than Krsna. The Mayavadis philosophers, they want to be one with Krsna or one with Lord, but our philosophy is to become more than Krsna. (laughter) Why one with Krsna? More than Krsna. And actually He accepts. He makes His devotee more than Krsna. Just like Arjuna and Krsna. Krsna took the part of a driver, and he was the hero of the fight. Actually, Krsna was the hero, but He gave position to His devotee: “You become the hero, I shall become your charioteer.” That’s all. Don’t you see how Arjuna has become more than Krsna? Krsna says, “Arjuna, you are hesitating to fight, but you know that all these person who have assembled in this battlefield, they are not going back. They are already killed. That is My plan. You simply take the credit that you have killed them. That’s all.” (laughter) That He wants. Just like a father wants a son to see him more than himself. If a father is an M.A., he wants to see his son M.A., Ph.D., or something more. He’s satisfied. He’ll not tolerate anybody to become more than him, but he’ll tolerate if his son becomes more than him. I’m giving you a crude example. Similarly, Krsna, or the Lord, wants to see His devotee more than Himself. That is His pleasure. He takes pleasure in that. So to become a devotee is not ordinary thing. You see. He has got the chance to become more than God. Why equal with God, one with God? No. More than God. Yes. That is our philosophy. Yes.

When someone develops spontaneous loving relationship with Krsna, God, then He gives that person the power to become greater than Him. It’s due to a person’s devotion that Krsna allows Himself to become controlled. This devotion even makes Krsna afraid of His devotees. 

This Fear is not ordinary Fear. Ordinary Fear is due to illusion. Krsna is not in illusion. Krsna’s fear is due to His love for His devotee. It was His love for Mother Yasoda that He allowed her to chase him with a stick.  

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