pitamaha me samare ’maranjayair
krtvataran vatsa-padam sma yat-plavah
drauny-astra-viplustam idam mad-angam
jugopa kuksim gata atta-cakro
matus ca me yah saranam gatayah
antar bahih purusa-kala-rupaih
prayacchato mrtyum utamrtam ca
maya-manusyasya vadasva vidvan
pitamahah—my grandfathers, the five Pandavas (Yudhisthira, Bhima, Arjuna, Nakula and Sahadeva); me—my; samare—on the Battlefield of Kuruksetra; amaram jayaih—with fighters who could gain victory over the demigods on the battlefield; devavrata-adya—Bhismadeva and others; atirathaih—great commanders in chief; timingilaih—resembling great timingila fish, which can easily eat large sharks; duratyayam—very difficult to cross; kaurava-sainya-sagaram—the ocean of the assembled soldiers of the Kauravas; krtva—considering such an ocean; ataran—crossed it; vatsa-padam—exactly as one steps over a small hoofprint of a calf; sma—in the past; yat-plavah—the shelter of the boat of Krsna’s lotus feet; drauni—of Asvatthama; astra—by the brahmastra; viplustam—being attacked and burned; idam—this; mat-angam—my body; santana-bijam—the only seed left, the last descendant of the family; kuru-pandavanam—of the Kurus and the Pandavas (because no one but me lived after the Battle of Kuruksetra); jugopa—gave protection; kuksim—within the womb; gatah—being placed; atta-cakrah—taking in hand the disc; matuh—of my mother; ca—also; me—my; yah—the Lord who; saranam—the shelter; gatayah—who had taken; viryani—the glorification of the transcendental characteristics; tasya—of Him (the Supreme Personality of Godhead); akhila-deha-bhajam—of all the materially embodied living entities; antah bahih—inside and outside; purusa—of the Supreme Person; kala-rupaih—in the forms of eternal time; prayacchatah—who is the giver; mrtyum—of death; uta—it is so said; amrtam ca—and eternal life; maya-manusyasya—of the Lord, who appeared as an ordinary human being by His own potency; vadasva—kindly describe; vidvan—O learned speaker (Sukadeva Gosvami).
Taking the boat of Krsna’s lotus feet, my grandfather Arjuna and others crossed the ocean of the Battlefield of Kuruksetra, in which such commanders as Bhismadeva resembled great fish that could very easily have swallowed them. By the mercy of Lord Krsna, my grandfathers crossed this ocean, which was very difficult to cross, as easily as one steps over the hoofprint of a calf. Because my mother surrendered unto Lord Krsna’s lotus feet, the Lord, Sudarsana-cakra in hand, entered her womb and saved my body, the body of the last remaining descendant of the Kurus and the Pandavas, which was almost destroyed by the fiery weapon of Asvatthama. Lord Sri Krsna, appearing within and outside of all materially embodied living beings by His own potency in the forms of eternal time—that is, as Paramatma and as virat-rupa—gave liberation to everyone, either as cruel death or as life. Kindly enlighten me by describing His transcendental characteristics.
As stated in Srimad-Bhagavatam (10.14.58):
“For one who has accepted the boat of the lotus feet of the Lord, who is the shelter of the cosmic manifestation and is famous as Murari, or the enemy of the Mura demon, the ocean of the material world is like the water contained in a calf’s hoofprint. His goal is param padam, or Vaikuntha, the place where there are no material miseries, not the place where there is danger at every step.”
One who seeks shelter at the lotus feet of Lord Krsna is immediately protected by the Lord. As the Lord promises in Bhagavad-gita (18.66), aham tvam sarva-papebhyo moksayisyami ma sucah: “I shall deliver you from all sinful reactions. Do not fear.” By taking shelter of Lord Krsna, one comes under the safest protection. Thus when the Pandavas took shelter at the lotus feet of Krsna, all of them were on the safe side of the Battlefield of Kuruksetra. Pariksit Maharaja, therefore, felt obliged to think of Krsna in the last days of his life. This is the ideal result of Krsna consciousness: ante narayana-smrtih. If at the time of death one can remember Krsna, one’s life is successful. Pariksit Maharaja, therefore, because of his many obligations to Krsna, intelligently decided to think of Krsna constantly during the last days of his life. Krsna had saved the Pandavas, Maharaja Pariksit’s grandfathers, on the Battlefield of Kuruksetra, and Krsna had saved Maharaja Pariksit himself when he was attacked by the brahmastra of Asvatthama. Krsna acted as the friend and worshipable Deity of the Pandava family. Moreover, apart from Lord Krsna’s personal contact with the Pandavas, Krsna is the Supersoul of all living entities, and He gives everyone liberation, even if one is not a pure devotee. Kamsa, for example, was not at all a devotee, yet Krsna, after killing him, gave him salvation. Krsna consciousness is beneficial to everyone, whether one is a pure devotee or a nondevotee. This is the glory of Krsna consciousness. Considering this, who will not take shelter at the lotus feet of Krsna. Krsna is described in this verse as maya-manusya because He descends exactly like a human being. He is not obliged to come here, like karmis, or ordinary living beings; rather, He appears by His own internal energy (sambhavamy atma-mayaya [Bg. 4.6]) just to show favor to the fallen conditioned souls. Krsna is always situated in His original position as sac-cid-ananda-vigraha [Bs. 5.1], and anyone who renders service to Him is also situated in his original, spiritual identity (svarupena vyavasthitih). This is the highest perfection of human life.
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