tan drstva bhaya-santrastan
uce krsno ’sya bhi-bhayam
mitrany asan ma viramate-
hanesye vatsakan aham
tan—that those calves were going away; drstva—seeing; bhaya-santrastan—to the cowherd boys, who were disturbed by fear that within the dense forest the calves would be attacked by some ferocious animals; uce—Krsna said; krsnah asya bhi-bhayam—Krsna, who is Himself the fearful element of all kinds of fear (when Krsna is present, there is no fear); mitrani—My dear friends; asat—from your enjoyment of eating; ma viramata—do not stop; iha—in this place, in this spot; anesye—I shall bring back; vatsakan—the calves; aham—I.
When Krsna saw that His friends the cowherd boys were frightened, He, the fierce controller even of fear itself, said, just to mitigate their fear, “My dear friends, do not stop eating. I shall bring your calves back to this spot by personally going after them Myself.”
In the presence of Krsna’s friendship, a devotee cannot have any fear. Krsna is the supreme controller, the controller of even death, which is supposed to be the ultimate fear in this material world. Bhayam dvitiyabhinivesatah syat (Bhag. 11.2.37). This fear arises because of lack of Krsna consciousness; otherwise there cannot be any fear. For one who has taken shelter of the lotus feet of Krsna, this material world of fear becomes hardly dangerous at all.
Bhavambudhih, the material ocean of fear, becomes very easy to cross by the mercy of the supreme controller. This material world, in which there is fear and danger at every step (padam padam yad vipadam), is not meant for those who have taken shelter at Krsna’s lotus feet. Such persons are delivered from this fearful world.
Everyone, therefore, should take shelter of the Supreme Person, who is the source of fearlessness, and thus be secure.
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