Jan 062022

On October 3, 1974, in Mayapur, Srila Prabhupada spoke on Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.8.23, Queen Kunti’s prayer:

yatha hrsikesa khalena devaki
  kamsena ruddhaticiram sucarpita
vimocitaham ca sahatmaja vibho
  tvayaiva nathena muhur vipad-ganat

“O Hrsikesa, master of the senses and Lord of lords, You have released Your mother Devaki, who was long imprisoned and distressed by the envious King Kamsa, and myself and my children from a series of constant dangers.” (SB 1.8.23)

And I found the following section especially encouraging:

“So, the fact is that even Kunti and Devaki, so intimately connected with Krishna, had to face so many dangers, so what to speak of others—ourself? So when we are in danger, we should not be discouraged. We should take courage that even Kunti and Vasudeva and Devaki were also in danger, although they were very, very intimately connected with Krishna. So we should not be disturbed by the dangers of this material world. If we are actually Krishna conscious, we should face the danger and depend on Krishna. Avasya rakhibe krsna visvasa palana [Bhaktivinoda Thakura, Saranagati]. This is called surrender, that ‘I may be in danger, but Krishna . . . I have surrendered to Krishna—He must save me.’ Keep this faith. Don’t be disturbed when you are in danger, because this world is such. Padam padam vipadam. [“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 Murari, 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 param padam, Vaikuntha, the place where there are no material miseries, not the place where there is danger at every step.” (SB 10.14.58)]

“Every step there is danger. Just like we are walking on the street—immediately there is some pinprick, thorn. And by the pinprick of that thorn, it may become a boil; it may become dangerous. So even by walking on the street, by talking on the street, by eating our food, there . . . And in English it is said, ‘There is many dangers between the cup and the lip.’

“So, you should always remember that this material world is simply full of dangers. If you think that ‘We are very safe; we are very expert; we have made this world very happy,’ then you are fool number one. Padam padam yad vipadam. But if you take shelter of Krishna, these dangers are nothing. That Kunti will say, that vimocita. Vimocita means released from the danger. Aham. Sahatmaja: ‘With my children.’

“So, this is the study of Krishna, that if you become Krishna conscious, a sincere servant of Krishna, don’t be agitated by the dangerous condition of this material world. You simply depend on Krishna, and He’ll save you.”

Hare Krishna.