(Mahanidhi Madan Gopal Das Maharaj): There is an amazing relationship between the destruction of karma in bhakti bhajan, and the first six children of Mother Devaki who were brutally murdered at birth by the demioniac King Kamsa.
Shri Visvanatha Cakravartipada explains:
“First, I want to ask, ‘how is it possible that before the advent of Balarama and Devakinandan Shri Krishna, that six material children appeared in the divine womb of Bhagavan’s mother Devaki, who is Shri Krishna’s internal spiritual energy, chit-shakti?’
“The answer is that just as unlimited material universes exist within Shri Krishna without affecting or contaminating Him, mat-sthāni -sarva-bhūtāni, na -cāhaṁ -teṣv -avasthitaḥ (Gita 9.2); similarly, six material children could exist within Devaki without contaminating her.
“The conjunction of material and spiritual in Krishna’s Pastimes is there to illustrate the methodical nature of bhakti. While devotees perform sadhana-bhakti in the form of hearing and chanting about Krishna, they also enjoy the six material sense objects (form, sound, smell, taste, touch, thought) which is a secondary effect of bhakti.
But at the time of “enjoying” these objects, the devotee cries out pitifully, ‘O Krishna! Because of this enjoyment, I will fall into the dark well of material existence. Please help me!’
“When a devotee repents like this and shows fear of material enjoyment, gradually the tendency to enjoy matter subsides. Then pure bhakti in the form of hearing and chanting Krishna’s names, glorifying His transcendental forms, qualities and pastimes, and serving Shri Hari in various ways becomes prominent.
“Finally, Shri Krishna Himself, the ocean of all wonderful, transcendent beautiful forms and qualities, will appear within the devotee just as He did with His devotee Devakimata.
“By nature, bhakti is shuddha-sattva, pure goodness, and thus it can directly manifest Bhagavan Shri Krishna. The Sruti says: bhaktir evainam darshayati, “Devotion makes Krishna give His Darshan.”
“As it is said in the Lila of Krishna’s advent that Marici (a bygone demon) appeared from the mind, Marici can be considered the incarnation of the mind. And Marici’s six children (who appeared in Devaki’s womb) represent the six objects of the senses: sound, touch, form, taste, smell, and thought.
Since Devaki possesses the power to make Bhagavan Shri Krishna appear, she can be considered the incarnation of bhakti. Kamsa can be considered the incarnation of fear, as it is often said “out of fear of Kamsa.”
Just as fear of the material world removes the six sense objects from the womb of bhakti, so Kamsa destroyed the six children of Devaki. Krishna-prema, which is characterized by intense service to Shri Krishna, necessarily appears in the womb of bhakti after the desire for sense objects is extinguished.” (SB 10.2.8, Sarartha Darshini tika, Shri Visvanatha Cakravartipada.
Thus concludes part of one of our new series discussing bhakti, karma and falldown in spiritual life. Subsequent posts will answer questions like, “Is repentance part of bhakti?” “Are devotees suffering due to their karma?” “Why do devotees fall down from the all-purifying and blissful path of devotional bhajan?” “Who’s arranging a devotee’s life, one’s self, one’s karma, or is it all Krishna’s personal will and jurisdiction?”
Srimad Bhagavatam Maha Purana ki jai!
Gaudiya Vaisnava rasik janas ki jai!
Jai Jai Shri Radhe!
Jai Jai Shri Shyam!
Jai Jai Shri Vrindavan Dham!