The lotus feet of Lord Sri Krsna: the only protection for all planes of life -
"O Supreme Lord, despite fleeing throughout every planet of the
universe out of fear of the black snake of death, the mortal being cannot
find a place devoid of fear. But when he is blessed with the fortune of coming
to the shelter of Your lotus feet, he becomes reposed with a peaceful heart,
and death itself flees from his company."
5.3 mayadhisasyaiva bhagavatah ksema-vidhatrtvam -
visvasya yah sthiti-layodbhava-hetur adyo
yogesvarair api duratyaya-yoga-mayah
ksemam vidhasyati sa no bhagavams tryadhisas
tatrasmadiya-vimrsena kiyan iharthah
Only the absolute magician, the Supreme Lord, is capable of bestowing all good fortune -
"The Supreme Lord of the three worlds, who is the cause of the universal
creation, sustenance, and annihilation, and whose magical potency is insurmountable
for even the greatest yogis, will surely bless us with all good fortune.
Could we ever doubt this?"
5.4 apady api sri-krsna-kathaika-raksana-visvasah -
tam mopayatam pratiyantu vipra
ganga ca devi dhrta-cittam ise
dvijopasrstah kuhakas taksako va
dasatv alam gayata visnu-gathah
Faith, even in the face of impending doom, that tidings of Lord Krsna (Sri Hari-katha) is the only protection -
"O pure brahmanas, may you kindly know me as a surrendered soul,
and let Mother Ganges accept me as one whose heart is offered to Lord Krsna.
Let the winged serpent Taksaka or whatever magical creation has been incited
by the son of the brahmana bite me immediately if it so desires; may you
all simply go on singing the glories of the Lord."
5.5 hari-dasa harina raksita eva -
ma bhair mandamano vicintya bahudha yamis ciram yatana
naivami prabhavanti papa-ripavah svami nanu sridharah
alasyam vyapaniya bhakti-sulabham dhyayasva narayanam
lokasya vyasanapanodanakaro dasasya kim na ksamah
The servants of Lord Hari are always protected by Lord Hari - "O
wicked mind, fear not the thought of the multifarious, perpetual tortures
that are your due. Your enemies - your sins, have no claim over you because
the only actual lord and master is the Supreme Lord, Sridhara. Give up your
apathy, and absorb your thoughts in Lord Narayana, who is happily attainable
by devotion. Is not He who destroys the calamities of all planets capable
of annihilating the defects of His personal servitors?"
The holy feet of Lord Visnu are the only shelter for persons tormented by the miseries of material existence -
"For those persons who, bereft of a vessel, have fallen into the
ocean of mundane existence; who are being lashed by the hurricane of duality
based on mundane attraction and aversion; who are crushed by the burden of
protecting wife and family, etc.; who are drowning in the ghastly whirlpool
of sensual pleasures - the only shelter is the lifeboat of the holy lotus
feet of the Supreme Lord, Visnu."
5.7 sri-krsna-bhajanam eva martyanam amrta-pradam -
idam sariram sata-sandhi-jarjaram
pataty avasyam parinama-pesalam
kim ausadham prcchasi mudha durmate
niramayam krsna-rasayanam piba
Only pure devotion for Lord Krsna awards immortality to the mortal -
sata sandhi jara jara, tava ei kalevara,
patana haibe eka-dina
bhasma krmi vistha habe, sakalera ghrnya tabe,
ihate mamata arvacina
ore mana suna mora e satya vacana
e rogera mahausadhi, krsna-nama niravadhi,
niramaya krsna rasayana
(Bengali verse by Sri Bhaktivinoda Thakura)
"A dancing puppet of a hundred joints, your mortal coil in its last moments:
this physical form is doomed to destruction.
Ashes to ashes, worm and dung, what was beautiful once is a horrible thing;
to adore it is the gravest misconception.
My dear mind, hear the truth attentively:
the panacea for this malady - chant Krsna's name constantly;
Krsna is the life of immortality."
5.8 aty-adhamesv api bhagavan-namno 'bhista-datrtvam -
satyam bravimi manujah svayam urddhva-bahur
yo yo mukunda narasimha janardaneti
jivo japaty anudinam marane rane va
pasana-kastha-sadrsaya dadaty abhistam
The holy name of the Lord bestows the most cherished objective upon even the most fallen -
"O human civilization, with arms upraised I proclaim this truth!
The holy name awards all desired success upon even stone or wooden-hearted
persons who, in the struggle for existence, constantly chant the Lord's names
such as Mukunda, Narasimha, and Janardana."
5.9 sva-satrave 'pi sad-gati-dayako harih -
aho baki yam stana-kala-kutam
jighamsayapayayad apy asadhvi
lebhe gatim dhatry-ucitam tato 'nyam
kam va dayalum saranam vrajema
Sri Hari awards a divine destination to even His enemy - "How
astonishing! When Putana, the wicked sister of Bakasura, tried to kill child
Krsna by offering Him deadly poison on her breast, she reached a position
befitting the Lord's nursemaid. Could I ever have as merciful a shelter as
that Lord Krsna?" Srimad Uddhava
The reservoir of hope for even the unqualified - "O sea
of compassion, I am no better than a wicked animal on two feet, the most
incorrigible parasite - a beginningless and endless reservoir of the greatest
inauspiciousness. Nonetheless, I abide in fearlessness, repeatedly remembering
the divine qualities of You - the endless ocean of affection and the supreme
5.11 asakrd-aparadhinam api mocakah -
raghuvara yad abhus tvam tadrso vayasasya
pranata iti dayalur yasya caidyasya krsna
pratibhavam aparaddhur mugdha sayujyado 'bhur
vada kim apadam agas tasya te 'sti ksamayah
The deliverer of even repeated offenders - "O Lord of the
Raghu dynasty, just for bowing his head to You, You were merciful upon that
crow (who was so offensive that he clawed at the breast of Sita-devi).
O charming Krsna, You awarded the salvation of merging into Your
effulgence (sayujya-mukti) to Sisupala, who was an offender birth after birth.
Now please tell me, is there any offense that cannot be pardoned by You?"
5.12 saranagata-helanam tasminn asambhavam -
abhuta-purvam mama bhavi kimva
sarvam sahe me sahajam hi duhkham
kintu tvad agre saranagatanam
parabhavo natha na te 'nurupah
It is impossible for Him to neglect His surrendered devotee - "O
Lord, after all, what unprecedented trials may befall me now? I can tolerate
anything and everything; no doubt, unhappiness is my natural companion. Nonetheless,
it will not become You to allow the neglect of Your surrendered soul who
now stands before You."
5.13 bahir anyatha pradarsayato 'pi svarupatah palakatvam -
nirasakasyapi na tavad utsahe
mahesa hatum tava pada-pankajam
rusa nirasto 'pi sisuh stanandhayo
na jatu matus caranau jihasati
He is our natural guardian, even if externally He shows otherwise -
"O Almighty Lord, even if You make me hopeless, I can never leave
Your lotus feet in any condition. If the mother becomes angry and separates
her child from her breast, does the child thereby leave the feet (shelter)
of his mother?"
5.14 tad itarasrayabhavat tasyaivaika-raksakatvam -
bhumau skhalita-padanam, bhumir evavalambanam
tvayi jataparadhanam, tvam eva saranam prabho
He is proven to be the only shelter since there is actually no shelter but Him -
"For those who have stumbled and fallen upon the ground, that very
ground is the only support by which they can arise once again. Likewise,
for those who have offended You, O Lord, You alone are their only refuge."
5.15 nirasrayanam evaikasrayah -
vivrta-vividha-badhe bhranti vegad agadhe
balavati bhavapure majjato me vidure
asarana-gana-bandho ha krpa-kaumudindo
sakrd-akrtavilambam dehi hastavalambam
The only shelter for the shelterless - "I am drowning in
some remote region of a fathomless, treacherous ocean - the vast see of frustration,
swept by the tide of hallucination. O friend of the shelterless, O benediction
moon, please just once now lend me Your helping hand."
Sri Rupa Goswami
5.16 vilambasahanasya bhaktasya tad raksana-visrabdhatvam -
ya draupadi paritrane, ya gajendrasya moksane
mayy arte karuna-murte, sa tvara kva gate hare
The devotee who needs immediate protection has full faith that the Lord will come to his aid -
"O compassion incarnate, now I am in danger. O Lord Hari, where
is that urgency You showed in delivering Draupadi and liberating Gajendra?"
The revealed sweetness of confidence in the Lord's protection -
"Like the sun ascending through the darkness,
like a boat for the helplessly drowning,
like a raincloud of sweet waters for the parched;
like a treasure for the impoverished,
like a physician for the deadly afflicted -
the Lord Sri Krsna is now coming to bless us
with all good fortune."
5.18 tad raksakatve tat karunyam eva karanam -
pracinanam bhajanam atulam duskaram srnvato me
nairasyena jvalati hrdayam bhakh lesalasasya
visva-dricim aghahara tavakarnya karunya vicim
asa-binduksitam idam upaity antare hanta saityam
The cause of the Lord's protectiveness is His mercy alone - "O
destroyer of sin, my heart is averse to a trace of devotion, and it burns
in the fire of hopelessness when I hear about the incomparable, formidable
devotional services rendered by the great predecessor devotees. But now that
I have heard about the wave of Your mercy which floods the universe, the
core of my heart, sprinkled by a drop of hope, is soothed with cooling relief
Sri Rupa Goswami
5.19 bhagavatah sri-caitanya-rupasya param audaryam -
ha hanta citta-bhuvi me paramosarayam
sad-bhakti-kalpa-latikankurita katham syat
hrdy ekam eva paramasvasaniyam asti
caitanya-nama kalayan na kadapi socyah
The supreme magnanimity of the Supreme Lord Sri Caitanyadeva - "Alas,
alas! How will the charming wish-fulfilling creeper of pure devotion ever
sprout from the desperately barren planes of my consciousness?
Despite my predicament, just one great hope awakens in my heart:
by chanting the name of Sri Caitanyadeva, nothing can remain to be lamented
for by anyone at any time."
Sri Prabodhananda Saraswati
5.20 sri-gaurahareh sarvopaya-vihinesv api raksakatvam -
ritim na vedmi na ca sad-guravo milanti
ha hanta hanta mama kah saranam vimudha
gauro-haris tava na karna-patham gato 'sti
Sri Gaurahari is the savior of even those bereft of any method of approach -
"I know not the way of love in Sri Vrndavana,
which breeds disloyalty to wisdom and the world;
nor do I come to meet with saintly teachers -
to whom shall I surrender, where shall I go?
O foolish fellow! You cannot have heard about
the Golden Lord, Sri Gaura Mahaprabhu."
Sri Prabodhananda Saraswati
iti sri-prapanna-jivanamrte sri-bhakta-vacanamrtantargato
raksisyatiti visvaso nama pancamo 'dhyayah
thus ends the fifth chapter
Confidence in the Lord's Protection - Words of Nectar from the Devotees in Life-Nectar of the Surrendered Souls
Positive and Progressive Immortality