God is Never Selfish? (Gita 11.36)
God is Never Selfish? (Gita 11.36)
Vande ‘ham sri guroh, sri yuta pada kamala, sri gurun vaishnavams ca
Śrī Rūpam, sajrajatam, saha-gana-raghunāthan vitams tam sa Jīvan
Sādvaitam, Sāvadhutam, parijana-sahitam, Kṛṣṇa-caitanya devam
Śrī Rādhā Kṛṣṇa pādān, saha-gana-lalitā, Śrī Viśākhān vitams ca
I pause to offer respects to lotus-feet of my guru: Sripad Dhanurdhara Swāmī ,
and to all my gurus: the Vaishnavas, The Six Goswamis,
The associates of Mahāprabhu, The friends of Śrī Śrī Rādhā Kṛṣṇa,
At the beautiful feet of the divine couple.
Here is the Sanskrit, word-for-word, translation, and commentary to Bhagavad Gita 11.36
by his divine grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swāmī Prabhupāda: http://vedabase.net/bg/11/36/
Arjuna has now witnessed Kṛṣṇa’s display of the amazing Universal Form which has bent the very nature of time and space within the materially manifested form of divinity. After this humbling experience, Arjuna says:
It is fitting! (sthāne)
Kṛṣṇa may inquire, “Why is it fitting??? I have shown you how time and destiny kills everyone under my command. Why is that ‘fitting,’ Arjuna? Is it not cruel?”
You are the master of the senses. (hṛṣīkeśa)
The meaning is this: “Ordinary people are controlled by their sensual desires. Therefore they make alliances and enemies. They reward their allies and punish their enemies. But you are in full control of your senses. You have no desires to fulfill. Therefore you do not make any alliances or enemies. You treat everyone justly and befittingly.”
The entire world feels joy by hearing about you (Sankīrtan) and falls in love with you. (tava prakīrtyā jagat prahṛ ṣyaty anurajyate ca)
In other words, because Kṛṣṇa is the master of his senses, never controlled by them – he is never selfish in the least. Thus he is the most wonderful being whom we could ever possibly give our hearts to! When people hear about this by Krsna-nama-guna-lila-Rūpa-sankirtana they naturally become attracted to this darling being.
The word prakīrtyā is, in my opinion, a synonym for sankīrtana.
Kṛṣṇa may reply to this by saying, “You say this because you are my dear friend, you love me no matter what I might do, but how impartial is your evaluation of my character? I don’t think it is very! You have just seen my universal form delighting the demigods, my allies, and destroying the demons, my enemies. How can you say I am fair!?”
The wild beings flee from your awesome power in fear, but those who are in the company of the enlightened offer respect to that same awesome power. (rakṣāḿsi bhītāni diśo dravanti sarve namasyanti ca siddha-sańghāḥ).
The meaning is this, “Kṛṣṇa, different people experience your undeniable power in different ways – but that is not due to your treating either of them any differently! It is due to they themselves choosing to react to your power in different ways. The wild demons feel themselves to be your enemies, you do not think of them as such! You display your awesome power to one and all equally. But because the wild ones fear you, they flee from this power and thus bring about their own ruination. The enlightened ones consider themselves to be your allies, but you do not have any initial bias towards them in any way different from how you initially feel towards demons. Thus you show them the same awesome power that you show the demons. But because these beings are in association with those who are wise, they respect the authority of your power and do not fear it. Instead they respect it. Thus the same force which brings ruination to the wild soul brings peace to the sage. On your part there is no difference in how you act towards either. The difference is only in how your actions are received by different parties.
“Therefore my dear friend, I say that everything you have shown me in this Universal form is right and just, as are you!”
This is all very wonderful, but the most wonderful part of all is that Kṛṣṇa is Hṛṣkeśa – the true proprietor of my own eyes, ears, nose, mouth, etc.
That may be wonderful, but really, what is more wondrous still is that by Kṛṣṇa-kirtana I can regain my direct relationship with this perfect lover: Śrī Kṛṣṇa. “The entire world feels joy by hearing about you (Sankīrtan) and falls in love with you!”
Another important conclusion is that Kṛṣṇa is initially impartial to the enlightened siddha-sanga. But because they favorably react to him, he is naturally indebted to return their favorable nature and become their friends. Thus Kṛṣṇa is most certainly the true blue friend of his devotee, but he remains impartial, because it is not he who selects the devotee, but the devotee who selects him. I believe that contemplation on this will make it clear, so for fear of writing a chapter of a novel, I will leave it at that.