KRSNA WITH PEACOCKPainting by
(1983)Sukadeva Gosvami said to King Pariksit,"For one who has 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 hoofprint. His goal is Vaikuntha, the place where there are no material miseries, not the place where there is danger at every step."One who seeks shelter at the lotus feet of Lord Krsna is immediately protected by the Lord. As the Lord promises in Bhagavad-gita,"I shall deliver you from all sinful reactions. Do not fear."By taking shelter of Lord Krsna, one comes under the safest protection. If one can remember Krsna at the time of death, one's life is successful.Lord Siva prays,"My dear Lord, Your two lotus feet are so beautiful that they appear like two blossoming petals of the lotus that grows during autumn. Indeed, the nails of Your lotus feet emanate such a great effulgence that it immediately dissipates the darkness in the heart of a conditioned soul. My dear Lord, kindly show me that form of Yours which always dissipates all kinds of darkness in the heart of a devotee. You are the supreme spiritual master of everyone; therefore all conditioned souls covered with the darkness of ignorance can be enlightened by You as the spiritual master."RADHA AND KRSNA ON A SWINGPainting by
Ramadas Abhirama Dasa
(1982)Radha is the one who gives pleasure to Govinda, and She is also the enchantress of Govinda. She is the be-all and end-all of Govinda, and the crest jewel of all His consorts. The transcendental goddess Srimati Radharani is the direct counterpart of Lord Sri Krsna. She is the central figure for all the goddesses of fortune. She possesses all the attractiveness to attract the all-attractive Personality of Godhead, for She is the primeval internal potency of the Lord.Srila Rupa Gosvami prays,"O queen whose fair limbs are more splendid than pure gold, O queen whose eyes are as charming as a doe's, O queen whose face defeats million of moons, O queen dressed in garments as dark as monsoon clouds, O teacher of the intelligent, expert gopis, O queen elaborately decorated with a host of transcendental virtues, O queen accompanied by Your eight very dear friends, O queen of Vrndavana, I bow down to You and, rolling about on the Yamuna's shore, pray that even though I have committed many offenses, even though I am unqualified, and even though my intelligence is crooked, You may please give me a small particle of Your devotional service. Because the fresh butter of Your heart is always melting in the splendor of Your transcendental mercy, it is not proper for You to neglect this anguished person."KRSNA CONFRONTS BHISMA IN BATTLEPainting by
(1983)As Bhismadeva lay on the battlefield of Kuruksetra, mortally wounded, he remembered Krsna's pastimes there and prayed as follows:"Sri Krsna is the intimate friend of Arjuna. He has appeared on this earth in His transcendental body, colored bluish like a tamala tree. His body attracts everyone in the three planetary systems. May His glittering yellow dress and His lotus face, covered with paintings of sandalwood pulp, be the object of my attraction, and may I not desire fruitive results."On the Battlefield of Kuruksetra, where Sri Krsna attended Arjuna out of friendship, the Lord's flowing hair turned ashen due to the dust raised by the horses' hoofs. Because of His labor, beads of sweat wetted His face. All these decorations, intensified by the wounds dealt by my sharp arrows, were enjoyed by Him. Let my mind thus go unto Sri Krsna."In obedience to the command of His friend Arjuna, Lord Sri Krsna drove the chariot between the two armies on the Battlefield of Kuruksetra, and while there He shortened the life spans of the opposite party by His merciful glance. Let my mind be fixed upon that Krsna."When Arjuna was seemingly polluted by ignorance upon observing the soldiers and the commanders before him on the battlefield, the Lord eradicated his ignorance by delivering transcendental knowledge in the form of Bhagavad-gita. May His lotus feet always remain the object of my attraction."Fulfilling my desire and sacrificing His own promise, He got down from the chariot, took up its wheel, and ran toward me hurriedly, just as a lion goes to kill an elephant. He even dropped His outer garment on the way."May Lord Sri Krsna be my ultimate destination. He charged me on the battlefield, as if angry because of the wounds dealt by my sharp arrows. His shield was scattered and His body smeared with blood due to the wounds."At the moment of death, let my ultimate attraction be to Sri Krsna, the Personality of Godhead. I concentrate my mind upon that chariot driver of Arjuna, who stood with a whip in His right hand and a bridle rope in His left, and who was careful to give protection to Arjuna's chariot by all means. Those who saw Him on the Battlefield of Kuruksetra attained their original forms after death."