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The Lord is the Real Enjoyer


l)The difference between the Real Enjoyer and the Imitation Enjoyer


Purusha means enjoyer. In the Bhagavad-gita (13.22), the tiny living entity is also addressed as the purusha :


purushah prakriti-stho-hi   bhunkte prakrit-jan gunani

karanam guna-sango 'sya   sad-asad-yoni-janmasu


"The living entity in material nature thus follows the ways of life, enjoying the three modes of nature. This is due to his asso­ciation with that material nature. Thus he meets with good and evil among various species."


The living entity, who imagines himself to be an enjoyer, comes into the clutches of the material modes and tries to squeeze out some enjoyment by accepting different types of bodies Some­times a dog's body, sometimes a bird's body, sometimes a human body. How can he be called an enjoyer? He is only an imaginary enjoyer. Who then is the real enjoyer? The Bhagavad-gita (15.18) ex­plains:


yasmat ksaram atito ham aksharad apecottamah

ato smi Joke vede ca prathitah purushottama


"Because I am transcendental, beyond the fallible and the in­fallible, and because I am the greatest, I am celebrated both in the world and in the Vedas as purushottamah, the Supreme Person, the supreme enjoyer."


The real enjoyer is different from the living entity. His name is Paramatma or Supersoul. So the Lord is the enjoyer and the living being is enjoyed. So the living entity is supposed to give enjoyment to the Lord by cooperating with Him in His enjoy­ment. When one artificially tries to imitate the Lord, by assum­ing the role of enjoyer, one will be inevitably frustrated.


2) How is Lord Krishna the Real Enjoyer?


When Lord Krishna and Balarama entered Mathura, they saw a washer and dyer of clothes. Krishna was pleased to ask him for some nice clothing. He also promised the washer man that if he would deliver the nicest dyed cloth to Him, he would be very happy and all good fortune would be his. Krishna was neither a beggar nor was He in need of clothing, but by this request He indicated that everyone should be ready to offer Him whatever He wants. Unfortunately this washer man was a servant of Kamsa and therefore could not appreciate the demand of Lord Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead. This is the effect of bad asso­ciation. Instead of being pleased, he was very angry and refused the Lord's request by shouting, "How is it that You are so impu­dent to ask for things which belong to the king? You will be punished by the government men."


On hearing this, Lord Krishna struck the washer man with the upper portion of His hand and separated the man's head from his body. The washer man fell down dead on the ground. In this way Lord Krishna confirmed the statement that every limb of His body is transcendental and capable of doing everything He likes. Without a sword but simply with His hand, he cut off the head of the washer man. This is proof that the Supreme Lord is omnipotent.


Somebody may argue that there was nothing wrong in the be­havior of the washer man, because after all he was a servant of Kamsa. He was obliged to his master Kamsa. This is a narrow understanding. Just as in a company although different parking places are allotted to different officials, the owner of the com­pany may park his car anywhere he likes; nobody can raise any objection. Because the owner of the company is above the law, nobody can question him. In fact the owner of the company is the maker of the laws of company, but he is above the law. If he is pleased with an employee he may give him two months off with payment without consulting anybody! That is the freedom the owner of a company enjoys. In the same way, Lord Krishna wanted to show through the pastime of the washer man that He is the supreme enjoyer and one should abandon all other considerations without any hesita­tion when it comes to the question of serving Him. Sri Krishna is the Supreme Godhead, the well wisher of everyone and the Proprieter and enjoyer of everything. If one refuses to serve Him, it is like using a candle of mundane morality to search the sun of Krishna the personification of all religion.


3) Lord Krishna is the Supremely Pure Lover


Lord Krishna in the Bhagavad-gita (14.4) claims Himself to be the supreme father of all living beings aham bija pradah pita.The Bhagavad-gita (9.17) further says pitaham asya jagatah mata dhata pitamah. He is the loving mother, father, relative, friend. well-wisher and the ultimate resting place for every living being, 'his shows that, irrespective of whether one is residing in the body of a man, woman, animal, bird, and plant, every living be­ing has an eternal relationship with the supreme well wishing father, Lord Krishna. He is source of the gopis, gopas, parents of gopis and gopas and everyone else.


How can He do any immoral act? All His acts are only meant for the benefit of all living beings. He is apapa viddham 'sinless' and pavitram 'supremely pure'. Just as when the urine is ab­sorbed by the sun, it doesn't get contaminated; rather due to the influence of sunshine, the polluted, contaminated place becomes disinfected and sterilized. Similarly even if someone with a im­pure heart takes shelter of Lord Krishna, he becomes purified at heart and becomes liberated. How then can Lord Krishna be im­pure?


The Lord is not enjoying anything outside the purview of what He has created. In fact, the Lord says in the Bhagavad-gita that everything exists within Him. He even showed His mother Yashodathe entire universe with all its mountains, oceans, living beings etc contained within His mouth. Thus when that Supreme Lord is dancing with gopis, He is not enjoying anything that is not owned by Him.On the other hand, when we enjoy, we are trying to enjoy some­thing not owned by us. For example, when we are passing in a street, we may come across a sweet shop. What will happen if we put our hand in one of the bottles and try to steal a chocolate? We will be punished, because we do not own the shop. On the other hand, the owner of the shop may enjoy any chocalate he likes in his shop without having to be punished, because every­thing belongs to him. In the same way, everything has been cre­ated by the Lord; He can reciprocate love with His devotees in anyway He wants, because He is supremely independent.


4) How does the Lord enjoy?


Lord enjoys the love (bhakti) of His devotees by reciprocating with them in various moods. Once Lord Krishna defeated the great demon Bhaumasura and delivered the 16,000 princesses kept under his custody. After the Lord delivered them, they all desired to marry Krishna. Krishna fulfilled their desires. We, tiny living entities, may not be able to satisfy the heart of one woman, whereas the Lord being the source of all opulences, sat­isfied all of the 16,000 princesses by marrying them.


The Lord does not see someone as a girl or a boy; He sees them all as devotees. We being covered over by the dualities of the materia] world, differentiate between man and woman and are subjected to material attraction and aversion.In the spiritual sky, there are innumerable devotees of the Lord, who want to reciprocate with the Lord in varieties of ways. The gopis are in the mood of conjugal love with the Lord. The Lord also reciprocates with them by teasing them, dancing with them and playing jokes with them, but we should know clearly that there is not even a trace of lust in the spiritual sky as can be understood from the dealings of the Lord in the following pas­time :


When Lord Krishna was entering Mathura, He came across a oid hunchbacked woman named Kubja. She was carrying san­dalwood pulp for king Kamsa. Seeing the beauty of Krishna and Balaram, she applied it on their bodies taking the great risk of being severely punished by the king. Krishna was very pleased with her and wanted to reward her. He pressed the feet of the hunchbacked woman with His toes and capturing her cheeks with His fingers, gave her a jerk in order to make her straight. At once the hunchbacked woman became the most beautiful girl among women. This incident shows that by serving Krishna the  devotee immediately becomes elevated to the most exalted posi­tion. Krishna was attracted to the hunchbacked woman not for her beauty but for her service; as soon as she rendered service, she immediately became the most beautiful woman. Similarly if any living entity gives up the service of Maya and begins to render service to Krishna, that living entity is freed from all sin­ful reactions and immediately becomes beautiful.


When Kubja became a beautiful young girl, she wanted to enjoy with Krishna; but Krishna promised to pay a visit to her house at a later time. When Krishna eventually arrived at the house of Kubja, she took her bath, smeared her body with san­dalwood pulp, dressed herself with nice garments, valuable jew­elry, ornaments and flower garlands and received Him warmly.Krishna went to her house not for sense gratification, but to turn her into a pure devotee. Krishna is always served by many thousands of goddesses of fortune; therefore He has no need to satisfy His senses by going to a society girl. It is said that the moon does not withhold its shining from the courtyard of a crooked person. Similarly, Krishna's transcendental mercy is never denied to anyone, whether one has rendered service unto Him through lust, anger, fear or pure love. In the Chaitanya Charitamrita it is stated that if one wants to serve Krishna and at the same time wants to satisfy his own lusty desires, Krishna will handle it so that the devotee forgets his lusty desire and becomes fully purified and constantly engaged in the service of the Lord.     


When Lord sat in the bed, Kubja out of great lust took Krishna's lotus feet and placed them on her breasts, which were burning with the blazing fire of lust. By smelling the fragrance of Krishna's lotus feet, she immediately became relieved of all lusty desires. To worship Krishna or have association with Him is not a very easy job. Specifically, there is a warning for devo­tees who are attracted to Krishna through conjugal love; it is not good for them to desire to have sense gratification by direct as­sociation with Krishna.Actually, the activities of sense gratification are material. In the spiritual world, there are symptoms like kissing and embrac­ing, but there is no sense gratificatory process, as it exists in the material world. This warning is specifically for those known as sahajiya, who take it for granted that Krishna is an ordinary hu­man being They desire to enjoy sex life with Him in a per­verted way. In a spiritual relationship, sense gratification is most insignificant. Anyone who desires a relationship of perverted sense gratification with Krishna must be considered less intelli­gent. His mentality requires to be reformed.