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'I am the enjoyer'


A person can be truly considered to be an enjoyer only when he himself does not have to do any work. Therefore God alone is the enjoyer as stated in the Shvetashvatara Upanishad (6.8): na tasya karyam karanam ca vidyate. "The Supreme Personality of Godhead has no work to do." Lord Krishna also states in the Bhagavad-gita (3.22): na me parthasti kartavyam trishu lokeshu kincana. "O son of Pritha, there is no work prescribed for Me within all the three planetary systems." A crude example could be given. Once I met a person working with Tata steel company and asked him, "Where is your owner?" He replied, "We have not seen him for past six months. He is probably relaxing in Switzerland." The owner is a free bird; he owns all the property and enjoys. He has no specific duty in the company. An employee can also enjoy if he cooperates with the owner. If the employee does not cooperate, then he is removed from the company.


Similarly Lord Krishna is the supreme enjoyer being the owner of everything. Seeing Krishna enjoying in the spiritual world, the living entity thinks, "Let me become an independent enjoyer." But the living entities are tiny part-and-parcels of Krishna and cannot enjoy separate from Him. The centra; figure of creation and of enjoyment is the Supreme Lord, ana the living entities are cooperators. By cooperation they enjoy. The relation is also like that of master and servant. If the master is fully satisfied, then the servant is satisfied. Krishna is called 'rasa vigraha' 'one who is reservoir of all pleasure'. If we want enjoyment that can be achieved simply by connecting ourselves to Him and assisting Him in His enjoyment. If one touches another man who has got an electric shock by putting his hand in the socket, then he will also experience the shock. In the same way if one comes in contact with Lord Sri Krishna who is an ocean of unlimited happiness, one cannot remain unhappy anymore.


A part of a machine cooperates with the whole machine; a part of the body cooperates with the whole body. Suppose once you returned from a journey by train with two heavy suitcases and found that no conveyance was available due to a strike. You walk all the way back home, carrying the heavy suitcases. You are feeling exhausted, your body is perspiring and your hands are paining severely and are feeling very weak. What do you do then? When your hands feel weak, to regain strength you use those very same hands to do more work to feed the stomach! When the stomach is fed, the hands automatically regain strength. If the fingers of your hand were to think that they worked so hard, so they should take the food themselves instead of giving it to the stomach, then they will be frustrated.


Thus, the hands, legs, eyes, and so on are all parts of the body, but they are not actually the enjoyers. The stomach is the enjoyer. The legs move, the hands supply food, the teeth chew, and all parts of the body are engaged in satisfying the stomach because the stomach is the principal factor that nourishes the body's organization. Therefore everything is given to the stomach. In the same way Lord Sri Krishna is the root cause of everything that exists; if He is satisfied, then everyone will be satisfied. This is the principle illustrated in a wonderful pastime of Lord Krishna.

Once while the Pandavas were in exile, the sage Durvasa came with his thousands of disciples to their hut for lunch prasad. The Pandavas had an akshaya-patra, a magical cooking vessel that provided as much food as they needed, till their wife Draupadi ate her food. After that the vessel would give food only on the next day. When Durvasa arrived, Draupadi had just finished her lunch. Seeing Durvasa the Pandavas were alarmed as they knew that they would not be able to feed him. While the short-tempered sage and his disciples bathed in a nearby river, the Pandavas prayed frantically to Krishna to save them from the wrath of the sage. At that moment Krishna appeared there and asked Draupadi for some food. She sadly told Him that there was none, but on His bidding, she found a small piece of shak (cooked vegetable) remaining in the vessel and offered it to the Lord. When the Lord ate that little morsel of shak, the sage and his disciples found that their stomachs had become inexplicably full, yasmin tushtam jagat tushtam "When the Lord is satisfied, everyone is satisfied."