pranata-dehinam papa-karsanam
trna-caranugam sri-niketanam
phani-pha arpitam te padambujam
krnu kucesu nah krndhi hrc-chayam

Srimad-Bhag. 10.31.7

“O Prabhu, You are very merciful. Why are You afraid that there may be a sinful reaction if You were to place Your lotus feet on our breasts? By merely remembering Your name, all sins are destroyed.”

‘Pranata’ means that if one surrenders everything to Bhagavan including one’s false ego, then all sins are destroyed, and when all of one’s sins are destroyed, then at once one receives Bhagavan’s direct darsana. Gajendra the elephant fought with a crocodile for thousands of years until, being partially submerged in water, he took a lotus in his trunk and held it up as an offering to Bhagavan while silently praying, “Prabhu, now I am surrendered to You, and I am not even concerned if You save me or if I perish.” By the power of this surrender, all of his anarthas and aparadhas from so many lives were destroyed and at once Bhagavan came. He killed the crocodile with His cakra, and Gajendra was released.

If we factually surrender to Bhagavan, then that surrender will be the destroyer of all our faults. Are we surrendered like this? Have all of our faults and offenses been eradicated? This is the measuring stick. Most of the suffering that we are feeling and the obstacles that are arising in our bhajana are reactions to our misdeeds in previous lives. No matter where one goes, these reactions to previous karma and offenses cannot be escaped, so an intelligent man will remain in the company of sadhus who will gradually lead him to Bhagavan.

Bhakti Rasayana page 93
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