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SB 1.11 - Giving gifts to Kṛṣṇa

Hearing the sound of the conchshell, which threatens fear personified, the citizens ran towards the Lord just to have His audience. Just as the gopīs at Vraja used to think of Kṛṣṇa while He was away during the day herding the cows, the citizens of Dvārakā were all immersed in His thoughts when He was away from Dvārakā. The sound of the Lord is identical with the Lord because of His non dual position. Out of the four problems of material existence namely the food problem, the shelter problem, the mating problem and the fear problem, the fear problem gives us more trouble than the others. We are always fearful due to our ignorance of the next problem. This is due to our association with the illusory energy. Yet all fear is vanished as soon as there is the sound of the Lord, represented by His holy name as sounded by Lord Caitanya in the Hare Kṛṣṇa mantra.

As devotees see everything as Kṛṣṇa’s and use everything in His service, the whole world is filled with pleasure. As soon as a soul fully contacts Kṛṣṇa the world takes on a spiritual existence. Thus the citizens appeared before the Lord and offered Him various presents, who is fully satisfied and who incessantly supplies others. These presentations were like the offering of a lamp to the sun. Yet the citizens began to speak in ecstatic language to receive the Lord, just as wards welcome their guardian and father. The Lord being self sufficient has no need to seek happiness from anything beyond Himself. His very existence is total bliss. But being the well wisher of everyone, He accepts everything offered in pure devotion. Anything fiery and illuminating is but an emanation of the energy of the sun, yet the sun is offered a lamp in worship. In the worship of the sun there is some demand made by the worshiper, but in the case of devotional service, there is no demand from either side. It is all a sign of pure love and affection between the Lord and the devotee. The Lord supplies everyone’s needs but He does not supply to a pure devotee what is considered a barrier to the discharge of devotional service.