Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Mukunda-mālā-stotra 22

madana parihara sthitiḿ madīye

manasi mukunda-padāravinda-dhāmni

hara-nayana-kṛśānunā kṛśo 'si

smarasi na cakra-parākramaḿ murāreḥ


madanaO Cupid; parihara — give up; sthitim — your residence; madīye — my; manasiin the mind; mukunda — of Lord Mukunda; pada-aravinda — of the lotus feet; dhāmni — which is the abode; hara — of Lord Śiva; nayana — from the eye; kṛśānunā — by the fire; kṛśaḥ — decimated; asi — you have become; smarasi na — you do not remember; cakra — of the disc weapon; parākramam — the powerful capability; mura-areḥ — of the enemy of Mura.


O Cupid, abandon your residence in my mind, which is now the home of Lord Mukunda's lotus feet. You have already been incinerated by Lord Śiva's fiery glance, so why have you forgotten the power of Lord Murāri's disc?


This is a bold challenge to Cupid, who can usually subdue everyone, including aspiring transcendentalists. As Lord Kapila says to His mother, "Just try to understand the mighty strength of My māyā in the shape of a woman, who by the mere movement of her eyebrows can keep even the greatest conquerors of the world under her grip" (Bhāg. 3.31.38).

A devotee can challenge Kāmadeva (Cupid) in such a feisty way because devotees constantly meditate on Lord Kṛṣṇa, who destroys Cupid's influence. Here King Kulaśekhara is giving fair warning to Kāmadeva to leave the king's mind or risk destruction for a second time. The reference here is to an incident in which Kāmadeva tried to shoot his arrows at Lord Śiva to arouse lust in him. Lord Śiva retaliated by burning Kāmadeva to ashes with his glance. Kāmadeva should have learned his lesson from that incident. If not, King Kulaśekhara warns that Lord Kṛṣṇa will have no trouble destroying Kāmadeva with His disc and freeing His devotee's mind of lust.

Kāmadeva is also called Madana, a name that means "one who attracts." But Lord Kṛṣṇa is known as Madana-mohana, "the bewilderer of Cupid." In other words, Kṛṣṇa is so transcendentally attractive that anyone who absorbs his mind in Him will not be troubled by sex desire. Furthermore, Lord Kṛṣṇa's consort, Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī, is called Madana-mohana-mohinī because She alone can captivate even Kṛṣṇa.

In all the world's religions, ascetics have practiced renunciation, and Kāmadeva always tests them and gives them trouble. Often, despite one's best attempts at purification, one thinks of the opposite sex at the time of death. Then one has to come back in the cycle of birth and death, to be again attracted and again suffer the miseries of material life. Even the powerful mystic Viśvāmitra became a victim of the beauty of Menakā, united with her, and begot Śakuntalā.

But the bhaktas have discovered an infallible shelter from Cupid — absorption in the beauty of Kṛṣṇa. One who is captivated by the beauty of Kṛṣṇa is not victimized by lust. As Śrī Yāmunācārya sings,

yad-avadhi mama cetaḥ kṛṣṇa-pādāravinde

nava-nava-rasa-dhāmany udyataḿ rantum āsīt

tad-avadhi bata nārī-sańgame smaryamāne

bhavati mukha-vikāraḥ suṣṭhu niṣṭhīvanaḿ ca

"Since my mind has been engaged in the service of the lotus feet of Lord Kṛṣṇa and I have been enjoying ever-new transcendental pleasure in that service, whenever I think of sex with a woman my face at once turns from it, and I spit at the thought."

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