What Anartha Does Kamsa Represent?


Sripad Bhakti Madhava Puri Maharaja, Ph.D.

Kamsa is kam sa  = with kam. with material attachment. So he represent material attachment, or anartha in general. Also considered bhayanaka, or the fear of material attachment. Kama is also one of the four purusarthas: dharma, artha, kama, moksha, representing material enjoyment, and is distinct from the fifth transcendental pursuit of life, which is Krsna-bhakti or devotion unto Krsna.

Devaki symbolizes devotion, in whose heart Krsna appears. Devaki fears Kamsa, for material attachment will imprison the devotee in its grip and try to kill devotion; it is the antithesis of devotion. Krsna kills Kamsa and thus purifies the devotee of all material attachments.

The six sons of Devaki who Kamsa kills represent kama, krodha, lobha, moha, mada, matsarya, which are the progeny of the materially attached mind. In this sense, the fear of Kamsa, or fear of material attachment, kills lust, anger, greed, illusion, madness, and enviousness that arise in the mind of the aspiring bhakta.

When these anarthas are checked by fear of attachment then Baladeva, the adi Guru, comes to help remove all these anarthas and makes a clean place for Krsna to reside. Thus he expands as the Sesa naga throne, dham, and resting place for Krsna in the heart.

Yogamaya is the personification of prema, the energy that enacts all loving relationships in the spiritual world, bewildering the residents there to relate in ecstatic love with Krsna as an ordinary cowherd boy. How could Kamsa possibly have any contact with Yogamaya? She flies from his hands, and it is Mahamaya, the potency of material delusion, who tells Kamsa that Krsna, the eight son of Devaki, will kill him.

Those who receive the mercy of the Lord and become freed from all anarthas, are carried by Vasudeva across the viraja river that borders the material world, and taken to to the abode of Vrndavana, the plane of spontaneous loving service.


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Sripad Bhakti Madhava Puri Maharaja, Ph.D.