Like a little baby walks away from the parents and then suddenly looks around, doesn’t see the parents, gets scared, starts crying, runs back to the parents. Like that sometimes we get away from Kṛṣṇa, Māyā can also be a mercy to help us to surrender to Kṛṣṇa. In this Gajendra pastime, the attack of the crocodile was an impetus for Gajendra to surrender to Kṛṣṇa. We should surrender without such impetus, but sometimes we need Māyā to remind us that we have to take shelter of Kṛṣṇa. When She does that, that’s also mercy.
His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj
1989, 20thSeptember, SB class, @ Bhaktivedanta Manor, UK