It is very important that one should treat sense gratification in this material world with fear. Kamsa, he was always afraid. Devaki and Vasudeva, they were also afraid. But Kamsa was afraid of Krishna and Devaki and Vasudeva, they were afraid of Kamsa. This was the difference.
So because Kamsa was afraid of Krishna would come and kill him at any moment, he was always agitated and he wanted to kill Krishna. Devaki and Vasudeva, they were always afraid of Kamsa, they were always thinking of Krishna, how Krishna may save the situation, how also Krishna could be protected. This way they were always having different types of fear of Kamsa.
So the example given in the Bhagavatam by Srila Prabhupada is that Kamsa is the personification of material fear. Non-devotees are always afraid, that he sees Krishna as death personified. They are always afraid of death, doesn’t see Krishna with love.
Just like the mouse when it is picked up in the cat’s mouth, it doesn’t see the cat as a very loving person, sees the cat as death personified. When the little kitten is picked up by the mouth of the cat, then she is feeling I’m being protected by my mother. Similarly the devotee sees Krishna in a very wonderful perspective as the most kind and gentle protector while the non-devotee sees the same Krishna as death personified.
So Krishna should be approached as a devotee. But then we should fear, just like Devaki and Vasudeva feared Kamsa, the devotee should fear material sense gratification, should fear Maya because Maya can put one into complete forgetfulness of Krishna. This is Maya’s quality.HH Jayapataka Swami Lecture – Srimad Bhagavatam
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