Increasing the Awareness of the Supreme Lord

Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev.

In Srimad Bhagavatam verse 1.2.11 Suta Goswami says to the sages of Naimisaranya,

vadanti tat tattva-vidas tattvaṁ yaj jñānam advayam
brahmeti paramātmeti bhagavān iti śabdyate

Learned transcendentalists who know the Absolute Truth call this nondual substance Brahman, Paramatmā or Bhagavan.

These verses are spoken with deep and profound meaning. Suta Goswami is trying to explain the three nature of Absolute truth.

The word tattva-vit in the above verse is worth noting. Suta Goswami wants to follow in the footsteps of tattva-vit, learned transcendentalists, previous acaryas. Suta Goswami does not want to express his own opinion about Krishna (Absolute Truth). He wants to take shelter of learned transcendentalists and pure devotees. This is the first step to become aware of the Supreme Absolute Truth. Since we are so much materially contaminated it is better we take shelter of acaryas like Srila Prabhupada and spiritual master's opinion. Once we think we can realize these verses on our own, then being in the material modes, we are liable to talk some nonsense in the class and is based on mental concoctions. We have to be careful in our utterances. How to develop this quality of taking shelter of Guru and Krishna is by deep meditation, remembrances, obeisances to Guru and Krishna. We should always remain grateful to Guru and Krishna. Suta Goswami remembered his spiritual master Sukadev Goswami and he prayed for his mercy and then he offered his pranams to Lord Narayana, Nara Narayana Rishi, Goddess Saraswati, and Vyasadev before reciting this great literature. As a result after hearing Srimad Bhagavatam from him, all the sages attained perfection in their lives by remembering Krishna. In Kali-yuga we have Srila Prabhupada (as representative of Suta Goswami) who has created a spiritual revolution in the 21st century - (janataagha viplavo). Maharaj says, "Everything is done by Srila Prabhupada, but he never took credit or asked for it. He was so humble that he always remembered his Guru and gave the credit to his Guru and his disciples." That is the reason even 45 mins speech from Srila Prabhupada is so potent that even on-looker were purified.

What about us and why we are not able to convince even one living entity? The reason is simple. We are not deeply meditating, remembering, or paying obeisances to Guru and Krishna. This makes the difference. It is time for us to introspect on the mechanical verse recitation and develop some bhava with those verses. If we are mechanical and a robot in the Srimad Bhagavatam class, reciprocation also will be the same. No impact. As HG Devakinandan Prabhuji said in one of the classes, 'Our mangalacharan and narayanam namaskrtya recitation are all like Rajdhani express. That should not be the way.' It is time for us to contemplate and start deeply meditating, remembering, and paying obeisances to Guru and Krishna before we speak on the transcendental subject matter. We are very careful while we are dealing with Big bosses like CEO, MD, etc. We deeply think, meditate and we agree to pay obeisances if required to them. But with Supreme Boss Krishna we are so much careless. Because we do not understand the nature and transcendental nature of Supreme Absolute Truth and do not want to become serious about it.

Another important word in the above verse is advayam meaning, non-dual substance. There is no duality in Krishna. Srila Prabhupada explains in the purport about nonduality very nicely. "In the relative world, the knower is the living spirit or superior energy, whereas the known is inert matter or inferior energy. Therefore, there is a duality of inferior and superior energy, whereas in the Absolute realm both the knower and the known are of the same superior energy." His body and soul are the same and there is no duality. It exists eternally and never changes (avikaaram). Therefore He is Absolute. Since the Lord is Absolute and therefore anything done on behalf of Him with love and devotion (without any motivation) also becomes absolute. So devotional service is absolute and the servitor is absolute. That is why the Lord says even a little bit of devotional service can save us from the great danger. The devotional service is the activity of the soul and the soul is eternal and therefore we have to increase our soul's activity and keep the bodily activities to minimum, to really understand the nature of Absolute Truth. Srila Prabhupada gives the process to understand the Absolute Truth in the purport of Srimad Bhagavatam verse 1.2.10 -"Seekers of the Absolute Truth are never allured by unnecessary engagements in sense gratification because the serious students seeking the Absolute Truth are always overwhelmed with the work of researching the Truth."

As Maharaj says, we should sincerely endeavour to read and research the scriptures and that is the way to increase the awareness of the Supreme Lord.

Thank you very much,
Your humble servant,
Sajjanapriya Krishna das,
Abu Dhabi.