Always Remember Krishna - Part 16

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

This is in continuation of the previous offerings titled, "Always Remember Krishna" wherein we were meditating on Arjuna's experiences once Krishna returned to Goloka. In previous offerings we meditated on the blessings recollected by Arjuna and his response to the difficult inquiry of Yudhistira Maharaj about the well-being of Yadus. 

Most of us would have experienced this difficult situation when we had to break the depressing news of the death of loved ones to other friends or relatives. Even from a mundane perspective it is a painful feeling. How much more painful it would be for Arjuna to share the news of the destruction of the Yadu dynasty and more importantly about the disappearance of the Supreme Lord from our material vision?! The Pandavas spent so much of their time with Krishna (especially in all their difficult times), that it was very difficult for them to bear His separation even when He was returning from Hastinapur to Dwaraka, how much more pain it would have been when they came to know that they would not be able to see Him anymore with the mundane eyes! And how much more painful it must have been for Arjuna who spent most of his time talking with Him, eating with Him, sleeping with Him, wandering with Him, joking with Him etc. The Lord's love for the Pandavas and vice-versa were so pure that the pain of separation is unlimited and inconceivable to mundane minds.

Srila Prabhupada says beautifully in his purport to SB 1.15.28, "The feeling of separation from the Lord is undoubtedly painful to the devotee, but because it is in connection with the Lord, it has a specific transcendental effect which pacifies the heart. Feelings of separation are also sources of transcendental bliss, and they are never comparable to contaminated material feelings of separation." 

Experience of material feelings of separation and spiritual feelings of separation are complete opposite (ūrdhva-mūlam). In the case of material feelings, the more we think about the person who has left us, the more we become morose and depressed, because we can never associate with them in the same material form. Whereas in the case of spiritual feelings of separation, the more we think of the person, we become more and more closer and purified, because the association is on the spiritual platform. And the feelings of the pain of separation itself becomes the medicine to cure that pain. Almost all the disciples of our Guru Maharaj HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj have some of this experience especially after he left our material vision. Every time we meet and discuss about his transcendental instructions, his chastisements, his transcendental qualities, his jokes, our experiences with him etc especially during Vyasa puja, Tirobhava or other occasions, we all feel Maharaj is physically present with us, right in that spot.

We also see here that Arjuna, on being inquired by Maharaj Yudhishtira about Lord Krishna and His relatives in Dwaraka, related to him the unpalatable truth, but at the same time remembered all the incidents that they experienced with the Supreme Lord and how He helped them in the most difficult situations in their lives. By remembering all those incidents, they could appreciate His mercy more and more and be grateful for the same. And topping it all, he concludes by remembering the transcendental instructions he received from the Supreme Lord in the form of Bhagavad-gita, because it relieves the burning heart in all time and space (SB 1.15.27):

deśa-kālārtha-yuktāni hṛt-tāpopaśamāni ca
haranti smarataś cittaṁ govindābhihitāni me

Now I am attracted to those instructions imparted to me by the Personality of Godhead [Govinda] because they are impregnated with instructions for relieving the burning heart in all circumstances of time and space.

Let us discuss more details of the greatness of Gita as related by Arjuna to Yudhishtira Maharaj in the next offering Krishna willing.

Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Sudarshana devi dasi.