Since the universe is utterly dependant on Him, the rope which is a small object of the universe, cannot bind Him just as a poor person who is utterly dependant on the king for his existence, cannot control or bind the king.
The Lord is not only the cause but also the creator. In this world, cause and creator are usually different. For example, for making a pot, clay is the cause and potter is the creator. In the case of this creation, Lord's external energy gets transformed into this universe and it is the cause.
The Lord is the supreme cause and though He is the cause of the universe, He Himself has no cause. So He exists in His spiritual form before the universe is created and He also continues to exists even after the universe is dissolved.
(na purvam na aparam):- These words indicates that His spiritual form exists in all phases of time with no decay, change or destruction. He has no prior and posterior time as we all have. We all have past, present and future but for Krishna there is no difference between past, present and future.
For binding an object one should stand in front or back or any side of the object and bind it from top or bottom of the object and cover the object with the rope. But this is not possible in case of Lord Krishna as the Lord does not have front or back or side or top or bottom. He exists everywhere.
For all substances there is inside or outside or both. But the Lord does not have inside or outside as He is smaller than the smallest and greater than the greatest. For example space is unlimited and it has no outside. But it has an inside and inside space only everything is situated.
He is the same Supreme Lord who is the celebrated in the Vedas and Upanishads. His quality of affection for His devotees only makes Him so accessible to the devotees and perform such lilas. We will meditate on the shlokas spoken by Sukadeva Goswami on the Lord's Supreme spiritual and infinite nature while describing this pastime.
Few weeks ago we had the festival of Gopashtami. Gopashtami is the day when Vrajavasis consider Lord Sri Krishna to have become a qualified cowherd. Before this day, He was a keeper of the calves and Srimad Bhagavatam refers to Krishna as vatsapaala.
Prabhupada said, whatever condition you are destined, "Just add Krishna to your life and it will be sublime." He has given the biggest medicine and has completely destroyed the doctors. If you really follow him, you will have no problems.
aagamaapaayino means coming and going. That is the nature of all the problems. You just tolerate. This titikshasva word is very important in the pages of Bhagavad Gita. Everything you tolerate. And when you tolerate, the time will come when the miseries come, they will not be there, because you are tolerating.
"Those who are murkhaa - foolish, they pass the time in sleep and fighting, whereas if you be intelligent - you pass the time in kaavya shaastra vinodena - shaastra chaksushaa - This is how we have to be intelligent. And this intelligence is coming from Prabhupada and he told us to be intelligent.
The only thing we have to do is to surrender to His lotus feet. So when we surrender, He guides us. Otherwise what we have? We don't have anything. At the best, we shout, scream and fight. There is very nice verse in Vedic literature
"Why are we expanding the temple, building big temples? It is all fresh air. And the more you visit these places, the more healthy you become. Because the vibrations are nice and dirty things you don't hear and always you are with Krishna.
"Can you see the difference how it is when we were singing the verses and when we recite the English translations. When we were singing the Sanskrit verses, it was very pleasing and English is completely dry. This is the difference.
LIF: Lamentation, Illusion and Fear is our material disease. Our material activities force us to lament, to be in illusion and to always be afraid. We are always afraid. If anything comes we always think, "O I might lose something, I might die, I might lose my wife, my children, my money, this, that..", all these fears are there.
When people go to see these football matches or cricket matches, thousands of people are sqeezed in the stadium. But as soon as the match stops, the players have a break - they fight with each other, tear each other apart because their ears are completely tired, their eyes are completely tired and they don't know what they are looking at.
shrnvataam means hear and sva-kathaah means His own pastime. Because Krishna is present in everyone's heart, when we hear about His own pastimes, about His Names, then Krishna within our heart is very pleased. This is our experience also. When someone appreciates you, you become happy.
We may not find out some Guru, but we may find some living entity in the society also who is affectionate to us. So we feel like going to them again and again and sit with them and talk to them. But it is not that we always get such a living entity. And if those living entities are affectionate to us or show a bit of care to us, the we feel it is alright. This is the reason.
Unless we give the priority to these transcendental matters in our life, the whole life becomes completely useless. mogham paartha sa jivati - (Living only for the satisfaction of the senses, such a person lives in vain - Bhagavad-Gita verse 3.16). This is why our life has to be guided by the names and topics and eveything regarding Krishna.
Srila Prabhupada has given us the intellect and with that intellect, we can very well understand that sri krishna namaadi na bhaved graahyam indriyaih - by our own senses we cannot catch Krishna. And because we cannot catch Krishna by any of our sense, so we have to experience Him.
Children need affection from mother and in no way they want to be separated from the mother. And in modern civilisation, we have six bedrooms and all six children are sleeping in six different rooms and the father is preparing for another child again. So this is the most degraded condition we have come to under the name of advancement.
Maharaj was telling how wonderfully Krishna has created the ears. When misused, it get damaged and we don't have any spare-part shop to replace it. Now we shall hear further on miracle of Krishna's creation.
"No one can understand Krishna as He is by the blunt material senses. But He reveals Himself to the devotees, being pleased with them for their transcendental loving service unto Him." - Bhakti Rasamirta Sindhu (1.2.234)
The service has got to continue unbroken, apratihatha and then only ye atma suprasidati. This isgopi bhaava or this is radha bhaava. Srila Prabhupada's example is in front of us. Till he was on the death bed, he dictated the purports of Srimad Bhagavatam. He didn't value these sentiments too much. Don't be victimised by the sentiments.
Maharaj began to explain verse 10.31.15 of Srimad Bhagavatam which will help us to understand the confidential matters of Sri Radha and Krishna in the right manner. Now let us continue to hear further from Maharaj.
However hard we try with our senses, we cannot see Krishna. We cannot hear Him. This is the fact because our senses are completely imperfect. So we should not try to see Him with our imperfect senses, if we try with our senses, then we are a failure.
In one of the Bhagavatam classes of Srila Prabhupada on verse 1.2.6, given in Bombay on 26th March 1972 Srila Prabhupada explains how bhakti is unconditional and cannot be hampered by any material conditions - place of birth, economical status, marital staus, gender, occupation etc.
He has obtained the luster of Radha. tapta kanchana gaurangi, tapta kanchana - like the gold, molten gold, He has the complexion and that's why Caitanya Mahaprabhu's complexion is golden in colour, like Radharani
This is how once we try this life, we will not enjoy the palaces. Palace is not enjoyment. It is our creation. The natural atmosphere is real enjoyment. We stay in a nice hut, it is much more pleasing than to be locked up in one apartment in a skyscraper. In the villages you can get out and see nice grass and cows and everything. This is impossible in the cities.