Seed of Devotional Service - Part 6

22nd Mar 2016
Sudarshana devi dasi

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

This is in continuation of the previous offering titled 'Seed of Devotional service' wherein we were transcribing one of the nectarean Bhagavatam classes given by our beloved spiritual master H H Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj on verse 1.5.15 in Sri Sri RadhaNeelMadhav dham, Rajkot in December 2003. In the previous offering we heard about two principles explained in first two seed verses of Srimad Bhagavatam. Now we shall hear further.

6. Seeing Krishna everywhere: The third principle is explained in the next seed verse, Srimad Bhagavatam verse 2.9.35:

yathā mahānti bhūtāni bhūteṣūccāvaceṣv anu
praviṣṭāny apraviṣṭāni tathā teṣu na teṣv aham

O Brahma, please know that the universal elements enter into the cosmos and at the same time do not enter into the cosmos; similarly, I Myself also exist within everything created, and at the same time I am outside of everything.

The five great elements - earth, water, fire, air and ether - Krishna says that He has great stock of this and He has given just a part of it into this creation. This we have to remember. Just like in Television shop, there might be only 100 to 200 sets of television. But in the godown, there will be so many. That is what Krishna does. He has unlimited stock. That is why He is called Ananta. He has unlimited stock of water. And on this earth itself how much water He has given ? Can you see the quantity of water in Atlantic, Pacific oceans? As we know earth has one part of land and 3 parts of water. This principle is also inculcated in all the shlokas. And then we have the fourth principle in seed verse 2.9.36 of Srimad Bhagavatam:

etāvad eva jijñāsyaṁ tattva-jijñāsunātmanaḥ
anvaya-vyatirekābhyāṁ yat syāt sarvatra sarvadā

A person who is searching after the Supreme Absolute Truth, the Personality of Godhead, must certainly search for it up to this, in all circumstances, in all space and time, and both directly and indirectly.

We have to know Krishna upto this. What is this 'upto this'? 'Upto this' means we should understand that Krishna is all in all - vāsudevaḥ sarvam iti - Without His connection, everything is illusory energy. He has unlimited stock. Something is with us. Thats it. He says, "Those living entities who are inquisitive to know me, they should know upto this - anvaya-vyatirekābhyāṁ - That means indirectly and directly I am connected to Krishna. How are we connected indirectly ? Take example of this door. Those who have knowledge, they know that wood for this door has come from some tree. Tree must come out of the ground. Tree cannot grow unless ground has the capacity to grow the tree. Any growth, any development, must have Krishna's energy. So eventually this door is not just a door, but it is Krishna's energy. This is jnāna cakṣuḥ.

By naked eye, material eye we see only the door. That cakṣuḥ has no value. But behind this door, if we see further with jnāna cakṣuḥ, then we can see Krishna's energy everywhere. It is very difficult for us to mould ourselves into this pattern. But we are such a non-sense that we fail to see Krishna in everything. The whole Bhagavatam message is squeezed in this word 'anvaya-vyatirekābhyāṁ' - We are directly and indirectly connected to Him. Just like this door has an indirect connection, which we can see only with jnāna cakṣuḥ. Otherwise people will be angry with us saying, "This is just a door. There is no Krishna in it." But we can see very well that apart from Him, nothing exists. Krishna says in 7th Chapter of Bhagavad Gita 'mattaḥ parataraṁ nānyat
kiñcid asti dhanañ-jaya
'. "Apart from Me nothing exists".

The last line of seed verse in Bhagavatam is yat syāt sarvatra sarvadā - He is definitely everywhere. Srila Prabhupada nicely translates that as 'in all circumstance, in all space and time'. In all times, in all space and in all circumstances Krishna is there. And this is Bhagavatam.

Krishna willing, we shall continue to hear more nectar from Maharaj in the subsequent offering.

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