Dear Prabhujis and Matajis,
Hare Krishna. Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev.
When I spoke with Maharaj last week, His Holiness revealed to me a very nice verse in SB 4.30.22 from the Prayers of Pracetas to the Supreme Lord.
Maharaj was telling me how powerful that verse is, and asked me to write important points from the verse and purport in Granthraj. Here is the verse:
namo namaḥ kleśa-vināśanāya
sarvākṣa-mārgair agatādhvane namaḥ
The Pracetās spoke as follows: Dear Lord, You relieve all kinds of material distress. Your magnanimous transcendental qualities and holy name are all-auspicious. This conclusion is already settled. You can go faster than the speed of mind and words. You cannot be perceived by material senses. We therefore offer You respectful obeisances again and again.
Prabhupada's purport is very enlightening as always. In just 4 lines in the purport, Srila Prabhupada gives an exquisite explanation of the Absolute Truth. In my puny capacity, whatever I could understand, I am sharing with you all for my benefit.
His Divine Grace starts by expanding on the word, nirūpita (meaning settled conclusion). He further says, "No one has to conduct research work to find God or make progress in spiritual knowledge. Everything is conclusively there in the Vedas."
The word research is very interesting and it explains why the Pracetas say that the transcendental qualities of the Lord is already settled. The word read as "re-search", which means "searching again". In other words, it means, "that which we search for is already there". In scientific world, words like "re-search", "dis-cover" etc are used frequently. The scientists unknowingly accept the truth that they are only reinventing the wheel. For eg., The Law of Motion might have been found a few centuries ago, but it was existing practically ever since this world was created. If at all we are inventing something new, it is only by manipulation of the different energies of the Lord, and that too only by His mercy.
If this is the situation of the material knowledge, we can imagine how much more difficult it must be to understand the spiritual knowledge! It is just simply not possible by our own capacity. That is why Vedic knowledge is always referred to as "revelations" or "revealed scriptures". Srila Prabhupada is very adept at using the best verse to explain any idea. Here in the purport, His Divine Grace refers to a verse from Bhakti-rasāmṛta-sindhu 1.2.234,
ataḥ śrī-kṛṣṇa-nāmādi na bhaved grāhyam indriyaiḥ
sevonmukhe hi jihvādau svayam eva sphuraty adaḥ
The transcendental names, forms, qualities, paraphernalia's and pastimes of the Lord cannot be understood by our blunt material senses. When a devotee engages his senses favourably in devotional service, the Lord, through His causeless mercy, reveals Himself to the devotee.
There are two points made in this above verse and they substantiate the philosophy represented by the Pracetas very nicely.
First point is the futility of our material senses. If we analyse the power of our senses, we can understand that of all our senses, the mind and the tongue are the most powerful and the most important. Just by thinking about my home, I immediately go to my home mentally. Speech and words are the most effective means we have to convey our thoughts. But here it is stated that the Lord is even faster than mind and words. Hence our senses are actually not fit enough to actually understand the Lord by themselves - na bhaved grāhyam indriyaiḥ. (Another word used to represent the Lord is Adhokṣaja - One who is beyond the perception of the material senses.)
So how then can we realize the Lord? All we have is only these material senses. What can we do ? To understand this, we have to consider the second part of the verse which says that the realization of the Absolute Truth gets revealed by itself (svayam eva sphuraty adaḥ). As Prabhupada aptly puts it, "It automatically springs forth". And the conclusion about the transcendence is also already settled in the Vedas. The only thing Krsna wants us to do is to approach Him by engaging all our senses beginning with tongue (sevonmukhe hi jihvādau) in a simple service attitude.
Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev,
Kalacakra Krsna das
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