Krishna Reveals Himself - Part 1

Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,

Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva.

In Srimad Bhagavatam verse 2.8.8 Parikshit Maharaj asks Sukadeva Goswami about what is the significant difference between the Lord's body and that of the living entities created by Him. In response to this Sukadev Goswami begins to explain how Lord Brahmaji got the darshan of the transcendental form of the Lord. In verse 2.9.4 Sukadev Goswami says,

aatma-tattva-vishuddhy-artham / yad aaha bhagavaan rtam
brahmane darshayan rupam / avyalika-vrataadrtah

"O King, the Personality of Godhead, being very much pleased with Lord Brahma because of his nondeceptive penance in bhakti-yoga, presented His eternal and transcendental form before Brahma. And that is the objective goal for purifying the conditioned soul."

In the above verse the word avyalika means 'without any deceptive', vrata means 'vow' and aadrtah means 'worshiped'. Brahmaji pleased the Lord simply by following his instructions - 'tapa' with full faith. Many a times we take a vow, but being carried away by the modes of ignorance we give it up. We break the vows - when our motives are met or we break them when our motives are not met. But that is not the way to please Krishna. Brahmaji did tapasya for thousands of years, without any motive. Srila Prabhupada repeatedly mentions in the purport to the above verse as to how 'bhakti-yoga' alone is the way to see Krishna, to know Krishna. So when Lord was pleased with Brahmaji's penanced He revealed His transcendental form to Him.

Srila Prabhupada mentions in the purport to the above verse, "Brahmaji did not perform such severe types of penance just to see a form of material production. Therefore the question by Maharaja Parikshit about the form of the Lord is answered. The form of the Lord is sac-cid-ananda [Bs. 5.1], or eternal, full of knowledge and full of bliss. But the material form of the living being is neither eternal, nor full of knowledge, nor blissful. That is the distinction between the form of the Lord and that of the conditioned soul. The conditioned soul, however, can regain his form of eternal knowledge and bliss simply by seeing the Lord by means of bhakti-yoga."

When we are in this material form, we are not blissful - but when we take darshan of the Lord we become blissful. That's why we find people - even if they had to stand for many hours in queue in the temple, waiting to see the Lord, become very blissful after having darshan of the Deity just for few seconds. Such is the transcendental potency of Lord's glance on us. He is saccidaananda vigraha - form of eternity, knowledge and bliss and He distributes the bliss to all those who sincerely try to approach Him. 

Krishna willing we shall meditate further on this topic in the subsequent offering.

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