Presence of Krishna - Part 2

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

This is in continuation of the previous topic titled, "Presence of Krishna" wherein we we saw that when we purify our consciousness by bhakti, we can realise the presence of Krishna and He instills fearlessness in us. Now we shall see further.

In Srimad Bhagavatam verse 10.2.17 while narrating about the appearance of the Lord, Sukadev Goswami says to Parikshit Maharaj

sa bibhrat pauruṣaṁ dhāma bhrājamāno yathā raviḥ
durāsado ’tidurdharṣo bhūtānāṁ sambabhūva ha

While carrying the form of the Supreme Personality of Godhead within the core of his heart, Vasudeva bore the Lord’s transcendentally illuminating effulgence, and thus he became as bright as the sun. He was therefore very difficult to see or approach through sensory perception. Indeed, he was unapproachable and unperceivable even for such formidable men as Kaṁsa, and not only for Kaṁsa but for all living entities.

In the above verse the word dhāma is very nice to meditate. Srila Prabhupada very nicely explains this word in Krishna book as well as in the word-to-word equivalents and purport of this verse. His Divine Grace dhāma as spiritual effulgence. When Krishna is present in our lives, all the darkness of ignorance gets removed. Krishna Himself assures this in the seed verse 10.11 of Bhagavad Gita for those devotees who are always thinking of Him, singing His glories and constantly engaging in devotional service.

teṣām evānukampārtham aham ajñāna-jaṁ tamaḥ
nāśayāmy ātma-bhāva-stho jñāna-dīpena bhāsvatā

To show them special mercy, I, dwelling in their hearts, destroy with the shining lamp of knowledge the darkness born of ignorance.

So wherever Krishna is present, there is effulgence - no darkness.  

In Chapter 2 of Krsna book, His Divine Grace beautifully describes dhāma as follows - "The appearance of the form of Kṛṣṇa anywhere, and specifically within the heart, is called dhāma. Dhāma refers not only to Kṛṣṇa’s form but also to His name, His qualities and His paraphernalia. Everything becomes manifest simultaneously.

His Divine Grace beautifully explains the word dhāma  in his wonderful purport to verse 10.2.17. "Dhāma refers to the place where the Supreme Personality of Godhead resides. In the beginning of Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam (1.1.1) it is said, dhāmnā svena sadā nirasta-kuhakaṁ satyaṁ paraṁ dhīmahi. In the abode of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, there is no influence of material energy (dhāmnā svena sadā nirasta-kuhakam). Any place where the Supreme Personality of Godhead is present by His name, form, qualities or paraphernalia immediately becomes a dhāma. For example, we speak of Vṛndāvana-dhāma, Dvārakā-dhāma and Mathurā-dhāma because in these places the name, fame, qualities and paraphernalia of the Supreme Godhead are always present. Similarly, if one is empowered by the Supreme Personality of Godhead to do something, the core of his heart becomes a dhāma, and thus he becomes so extraordinarily powerful that not only his enemies but also people in general are astonished to observe his activities. Because he is unapproachable, his enemies are simply struck with wonder, as explained here by the words durāsado ’tidurdharsaḥ."

So not only are the holy places, but the hearts of pure devotees are also - dhām. In case of Vasudev, we find that when he was carrying Krishna in his heart, he became unapproachable by even Kamsa.  In this regard our spiritual master HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj used to give the example of fire. Krishna is like fire. We may be like dull, impure iron metal - but when put in fire, iron also become fiery and free from impurities. No one dares to touch hot iron. So if we want to save ourselves from the influence of material energy, we must be fiery in devotional service and always carry Krishna in our heart. Maharaj also used to give the example of "live wire".  No one dares to touch "live wire", because it is connected to power-house and mishandling it will only cause harm to the person who touches it.  Whereas an ordinary wire which is not connected to powerhouse, is easily cut or mishandled.  Likewise when we are also connected our Supreme Power house Krishna, no one will dare to touch us. But as soon as we stray away from Him, we are sure to face all the kicks from the material world. So how important it is to have Krishna's presence in our hearts and lives! 

Krishna willing we shall continue to meditate more on this topic in the subsequent offering.

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