Harikatha Transcends the Modes

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

In Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 2 Chapter 3, Sukadev Goswami explains to Parikshit Maharaj as to how we can transcend the modes of material nature. In verse 2.3.12 Sukadev Goswami says

jñānaṁ yad āpratinivṛtta-guṇormi-cakram
ātma-prasāda uta yatra guṇeṣv asaṅgaḥ
kaivalya-sammata-pathas tv atha bhakti-yogaḥ
ko nirvṛto hari-kathāsu ratiṁ na kuryāt

Transcendental knowledge in relation with the Supreme Lord Hari is knowledge resulting in the complete suspension of the waves and whirlpools of the material modes. Such knowledge is self-satisfying due to its being free from material attachment, and being transcendental it is approved by authorities. Who could fail to be attracted?

The word guṇormi and cakram in the above verse are worth meditating. Srila Prabhupada translates them as waves and whirlpool of material modes. Waves tosses us hither and thither and whirlpool ultimately sucks us down. So we can never experience steadiness or bliss in life when we are caught by these waves and whirlpools. Devotional service or bhaktiyoga alone helps us to come out of these modes as guaranteed by Lord Krishna in verse 14.26 of Bhagavad Gita. "One who engages in full devotional service, unfailing in all circumstances, at once transcends the modes of material nature and thus comes to the level of Brahman." 

Supreme Lord is the controller of all the modes and so He is transcendental to them. Likewise knowledge related to Supreme Lord or Hari katha is also transcendental and when one takes sincere shelter of Hari katha, they also become transcendental to the modes. Hearing Krishna katha gives us ātma-prasāda - satisfaction to our soul. Lord Krishna says in the second seed verse 10.9 of Bhagavad Gita 

mac-cittā mad-gata-prāṇā
bodhayantaḥ parasparam
kathayantaś ca māṁ nityaṁ
tuṣyanti ca ramanti ca

The thoughts of My pure devotees dwell in Me, their lives are fully devoted to My service, and they derive great satisfaction and bliss from always enlightening one another and conversing about Me.

While explaining about - ātma-prasāda uta yatra guṇeṣv asaṅgaḥ, His Divine Grace says, "I am eternal part and parcel of Kṛṣṇa. I may be very minute part, but because I am now attached with the complete machine, now I am safe. This example I have given so many times, a big machine and a small screw, part of it. When it is detached from the machine, it has no value. But when it is again attached to the machine, even it is very insignificant, small, it has got value. Similarly, ātma-prasāda uta yatra guṇeṣv asaṅgaḥ. Asaṅgaḥ, no more connection with this material nature. But I have my connection with Kṛṣṇa. It may be little, very. I may be very minute, but that, I mean to say, connection is very valuable."

Krishna is like fire and we are tiny sparks. Spark dies down when it exists independent of fire. So likewise our life is also meaningful so long as we are connected with the Supreme Lord. So we should always connect with Supreme Lord by chanting and hearing His names and glories. Krishna katha not only gives us bliss but also gives us the real knowledge that we are eternal servant of Supreme Lord and helps us to detach from material things. 

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