Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva.
This is a continuation of the transcription of a lecture delivered by our beloved spiritual master, His Holiness Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj on Srimad Bhagavad Gita 5.20. So far we heard Maharaj speak about:
1) How to clear the contaminations from our lives
2) What is the real process of atonement
3) Understanding the transcendental nature of the Lord and His activities, especially cow grazing.
4) How Krishna's potencies work and His highest manifestation of His internal potency (Radharani)
Let us continue to hear further from Maharaj.
"Always we tend to think the pastimes of Krishna through the material eye and that is the mistake." There is a nice verse from Bhakti Rasamirta Sindhu (1.2.234) quoted frequently by Srila Prabhupada:
ataḥ śrī-kṛṣṇa-nāmādi na bhaved grāhyaṃ indriyaiḥ
sevonmukhe hi jihvādau svayam eva sphuraty adaḥ
No one can understand Krishna as He is by the blunt material senses. But He reveals Himself to the devotees, being pleased with them for their transcendental loving service unto Him.
However hard we try with our senses, we cannot see Krishna. We cannot hear Him. This is the fact because our senses are completely imperfect. So we should not try to see Him with our imperfect senses, if we try with our senses, then we are a failure. Devotional service is the only window through which we can peep into the confidential matters. Srila Prabhupada nicely explains in the purport to verse Adi Lila chapter 4 and verse number 56. Please read that purport and you will understand. More explanation is given in the Teachings of Lord Caitanya regarding the confidential matters of Radharani and Krishna.
I will give you the two verses to recite always and you will be able to understand these confidential matters with these two verses. The first is the gopi's verse and as I told you that we have to study about the gopis in order to understand these matters. Radha bhav is very popular, but even then we have to be careful how we follow the Radha bhav. This is the verse which gives us direction SB 10.31.15:
aṭati yad bhavān ahni kānanaṁ
truṭi yugāyate tvām apaśyatām
kuṭila-kuntalaṁ śrī-mukhaṁ ca te
jaḍa udīkṣatāṁ pakṣma-kṛd dṛśām
There are so many verses, but this is the best one.
Krishna willing, we will continue to hear more nectar from Maharaj in the next offering.
Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Krishnarati devi dasi
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