The Way to Transcendence - Part 9

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 highest manifestation of His internal potency
5) Understanding the gopi-bhāva

Maharaj began to explain verse 10.31.15 of Srimad Bhagavatam which will help us to understand the confidential matters of Sri Radha and Krishna in the right manner. Now let us continue to hear further from Maharaj.

aṭati yad bhavān ahni kānanaṁ
truṭi yugāyate tvām apaśyatām
kuṭila-kuntalaṁ śrī-mukhaṁ ca te
jaḍa udīkṣatāṁ pakṣma-kṛd dṛśām

The gopis say aṭati yad bhavān - the day the sun rises and You go after the cows and You move about in kānanaṁ- that is forest. During the day, for the whole day, You are in forest. That is why we are not able to see You, aṭati yad bhavān ahni kānanaṁ- and in Your absence, truṭi yugāyate, tvām apaśyatāmtruṭi  - means a fraction of a second. Srila Prabhupada translates it as, you divide the second into seventeen hundred parts, and then one part is known as truṭi . Very small fraction of a second is truṭi. But truṭi yugāyate - it becomes long as yuga, long as a millennium. When we like some person and if that person is not there, then one hour also, we feel as if it is a day or two or a month. In the beginning, when young boy and girl come together, they cannot be without them. Afterwards, it is very difficult to carry on these things but in the beginning, at least they are attracted and they cannot pass time without each other. Then they feel it is long time.

The same way without Krishna, without looking at Krishna, the gopis cannot feel alright for a single second, fraction of a second. tvām apaśyatām- we don't see You and in the evening, kuṭila-kuntalaṁ śrī-mukhaṁ ca te - kuṭila-kuntalaṁ means 'nice hair'. He has curly black hair. And those hair get dirty because of the dust coming from the hooves of the cows. The gopis say, "The face is dirty and Your hair is dirty, but we like to see You. For the whole day we didn't see You. Then what happens that Brahma who has created our body, pakṣma-kṛd dṛśām - he has created eyelids on our body and because of this eyelids, we have to blink again and again and till that time also, we cannot tolerate missing You." This is radha bhāva
 
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 
Singapore.