Krishna IS The Object of Love

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

We have a propensity to love, but we do not know how to make our love perfect. That perfection is possible when we love Krishna. When we hear about Krishna, we are associating with Krishna, When we chant about Krishna we are associating with Krishna, When we remember Krishna we are associating with Krishna. The perfection of love of Krishna is already there within everyone. As Lord Caitanya says (CC. M. 22.107),

nitya-siddha kṛṣṇa-prema ‘sādhya’ kabhu naya
śravaṇādi-śuddha-citte karaye udaya

Pure love for Krsna is eternally established in the hearts of living entities. It is not something to be gained from another source. When the heart is purified by hearing and chanting, the living entity naturally awakens."

A lump of gold is gold, though it may be covered with dirt. It simply has to be cleansed; then it becomes pure gold. Similarly, everyone is Krishna conscious, but on account of association with matter people think they are something different from Krishna. Because everyone is part and parcel of Krishna, everyone has His qualities in minute degree, just as a speck of gold has the qualities of the vast mass of gold in the gold mine, or as a drop of sea water contains the same ingredients as the great ocean. The difference between Krishna and us is that He is the great, unlimited spiritual being and we are infinitesimal particles of spirit.

Material love is possessive. Material means seeing something as separate from God and meant for "my"enjoyment. We identify our self with the object of "our love and those we don't love are considered outside ourself interest. Although love itself in its pure form is beautiful material love creates an "us" and "them" mentality.

In Srimad Bhagavatam verse 3.32.35, the phrase "dharmeṇobhaya-cihnena" means that the bhakti-yoga process contains two symptoms, namely attachment for the Supreme Lord and detachment from all material affinities. There are two symptoms of advancement in the process of devotional service, just as there are two processes taking place while eating. A hungry man feels strength and satisfaction from eating, and at the same time he gradually becomes detached from eating any more. Similarly, with the execution of devotional service, real knowledge develops, and one becomes detached from all material activities. In no other activity but devotional service is there such detachment from matter and attachment for the Supreme. The proper object of love is revealed in the Srimad Bhagavatam (4.31.14)

yathā taror mūla-niṣecanena
tṛpyanti tat-skandha-bhujopaśākhāḥ
prāṇopahārāc ca yathendriyāṇāṁ
tathaiva sarvārhaṇam acyutejyā

"As pouring water on the root of a tree energizes the trunk, branches, twigs and everything else, and as supplying food to the stomach enlivens the senses and limbs of the body, simply worshiping the Supreme Personality of Godhead through devotional service automatically satisfies the demigods, who are parts of that Supreme Personality."

Srila Prabhupada says "If you water the root of tree, the water is distributed to the branches, leaves, twigs, fruits, flowers - everywhere. Or, if you put food into the stomach, the energy is distributed all over the body. Similarly, if you love Krishna, then everyone becomes satisfied."

Krishna is the root of all existence (aham sarvasya prabhavo BG [10.8], janmādy asya yata [SB 1.1.1]). But we are neglecting to water the root. Instead we are pouring water on the leaves and branches. But the leaves and branches are drying up, and we are becoming frustrated. In other words, so-called humanitarian service or social service without any touch of Krishna consciousness is just like watering the leaves and branches of a tree without watering the root. It is all useless labor ("śrama eva hi kevalam"). You may perform whatever loving service you can for your society, community, and nation, but you must do it in Krishna consciousness, for Krishna's pleasure. Then your loving service will be perfect. Otherwise it will remain imperfect. The persons whom you are serving will never be happy, nor will you be happy.

The object of love is very nicely explained in Srimad Bhagavatam (1.8.31) purport by Srila Prabhupada. "The Supreme Lord is the Supreme in all circumstances, as already explained. Here is a specific example of the Lord's being the Supreme and at the same time a plaything in the presence of His pure devotee. The Lord's pure devotee renders service unto the Lord out of unalloyed love only, and while discharging such devotional service the pure devotee forgets the position of the Supreme Lord. The Supreme Lord also accepts the loving service of His devotees more relishably when the service is rendered spontaneously out of pure affection, without anything of reverential admiration. Generally the Lord is worshiped by the devotees in a reverential attitude, but the Lord is meticulously pleased when the devotee, out of pure affection and love, considers the Lord to be less important than himself."

If we do our devotional service lovingly and sincerely Krishna will definitely reciprocate to us. The Supreme is waiting for us to return to our spiritual position to engage in his spiritual activities. How long it takes for us to return to our spiritual home simply depends on how long we allow ourselves to be influenced or controlled by the material impulses and desires which bind us to this material existence. We should not feel that we are so sinful or fallen that we have no hope for developing our spiritual relationship with the Supreme, for He is always waiting for His lost servants. But we have to begin to show that we want to return to Him by rising above bodily identifications and realizing our eternal relationship with the lord, our real identity.

The highest love of service that can be rendered to the mankind is, therefore, to preach the philosophy and religion of Bhagavad-gita for all the times, all the places and all the people.

Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Suresh Gajendran,
Abu Dhabi, UAE.