CAN KRSNA STAY AWAY FROM SOMEONE EXPERIENCING EXTREME SEPARATION?

CAN KRSNA STAY AWAY FROM SOMEONE EXPERIENCING EXTREME SEPARATION?

From a distance some Gopis were looking at Him with red, crooked, and angry eyes. Some were biting their lips, and some were scratching the ground with their toes. Some were speaking very quickly. Then with all their different moods they began to have darsana of Sri Krsna.

Sukadeva Goswami is saying here, that the Gopis became so absorbed in happiness and bliss, that Krsna was forced to come back. Some Gopis suddenly stood up as if their body had been filled with extreme life potency. Previously they had been lamenting and experiencing so much pain. They were on the brink of death and without enthusiasm. They were as if dead. But when they finally had darsana of Sri Krsna, by that vision these abala-Gopis (very weak Gopis), immediately received full strength and energy. They all stood up before the Lord with new life energy and they had divine effulgence coming from their bodily limbs.

Srila Jiva Goswami Prabhu says aghatam and swaghatam are different. Here there was no need for them to swaghat, to have a royal welcoming for Krsna. There was no need for padhya, arghya, achaman and paraphernalia for worshiping Him.

There was no necessity to perform praise or stutis (prayers) because Krsna cannot stay away from someone who is lamenting in extreme separation for Him, and who has great eagerness to offer themselves at His lotus feet. But if one does not have this mood and wants to conquer or control Krsna then the Lord will be very far away. Krsna can only be conquered by pure love and devotion as exhibited here by the Gopis.

The Lord observes everything, and seeing a person’s eagerness, He will personally appear before them as long as they are not misusing their independence or using their strength to try and conquer or control Him. They will be in a surrendered state having given up everything for Him (saranagata).

In the Vishnu Purana it is stated that the Vraja-devis finally saw Krsna’s extremely beautiful, sweet, smiling face. Before this they were crying so much and lamenting. They were completely bewildered as to what to do, not knowing if He was coming or not. They felt like they could die at any moment. They had become so weak from separation, that they did not have the energy or ability to stand or even move. When Krsna finally appeared before them, they instantly stood up to welcome their beloved. They were thinking, “Is this a dream? Is this a hallucination? Is this really real?”

We have heard on “Baladeva Purnima,” how Baladeva Prabhu can give us a divine vision, spurti or glimpse of Paramatma (God in the heart). God is present in the hearts all jivas (souls), and Baladeva, and or Sri Guru, has the potency to bring Paramatma from the heart and have Him appear as a glimpse or spurti. Currently we have turned away from Paramatma and are always separated from Him due to the various coverings of maya.

Guru can give us sakti (transcendental potency) to chant harinama and mantra. When we get the mercy and power of a sad-guru, then the natural tendency to do bhajan, chant harinama, and have a service tendency arises. This is the first opportunity.

Afterwards when we follow His desire of saranagata (being surrendered) then we can cross the different coverings of the material and subtle elements of maya, and become established in our constitutional spiritual nature and form. Then we can have vasta-vadas-darsana, the actual transcendental realization of the Lord.

Then tattva-jnana (transcendental knowledge) arises, dispelling ignorance, material attachment and bewilderment. Then pure sattva, one’s constitutional spiritual position, becomes fixed and anandini-sakti and kriya-vrtti, the spiritual tendency from Srimati Radhika, who is the Lord’s pleasure potency, arises.

In the hot season people suffer so much from the heat. They work 8, 10 even 12 hours or more a day to maintain their families in worldly existence. They work so hard. However in spiritual life, when one receives this potency, anandini-sakti and kriya-sakti, from Srimati Radhika, then they can blissfully and enthusiastically engage in the Lord’s service. This is transcendental, not forced service, and will immerse one in the ocean of ananda, pure bliss. (CLICK ON THE TITLE TO READ THE COMPLETE ARTICLE)

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE MEDITATE ON THE GOPIS? Did They Compete With Each Other?

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE MEDITATE ON THE GOPIS? Did They Compete With Each Other?

In Vraja there is no one who does not have complete love for Krsna. Some have vatsalya or parental love, others sakhya-bhava, or love of the mood of friendship. And some have love in the mood of servitude and others have love in the mood of a paramour or beloved. No one has a competitive spirit or thinks they are enemies.

They don’t think; “Oh you are very low and I am so great.” The sakhas don’t say to Krsna; “Oh what kind of big person do you think You are? Your father is the King Nanda-raja but You only have 9 lakhs cows, but my father has 11 lakhs cows. You are always coming to our houses and stealing butter but we don’t steal butter from Your house.” The Vrajavasis don’t have this critical mood towards one another. They don’t think, “Oh this person is very low and inferior.” When we develop this type of mood, we receive all kinds of suffering and give depression to ourselves. But in Vraja no one is like this because by keeping Krsna in their hearts, and staying nearby Sri Krsna, then all kinds of low and undesirable traits are lost.

If we look at all our qualities, do we think to ourselves how contemptible we are? Do we think how fallen I am? How despicable I am? Or do we climb atop the mountain of pride? Is that good for us? No! We have a relationship with God and we should know, “I am the servant of Krsna. I am Krsna das. I am very small, and He is the master.”

In this world even an ant does not think itself to be small. He thinks, “I am such a great ant.” He is always very proud. He does not have these good qualities, and he does not have anugatya. In Vraja no one is acting out of their independent will. They are all in anugatya. Without Krsna’s desire even Nanda Baba does not act without discussing with Krsna. Parjanya as well only acts after discussing with Nanda and Krsna. Whatever the Vraja-vasis do they will act only according to the desire and will of Krsna. 

Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura explains in the commentary on these verses of Sukadeva Goswami that the Gopis were filled with all kinds of good qualities so by meditating on them you will get kalyana – welfare. Even if you meditate on a worm or insect in Vraja you will get benefit.

In Rama-loka in Ayodhya, there are so many animals, like Hanuman, who is a monkey, Kaka- basundi, the crow, and many other bears, birds and squirrels. They all have so much love for Rama, and therefore Rama’s qualities enter within them. Simply by remembering such devotees, even though they are animals, you will become decorated with all their good qualities. Similarly if we remember the residents of Vraja then we will also develop all their transcendental characteristics. 

Now the Gopis were dancing, while they were singing with very beautiful melodies. They danced in many wonderful varieties of ways. Who were they trying to attract? Were they trying to show off their skill to one another? Or were they trying to show off their expertise? No! They were doing kirtan only to satisfy Sri Krsna. By their loving mood they surpassed even the Vedic stutis. In the Vedic stutis there is the Sama Veda which is filled with different poetic songs. The singing of the Gopis was millions of times greater than the songs of the Sama Veda which have 16,000 raginis, and the Gopis were singing these different ragas in very beautiful and sweet melodies and tones.

This beautiful scene manifested in the rasa-sthali where Sri Krsna decorated everyone with His transcendental rasa. At that time Krsna said; “Oh sadhu, sadhu! How glorious your singing and dancing is!” He began to praise the gopis. The gopis seeing and hearing Sri Krsna’s dancing and singing, began to praise Krsna. They said; “How glorious Your singing and dancing is!”

Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura explains that Sukadeva Goswami glorified Sri Vraja. Thinking of all the Vraja-devis glories he became so absorbed, that he began to speak about the wonderful traits of each of the different Gopis. At that time Pariksit Maharaja began to have direct realization of these in his heart. It was not that Sukadeva Goswami was only speaking these glories, but Pariksit Maharaja was actually having a direct spurthi, or darsana, in his heart of the Gopis. He developed sambandha jnana, a direct relation with them, and he knew Krsna would never be able to neglect him now. If someone takes shelter at the Gopis or Vraja-devis lotus feet, then it is impossible for Bhagavan to ever leave that person. In this way Sukadeva Goswami glorified the Gopis qualities and all the manifestations of the eightfold symptoms of ecstasy appeared. (CLICK ON THE TITLE TO READ THE COMPLETE ARTICLE)

HOW LONG WILL THE MAKEUP STAY ON?

HOW LONG WILL THE MAKEUP STAY ON?

If this rasa – transcendental nectar, is achieved, then all material rasa will have no worth to us. We will have no tension and our vairagya will be real and not any type of show. We see people  go to the beauty parlor and dress very opulently, but how long will this last? How long will the makeup stay on? However much makeup we put on in this world, or if we change our self to a man or change our self to a woman, or become a husband or a mother, this is all a drama for only 2 or 3 days. There is no value to this kind drama or theater.

If you make a transcendental relationship with the Krsna then your hearts will always be singing and dancing in ecstasy, you will be so filled with happiness and joy. All your conceptions will become transcendental and spiritualized. You will be completely absorbed in transcendental thoughts and then no one will be able to control you, or make you subordinate to them and their material conceptions. Instead those who come to you and try and disturb and engage you, will also become attracted towards spiritual life.

 Like we see with Haridas Thakur and the prostitute. People may come to fight with you, try and control you, try and change you with their bad tendencies. However when they come into sadhu-sanga then all of that will be finished.

Acarya Ramanuja had a wonderful temple in south India and a famous dacoit, Dhanurdhara, once came there. And who did he come with? The most prominent and famous prostitute of the whole city. She was so beautiful. The prostitute had faith in the deity form of the Lord, and was going to the temple for darsana. She waited at the altar for darsana and Dhanudara stood in front of her with his back to the altar. The pujari was about to open the curtains and said to Dhanudara; “Please move so we can open the curtains, because you cannot keep your back to the Deity.” 

Dhanudara replied; “This is only a stone. Look how beautiful this lady is. Look at her beautiful face, she is effulgent like the sun.”

The pujari said; “Oh you are just looking at flesh and blood of the material body. Look at the beautiful form of the transcendental Lord.”

Dhanudara said; “You are crazy. Why would you look at this piece of stone over this beautiful woman? What is in that stone?”

The pujaris thought that the dacoit would not listen, so they went to Acarya Ramanuja who was nearby and requested his help. The pujari said to Ramanuja Acarya; “Some crazy dacoit has come. He is crazy after the flesh of this world. He has lost his intelligence. He is like a drunk man running after a prostitute’s beauty.”

Ramanuja Acarya said, “I am coming.” Then he went to Dhanudara and said to him; “Oh my son come here, come here.” He called him nearby. He indicated to the lady to move a little aside, in front of the altar, and Dhanudara had to come back a bit. So that when the altar opened Dhanudara would be able to see the Deity. When he came back a bit, he was no longer facing the wrong way and then they opened the curtains. 

Ramanuja Acarya said; “Look at the beautiful form of the Lord.”

Dhanudara said; “What is this stone?”

Then Ramanuja Acarya put his hand on Dhanudara’s head, and by that gave him spiritual potency. He immediately forgot all his attachment to skin, flesh and the prostitute and he had darsana of the real transcendental spiritual form of the Lord. He saw the Lord’s supreme and sublime beauty, which is unlimitedly more beautiful than any material flesh and blood body. He lost all his lust and material attachments that had been with him since millions of lives and by the mercy of Ramanuja Acarya, had a beautiful darsana of the transcendental Lord. (CLICK ON THE TITLE TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE)

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