Shri Pushpanjali: A Triumph Over Impersonalism, Part 26
BY: PATITA PAVANA DASA
Jul 15, 2012 BLAGOEVGRAD, BULGARIA (SUN)
Krishna is like the sun
1) Nirvishesh said: It is true that devotees approach the most fallen souls in order to teach Krishna consciousness, and I have waited for my turn long enough. I can think of no one more wretched than myself. I have committed many abominations while considering the irreligion of sense enjoyment to be religion. Had it not been for this encounter with you, one can only guess the plight that would have befallen me. Your words have forced open my eyes. Please tell me about the all-attractive Supreme Lord Krishna, for as you speak I am feeling helplessly attracted. Although I came to you to undermine your devotion, your logic and reasoning have left me with only the words, "I surrender."
2) Krishna das replied: Let us discuss Bhagavan Krishna's glories for you have made yourself worthy through your desire ito hear submissively. Krishna is like the sun which, from our limited point of view, sometimes appears to be covered by clouds. One who is above the clouds in an airplane can easily see that the huge sun, many times larger than the earth, can never be covered. Conversely, one who is covered by the clouds of maya can never see the sun of Krishna. For those who are always fixed in Krishna consciousness, the Supreme Lord is never out of sight.
3) The sun is always rising somewhere in the world and somewhere else it is setting. The sun remains at one point fixed in space, yet it appears to rise and move across the sky due to the rotation of the earth. Similarly, Krishna appears to come and go although He is always present in some universe. Just as there is no limit to the waves of the Ganges, so there is no cessation of Lord Krishna's incarnations in different universes.
4) As at sunset snakes become powerful, thieves are encouraged, ghosts become active, lotus flowers become disfigured and chakravaki birds cry, so when Lord Krishna removes His lila to another planet, demons feel enlivened, while devotees lament.
5) It is due to the influence of the sun that the earth is both warmed by its rays and refreshed by rainfall occurring as a result of evaporation. In other words, both rain and shine, clear and cloudy, may be accredited to the sun. Similarly Shri Krishna is the cause of all causes; He is the source of both illusion and enlightenment. By His desire He is forever out of the atheist's sight, yet He is always accessible to those who pray to see Him with eyes smeared with the salve of pure love.
6) Anyone who has touched a hot wire knows that the electricity running through it causes a burning shock. Yet that same electricity which can heat an oven, can cool a refrigerator. Similarly, Krishna is always spiritual, but He is the source of the material world as well.
7) The great sages of yore have left a wealth of Vedic literatures which teach us ultimately to surrender unto the Su-preme Personality of Godhead, and these literatures are like a mother. Just as a mother never lies to her children about the
identity of their father, so one who properly studies the great Vedas and its pursuant literature will never be deceived. The shastras repeatedly identify the Supreme Father as Shri Krishna for the benefit of all conditioned souls eager to find their way home.
8) The Vedas explain that feces is impure and, if it is touched, the body must be washed ten times. But the Vedasalso explain that cow dung actually has antiseptic qualities and can be used even for cleaning purposes. Now this may appear to be a contradiction, but modern scientists, upon investigating, have indeed found purifying elements in cow dung. Hence the shastras display their wisdom to skeptics.
9) The beauty of an attractive Indian woman is ruined if a patch of leucoderma or "white leprosy" appears on her tan face. Similarly, the Vedic message can be spoiled if one who is not completely pure in thought, word and deed tries to translate or teach the true meaning of a Vedic text.
10) As gold has value whether it is placed in the hands of a small boy or an experienced jeweler, so anyone may derive value from studying Bhagavad Gita and Shrimad Bhagavatam, whether young or old, unlettered or scholarly. Just as an experienced jeweler is needed to turn raw gold and rough gem-stones into things of beauty, so a guru's guidance is required to understand the shastras.
11) Shri Shankaracharya has stated that Bhagavad Gita is just like a cow, and Lord Krishna, who is a cowherd boy, is milking the cow. The milk is the essence of the Vedas and Arjuna is just like a calf. Wise men, the great sages and pure devotees, are to drink the nectarean milk of the Bhagavad Gita. O Nirvishesh I urge you to drink this nectar, through carefully studying Bhagavad Gita As It Is by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.
12) Shrimad Bhagavatam says of itself, "Know, O thoughtful men that Shrimad Bhagavatam is the mature fruit of the tree of Vedic literatures." (SB 1.1.3) This example likens the vast literatures of the Vedas to a fruit tree which can grant any desired object to one who makes a wish. In the Vedic texts thousands of subjects are discussed for the upliftment of human society—such as medicine, mathematics, warfare, marriage and family life, renunciation, astrology and divination, common sense, logic, poetry, music and the arts, economics, philoso-phy, the duties of the various classes of human society, laws and administration of a government, knowledge of the universe—practically anything worth knowing. Texts containing material instructions are compared to fruits which possess much seeds, pulp and peel whereas the Shrimad Bhagavatam is likened to a fruit that contains only nectar. Lower Puranasand Vedas help us gradually perfect our lives although they do not specifically or exclusively deal with the ultimate goal of life. Many Vedic texts describe demigod worship while others appear to stress the Lord's impersonal feature, or brahman. On the other hand, through nine cantos, Shrimad Bhagavatam prepares us for properly hearing about the highest pastimes or lila of the Lord found in the tenth canto. It is for this reason that this crest-jewel of the Vedas is likened unto the sweetest and most nectarine fruit. Therefore it is said by the author, Vyasadev, "This beautiful Bhagavatam is sufficient in itself for God realization. As soon as one hears the message of Bhagavatam, he becomes attached to the Supreme Lord." (SB 1.1.2) Bhagavad Gita is the college level of spiritual life, then Shrimad Bhagavatam is the doctorate.
13) Suta Goswami said: "This Bhagavata Purana is as brilliant as the sun, and it has arisen just after the departure of Lord Krishna to His own abode, accompanied by religion, knowledge, etc. Persons who have lost their vision due to the dense darkness of ignorance in the age of Kali, shall get light from this Purana." (SB 1.3.43)