MADHU BINDAVAH

THE KRISHNA FACTOR

 How to progress through the gradation in theism.

By Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj

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“He is the owner and He is the enjoyer. I also belong to Him.” Only with this sort of conception can you come to your normal position. Otherwise, you are suffering from diseased knowledge, false knowledge. If you want proper adjustment with the Absolute, you are to set yourself in such a position.

You belong to Him, and everything belongs to Him; He is by Himself, and He is for Himself. He is at the root of everything, and He is the future of everything. In this way, we are to adjust ourselves with the Absolute, and then we can hope to come nearer to Him. Otherwise, we are going far, far away for our selfish attainment.

No standard can measure Him in any respect. Even Mr Einstein has said that a thing is as it is and something more. What is the measurement of “and something more”? Whether He is growing or He is diminishing, that must also be added there. What it is, it is not that—some more qualification should be added there. You leave it in the infinite. What a thing is, it is not only that thing but something more must be added there. The possibility and prospect should be added to a particular thing when you are going to calculate: “This is the length, breadth, and height”, and then you are to add something more there for its possibility.

At every second, everything is changing by the supreme will. Everything is depending for its existence on the divine will, on the whole environment of the divine will. It is so uncertain. Nothing is certain here because it depends on His sweet will, so without calculating Him your calculation is not perfect. Whatever you go to calculate you must consider the supreme will at the back of everything. You are to add something more there because it is dependent on some other cause. The calculation of the sun, the planet, the brahmanda, and whatever it is, is all changing based on His sweet will, so no definite calculation can do.

Wandering through different stages of life according to our past karma, wherever we are placed, whatever qualification we have got, we are to surrender to the Infinite, to the absolute will. That can take us nearer to His plane.

Here in India there are hedonists, or worshippers of many gods, but in the end the connection, the mantram, is, “Whatever I have done I am offering the result, the consequence, to Krishna.” This Durga-puja, this puja, that puja, so many pujas are done, but after finishing the whole ceremony there is one connection, one mantra: “Etat karma-phalam, whatever I have done, I am offering the result to Krishna, Sri Krsnnaya samarpitam astu.” The link is there. According to my mental tendency, I am bound to do something, but the rsis, the guardians of the spiritual society, have given the link there, “Whatever you do, connect it with Krishna”; yat karosi yad asnasi yaj juhosi dadasi yat (Bg 9.27).

Ramananda-samvad was begun with the basis of varnasram. Then next is Krishne karmarpana (offering the results of one’s activities to Krishna), because indirectly varnasram-dharma is connected with Krishna everywhere, but to feel direct connection with Krishna with all the results, all the fruits, is one step higher. Then, to give that up and to accept the conscious plane, dismissing the material energy, in jnana-misra-bhakti (devotion mixed with knowledge) is higher. We should take to that: to have no faith in the material energy, but only the spiritual energy, which is more efficient and powerful. Samah sarvesu bhutesu: placed in such a plane of spiritual substance, we will feel, “I am spirit. I have nothing to do with matter. I am brahma, I am chetan, I am conscious, and my necessity with the material energy is nil. I won’t be attendant of either material acquisition or loss; I won’t be affected by the loss and gain of the material plane.”

Mad bhaktim labhate param: from that basis, one is really eligible to search after Me.” When the charm of material acquisition disappears from one’s heart totally, one has a better position. But Mahaprabhu says, “Eho bahya: this is also a lower conception. Go higher, deeper. This is also superficial. At the stage of Mad bhaktim labhate param, one has not attained any devotion or attraction and is only independent of material loss or gain. Withdrawal from the negative side does not mean that one has attained some position in the positive world, so, “Eho bahya: this is also superficial. Go further.”

Then Ramananda Ray came with jnana-sunya-bhakti. Wherever one may be posted, in whatever shade of life one may be posted, if one is seen to have some taste for Krishna-katha, for the tidings, the narration, about the lila of Krishna, if the story of Krishna is very pleasing to one’s heart, then Mahaprabhu says, “Eho haya age kaha ara: here you are. Now I admit: when taste for Krishna-katha is to be traced in any jiva, it is surely a positive link, independent of their external position. Wherever or whatever one may be, even a beast like Hanuman or Garuda, if the taste for Krishna is to be traced in one’s heart, then here it is begun. Then go further.”

Source

Spoken on 20 January 1982.

Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj is the foremost modern exponent of the conception of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and the school of Srila Rupa Goswami. Subtle and profound yet vivid and practical, his representation of both the broadest and deepest spiritual truths has and continues to fortify and nurture the faith of spiritual aspirants the world over. For more information on Srila Sridhar Maharaj, please visit his biography page.
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