Who Can Help A Conditioned
Srila Narottama Das Thakura
cakṣu-dāna dila yei, janme janme prabhu sei
divya-jñāna hṛde prakāśita
prema-bhakti jāhā haite, avidyā vināśa jāte
vede gāya yāhāra carita
“Sri Krishna is my Lord and I am His eternal servant.” Though this is their constitutional position, the living entities have forgotten it from time immemorial. Taking advantage of this, the external energy of the Supreme Lord, maya,
has entangled the living entities in unlimited material miseries and caused them to accept the unconscious material body, as their self. The spiritual master alone is able to deliver such living entities from the miseries of material existence and establish them in their constitutional position.
The phrase cakṣu dāna dilā yei indicates that the spiritual master opens our darkened eyes which were covered with darkness and bestows divine vision by which we can cross the ocean of material existence. Thus we become qualified to behold the higher spiritual reality.
The words divya-jñāna refer to the knowledge through which one can learn how to worship Krishna. It is understood that such knowledge can be revealed in one’s heart only by the mercy of śrī guru. The word divya-jñāna also means
transcendental knowledge in the form of initiation into the teachings of Sri Krishna. It is stated in Hari
divya jñānaṁ yato dadyāt
kuryāt pāpasya saṁkṣyam tasmād dikṣeti sā proktā
deśike tattva kovidaiḥ
When one is initiated into the knowledge of Krishna and his relationship with Krishna is revived, it is to be understood that he is educated in transcendental knowledge. The words janme janme prabhu indicate that after removing the coverings of ignorance upon the living entities born in this material world, the spiritual master
engages them in the eternal loving service of Sri Govinda, the transcendental cowherd boy of Brajamandala, which is beyond the realm of Maya. Therefore, whether one is in the practicing stage or one is in the perfected stage, the spiritual master is always one’s worshipable lord.
The words vede gāya indicate that not only Narottama dasa Thakura glorifies the spiritual master, but the Vedas and the supplementary Vedic scriptures also glorify the spiritual master.
As stated by Lord Krishna to Uddhava in Śrīmad Bhāgavatam (11.17.24), ācārya māṁ vijānīyāt,
“One should consider the spiritual master as non different from Me.” Also it is stated in the Vedas: ācāryavan puruṣo vedaḥ; one who associates with the ācārya can become familiar with all the Vedic knowledge.
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Who Can Help A Conditioned Living Entity?
Who Can Help A Conditioned