KRISHNA ONLY KNOWS VRINDAVAN
HIS DIVINE GRACE A.C. B HAKTIVEDANT A SWAMI PRABHUPADA
Krishna is there. You haven’t got to search out Krishna. He is already within you. Simply He wants to see whether you are sincere. That’s all. You cannot deceive Chaitanya or Krishna. He is always present. In the Bhagavadgītā, He is described as anumantā and upadraṣṭā, the overseer and permitter. Śṛṇvatāṁ sva-kathāḥ kṛṣṇaḥ puṇya-śravaṇakīrtanaḥ — If you simply hear about Krishna from the lips of pure devotees, then it is puṇya [transcendental piety]. (Bhāg. 1.2.17) Ceto-darpaṇamārjanam bhava-mahā-dāvāgni-nirvāpaṇam, it will cleanse your heart. (Cc. antya 20.12)
We have got many dirty things within our heart. Krishna is there within and He will personally cleanse our heart. Then everything will be clear. It [only] requires a little willingness. sthāne sthitāḥ śrutigatāṁ tanu-vāṅ-manobhir ye prāyaśo ’jita jito ’py asi tais tri-lokyām. This statement was given by Brahma, and when it was quoted by Ramananda Raya to Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, He accepted. sthāne sthitāḥ śruti-gatāṁ tanu-vāṅ-manobhir — You may remain in your position. Not that you have to give up your household life, to accept sannyāsa, or that you have to do this, or some other thing. No. Remain in your position. But try to hear from the proper source and try to understand. That will make you so strong that although Krishna is ajita, unconquerable, you will be able to conquer Him — ajito ’pi … jito ’py asi.
Krishna cannot be conquered by anyone, not by the demons, but a devotee can conquer Him. Just like Yasodamayi, she has conquered Krishna. The whole world is trembling before Krishna’s prowess, but Krishna is trembling before Yasodamayi, or the stick [she is holding]. He wants to be controlled. Because everyone is praying, “My dear Lord, oh, you are so great!” Everyone prays like that, but no one shows his stick [to Krishna]. But He wants that. It is also enjoyment for Him. Sometimes He is disappointed that, “No one wants to show Me their stick.” Therefore He searches out such a devotee who can show Him a stick. Krishna is so kind. You can become the mother of Krishna, or you can become the father of Krishna. What is it to become one with Krishna? You become the father of Krishna. The māyāvādīs want to merge into the Supreme, but we want to become the father of Krishna. Why merge? [The devotee is] more than Krishna! The devotee can beget Krishna! Krishna accepts that, “Yes, I shall become your child. I shall be controlled by your stick.”
[Krishna’s parents] are not ordinary. We should not think like that. This is ānanda-cinmaya-rasa- pratibhāva, Krishna’s expansion of pleasure potency. Krishna wants to be controlled by Yasodamayi. Krishna wants to be defeated by His friends. Krishna wants to be refused Radharani’s darśana. [When] Radharani is angry, she refuses [to allow Krishna to see Her]. She has ordered the sakhis, “Don’t allow Krishna to come here!” [Then] Krishna flatters [the sakhis], “Kindly let Me go.” “No sir, you cannot go.” This is Krishna.
But at the same time, jaya śrī-rādhā-mādhava gopījana-vallabha — Krishna is gopī-jana-vallabha, He is rādha-mādhava, He is giri-vara-dhārī. When the gopīs and the cowherd boys were in distress, He lifted this Govardhana hill, giri-vara-dhārī. That is Krishna’s life. The gopīs, the cowherd boys, and the inhabitants of Vrindavan, have sacrificed everything. They do not know anything but Krishna. Similarly, Krishna does not know anything beyond Vrindavan. That is Krishna. That is Bhakti-rasāmṛta-sindhu, the ocean of blissful life. Thank you very much.·
– EXCERPT FROM A LECTURE ON THE NECTAR OF DEVOTION, BOMBAY, 10 JANUARY 1973
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