Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.
May I ask an impertinent, but yet important question.
Q.: Did you see Krishna?
HOW CAN A PURE DEVOTEE ALWAYS KNOW THE DESIRE OF KRISHNA?
A.: The journalist had heard that the pure devotee always acts according to the desire of Krishna. His question was; ‘How does he know the desire of Krishna’? Ramesvara replied; “The pure devotee is always in direct contact with the supersoul, the form of the Lord in the heart.” Prabhupada said; “No, not like that, if I want to know what Krishna wants, I just ask him.”
LORD CAITANYA DISPLAYED THE TOPMOST LEVEL OF KRISHNA CONSCIOUSNESS
In the CC. it is described how Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu entered into a state of deep ecstatic, trance while being in the cowshed. The limb of the Lord’s body entered into the trunk just as the limbs of the tortoise are withdrawn in his shield. At that time Caitanya Mahaprabhu was in another state of consciousness and saw Krishna directly. “After hearing the vibration of a flute, I went to Vrndavana, and there I saw that Krishna, the son of Maharaja Nanda, was playing on His flute in the pasturing grounds. ” (CC. Antya 17.23.) Caitanya Mahprabhu continued to see the pastimes of Krishna along with the gopis and He was only brought back to external consciousness by the roaring chanting of the devotees. “Why have you brought me here”, He asked them.
THE FACE OF KRISHNA AND THE HAND OF KRISHNA
Some may see ‘the face’ of Krishna and others may see ‘the hand’ of Krishna. Some may see the pastimes of Krishna in the spiritual world and other may see how everything in this world goes on by the direction of the Lord. Mayadhyaksena prakrti suyate sa caracaram Everything in this world is working under Krishna’s direction. Sutre mani gana iva All the things that manifests in the world are like pearls connected by the invisible thread, Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Stavarah jangama dekhe na dekhe tara murti Wherever we look we don’t see the forms of things, but rather the Supreme Lord who is behind it all. In this way a Krishna conscious person can answer the question, “Did you see Krishna?” , in a positive way, “Yes, I am seeing Him all the time” , or more moderately,”At least sometimes, I am trying.”
South Africa, Today we are going to Port Shepstone, about 2 hours south of Durban. Gopal our host is famous for wonderful and abundant prasadam, his sons are great in a kirtan, they sing nice and play good mrdanga.It’s a popular program.
Harinama sankirtanam, the congregational chanting of the holy name. Kathayantas ca mam nityam, always discussing about Krishna. Bhunkte bhojayate caiva, taking Krishna prasadam with the devotees. Yatha nagaradi grama, in every town and village. This is life!
Tomorrow we will do it again! The journey goes on.
Kadamba Kanana Swami