The Goal is to Serve Krishna

2012-07-07
Srimad Bhagavatam 10.10.30-32 - The Goal is to Serve Krishna (download mp3) , (download flv) and (download mp4)
by Rohini Priya Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty
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SB 10.10.30-31
tvam ekah sarva-bhutanam
dehasv-atmendriyesvarah
tvam eva kalo bhagavan
visnur avyaya isvarah
tvam mahan prakrtih suksma
rajah-sattva-tamomayi
tvam eva puruso ’dhyaksah
sarva-ksetra-vikara-vit

Translation:
You are the Supreme Personality of Godhead, the controller of everything. The body, life, ego and senses of every living entity are Your own self. You are the Supreme Person, Visnu, the imperishable controller. You are the time factor, the immediate cause, and You are material nature, consisting of the three modes passion, goodness and ignorance. You are the original cause of this material manifestation. You are the Supersoul, and therefore You know everything within the core of the heart of every living entity.

Purport:

Sripada Madhvacarya has quoted from the Vamana Purana as follows:

rupyatvat tu jagad rupam
visnoh saksat sukhatmakam
nitya-purnam samuddistam
svarupam paramatmanah


SB 10.10.32
grhyamanais tvam agrahyo
vikaraih prakrtair gunaih
ko nv iharhati vij├▒atum
prak siddham guna-samvrtah

Translation:
O Lord, You exist before the creation. Therefore, who, trapped by a body of material qualities in this material world, can understand You?

Purport:
As it is said:

atah sri-krsna-namadi
na bhaved grahyam indriyaih
sevonmukhe hi jihvadau
svayam eva sphuraty adah

(Bhakti-rasamrta-sindhu 1.2.234)

Krsna’s name, attributes and form are Absolute Truth, existing before the creation. Therefore, how can those who are created — that is, those entrapped in bodies created of material elements — understand Krsna perfectly? This is not possible. But, sevonmukhe hi jihvadau svayam eva sphuraty adah: Krsna reveals Himself to those engaged in devotional service. This is also confirmed in Bhagavad-gita (18.55) by the Lord Himself: bhaktya mam abhijanati. Even the descriptions of Krsna in Srimad-Bhagavatam are sometimes misunderstood by less intelligent men with a poor fund of knowledge. Therefore, the best course by which to know Him is to engage oneself in pure devotional activities. The more one advances in devotional activities, the more one can understand Him as He is. If from the material platform one could understand Krsna, then, since Krsna is everything (sarvam khalv idam brahma), one could understand Krsna by seeing anything within this material world. But that is not possible.

maya tatam idam sarvam
jagad avyakta-murtina
mat-sthani sarva-bhutani
na caham tesv avasthitah

(Bg. 9.4)

Everything is resting on Krsna, and everything is Krsna, but this is not to be realized by persons on the material platform.

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