Srimad Bhagavatam 10.70.04-05 - Narad Muni's-Thoughts Words and Action for Krishna's Service (download mp3) and (download mp4)
by Radhanath Swami at ISKCON Chowpatty
brahme muhurta utthaya
vary upasprsya madhavah
atmanam tamasah param
ekam svayam-jyotir ananyam avyayam
Lord Madhava would rise during the brahma-muhurta period and touch water. With a clear mind He would then meditate upon Himself, the single, self-luminous, unequaled and infallible Supreme Truth, known as Brahman, who by His very nature ever dispels all contamination, and who through His personal energies, which cause the creation and destruction of this universe, manifests His own pure and blissful existence.
Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura points out that the word bhava in this verse indicates the created beings. Thus the compound word laksita-bhava-nirvrtim means that Lord Krsna gives pleasure to the created beings through His various energies. Of course, the soul is never created, but our material, conditioned existence is created by the interaction of the Lord’s energies.
One who is favored by the Lord’s internal potency can understand the nature of the Absolute Truth; this understanding is called Krsna consciousness. In Bhagavad-gita Lord Krsna explains that His energies are divided into inferior and superior, or material and spiritual, potencies. The Brahma-samhita further explains that the material potency acts like a shadow, following the movements of the spiritual reality, which is the Lord Himself and His spiritual potency. When one is favored by Lord Krsna, He reveals Himself to the surrendered soul, and thus the same creation that formerly covered the soul becomes an impetus for spiritual enlightenment.