Recognizing Krishna Standing Next to Us

Srimad Bhagavatam 10.23.41-42 - Recognizing Krishna Standing Next to Us (download mp3), (download flv) and (download mp4)
by Sauri Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty

SB 10.23.41
nunam bhagavato maya
yoginam api mohini
yad vayam guravo nrnam
svarthe muhyamahe dvijah

 The illusory potency of the Supreme Lord certainly bewilders even the great mystics, what to speak of us. As brahmanas we are supposed to be the spiritual masters of all classes of men, yet we have been bewildered about our own real interest.

SB 10.23.42
aho pasyata narinam
api krsne jagad-gurau
duranta-bhavam yo ’vidhyan
mrtyu-pasan grhabhidhan

 Just see the unlimited love these women have developed for Lord Krsna, the spiritual master of the entire universe! This love has broken for them the very bonds of death — their attachment to family life.

 Superficially, the husbands, fathers, fathers-in-law and so on were the ladies’ gurus, or teachers. Yet the women had become perfect in Krsna consciousness, whereas the men had fallen into the darkness of ignorance.

According to Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura, upon returning home the ladies showed transcendental ecstatic symptoms, such as trembling of the body, shedding of tears, standing of the bodily hairs on end, discoloration of the complexion, crying out “O pleasure of my life, O Krsna!” with faltering words, and so forth.

Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti goes on to state that while one may object that it is not fitting for a woman to love anyone other than her husband, here the husbands themselves point out that they are gurus only in imitation of the Supreme Lord, who is jagad-guru, the universal teacher and spiritual master. The husbands noted that the women, having perfected their transcendental attachment for Krsna, did not have even a trace of attachment left for home, husband, children and so forth. Therefore from that day on the husbands accepted those ladies as their worshipable spiritual masters and no longer thought of them as their wives or property.