Significance of Guru Purnima

SB-10-84-14-15 - Significance of Guru Purnima (download mp3)
by Raj Gopal Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty

SB 10.84.14
sri-suka uvaca
nisamyettham bhagavatah
vaco duranvayam vipras
 tusnim asan bhramad-dhiyah

Sukadeva Gosvami said: Hearing such unfathomable words from the unlimitedly wise Lord Krsna, the learned brahmanas remained silent, their minds bewildered.

SB 10.84.15
ciram vimrsya munaya
jana-sangraha ity ucuh
 smayantas tam jagad-gurum

For some time the sages pondered the Supreme Lord’s behavior, which resembled that of a subordinate living being. They concluded that He was acting this way to instruct the people in general. Thus they smiled and spoke to Him, the spiritual master of the universe.

Srila Sridhara Svami explains the word isitavyata as referring to one’s not being a controller, or in other words, to being under the law of karma, obliged to work and experience the results of one’s work. While addressing the sages, Lord Krsna accepted the role of a subordinate living being to emphasize the importance of hearing and serving saintly Vaisnavas. The Personality of Godhead is also the supreme teacher of spiritual surrender.