Srimad Bhagavatam 11.12.15 - In This Lifetime Only Krishna (download mp3)
by Deen Gauranga Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty
tasmat tvam uddhavotsrjya
pravrttim ca nivrttim ca
srotavyam srutam eva ca
mam ekam eva saranam
maya sya hy akuto-bhayah
Therefore, My dear Uddhava, abandon the Vedic mantras as well as the procedures of supplementary Vedic literatures and their positive and negative injunctions. Disregard that which has been heard and that which is to be heard. Simply take shelter of Me alone, for I am the Supreme Personality of Godhead, situated within the heart of all conditioned souls. Take shelter of Me wholeheartedly, and by My grace be free from fear in all circumstances.
Sri Uddhava inquired from Lord Krsna about the symptoms of saintly persons and liberated souls, and the Lord has replied in terms of different levels of spiritual advancement, distinguishing between those who are able to understand Lord Krsna to be the principal goal of life and those loving devotees who accept Lord Krsna and devotional service to Him as the only goal of life. Lord Krsna also mentioned that He is captured by His loving devotees and even by those who sincerely associate with His loving devotees. Among all the devotees, the gopis of Vrndavana were described by the Lord as having achieved such a rare state of pure devotional service that Lord Krsna personally feels constantly indebted to them. According to Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura, Lord Krsna previously kept the gopis’ love for Him concealed in His heart because of its confidential nature and the Lord’s own gravity. Finally, however, even Lord Krsna could not remain silent about the intense love of the gopis, and thus in these verses the Lord reveals to Uddhava how the gopis loved Him in Vrndavana and brought Him fully under their control. The Lord would relax in secret places with the loving gopis, and by conjugal spontaneous affection the greatest love was exchanged between them.
As explained by the Lord in Bhagavad-gita, one cannot achieve the perfection of life merely by renouncing the material world or by executing ordinary, sectarian religious principles. One must actually understand the identity of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, and by associating with His pure devotees one must learn to love the Lord in His personal, original form. This love may be expressed in either the conjugal, parental, fraternal or serving rasa, or relationship. The Lord has elaborately explained to Uddhava the system of philosophical analysis of the material world, and now He clearly concludes that it is useless for Uddhava to waste time in fruitive activities or mental speculation. Actually, Lord Krsna is hinting that Uddhava should assimilate the example of the gopis and try to advance further in Krsna consciousness by following in the footsteps of the cowherd damsels of Vraja. Any conditioned soul who is unsatisfied with the cruel laws of nature, which impose disease, old age and death, should understand that Lord Krsna can deliver all living beings from the problems of material existence. There is no need to entangle oneself in unauthorized, sectarian rituals, injunctions or prohibitions. One should simply surrender to Lord Krsna, following the example of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, who is Lord Krsna Himself. By the authorized regulated process of bhakti-yoga, Krsna consciousness, one easily achieves spiritual perfection.