Lesson for Living and Leaving

Srimad Bhagavatam 11.31.08-09 - Lesson for Living and Leaving (download mp3)
by Prem Gauranga Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty

SB 11.31.08
devādayo brahma-mukhyā
na viśantaṁ sva-dhāmani
avijñāta-gatiṁ kṛṣṇaṁ
dadṛśuś cāti-vismitāḥ

Most of the demigods and other higher beings led by Brahmā could not see Lord Kṛṣṇa as He was entering His own abode, since He did not reveal His movements. But some of them did catch sight of Him, and they were extremely amazed.

SB 11.31.09
saudāmanyā yathākāśe
yāntyā hitvābhra-maṇḍalam
gatir na lakṣyate martyais
tathā kṛṣṇasya daivataiḥ

Just as ordinary men cannot ascertain the path of a lightning bolt as it leaves a cloud, the demigods could not trace out the movements of Lord Kṛṣṇa as He returned to His abode.

The sudden movements of a lightning bolt are seen by the demigods but not by human beings. Similarly, the sudden departure of Lord Kṛṣṇa could be understood by the Lord’s intimate associates in the spiritual sky but not by the demigods.

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