Saturday, February 18, 2017


Awesome verse. SB 3.5.13

Vidura is on pilgrimage having given up his position in the royal court at Hastinapura after being aggressively threatened by Duryodhana. He first meets Uddhava who is the only person surviving Dwarka after the Yadus have all been annihilated. And Lord Krishna has also left the planet. 

Vidura is desiring so intensely to hear more about the Lord. There is nothing left for either Uddhava or Vidura. Only Lord Krishna in the mood of separation. But Uddhava refuses to instruct him considering Vidura a father figure and instead refers him to Maitreya Muni. 

Both Uddhava and Maitreya muni were present with Lord Krishna as the Lord was disappearing. The Lord instructed Uddhava in such a way that Maitreya muni could understand higher levels of devotional service. 

Here Vidura is inquiring of Maitreya. He wants to hear only of Lord Krishna. He has already heard so many things for the upliftment of human society. Now he wants to simply hear about Lord Krishna. 

"For one who is anxious to engage constantly in hearing such topics, kṛṣṇa-kathā gradually increases his indifference towards all other things. Such constant remembrance of the lotus feet of Lord Kṛṣṇa by the devotee who has achieved transcendental bliss vanquishes all his miseries without delay." SB 3.5.13

In the purport Srila Prabhupada stresses the absolute nature of the Lord:

"We must certainly know that on the absolute plane kṛṣṇa-kathā and Kṛṣṇa are one and the same. The Lord is the Absolute Truth, and therefore His name, form, quality, etc., which are all understood to be kṛṣṇa-kathā, are nondifferent from Him."

To further make the point Srila Prabhupada states:

"Bhagavad-gītā, being spoken by the Lord, is as good as the Lord Himself. When a sincere devotee reads Bhagavad-gītā, this is as good as seeing the Lord face to face in his personal presence....The pure devotee of the Lord enjoys life by constantly remembering the lotus feet of the Lord by hearing kṛṣṇa-kathā. For such a devotee there is no such thing as material existence, and the much advertised bliss of brahmānanda is like a fig for the devotee who is in the midst of the transcendental ocean of bliss."

So how important is hearing?
If Srila Prabhupada had not made the effort to reach out to us and deliver these messages of Godhead we would know nothing at all.

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