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In the form of Krishna kirtana, Krishna nama is both high, being one with God, and highly accessible at the same time.
The appearance of Krishna in any form is tied to the love that his devotees have for him. Indeed, love of Krishna and Krishna are one. You cannot have one without the other.
Visnupriya is the personification of devotional service. She appeared during the advent of Sri Gaura to assist him in preaching the holy names.
Once he is so liberated, he never again returns to this world of repeated birth and death. The proof of this is found in “sound” or revelation (sabda).
Devotion attracts him, devotion reveals him, the Lord is influenced by devotion. Nothing is more powerful than bhakti.
The Srimad Bhagavatam (1.2.11) shows that there is an aspect of the divine beyond even Brahman. It is paratpara, or “beyond that which lies beyond.”
For the Gaudiyas, the unblemished commentary on the Vedanta Sutra is the Srimad Bhagavatam.
The Goswamis are revealing the feeling of the text as they understand its implications even better than its author Vyasa did- vyaso vetti na vetti va.
The following is an installment of our classroom series: Sri Upadesamrta, with Illuminations by Srila B. R. Sridhara Deva Goswami, published by Gosai Publishers, 2009. View past installments, here.
vaikunthaj janito vara madhu-puri tatrapi rasotsavad
vrndaranyam udara-pani-ramanat tatrapi govardhanah
radha-kundam ihapi gokula-pateh …
When one is exclusively devoted and unconscious of the environment, then one may go on with his smarana within. But this is not at all possible for the beginners.
“There are many conceptions of religion in the world, but we do not find any conception where twenty-four hours a day can be devoted to the service of the Supreme. Not only Sunday, not only twice in the day, not only thrice in the day, but every hour and second devoted in the service of the Supreme Entity with nothing left behind. This sort of service is only possible in Gaudiya Vaishnavism”