Articles in philosophy
Regard for Siva and regard for Krishna are not at odds with one another. If we read and study the Bhagavatam we can find so much room to understand, accommodate, and appreciate Lord Siva.
Those who see the spiritual form of the deity in their souls’ eyes carry that impression as far as possible to the mind and then frame an emblem for continual study of the higher feeling, are by no means idolatrous.
Even after an aspirant to spiritual life has attained the company of devotees and hears the Bhagavatam in their association, he must still be careful to hear it in the proper manner. Otherwise he will not get the full result of this powerful devotional activity.
He is the Rama “who gives pleasure to Krsna,” as his best friend, and appearing as Nityananda he gives pleasure to Gaura and distributes fraternal love of God.
When Mahaprabhu appears in the world, he does not defy convention. Thus he appears at the request of Advaita Acarya, the Mahavishnu of Gaura-lila.
There is a mantra for the worship of the cows. There is a mantra for herding the cows. Krishna was a cowherd, that is why he has names like Gopal and Govinda. Krishna protected all the cows himself.
We won’t try to take anything new, but we will wish only for something which has been used by the guru and Vaisnavas, whether it be a garland, clothes, decorations, or whatever. We shall try to live by the remnants of the Vaisnavas.
He wants to take us to his lila where rasananda is experienced. In the Bhagavad-gita, Krishna tells us how to go there, from violence to nonviolence, and beyond …
The world presented to us by our perceptions is nothing like reality, and we have evolution itself to thank for this magnificent illusion.
Ultimately everything is adhoksaja (transcendental). Krishna is adhoksaja and approachable only through faith. He is not approachable by intellect, reason, or argument.
We are to try to understand things according to our capacity, faith, and realization. Despite all this, sweetness is sweet and truth is truth. Truth, however strong it is, is truth. We are to accommodate this in our mind.