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Two Essential Keys to Increase our Attraction to Sri Krishna

By Sacinandana Swami, October 2017

Our greatest problem is that we have turned away from Krishna. This one action has turned into our existential dilemma. We are lost servants. But strangely we think, at least unconsciously, that it is Krishna who has abandoned us. Only when we become eager to meet Krishna again, and serve Him with body, mind and heart – as eager as a drowning man is eager to breathe again – can we attain our spiritual success. Real love, however, will only flow when we move out of the center and put Krishna there.

For that, hearing about Krishna’s divine characteristics, activities and His sweet relationships with the devotees, is essential. Lila or Krishna’s pastimes, is defined by Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakur as that which nourishes and protects us and then gives us an intense desire to attain Krishna (samvardhanam samposanam laulyam dadati lila). When we are fully nourished with Krishna consciousness, we do not feel the need to go to maya in search of false shelter. Krishna affords us with the best protection. So as a result of hearing again and again about Krishna, an intense desire to attain Him is installed in our heart. That is the potency of Krishna-lila. It works for sure.

Why Sukadeva Gosvami Fainted

It was the fourth day of narrating the Bhagavatam. Sukadeva Gosvami was speaking the glorious Srimad-Bhagavatam to Maharaja Pariksit, the heroic King of the Earth who had been cursed to die within seven days. Pariksit Maharaja had decided to renounce everything and dedicate his remaining days to hearing exclusively about the glories of Sri Krishna. Fasting even from water, he only wanted to be nourished by the glorification of the Lord from the lotus mouth of Sukadeva Gosvami. At one stage he asked an intriguing question about Krishna (Srimad Bhagavatam 10.12.41). Because the question related to Krishna’s expanding Himself in innumerable forms and exchanging personal divine relationships in these forms with every devotee in Vrndavana, Sukadeva was overwhelmed in remembering Krishna’s love for His devotees and thus he fell into a swoon. “Sukadeva has fainted – the flow of nectar is finished.” The sadhus who sat around Sukadeva were anxious. When Pariksit Maharaja saw his guru lying on the ground, he became especially worried.

When Narada, Vyasa, and the other saints who were in attendance, started loud chanting of the holy names of the Lord, Sukadeva came back to his external perception. Then and there, he explained he had lost his consciousness because Pariksit Maharaja´s question caused him to become absorbed into the Brahma-vimohana-lila in which Krishna expanded Himself in a way whereby which He could interact with each one of His devotees – including the cows – in a very intimate way.
The Lord loves His devotees so much that He expands for each single one of them! Amazing! Although this is only one of the many, many lessons in this pastime, it is the one, which I appreciate the most.

Krishna Gives Full Attention to Each Devotee

Sri Krishna was individually present each day with each one of His friends (sakhas) by His lila-shakti potency. Each of them perceived that Krishna was giving full attention only to him/her.

Once, Krishna sat down with His friends at the riverbank of Yamuna in an extremely beautiful and pleasing atmosphere. The cowherd boys could see the blooming lotuses everywhere and hear the attractive noises of the bees and birds that echoed through the trees in the forest. Krishna, like a blue sapphire, sat in the center, encircled by lines of His friends. Because the Lord’s beauty, words, and singing are so attractive, all the boys sat looking towards the center. Out of their love, they wanted to face Krishna. Krishna fulfilled their desire by employing His sarva sankalpata shakti to make His face and limbs appear in all directions at once. In this way Krishna’s friends, the cowherd boys, became acyutatma - fully absorbed in Acyuta, the infallible Lord. Thus, each single boy thought: “I have the best place: I am sitting directly in front of Krishna.” They sat in rows around Krishna, like the whirl of a lotus flower, which is surrounded with its petals – only there were millions and billions of cowherd boys. And they all laughed, conversed, sang, etc. with the Lord, overwhelmed in the loving reciprocation.

Furthermore, to fulfill the desires of each and every devotee, Lord Krishna manifested the pastime in which Brahma stole the calves. Lord Krishna smiled and expanded as each missing cowherd boy and calf in order to receive love from each mother, father and cow in Vrindavana. When Krishna came back, Vrindavana became submerged in an ocean-like festival of love in which everyone happily drowned. Everything in Krishna is attractive to a superlative degree – His smile, His bodily form, His flute play, His gait, even His correction, etc., so in order to keep with His quality, Krishna gave more love than the children or calves would have ever given to their own mothers. He was supposed to be exactly like the kidnapped children and cows – but in that one aspect, He was not an exact copy. The way each cowherd boy and each calf gave and received love from each and every mother, father and cow in Vrindavana was unprecedented. By His divine potency, Yoga-maya, Krishna became the son of all the inhabitants of Vrindavana and reciprocated with their desires to have Him as their beloved son. Krishna gave more love than the children or the calves would have given to their own mothers and fathers. Some philosophers have criticized this as a fault in Krishna, but actually it shows the power of divine love, which makes even Krishna go beyond the established plans or rules. Krishna was supposed to be like the children, but His display of love was unlimitedly greater.
Isn’t that the specialty of the bhakti tradition? It is the yoga of divine emotion. In the Gita, Krishna explains that passionate love for Him is a higher and easier process of spiritual enlightenment than focusing on impersonal meditation.

However, in practicing bhakti and trying to increase our attraction, doubts may appear in our lives. We then start questioning the Lord and His activities. This attitude inevitably leads to false pride.

What does Krishna do when He sees that His devotee has become proud?

We shall talk more about this in our next text…

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