Desire Perceived

Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj explains how souls experience the Lord’s divine will.

How much we can conceive? What is there? What is not there? How it is possible for us to conceive such things? Newton said, “I am collecting some pebbles on the shore. The ocean of knowledge is spread before me, and I am simply collecting some pebbles on its shore.” What is there? What is not there? What is what? It is all achintya [inconceivable].

Everywhere there is centre. Everything is everything. Anything may turn into everything. Our vulnerable brain may experience such transformations, but we are proud of our brain. Actually, we can only see what we are forced to see. We can only see what He wills us to see.

pashya me yoga aishvaram
  (Srimad Bhagavad-gita: 11.8)

Behold My divine opulence.”

Krishna said this to Arjuna in Srimad Bhagavad-gita as He showed Arjun His vishvarup [universal form]. “See what I say,” He declared, and Arjuna had to see that. Arjun then became perplexed by the Lord’s infinite character. Lastly he asked, “Come to me in the sober figure of My friend as I am accustomed to see You. Come to me in that form. Please withdraw Your majestic form. I can not tolerate it.”

The atmosphere of Vrindavan is so soothing. It is so sweet and palatable to us. The Lord comes so far down and makes everything sweet. There is no gorgeousness or majesty there. For the time being we think power and majesty are great, but in daily life they actually have a repulsive nature. The play found in Vrindavan is most suitable for us. It is aprakrita [supramundane]. Above us is the adhoksaja [imperceptible] realm and the highest part of that realm is aprakrita, that plane that is seemingly just like the ordinary phenomenal world [yet enriched with the ultimate sweetness].

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