"How Can Vyasa Not Know?"

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Sri Nabadwip Dham
15 December 2010


Question: Can I ask you a question? Lord Siva said, "Aham vetti, Suka vetti, Vyasa vetti na vetti va." So how can I understand that the very person who gave all the scriptures (Mahabharata, Srimad Bhagavatam, etc.) may know, may not know? How can it be that he does not know it?

Yes, of course it can be. Even Krishna Das Kaviraj Goswami says, "Nahi chautha jana, there is no fourth person who knows it" (CC, 2.4.194). Even those who do not anything can write something, it comes by the mercy above. You may write something or do something but it is coming from The Lord—He is writing, He is doing everything. In all Chaitanya-charitamrita, at the end of each chapter, Krishna Das Kaviraj Goswami writes,

sri-rupa-raghunatha-pade yara asa
chaitanya-charitamrta kahe krsna-dasa

"Always desiring the lotus feet of Sri Rupa and Raghunath, Krishna Das is narrating this Chaitanya-charitamrita."

He says, "I do not know anything."

When he says, "Ei jagate nahi chautha jana, there can be no fourth person in this world who knows it, only three devotees know it," we know that he knows it, but he does not say it, he says it is coming above. Devotees are always humble, they feel, "We do not know anything, but Krishna is giving some power." That same Krishna Das Kaviraj Goswami, when he was in Jhamatpur Baharan, said, "Prabhu, I am a very old person, how shall I write about You?" The answer came to him, "You do not have to write anything, you only take your khag (খাগ, quill) and I will write everything." This is how he wrote. He said, "Ei grantha lekhaya more Madana Mohana (এই গ্রন্থ লেখায় মোরে মদনমোহন): Madan Mohan is writing this scripture through me. I am not writing it."

What did Ray Ramananda say? "Prabhu, You know everything. You want to hear something from me, but I know that You are actually saying everything, I am not saying anything!" Even Brahma said, "Somebody can say, 'Oh, I know everything about Krishna!' They may know, but I know that I do not know anything." Also you can see what Lord Krishna Himself said to Uddhav Maharaj. He said, "Uddhav, you are My dearmost! Not even Lord Siva, Lord Brahma or even I Myself am as dear to Me as you are!" But then, after giving so much power and praise to him, Krishna said in the end, "Uddhav, you think you are My dearmost, but actually there is somebody even more dear to Me... You should go and see the gopis in Vrindavan!" This is Krishna's play. He likes to play.

We can see it in Mahaprabhu's pastimes too. When Nityananda Prabhu came to Mayapur, at that time there were not so many houses in Mayapur, there were not so many big temples, nothing; there were only a few, maybe ten-six, houses in the village. Nityananda Prabhu came to Nandan Acharya Bhavan, He is such a big personality, but when Mahaprabhu sent some devotees to Him, "Somebody has come to Mayapur, go find Him!" From Yogapith to Nandan Acharya Bhavan there were no houses, and Nityananda Prabhu is right there, but they could not find Him. Devotees returned and said, "Prabhu, nobody has come." Then, Mahaprabhu said, "Can you not find Him? I have to go Myself..." This is the Pastimes They are playing—"Mahaprabhu must go and take Me Himself!" This is the play of Gaura Nitai, Mahaprabhu and Adi-Guru Nityananda!...


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