· Part 4: The Happiest Form of Life ·
Absolute love and charm is all-accommodating. None can deny it. None can say, "I donít want love." It is so universal. One may say, "I do not want any grandeur, any power," but, "I do not want love"—never. Sometimes one may even go as far as to say, "I don't want justice." That may be possible. Of course, generally it may be the exception, but still it may be said, "I don't want justice. By justice that man will suffer. Rather, let me suffer, and that man be saved." Just as Jesus Christ told, "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do." By that prayer, Lord Christ set justice aside: "No, justice may go on this side, and let me be the sufferer." We can take the risk of dismissing justice, but we can't avoid love. We can give up everything but that hankering for love. If we have the eye to see, we can give up everything in the world for love, prema. Mahaprabhu and Srimad-Bhagavatam came to give us that most valuable thing.
God takes the form of Krsna in the plane of love and that is the most fundamental and the most subtle plane behind all this variegated creation. So come to that plane, try to penetrate into that plane where God is Krsna, and where the paraphernalia is Vrndavan. Anyhow try to have admission in that plane and you will find there the happiest form of life.
Mercy is more beautiful than justice. We cannot think of blaming the spirit of justice, but at the same time we cannot deny that there is mercy over justice. But one who can extend mercy over justice must have such power that he is able to give due compensation. The Lord has such power of compensation. Krsna is such an aspect of the Lord. He can give mercy through love and affection, and by any means we want to live in that environment. Mahaprabhu came to show that to be the plane for which we should strive. And Srila Bhakti Vinoda Thakur said, "In no time the intelligentsia of the world will come to understand that this is the highest conception of attainment of all humans as well as of everything else in the whole of creation. The intelligentsia cannot be misguided for long by so many other proposals of the highest attainment which are only giving partial achievement. Many things are going on in religion in the name of the highest solution of our life, but what Mahaprabhu has given very soon will be detected by the intelligentsia of the world, and all will flock to the banner of Sri Chaitanyadev and will sing the glory of Mahaprabhu and Krsna."
The fulfilment of our heart's satisfaction is in the Krsna conception of the Absolute. He is the Lord of love, beauty, ecstasy and happiness. That is the innermost necessity of us all. Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu said, "Go straight to Vrndavan by this special train. Don't try to break your journey anywhere, for that will only be a loss of time and energy." In addition He said, "Whoever you find, give them Krsna consciousness. It is just as in a famine-stricken country, whoever you will find you will give some food to save him, but this is a hundred times more urgent—so you are to inject Krsna consciousness. Tell them, "A loving Lord is above your head seeing everything—you only have to connect with Him and His servants. His servants are very, very kind and magnanimous. Somehow get some connection with them, and try to go to your home. Here, nowhere is home. Your home is only there.Ē
For example, a madman may be wandering here and there, but if he is cured of his madness, he will go straight from the street to his home. He won't continue to wander in the street endlessly like a vagabond but he will go straight home to both satisfy himself and also to satisfy his near and dear ones, his guardians.
kim pramattasya bahubhir, paroksair hayanair iha
"Imperceptibly, many, many years pass uselessly in the life of a person intoxicated by mundane pleasures. Better if only for a moment he realises that he is losing valuable time, for he may thus become serious to attain his eternal benefit."
Here, Sukadev Goswami says that one moment is sufficient to solve the whole problem of life, if it is properly utilised in sadhu-sanga. At all costs, try to utilise the opportunity of sadhu-sanga, the association of the agent of Krsna. What is the necessity of living for ages and ages if we are unconscious of our own interest? One moment properly utilised is sufficient to solve the whole problem of our life, for which we are eternally wandering about in this plane. We must be wakeful to our personal interest, not negligent. Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu came to direct us to our real interest within: "You do not know your own heart. You are a foreigner to your own heart and its demand. There is a wealth within your heart—try to find it: eliminate the foreign things and you will find your heart to be a Temple of Krsna. With the help of a proper guide, search your own heart and you will find Krsna there. This is not a foreign thing to you. Every heart is a temple of the Lord. It is your property, it is your home. Back to God, back to home."
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