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How Do We Truly Know Krishna?

Postby backtohome » Mon Feb 15, 2010 11:32 am

Shun Herd Mentality and Realize Yourself.

Nowadays it is considered very egalitarian to think that no matter which pathway one takes it will lead to the same goal. Try to going to an airport to see if you can make this philosophy practical by taking any airplane and reaching the same destination. While such notions of doing anything and getting the same result may be the embodiment of political correctness, it should be noted in this connection that fools rush in where angels fear to tread. In other words our philosophy of life should not be based on herd mentality. An intelligent person can understand that if the herd were correct, the world would not be in such a disastrous condition as the present moment. Therefore instead of giving in to herd mentality he bravely embarks on his own personal journey of self-discovery to gain perfect realization of who he is and what is the meaning and purpose of his existence.

Question: How Do We Truly Know Krishna?

Please accept my most humble obeisances. All glories to Sri Sri Guru & Gauranga, all glories to Your Grace, and all glories to Srila Prabhupada!

Hare Krishna, Maharaja,

It is stated in Bhagavad-gita 4.9: One who knows the transcendental nature of My appearance and activities does not, upon leaving the body, take his birth again in this material world, but attains My eternal abode, O Arjuna.

So how do we truly know? And how are we to judge that depth of realization and understanding? Certainly as lowly conditioned souls in Kali yuga, we can not personally judge or gauge the levels of true knowledge of the absolute and the parama isvara's transcendental nature. So how to truly know?

Your lowly servant,
Bhakta Michael
Sri Sri Radha-Gopinatha Mandir--North Sydney, Australia


Answer: By True Surrender to Krishna

We truly know Krishna in proportion to how much we surrender to Krishna. In other words, the more we love Krishna, the more we know Krishna. Surrender is the symptom of our love. Our love is seen by how much we are obedient to always follow Sri Krishna's instructions. Krishna very nicely describes this as follows in the Bhagavad-gita:

bhaktyā mām abhijānāti
yāvān yaś cāsmi tattvataḥ
tato māṁ tattvato jñātvā
viśate tad-anantaram

"One can understand Me as I am, as the Supreme Personality of Godhead, only by devotional service. And when one is in full consciousness of Me by such devotion, he can enter into the kingdom of God."
--Bg 18.55

So the conclusion is that if you have awakened your dormant love of Krishna by engaging yourself in devotional service you will naturally know and realize that Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead, and you will enter His kingdom at the time of leaving your present material body.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari
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