Lord Krishna’s Pastimes

Lord Krishna’s Pastimes

THE FOLLOWING LECTURE ON LORD KRISHNA’S PASTIMES WAS GIVEN BY HIS HOLINESS RADHANATHA SWAMI ON THURSDAY, 24TH AUGUST 2012 DURING THE SPIRITUAL CRUISE RETREAT

Hare Krishna!
Our captain Bhakti Charu Swami has requested me to speak about Krishna. His
idea is that in the beginning of our voyage, everyone speak on Srila
Prabhupada and then Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and concluding with speaking
about Krishna.

Srimad-Bhagavatam is the crest jewel of all Vedic literatures simply because
it elaborates on this subject about Krishna’s appearance and His
transcendental activities within this world.

janma karma ca me divyam
evam yo vetti tattvatah
tyaktva deham punar janma
naiti mam eti so ‘rjuna
[Bg 4.9]

Krishna tells us in the Bhagavad-gita that one who understands the
transcendental nature of His activities and His appearance in this world
never takes birth again within this world of suffering and returns to His
abode.

Bhaktivinode Thakura, he tells us that the name Krishna means all attractive
and he gives the example of a magnet. We are all parts and parcel of Krishna
and our nature is to be attracted to Krishna, just like tiny little metal
particles are attracted to a magnet. It is natural. However, when those tiny
metal particles are covered with dirt and corrosion then the innate
attraction does not take place. In fact, we have seen if we take dirty
little metal particles and put them right up against the magnet, they fall
right off. So that is our state. Even though we are devotees, we come before
the deities every day, which is non-different than Krishna, we are hearing
Srimad-Bhagavatam every day, which is non-different than Krishna, we are
chanting the Holy Names every day, which is non-different than Krishna, in
the association devotees Krishna is revealing Himself through and yet the
tendency is that our attention is somewhere else. How is that possible?

Krishna is Rasa-Raja: He is the king of all loving mellows. He is the
ultimate object of all love. Krishna explains in the Gita that all the
incredible, wonderful things of this whole creation is just a tiny spark of
His splendor. He is all attractive. He is the embodiment, the
personification of all knowledge, all strength, all beauty, all wealth, all
fame, all renunciation, forever. How is it possible that we are hearing
about Him, we are chanting His names, we are seeing His form but we are not
attracted?
That is the diseased condition. That is the state by which we can understand
how heavily covered we are by the mode of passion, by the mode of ignorance,
by the anarthas of lust, envy, arrogance, greed, anger, illusion. And bhakti
is simply to clean our hearts. Take off all that dirt and corrosion and let
that natural attraction come to us.
This material world is actually ultimately designed to help us to come to
that conclusion.

a-brahma-bhuvanal lokah
punar avartino ‘rjuna
mam upetya tu kaunteya
punar janma na vidyate
[Bg 8.16]

From the highest planet in this world to the lowest, they are places of
misery and for the great Vaishnavas the pleasures of this world are
miserable as the pains of this world; because for a Vaishnava who has tasted
something of Krishna, forgetfulness of Krishna is the only misery.

King Chitraketu, when he was king, enjoying royal opulence in every way, he
was the king of the entire world. He had so many of the most beautiful women
as his wives. He had an incredible palace, wealth, power, fame. Everyone
liked him, but he was miserable because one desire he couldn’t fulfill: to
have a son. That is the way material nature is. However much pleasure one
has, one little thing goes wrong and that is where our whole consciousness’
focuses.
I was just discussing the other day that if you are in perfect health and it
is a really beautiful sunny day, exactly the temperature you like and if you
are a business man, you just made a billion dollars and your child got first
rankings in school and somebody has just massaged your body with fragrant
oils, then everything is just right. And then you step on a thorn, so that
little hole, that little location where the thorn goes in your foot, it is
so small, it is hardly one ten thousand the size of your whole body and your
whole body is fragrant oiled, healthy, massaged, nice but where will your
concentration go? Your full concentration will go right in this little tiny,
little pin point where the thorn is and you’ll suffer. Until somebody takes
the thorn out you will be howling in pain. So that is the way material life
is: however good you have it, if there is one thing that’s wrong your
concentration will go right there, which indicates very strongly that pain
is a much more powerful experience than pleasure. One little pain takes our
attention away from thousands and thousands pleasures we have.

So how can you possibly be happy here with any sustainability? Because
everything is always changing. Everything is unpredictable.
Govinda Das tells that whatever “kamala dala jala jivana talamala”, that
whatever happiness we have here from our body, our life, our relatives, our
friends, our property, our accomplishments, the nature of it all is like a
drop of water on a lotus leaf. And the problem is no one has the power to
change that, whether you are a great PhD scientist, whether you are the
emperor of the planet, whether you are the emperor of the universe, it is
material nature, endlessly mutable.

In the seventh Canto Hiranyakashipu, he was the number one most successful
materialist, practically in the history of the world. He had no competitor,
he had conquered the universe. Except from Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva everyone
was subordinate to him. And everything he wanted, he had mystic power,
whatever temperature he wants, he just chant a mantra and the whole planet
becomes that temperature. Hare Krishna! He could fly, he could do anything,
but he was always miserable because he could not control his senses and the
senses always want something more. And look at Hiranyakashipu, what an
example he was. He had such money, such fame, he had all yogic mystic
potencies, he had the unrivaled rule of the entire universe! He had every
type of sex life, every type of intoxication, every time of physical,
mental, emotional pleasures you can possibly have, but there was one little
thorn in his foot; Prahlada. [laughter]
It is such an irony, because Prahlada is only five years old. He had no
mystic powers and he likes his father. In fact, he loved his father! He was
not even an enemy but Hiranyakashipu could not control him and therefore he
was in total anxiety, because of little Prahlada. Why could he not just say,
“Okay there is a problem, I’ll put it aside and I have this whole empire.”
Prahlada was not trying to create a revolution and overthrow him. Prahlada
was totally respectful to him. He loved him but he couldn’t control this
boy. He couldn’t control Prahlada’s love for Krishna and therefore it
describes Hiranyakashipu, he couldn’t think of anything else. He suffered so
bad. He actually went into a maniac depression. Psychologically he was
depressed. He was trying to kill Prahlada, but Prahlada would not die and
this made him more depressed. He could not even rule his kingdom, he was
just obsessed!

Shanda and Amarka said, “He is just a five year old boy! He loves you, he is
your son. There is no problem. Just let us take him back to school, we’ll
help.” That is material nature: as long we are trying to enjoy separate from
Krishna we have to suffer. And there will be pleasure, there will be
enjoyment but what is the quality of it? One little pinprick of things going
wrong and our whole attention is there. And the nature of time, the nature
of time, Krishna tells in Bhagavad-gita, “Time I am.” The power of time
keeps everything unsteady and changing, kala rupa. It is ultimately
conquering everything and everyone.So what is the cure? The cure is to
somehow or other through the path of bhakti, to remove all the layers and
layers and layers of attractions and attachments and aversions from the
heart and allow the pure soul to be attracted to the all attractive Krishna.

Parikshit Maharaja was a king, undisputed king of the world and he was
cursed to die in seven days from a little boy. When Krishna wants to
embarrass you, He can do it so expertly. King Parikshit, he conquered every
rival on the planet. Even Kali himself was defeated by King Parikshit, but
then the little boy Sringi, he was hardly five years old, he pronounces a
curse for the king to die.
So Prahlada was five and we see how Hiranyakashipu responded to Prahlada
being a loving well wisher who only wanted the best for his father. And here
is Parikshit Maharaja, another little five year old boy, but this five year
old boy hated him and wanted to destroy him, cursed him to die. Prahlada was
blessing Hiranyakashipu, Sringi was cursing King Parikshit. This is the
difference between a devotee and a non-devotee. Parikshit Maharaja welcomed
it. He wasn’t in distress. His only distress was not that he was going to
die. His only distress was that he mistreated a great sage, Samika Rishi.
And he went to the bank of the Ganga and there he met all the sages and all
the rishis and among them was Sukadeva Goswami. Parikshit Maharaja, because
of his selfless service as a king, he was always concerned with everyone’s
welfare. This is the nature of a Raja-rishi or a saintly king, or a saintly
anyone, para dukha dukhi, that they see the suffering of others people as
their own and the happiness of others as their own.
So in this way King Parikshit, if he had to die in seven days, he wanted to
do it in such a way that not only he himself could attain the supreme
destination but he wanted to do it in such a way to give everyone in his
entire kingdom, that is the whole world, and all their descendants the same
opportunity. The questions he asked were on behalf of all humanity. What is
the duty of a person about to die? And that includes everyone. Padam padam
yad vipadam na tesam. [SB 10.14.58] What is the essence of all religions and
the highest occupation one can perform?

Sukadeva Goswami, he was Brahman-realized, liberated from the time of his
conception. He understood the nature of this world. His father is Vyasadeva!
Most of us would be very honored to be the son of Vyasadeva, literary
incarnation of Godhead, but he did not even want to come out of the womb. He
was thinking, “The whole material world is nothing but distractions. Let me
just remain here meditating on Brahman.” But when he heard the pastimes, the
glories and qualities of Krishna, he came out to hear more and more and
more.
So the culmination of all the knowledge, all the Vedas is this
Srimad-Bhagavatam because Sukadeva Goswami teaches the world through
Parikshit through the first nine Cantos how to prepare our consciousness for
the birth of Krishna and then to describe the wonderful pastimes and
teachings of Krishna within this world.

As we hear and as we chant about Krishna, just by that association with
Krishna, in proper association naturally we become attracted. The anarthas
are removed. Krishna is pavitra, He is all pure and He purifies us. There is
a beautiful chapter in Srimad-Bhagavatam, tenth Canto where Krishna sees
something very especially going on in Vrindavana. There is all sorts of
cooking happening and there are brahmanas preparing for very elaborate
pujas. The whole Vraja Bhumi is immersed in preparation for this sacrifice.
Krishna asks Nanda Maharaja, “What are you doing and why? Tell me
everything, I am your son, a family member, you should have no secret for
me.” Krishna then was only seven years old. How much can you describe things
to a seven years old child? Nanda Maharaja explained in a very simple way
but Krishna became very philosophical about the whole thing. He said, “We
are dependent on rain. Without rain we cannot survive because we are
Vaishyas, our all sustenance is based on growing grains, food, vegetables
and taking care of the cows. The cows need grass in the pastures. We cannot
live without rain.”
Rain is so important. Just a few days ago I was in Italy and it was one the
biggest droughts for so many, many years. Hardly anything was growing. The
prices are going up, the economy is going down. When the material nature
wants to kick us she justi. On one level the economy is going down and
hardly anybody has any money and on the other level there is no rain, so the
foods are becoming so scarce and the prices of food are going up and up and
up.

So we worship Indra because he provides the rain. And little Gopala,  in so
many ways, He starts speaking all these different philosophies but
ultimately He says, “Indra is just an agent of karma. If we do good things
then Indra has to send rain and if we do bad things then he won’t send rain.
It is up to us. We are good people, we do good karma. The fact is Govardhana
Hill is providing so many fresh grasses for the cows and the brahmanas are
blessing us. So let us just worship Govardhana, the mountain and the
brahmanas and forget this Indra.” Nanda Maharaja, this was kind of scary to
him. It is like so many people in India when we describe Krishna as the
Supreme Personality of Godhead because there is generations of worshipping
various demigods, people are often very afraid. “What if I don’t, my parents
and grandparents and great grandparents and great great grandparents, we
have these deities of these Devas in our house, they might get very angry if
all of a sudden I just offer everything to Krishna.”
Yes! Srimad-Bhagavatam explains very precisely the answer to this challenge
that Krishna is like the root of the tree and all the demigods and everybody
else is like the leaves and flowers of the tree and if you water the root
they are all satisfied. Devarshi-bhutapta-nrinam pitrinam [SB 11.5.41], that
if we worship Mukunda then we fulfill all our obligations to all the
demigods to all our forefathers to everyone because Krishna, Mukunda, is the
root of everything that exists. Ultimately everything is coming from Him.

aham sarvasya prabhavo
mattah sarvam pravartate
iti matva bhajante mam
budha bhava-samanvitah
[BG 10.8]

The source of all spiritual and material worlds, everything emanates from
Him. The wise who know this perfectly this engage in His loving service and
worship Him with all their hearts.
So it was not that Krishna necessarily defeated Nanda Maharaja
philosophically but Nanda Maharaja and the Vrajavasis, as His Holiness
Bhakti Charu Swami so brilliantly, eloquently, pleasingly, comprehensively
described last night, they just wanted to make Krishna happy. That is all.
That is the ultimate conclusion of all knowledge samsiddhir hari-toshanam.

atah pumbhir dvija-sreshtha
varnasrama-vibhagasah
svanushthitasya dharmasya
samsiddhir hari-toshanam
[SB 1.2 13]

Perfection of all knowledge, of all occupation, of dharma is to make Krishna
happy. And this is the Vrajavasis. They did not know He was God. They knew
He was God but Krishna did not want that to interfere with the intimacy of
His relationships with them. The sweetness of His talkative voice, the
sweetness of His beauty, the sweetness of His love for them, the sweetness
of every motion that He would do, He attracted their hearts in such intimacy
that they forgot that He was God. It just did not make any difference, we
love Krishna simply because He is Krishna and we want to make Him happy.
So Nanda Maharaja, just to make Krishna happy, he took a great risk because,
you see, in today’s world most people they worship demigods not because of
realized faith but because of some superstitious possibility that they might
actually be there. “Just in case there is a demigod we have to keep him
satisfied and if there isn’t, no problem.” [laughs] In those days it was not
like that. They knew for sure that Indra was there. They knew for sure that
he had his thunderbolt. There was no, you know, faith. It’s like we don’t
need faith that there is a police department and if you break the law they
are going to come and get you. Like Maybe they exist, maybe they don’t, so I
better follow the laws. It is reality.

So they offered all the grains, all the food they were preparing for many
days, all the pujas, all the mantras were for a mountain. That is really an
insult to Indra. I mean they could have done it to Shiva or to Brahma or to
Vishnu, but to a mountain and to cows? [laughs]  The brahmanas, the cows and
Govardhana. Indra thinks it is okay, it is time for my offering. He looks
down and everything is being offered to cows. Everything is offered to a
mountain. He was furious! He could not contain his wrath, because “for one
who has been honored dishonor is worse than death.”  [BG 2.34]
He has been honored for generations and now it is being taken away from him
and again this little [Maharaja makes some sound] thorn. So many Vedas are
glorifying him, so many brahmanas. He is up there in Svargaloka. It wasn’t
like Hiranyakashipu was around at that time. Everything was fine! He was
living in his abode. He has all his Apsaras.  Gandharvas were singing for
him. His Apsaras were dancing for him. He has Saci, his wife and all. Vayu
and Surya and Agni and everybody are offering homages and prayers and poems
to him. Everything fine in Svargaloka, but this one little “tik” (Maharaja
makes a sound), this one little thorn, a seven years old boy. His puja is
going on everywhere in the universe! Just one little puja which has been
offered to a mountain and some cows and he couldn’t contain himself. There
was no happiness in Indra’s life at that moment. He felt so insulted.
Revenge! Indra is a powerful kshatriya. He sent the clouds of devastation to
destroy Vrindavana. Now this is a serious over reaction. [laughter]

The Samvartaka clouds, they come around at the time the whole universe is
supposed to be covered with water, just because they offered some rice to a
hill and they are feeding some of the laddus meant for him they are giving
them to some cows, he is this angry! He calls the clouds of devastation to
this little village of Vrindavana, “Destroy it, now!”
And they did! (Maharaja makes some sound) The clouds are pouring, pouring
massive. It describes there wasn’t drops of rain, the rain was falling like
pillars. Like this, see this pillar. Each drop was like [laughing] but much
bigger and they were falling everywhere and the cowsi And it became freezing
cold with massive high winds.  You can hardly see because the clouds were so
black. It was so scary.  (Maharaja makes sounds like wind, thunderbolt,
lightning) And thunder, and lightening. It was really very fearful, the cows
were moving (Mmmm) and the little calves were totally bewildered. The calves
were hiding. The cows were not so much concerned with themselves, they were
concerned with their little calves and those cows had that special like
flesh that comes from their neck. They were covering their calves with that,
trying to protect them from the rain. And the calves were weeping (Maharaja
makes the sound of the calves weeping) and the cows (Maharaja makes the
sound of cows) and the bulls were looking at the sky with great anger. They
wanted to scatter the clouds with their horns but they were being smashed.
And the Vrajavasis they all came to Krishna: “Krishna! Krishna! Mahabaho!
You are so great, Krishna. We did this for You and look!” Because He is
Gopal, He loves the cows and calves. “Look Krishna, Gopal, look at how the
calves are suffering and look at the cows and look at the bulls and look at
us! Help us!”
Very unique consciousness of Vrindavana, because on one hand they are always
worried about Krishna. Krishna goes bare foot into the pastures and they are
worried if He steps on a pebble, it might hurt His soft, sweet lotus feet.
And if He feels hungry, oh! Everyone was worried about Krishna because,
although He is the Supreme Absolute Truth, He presented Himself to be
totally vulnerable, totally subjected to all kinds of difficulties just to
attract our love. That vulnerability in someone attracts our worry, our
concern and brings about a very intimacy in love. Part of the love between a
mother and a child is the vulnerability of the child. Yes. A little baby is
like a great hero, then the mother says it is not the same. Although they
considered Krishna totally vulnerable to everything, when there was a
situation like this, they had no other shelter but Krishna and still they
didn’t think He was God! This is great mystery. They knew it was Indra!
These kinds of rain storm, this rain does not happen seasonally, this was
Indra’s wrath! And they go to their little seven year old boy, Krishna, for
shelter from Indra and still they didn’t understand He is God. This is
Vrindavana.

Krishna smiled. He said: “No problem!”and He came out andHe lifted
Govardhana Hill and held up over His head and right in front of everyone He
bounced it on the tip of the little finger of His left hand and said,
“Everybody now you see Govardhana is so nice. He is so pleased with our
offerings to him. He’s made himself like an umbrella for all of us to find
shelter. So all come!” And all the cowherd men and gopis, they brought their
cows, their calves, the bulls, other animals, their families, they all
gathered together under Govardhana Hill.

Can you imagine that scene? Unlimited millions and millions and millions of
cows and calves and people were all under that hill together. Krishna was
holding it. It was not like even on this little ship with 1700 people, and
when you want to go off to take the bus, you have to stand in line and all
that kind of stuff. There was no line, everybody was happy. They were just
looking at Krishna and what a darshana Krishna was presenting to them! Like
they had never seen. They were so happy just to gaze on Krishna and Krishna
was gazing on them. Krishna was revealing such incredible love potencies
that all the calves, cows, gopas, gopis are thinking Krishna is looking at
me and they were looking at Krishna and they were reciprocating through
their glances. And Krishna is smiling and they are smiling and actually all
intimate loving relationship are being exchanged just through glances and
smiles. It is not that Krishna took up like an universal form with all heads
to look at all directions, He was just looking in one direction and there
were people all around Him but everyone saw Him only looking at them. It is
so beautiful!

It describes that the storm outside, lashing down all those rains but inside
was just a festival of love and all the various people, the devotees,
Krishna was reciprocating perfectly according to their loving relationship
with Him. To the elder cowherd men and the gopis, they were so worried about
Krishna. Krishna appeared to them as, how, I mean, Govardhana Hill is
gigantic, in those days Govardhana Hill had peaks that went into the clouds.
Now it is about twenty one kilometers to go around at but in those days,
because it has been shrinking because of Govardhana’s separation from
Krishna, he is getting smaller and smaller and also Pulastya Muni, every day
he gets smaller and smaller and that is long ago. So this massive mountain
those who were in vatsalya rasa were thinking, “Krishna must really hurt His
finger!” And Yashoda Mayi she is crying, “How can I tolerate seeing the pain
of Your little finger!” [laughs] And the cowherd men they are taking sticks
and are putting it under Govardhana Hill just because we do not want it to
hurt Krishna, we will do it. And then Krishna just gives little more
excitement, He let the Hill tilt a little and then it goes up again.
[laughter] One of the cowherd men said to Madhumangala, “Why are you holding
up?” [Madhumangala says,] “What do you think? My friend Gopala, because I
have blessed Him with my brahminical potencies, that is why He is holding up
Govardhana Hill. Because He gives me nice laddus and plays with me so
nicely, I have invested my brahma tejas in Him, therefore, you people you
think you are holding up the Govardhana Hill, you are just scratching the
bottom of it with your sticks!” And then Krishna goes like this, (Maharaja
makes the sound) and it starts coming down.

And Yashoda Mayi she is saying, “Krishna, You look so hungry! You are
holding this hill up for so long. How can I tolerate this?” And she made all
kinds of nice preparations for Him. She was trying to put it in His mouth.
[laughs] Krishna is smiling. And the gopis, well, let us go with the gopas
first. Yashoda Mayi and all the elder gopis and gopas, they’re all just in
intense love worrying about Krishna’s welfare: how He is hungry, how He must
be tired, how His finger must be hurting. The little gopas they are having
jokes with Krishna. They are smiling and they are laughing and Krishna is
joking and they are joking and they all are having such a good time. And the
gopis, for them this was the first time when they can openly just gaze upon
Krishna, because there was nothing else you could do at that time. All other
activities ceased to exist and Krishna was gazing at them with the intimacy
of His love for each and every one of them and they were gazing at Him, and
there was a full conjugal exchange of ecstatic pure love just through their
glances and in their hearts. They were totally satisfied. What a beautiful
darshana! Krishna in a three fold bending form holding Govardhana Hill and
just to make them happy Krishna with one hand took His flute and started
playing the flute, one hand, as He is holding up Govardhana Hill and nobody
had to go anywhere. Usually during the day when Krishna would have the cows
out in the pastures, all the Vrajavasis where in separation from Him all day
and then at night all the cows were in separation with Him all night.

shunyayitam jagat sarvam
govinda-virahena me

Chaitanya Mahaprabhu explained the nature of the Vrajavasis’ love, a moment
in separation from Krishna

yugayitam nimeshena
chakshusha pravrishayitam
[Sri Siksastakam, verse 7]

Yugayitam means a yuga. To make it very accessible to us it is translated by
Srila Prabhupada and others acharyas as, “a moment seems like twelve years
or more.” The word in the verse is a yuga. Kali Yuga is the shortest yuga
and it is 437 000 years, that is the smallest of all yugas. That is what a
moment seems like in separation from Krishna. But now twenty four hours a
day, for seven days they were with Krishna. They are seeing Krishna and
Krishna is seeing them. There was no need for eating. There was no need for
sleeping. For the Vrajavasis, they were happy if Indra for the rest of
eternity had these rains. We are with Krishna, total happiness. And as far
as Govardhana, Haridas Varya, Krishna in the role of the greatest devotee of
Krishna, Govardhana, he was being touched by the little finger of Krishna’s
left hand. This is the difference between material existence and spiritual
existence. We are talking about if our body has one little thorn in it, how
we forget all other pleasures and we only focus on that, well, it was just
the opposite for Giriraja.

For Govardhana Indra was personally sending his most formidable thunderbolts
to be crashing (Maharaja makes sound) constant thunderbolts, beating on
Govardhana’s body, massive rain and hail! It wasn’t just because it was so
cold, the rain sometimes turned to hail and there was these gigantic ice
balls coming with terrible speed pounding on Govardhana. His entire body was
being crushed, lashed and subjected to rain, to hail, to massive winds, to
freezing cold and to thunderbolts, but because of one little point on his
body, and here he is, miles and miles and miles big but that one little
point, that one little connecting point where Krishna’s little finger is
touching him, brought him so much pleasure that he was totally
transcendental to everything else. That is the difference between material
life and spiritual life. Material life everything is fine, one little pin
prick we only focus on that. Spiritual life everything is wrong, one little
point and we focus totally on that. And that was Govardhana: he was just so
happy, he was in ecstasy. It describes  in seven days Indra came down after
so many days and he was sending tornados, hurricanes, cyclones, everything!
He could not remove a single blade of grass from Govardhana Hill. He could
not separate a single leaf from the millions of trees on Govardhana Hill.
Everyone was so happy. [The boat starts to make certain noises]
Maharaja: “Especial effects!” [laughter]

Finally Indra realized Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead.
Meanwhile under the hill everyone is happy. The brahmanas are offering
blessings to Krishna and Krishna is accepting them. The gopis are offering
food to Krishna and Krishna sometimes puts down His flute and eats some of
the food. Everyone is happy. The cows and the calves are just looking up at
Krishna like this. It was impossible even to blink their eyes. They were so
immersed in drinking in the nectar of Krishna’s form. Ultimately Indra
surrendered. He told the Samvartaka, the big clouds of devastation, “Go
home.” [laughs] The sun came out. Everything was nice. Krishna said, “Now
the rain is gone, you can all go home.” Nobody wanted to go home but for
Krishna’s pleasure they all went home. Krishna, just like a child picks up a
mushroom and then puts it down on the ground, He put the Hill down.
Meanwhile the gopas, the elder cowherd men, it describes in
Srimad-Bhagavatam and by our acharyas that they were so engrossed in
enjoying relationship with Krishna as was everyone else, they did not
analyze what’s going, how is this happening and why? They were just
enjoying. There was no philosophical thoughts in their minds. It was just,
“Krishna is so beautiful in this form with His arm up, holding the mountain,
He is so beautiful!” There was nothing that could come in their minds
except, “Wonderful Krishna! Wonderful Krishna!” But then when they went home
they started thinking about it: “How is this possible? He is only seven
years old. He lifted the entire Govardhana Hill through all those storms and
winds. Maybe Krishna is a demigod! Maybe Krishna is a great powerful mystic
yogi! But that does not make sense, because even if He is a demigod or even
He is a great mystic yogi, He is only seven years old! How could He do this?
Krishna might be the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Narayana! That’s it!”
They are talking amongst themselves. Now they are really getting
philosophical. “Krishna must be the Supreme Personality of Godhead,
Narayana!”

[Lecture is interrupted, a devotee gets unwell, Maharaja ask everyone to
chant]

Transcription: Archana Devi Dasi
Editing: Ranga Radhika Dasi

Audio-Reference:

Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare!