(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 3 January 2018, New Govardhana, Australia, SB 1.2.15)

It is extremely nice to explore Krsna because he is a personality who constantly moves between being very human-like and also very super-human. It is the human element however that brings him close to us because we can recognise ourselves in Krsna and his experiences. And yet, his solutions are sometimes very super-human in nature which is purely amazing. So in this way we become close to Krsna – the Supreme Personality.

Krsna’s all-pervading universal form is described in the eleventh chapter of the Bhagavad-gita, where it is compared to many suns rising at the same time. It is said that Robert Oppenheimer was quoting the Bhagavad-gita when conducting the first tests of the nuclear bomb. They were situated in a bunker and were seeing the explosions go off, at which point Oppenheimer quoted the Bhagavad-gita saying how this appeared like many suns rising at the same time. Such a form is also Krsna, however it is difficult for us to approach Krsna’s universal form. Krsna is much easier understood through his human nature where we can understand him and offer our human qualities when dealing with him. Therefore, it becomes easy for us to love him. It is not so easy to love that energy which is like many suns rising at the same time. One may be impressed by it, that is for sure, but loving that form can be difficult.

Still Krsna is lovable, and such love is not by force. In the beginning, a little bit of force may be needed to fix the mind. But very soon, Krsna will capture us. We will be drawn to Krsna – it does not take much at all! A little service for Krsna and one becomes immediately drawn to him. The verses of this part of the chapter gradually lead us to show how we are being drawn and attracted to Krsna. So in this way, Krsna consciousness is a very natural thing. As Srila Prabhupada said, “Love for Krsna is not an artificial imposition on the mind. It is a natural thing!”

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