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The Supreme Swans
(47) A housewife who has a paramourr continues to serve her husband while e-ven absorbed in thoughts of her lover. In the same way the devotee submerged in ] Krishna conscious ness routinely carries out his material actiwities, but in a spirit of devotion to Krishma.
(48) Once a comimon laborer, exhausted by long hours of hard work took sheliter of a sadhu. This laborer accepted the sadhu as his spiritualL master and took initiiation. He then concluded, "My dear Giuruji, now that 1 have met you, I am ex empt from my hard w/ork." "Not so," the gwru responded, "Con-tinue your duties, but now you must work with your mind intent on Krishna." We do not. escape work through Krishna consciousness, but rather give new meaning to it.
(49) Sometimes a rich man, as a favor to a bankrupt friend will clear all his debts for him. Similarly, through surrender to Krishna each and every obligation to other living entities are cleared. In this connection, Shri Madhavendra Puri says on our behalf, "O demigods and forefathers, please excuse me. I am unable to perform any more offerings for your pleasure. Now I have decided to free myself from all sinful reactions simply by remembering anywhere and everywhere the great de-scendent of Yadu and enemy of Kamsa—Lord Krishna. I think this is sufficient for me. Of what use are further endeavors?" Though work in Krishna consciousness may appear like any ordinary activity, it is rather the road to liberation.
50) Just as a cow's udders spring milk at the sight of her calf, so when devGtees are reminded of Krishna, the holy name springs forth from their lips.
51) As a husband becomes bound by the faithful and loving service of his wife, so Krishna becomes captivated by His devotee.
52) As Sita followed Lord Rama into the forest; as Madri followed Pandu even into fire; as Sati followed Shiva from one life into the next; as Savitri followed Satyavan even after her husband's death; as Devahuti abandoned all pleasures to please Kardama; as Sukanya served Chayavana though her husband was old and blind; as Gandhari covered her eyes because Dhritarashtra was without sight; as Damayanti chose her husband Nala rather than the great demigods; so the pure devotees of Krishna undeviatingly follow their Lord.
53) Ultimately devotees follow two rules, and two rules only: (1) always remember Krishna, and (2) never forget Krishna.
54) At night we cannot see the sun; we must wait for the sun to reveal itself in due course of time. Similarly, we have no
independent power to see God; we must wait until Krishna chooses to make Himself visible before our eyes.
55) Shrila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati once said, "Don't try to see God. Act in such a way that God will see you."
56) Queen Kunti prayed, "The sun may turn cool, the moon may turn hot, but Krishna will never break His promise to His pure devotees."
57) When an old man meets his friend of long-standing acquaintance, right away they reflect on the "good old days" when they were young. This is natural, for the soul is ever young and desires to enjoy in that mood forever. Eternal youth—impossible to achieve here in this material world—can be realized only by confidential devotees of Krishna. Lord Shri Krishna takes His devotees back to Krishna-loka where they enjoy with Him eternally in full knowledge and bliss.
58) As sugar cane juice is cooked it gradually becomes sweeter and sweeter. First it becomes molasses, then brown sugar, white sugar, and finally it becomes mishri or very sweet sugar candy. Similarly, the mellow of the rasa, or devotee's relationship with Krishna becomes gradually sweeter and sweeter.
59) Everything in the universe comes originally from sound. The sound which creates the cosmos is called the tanmantra. From the vibrations of tanmantra comes ethereal space which can carry the vibrations of sound. From space, air is created in which sound is present along with touch. From air, fire is created which has visible form along with sound and touch. From fire comes water which possesses sound, touch, form and taste. Finally the grossest of all material elements, earth, emanates from water. In earth is found all five features of sensory perception: sound, touch, torm, taste, and smeil. Similarly, the five basic rasas or relationships with Krishna begin from the neutral stage of shanta rasa, characterized by an appreciation of God's greatness. Next in servitude or dashya rasa, one becomes personally connected with God, but an element of awe and reverence still remains. This awe is not present in the friendly humor or sakhya rasa wherein the devotee associates with the Supreme Lord on an equal level. The intimate friends of Krishna in Vrindavan are oblivious to the supremacy of the Lord. They think of Him only as their dearest friend. As this rasa evolves into vatsalya rasa or parental relationships, the devotee not only remains unmindful of Krishna as the Godhead, but the devotee actually plays the part of the Lord's superior. The bhakta thus considers that the Absolute Truth has become entirely dependent upon his care and attention. Shri Krishna's mother Yashoda thought that if the self-sufficient Lord, who had manifested Himself as her baby, neglected drinking her breast milk, then Baby Krishna would die. As vatsalya rasa develops, it becomes madhurya rasa or conjugal love. In this most exalted of flavors, all the specialties of the other rasas are present, and the devotee experiences perfection of relationship with the Lord. Madhurya-rasa is exemplified best by the gopis of Vrindavan in their eternal loving affairs with Lord Krishna. These flavors of love are completely pure and free from mundane cheating and imperfection. From our level, we cannot properly understand these spiritual exchanges. This realized knowledge is the monopoly of the paramhamsas, the "supreme swans" or pure devotees.