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14)   Neophyte devotees should follow the rules of wor­shipping die Lord's Deity. Just as a young mother may not love her newborn child immediately, but develops her love for the baby gradually, so through caring for the Deity, the devotee learns to love Shri Krishna.

15)   When you need to mail a letter it must be deposited inside a bona fide mail box that has been authorized by the government. Just any box will not do. Similarly, one who de­sires to develop his personal relationship with God must be­come Krishna conscious through the authorized process of wor­shipping the bona fide Deity form of the Lord. Shrila Prabhu-pada says, "Even is someone is perfected by realization of im­personal brahman or localized paramatma, he cannot possibly understand the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Shri Krishna, without becoming Krishna conscious."

16)   When salt is stirred into a glass of water, it mixes evenly throughout. Similarly, the Lord's energies invisibly pervade His entire creation. Therefore Lord Krishna, by virtue of His qual­ity of omnipresence, must also be found in the Deity.

17)   Lord Brahma says, "My dear Lord Krishna, the incon­ceivable qualities, beauties and activities which You have re­vealed by Your presence on this planet cannot be calculated by any material measurement. If one even tries to imagine that 'Krishna may be like this,' that is also impossible. The day may come when the material scientist, after many, many births or after many, many years, will be able to estimate the atomic con­stitution of the whole world or he may be able to count the atomic fragments which permeate the sky, or he may even give an estimate of all the atoms within the universe, but still he will never be able to count the transcendental qualities in Your reservoir of transcendental bliss." (SB 10.14-17)

(18) In a factory the president is influential in every de partment by virtue of his representatives and instructions. Simi-larly, the Lord controls everything throughout the entire cos­mic phenomenon. "Not a blade of grass moves but by His will." Krishna told Arjuna: "I am the father of the universe." (BG 9.17) "Everything rests upon Me as pearls are strung on a thread." (BG 7.7) "As the mighty wind, blowing everywhere, always rests in ethereal space, know that in the same way all beings rest in Me." (BG 9.6) If you were to trace your family tree back through timeless time you would eventually find that your original father is Lord Krishna. And because He is our father, we are all brothers, duty-bound to serve Him.

19)    The Lord is nicely maintaining all of His sons, the living entities, and there is no need to beg from Him for daily bread as some religionists think. Daily the ant gets his grain, and the elephant gets his 100 pounds of hay. "Give me this day my daily bread" is not love of God; it is love of bread.

20)    One who approaches the Lord for material gain is as foolish as the man who was offered anything that he might desire from a king, and requested only a pinch of ash.

21)    Man tries to compete with the creative potency of God by screwing together a vast array of so-called "inventions;" but can he make an atom smasher, computer, or what-have-you, that, when coupled with another like contraption, is able to produce a third duplicate of the original? This is an opulence of Krishna's creative skill that the scientists cannot imitate.

22)    The moon is one, but its image can be simultaneously reflected into many different water-filled buckets. Similarly, the Lord is one, but He expands Himself into the hearts of all liv­ing entities. The Lord resides there as Paramatma—or Supersoul—and He guides the wanderings of all living enti­ties.

23)    The position of the Supersoul, or localized Vishnu as­pect of the Lord residing in the heart, and His relation to the individual soul, or jiva, is explained with an example from the Katha Upanishad. Therein the material body is likened unto a tree and the two souls within the body, namely the jiva and the Paramatma, are likened unto two birds. Now the bird of the jiva soul is eating the fruits of the tree which are of two types, happiness and distress. But the other bird, representing the Supersoul, is self-satisfied and has no interest in such fruits. This bird has been sitting silently and watching for a long, long time as a well-wishing friend, waiting for the other bird to turn to him. The root of this tree of the material body expands in three directions. That means the roots of this tree are the three modes of material nature: goodness, passion, and ignorance. Just as the roots of a tree expand, so by association with the modes of material nature one expands his duration of material existence. The taste of the fruits are of four kinds: religiosity, economic development, sense gratification, and ultimately, lib­eration. Lord Krishna as Supersoul has been accompanying the jiva soul for millions of births, all the while patiently watching him try to enjoy. The frustrations of material happiness and distress are finished when the living entity ceases his fruitless attempts at enjoyment. He turns and surrenders to the other "bird in the tree," that is the Lord in the heart. The vicious cycle of birth and death is broken and the living entity be­comes eligible to return back to home, back to Godhead by the Lord's grace. Thus, the analogous "enjoyer bird" turns to the eternal "friend bird" and finds real enjoyment.

24)    The beautiful Vaidurya stone reflects many different colors, although it is but one stone. Similarly, the Supreme Lord is one, but He expands Himself into many different incar­nations.... as many as there are bubbles on the ocean.

25)    Often, after a thundershower, a beautiful rainbow ap­pears in the sky like a bow without a string. A bow is curved at both ends because ir is tied by the bowstring, yet, although the rainbow possesses no such string, it still curves across the sky so elegantly. In the same way, the Supreme Lord comes to this material world, yet He neither rests nor depends on any mate­rial condition. Still fools consider Him to be an ordinary man.

(26) Just as a single, original candle may light other candles of equal brilliance, so Krishna, the Supreme Lord and source of all incarnations can expand Himself into innumerable plenary portions of almost equal potency. Such an expansion is the Vishnu avatar who controls the mode of goodness in the mate­rial world and who maintains the universe.

27)   By itself, a glass lens cannot burn straw. But when the sun is reflected through the lens, it acquires this power. Simi­larly, the demigod in charge of creation, Lord Brahma, has no independent ability to create; but by the will of Lord Krishna, he is empowered to make this cosmic universe. It is Lord Brahma who controls the mode of passion.

28)   Milk can be changed into yogurt, but yogurt cannot be changed back into milk. Similarly, Lord Krishna and Lord Shiva, who ultimately destroys the universe, are in a sense one, but Lord Krishna is the source of Shiva. Lord Shiva is Krishna in touch with material nature. It is Lord Shiva who controls the mode of ignorance.

29)   Just as a factory president has as his right hand man the plant manager, who also has his helping hands; so the other demigods; such as Indra, Chandra, Vayu, Varuna, Agni, etc., are the instrumental hands and sub-hands through which Krishna governs this vast material universe. These demigods are mostly empowered jiva souls who have attained their ex­alted posts through many lifetimes of piety and devotion.


30)    When the spiritual spark is present in a man's heart, he can easily swim and float upon the surface of the water. Yet if that effulgent particle were to leave his body, he would then only sink to the bottom. Similarly, it is through Lord Krishna's presence in the universe that planets stay fixed in their orbits in space. Without Him everything would fall into chaos and disorder.

31)    When a soul leaves a particular body, all the worms and other living entities crawl out of that body. Similarly, due to the presence of the Soul of the Universe, Lord Shri Krishna, all souls are maintained. But if Krishna were to withdraw Him­self, no living entity would be able to remain.


(32)       When one sees the Lord's devotee marked with his tilak (clay forehead mark), kunti-mala (tulasi neck beads), dhoti (robes), and japa mala (chanting beads), he can understand that the Supreme Lord is behind him. This is just like recog­nizing that the government is behind a uniformed police of­ficer. Just as an insult to a police officer is an insult to the gov­ernment, so an affront to a devotee is an affront to Lord Krishna.

33)    When a man walks along the beach on a summer's day, he can tolerate the sun beating down on his head, but the effect of the hot sand burning his feet is unbearable. In exactly the same way, the Lord can tolerate an offense to Himself, but He cannot tolerate an insult to His pure devotee.

34)    As the sacred rivers Ganges and Yamuna are cease­lessly drawn to their lord, the ocean, so with equal fervor, the hearts of devotees are drawn to Lord Krishna's lotus feet. '

35)    A father is certainly the provider for his family, but when his son comes forward and offers him a single fruit, how pleased the father becomes. Similarly, Krishna provides abun­dantly for all living entities, but when someone offers back to Krishna those very things which he has sent for our mainte­nance, that devotee becomes favored by the Lord.

36)    Narada Muni says, "As pouring water on the root of a tree energizes the trunk, branches, twigs and everything else, and as supplying food to the stomach enlivens the senses and limbs of the body, so simply worshiping the Supreme Person­ality of Godhead through devotional service automatically sat­isfies the demigods, who are parts of that Supreme Personal­ity." (SB 4.31.14)

37)    Fortunate souls who have smeared their eyes with the salve of love of God  may see the lord as the evergreen cupiuenchanting their hearts. Yet those who oppose Him in their vain conceit will someday see Him as death personified. There­fore it behooves us to worship Govinda, who is soft as a rose to devotees, yet hard as a lightning bolt to the demons.

(38) All jungle animals are afraid to approach the tiger but

the tiger's cubs. Similarly, devotees take shelter of Krishna al­though He is feared by fear personified.

39)    To the rat, the mouth of the cat is death, yet to the kitten it is reassurance of its dear mother's protection. Simi­larly, the Lord vanquishes demons yet shelters His devotees.

40)    A baby monkey holds onto its mother's back tightly as she swings precariously from tree to tree. Sometimes a baby monkey is thrown from its fearful grasp and hurled to its death. But a little kitten who is sheltered directly under its mother's protection—in the mouth—never suffers from such danger. Similarly, those who do not approach the Lord directly, but indirectly "from behind" through His impersonal feature, have accepted an insecure platform. Sometimes they fall down from the brahmajyoti to the death of material life. On the other hand, devotees who directly shelter themselves at the lotus feet of the Supreme Lord never fear a falldown.

41)    Within the heart of even an innocent child is the seed of sex desire, but it awakens at the right time as the child grows. Similarly, a relationship with God is dormant in all living enti­ties, but it is awakened when the bhakta matures in his devo­tional service.

(42) A devotee once prayed,"Oh my Lord, I know that young girls have a natural affection for young boys and that young boys have a natural affection for young girls. I am raying at Your lotus feet that my mind may become attracted to you in the same spontaneous way." (ShandaPurana)

(43)   Shrila Rupa Goswami has written,"My dear friends, if you still have any desire to enjoy the company of your friends within this material world, then don't look upon the form of Krishna who is standing on the bank of the Yamuna at Keshi Ghat. He is known as Govinda, and his eyes are very enchanting. He is playing upon His flute, on His head there is a peacock feather, and his whole body is illuminated by the moonlight in the sky" (NOD p. 109)

(44) Shrila Prabhupada writes, "The greatest devotees of Krishna are the cowherd damsels, or gopis, of Krishna's home Vrindavan. With His incomparably beautiful spiritual body, Krishna has conquered the hearts of these topmost of all devo­tees with His five arrows called, Form, Taste, Smell, Sound, and Touch. The pearls of the necklace which hangs from the neck of Krishna are as white as swans; and the feather of the peacock which decorates the head of Krishna is as colorful as a rainbow. His yellow garment is like lightning in the sky. Krishna's body is as bluish-blackish as the newly-arrived mon­soon clouds; and the gopis are just like footbells on his feet. When the cloud pours rain on the grains in the field, it appears that Krishna is nourishing the hearts of the gopis by calling down His pastime rain of mercy. The ducks fly in the sky in the rainy season, and the rainbow is also seen in the sky at that time. Krishna freely moves with His friends as a cowherd boy in Vrindavan and when He plays His flute, all the living crea­tures, mobile and immobile, become overwhelmed with ec­stasy and they quiver as tears flow from their eyes.

"His conjugal love is the summit of His various opulences. The Lord is the master of all riches, all strength, all fame, all beauty, all knowledge, and all renunciation.

"The Body of Krishna, the ocean of the eternal beauty of youth, can be seen as moving in waves of beauty. And there is a whirlwind at the sound of His flute. Those waves and that whirlwind make the hearts of the gopis flutter like dry leaves on the trees, and when the leaves fall down to Krishna's lotus feet, they can never rise up again. There is no comparison to that beauty for no one has beauty equal to or greater than

Krishna. He is the origin of all incarnatiions and forms of Godhead and the mine of all attractive featuires. And from that beauty, all other beautiful things emanate. ILord Krishna's face is described as being the king of all moons. The jewels that He wears do not serve to enhance His beauty, rrather He enhances the beauty of the jewels that adorn His bodiy."

(45) "He who sees the absolute loveliness? of Krishna's bodily features, rejects the so-called beauty of the lotus flower. And when Krishna joins with His eternal (consort Shrimati Radharani, His beauty increases unlimitedlw. Before Radha, the beauty of the moon has fallen upon the ground."

(46)    "The movements of Krishna's eyelbrows are just like the Yamuna River which flows gently through the sacred groves of Vrindavan. The simile of Shrimati Radlharani is just like
moonlight. When the moonshine and the sweet water of the Yamuna come into contact with one another, it tastes just like nectar and drinking itt is as cool as piles of smow." (TLC Ch. 10)
O Nirvishesh, if you can taste just one necctarean drop of the Vrindavan pastimes o>f the Supreme Lord Shiri Krishna, you will hanker after nothing; else ever again. You will be completely
satisfied, I assure yom.