Sri Jagannath Mahabhava Prakash
An evening lecture by Śrīla Gour Govinda Swami Mahārāja given on the 23rd June 1994, in Towaco, USA on the occasion of Śrī Jagannath’s Snāna Yatra
How to Bring Krishna’s Consciousness Back?
How to Bring Krishna’s Consciousness Back?
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One day it happened that Kṛṣṇa fainted and fell unconscious. He remained unconsciousness. What was to be done? By providence, Nārada Muni and Uddhava came there. Nārada and Uddhava are both very dear to Kṛṣṇa and they are all-knowing personalities. They could understand that Kṛṣṇa fainted because He was thinking of Rādhārāṇī and feeling acute pangs of separation from Her.
Kṛṣṇa is līlā-puruṣottama, so this is just one of the wonderful mysterious līlās that He was about to manifest. Still they were both worried about how to bring Kṛṣṇa’s consciousness back. In the meantime Balarāma arrived and, along with Nārada and Uddhava, discussed how they could bring Kṛṣṇa back to consciousness. They agreed to have Nārada Muni sing and play his vīṇā, and that He would regain His consciousness on hearing vraja-līlā.
Nārada said, “I will do this, but there is one danger.” “What is that?” they asked. “As soon as Kṛṣṇa regains His consciousness, and wakes up, He will get up and start running to Vrajabhūmi. We should let Dāruka, Kṛṣṇa’s charioteer, know this. Tell him that Kṛṣṇa will certainly start running as soon as He wakes up, so he should have the chariot ready.”
Uddhava thought very deeply and said, “You are right, but from what I understand the vraja-gopīs, especially Rādhārāṇī, are feeling acute pangs of separation from Kṛṣṇa, and their condition now in Vrajabhūmi is very grave. They are all in a dying condition and they are very, very weak. If Kṛṣṇa goes there and sees them in that condition, I don’t think He will be able to tolerate it. The condition there will be so precarious that I am worried we will not be able to get Kṛṣṇa back here.”
Nārada said, “O Uddhava, you are Kṛṣṇa’s messenger, dūta. Kṛṣṇa sent you to Vrajabhūmi carrying His message of love. Therefore I think that you should go ahead to Vrajabhūmi and inform all Vrajavāsīs that Kṛṣṇa is coming from Dvārakā, that He has just started His journey, and will reach Vrajabhūmi soon.”
Hearing this Uddhava became morose and said, “Nāradajī, whatever you say I accept, because you are a most elevated person. I have no objection, but I do have one apprehension.” “What is that?”
“You might already know that when Kṛṣṇa sent me from Māthura to bring His message of love to the Vrajavāsīs, I went to Vrajabhūmi and stayed there for three months. I went to console them, but what consolation was I able to give them? The Vrajavāsīs were feeling acute pangs of separation from
Kṛṣṇa and were always crying for Him. If someone is crying, his friends will come and ask, ‘Why are you crying?’ He may tell them, ‘Oh, my wife died.’ We may console him and say, ‘That is natural, your wife died. Everything in the material world is temporary, so why are you crying, and lamenting?’ However, what consolation was I able to give the Vrajavāsīs? How could I tell them, ‘Don’t cry for Kṛṣṇa?’ That would have been a great aparādha, offence, on my part.
Our relationship with Kṛṣṇa is perfect, loving and eternal, it is not a temporary or material relationship. When a material relationship breaks down, we can offer solace, but what consolation could I give the Vrajavāsīs? How could I say ‘Don’t cry?’ Rather my heart told me to tell them, ‘Cry more! Cry more! Cry more!’”
This is what Mahāprabhu taught. If you want to cry, cry for Kṛṣṇa. In this mood, Mahāprabhu, was crying for Kṛṣṇa. He was in rādhā-bhāva, feeling acute pangs of separation from Kṛṣṇa.
Uddhava continued, “So I could not do anything. I said, ‘All right, all right, I am going back. I will tell Kṛṣṇa everything and request Him to go to Vraja immediately.’ I gave them my word, but Kṛṣṇa has not yet returned there. If I go there again and tell them that Kṛṣṇa is coming, they will not believe me; rather they will call me a liar! ‘You told us you would send Kṛṣṇa immediately. Kṛṣṇa never came, and now you are saying again that He will come?’ They will chastise me and call me bad names. So how can I go?”
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