Wednesday, September 13, 2017


The contrast between the battlefield of Kurukshetra and the dance in Madhuvana is stark.

  1. War here, dance there. 
  2. Men here, women there. 
  3. Blood here, milk there. 
  4. Rage here, romance there. 
  5. Day here, night there. 
  6. Public here, secret there. 
  7. Field here, forest there. 
  8. Imminent violence here, sexual tension there.

By overturning established notions of righteousness and appropriateness related to property in the Mahabharata and related to fidelity in the Bhagavata, Krishna draws attention to an underlying theme, the Vedic theme, of how the mind perceives information differently depending on the level of wisdom. Since there are infinite levels of wisdom, there are infinite ways of seeing the same thing. Only the expanded mind (brahmana) can see infinity (ananta).

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Why Krishna Has to Come When His Other Avatars Will Do the Work

Krsna states it in this very well known verse of the Bhagavad Gita:
"In order to deliver the pious and annihilate the miscreants, as well as to re-establish the principles of religion, I advent Myself millennium after millennium." (Bg. 4.8)
Krsna always has a desire to protect His unalloyed bhaktas, annihilate the wicked, and to re-establish dharma. He therefore descends in every yuga. However, this time when the Lord came as the incarnation for the Kali-yuga[to spread the glories of chanting Hare Krsna], He incorporated another special motive. That motive was to distribute the process of devotional service on the platform of transcendental spontaneous love. "My plenary portions can establish the principles of religion for each age. No one but Me, however, can bestow the kind of loving service performed by the residents of Vraja".